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Lauren Castillo

Lauren Castillo

I grew up in a little blue house near the water, on the North Shore of Long Island, New York.  Living around the corner from the beach, I am told I learned to swim well before I began to walk.  Most days were spent outdoors, and most weekends spent visiting my relatives that all lived nearby.  Raised in an Armenian-Italian, Spanish-Irish family, I was exposed to a potpourri of cultural traditions.  We celebrated a patchwork of holidays, foods, and music.  I was surrounded by Spanish paintings, patterned walls and tapestries, old Armenian textiles, ornate furniture, beautiful ceramics, and, of course, lots and lots and lots of books—so many rich visuals that helped to expand and mold my visual vocabulary.  I looked forward to weekend trips to my grandparents’ houses.  Those trips always meant storytelling—storytelling, which stretched my imagination toward the entire world.
 
When I was five, my parents packed up my younger brother and me and we said goodbye to our little blue house, our beach, and our grandparents, as we headed south to make our new home in the faraway countryside of Maryland.  Moving away from the family was hard, but my brother and I found plenty to entertain us.  We had big imaginations and were always creating—games, plays, stories, pictures, and settings, we did it all.  We discovered  a local pool to replace our old beach, and spent the rest of our time exploring,

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    City Cat by Kate Banks; illustrated by Lauren Castillo

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Melvin and the Boy

Lauren Castillo; illustrations by Lauren Castillo

When a little boy sees a turtle basking in the sun at the park, he thinks he’s found the perfect pet. But when they get home, the boy soon discovers that the only time the turtle...

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A father and his little girl set out early one morning to go fishing. The girl watches her father closely, noticing how he plucks the worms from the soil with his bare hands, not with a trowel...

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A plucky stray cat takes a Grand Tour in Kate Banks' story of a family on a European vacation. As the family travels from one city to the next, the cat finds its own...

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Spunky the dog would be happy to share all of his secrets, if only his human family spoke his language. But no matter how hard he tries to talk, it's all "yerf!" to them. Through...

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