Children’s Book Review: Pilar’s Worries

Multiculturalism Rocks! Children’s Book Review: Pilar’s Worries
Book Title: Pilar’s Worries
Author: Victoria M. Sanchez
Illustrator: Jess Golden
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Co.
Age Range: 4 to 8 years

Pilar worries about everything. Whether it’s being called on in class or messing up
in PE, just about anything can cause her to panic. Especially the thought of having to perform in front of people.
Luckily, she has the help of her friend Sebastian who reminds her to “breathe.”  
The one thing that eases all her worries is ballet class. The warmth of the barre and her 
toes pressing down on the studio floor can make all her troubles melt away.  But when
Pilar realizes that auditions for her favorite ballet are happening the next day, she has to
decide if she’s going to let her worries keep her from doing the thing she loves the most,
dancing.
This is a wonderfully gentle and inspiring book for anxious children and their parents 
looking for ways to talk about and to cope with anxiety. Sanchez’s Author’s Note shares
her personal journey with her daughter, whom Pilar is based on. She also provides
helpful resources for more information on the subject.

Learn More:
Victoria M. Sanchez
Jess Golden
Albert Whitman & Co.

Where to Buy:
Indiebound.org
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Children’s Book Review: Another

Book Title: Another
Author/Illustrator: Christian Robinson
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Age Range: 4 to 8 years

What if, one night, a portal appeared in your bedroom? And, when you stepped through
it, you found…another you. Christian Robinson’s debut children’s book, Another, is a
magical exploration of that premise.
Told only in pictures, the story follows a young girl who awakes to the light of a portal 
that appears in her bedroom.
When her cat chases what looks to be its twin, the girl follows and enters a bright and 
colorful world.
Soon, she stumbles upon other children in this mysterious world; and, quickly realizes 
that they are playing with alternate version of themselves. One little girl wears a red hair
tie, and her opposite sports a blue one. Two boys chase each other, one has a pink cast
and the other a yellow one. But the girl can’t seem to find anyone who looks like her.
And then, she does.
 
Throughout the book, Robinson moves the reader through the book with fun illustrations
and portals leading to other places. Every character we’re introduced to has an equally
fun opposite. There are also quirky surprises hidden throughout, so it feels like a new
experience with every read.

In a recent interview on Matthew Winner’s podcast, The Children’s Book Podcast,
Robinson explained his motivation for creating the book: 
 
“I knew it was important for me to create a picture book in which as many kids as
possible saw themselves on the page…And I thought, well what if they literally saw
themselves, like in a parallel universe?”
 
This book is a captivating read that little ones (and adults!) will get lost in for hours.
Learn More:
Christian Robinson
Atheneum Books for Young Readers

Where to Buy:
Indiebound.org

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