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Lauren Castillo, Illustrator of Twenty Yawns | Selfie and a Shelfie

Lauren Castillo, Illustrator of Twenty Yawns | Selfie and a Shelfie

Lauren Castillo | The Children’s Book Review | March 29, 2016

Lauren Castillo, Illustrator of Twenty Yawns | Selfie and a Shelfie

Lauren Castillo’s Selfie with Twenty Yawns

This photo was taken in my home studio in Harrisburg, PA. (I tried to get the whole book in there, but I am not so good with the selfies . . . a selfie stick may have been helpful in this case). Behind me you’ll notice part of a laundry line which wraps around all of my studio walls. I use it to hang art to dry, and also to display prints or posters from friends. On display right now is a copy of the poster that advertises my newest book, Twenty Yawns.

Twenty Yawns is a picture book written by the wonderful Jane Smiley, and illustrated by me. It is about a girl named Lucy and her parents who spend a very long day at the beach. They come home, and everyone is exhausted except for Lucy who can’t fall asleep. So she goes and collects her stuffed animals and brings them to bed. Now, surrounded by her dear friends, she is able to peacefully drift off to sleep. I hope the book will be a comfort to many little readers.

Lauren Castillo Twenty Yawns Selfie

Lauren Castillo

These shelves in my studio hold about half of my picture book collection. The books are alphabetized by illustrator—a little trick I picked up from Books of Wonder, one of my favorite independent bookshops.

On the top of the bookcase is a small part of my growing hedgehog collection (thanks to a few kind friends), a beautiful print by the one and only Sophie Blackall, a limoncello bottle I saved from a summer spent in Sorrento, Italy, and a chunky wooden elephant puzzle from my childhood. (And did you spy that Twenty Yawns door hanger in the background??)

Lauren Castillo Book Shelf

Lauren Castillo’s Book Shelf

TWENTY YAWNS_Cover updatedTwenty Yawns

Written by Jane Smiley

Illustrated by Lauren Castillo

Publisher’s Synopsis: From Pulitzer Prize winner Jane Smiley and Caldecott Honor artist Lauren Castillo.

As her mom reads a bedtime story, Lucy drifts off. But later, she awakens in a dark, still room, and everything looks mysterious. How will she ever get back to sleep?

Pulitzer Prize winner Jane Smiley’s first picture book, illustrated by Caldecott Honor artist Lauren Castillo, evokes the splashy fun of the beach and the quietude of a moonlit night, with twenty yawns sprinkled in for children to discover and count.

Ages 3-7 | Publisher: Two Lions | April 1, 2016 | ISBN-13: 978-1477826355

Add this book to your collection: Twenty Yawns

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Praise for Twenty Yawns

★“[The] perfect bedtime story for the end of a busy day.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

★“A sweet soporific.”—School Library Journal, starred review

“There’s so much right about this picture book, Pulitzer Prize– winning (for A Thousand Acres) Smiley’s first… And the twenty yawns (yes, you can count them) are pure genius.”The Horn Book Magazine, starred review

Book Trailer for Twenty Yawns

Activity Kit for Twenty Yawns

Twenty Yawns Activity Kit by sarahshealy

About Lauren Castillo
Lauren Castillo is the illustrator of many books, including The Reader by Amy Hest. She has also written and illustrated several books, including Caldecott Honor book Nana in the City and The Troublemaker. She lives in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. To learn more, visit: www.laurencastillo.com and Twitter: @studiocastillo.
The Twenty Yawns Blog Tour

Thurs, Mar 17 Watch.Connect.Read

Fri, Mar 18    Sharpread    

Mon, Mar 21 Children’s Book Review             

Tues, Mar 22    Kid Lit Frenzy                            

Wed, Mar 23 Cracking the Cover                    

Thurs, Mar 24 Unleashing Readers                   

Fri, Mar 25    5 Minutes for Books                  

Sat, Mar 26 Booking Mama                          

Mon, Mar 28 A Rup Life                                 

Tues, Mar 29    Children’s Book Review             

Wed, Mar 30 Once Upon a Story                    

Thurs, Mar 31   NC Teacher Stuff                       

Fri, April 1    A Foodie Bibliophile in Wanderlust

Mon, Apr 4   Where Imagination Grows           

Wed, Apr 6   Teach Mentor Texts                   

Tues, Apr 12 Jean Little Library     

Discover more books like Twenty Yawnswritten by Jane Smiley and illustrated by Lauren Castillo, by checking out our reviews and articles tagged with , and ; and be sure to follow along with our Selfie and a Shelfie series.

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