Featured KidLit JUST LIKE MILLIE by Lauren Castillo

KidLit TV is honored to share this exclusive “Book Tour”!
On Location with Lauren Castillo in Harrisburg, PA
Thank you, Lauren, for this Fabulous Tour!



A young girl and her mother move to an apartment in a new city. Despite her mother’s efforts to take her out, the girl would rather play by herself in their cozy home—she feels just fine on her own.
Introductions to children her age have her hiding behind her mother’s legs, and invitations to group activities have her in tears. That is, until she meets Millie, a rescue dog who is not too big, not too small, and kisses her arm when the girl nervously reaches out. With Millie, saying hello to new people isn’t so scary . . . and maybe making a friend isn’t either. Through emotionally honest prose and soft, expressive illustrations, Lauren Castillo explores one girl’s shyness and anxiety—and how one dog’s love helps her open up—in a warm picture book that reminds readers of how the right companion can make the world feel like a less frightening place.
In a gentle story from Caldecott Honoree Lauren Castillo, a shy young girl finds exploring her new city and making friends overwhelming—until a rescue dog helps her uncover the bravery that was always in her.


The art, created with ink, watercolors, and soft pastels, sensitively portrays the characters’ emotions while depicting their lively neighborhood. A heartening picture book on a timeless topic: making friends.
—Booklist (starred review)

Castillo’s tale persuades without sounding prescriptive, and her signature artwork highlights both a close, transformative bond, and the way that new connections made voluntarily can ease upheaval.
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

ABOUT Lauren Castillo

Lauren Castillo has illustrated many books for children, including Happy Like Soccer by Maribeth Boelts, Yard Sale by Eve Bunting, Imagine by Juan Felipe Herrera, and This Is a Story by John Schu. She is also the author-illustrator of the Caldecott Honor Book Nana in the City. Lauren Castillo lives in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, which happens to be the setting of Just Like Millie. She modeled Millie and one of Millie’s new friends after her late adopted dogs, Peanut and Keiko, and dreams of rescuing another sweet pup one day soon.

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