Happy November!
Hi friend, 

Happy November!

Lisa Graff and I have been waiting patiently for November 1st to arrive because now we finally get to celebrate our new book,  It Is Not Time for Sleeping!

We've been so pleased to receive some really nice reviews. Here are a few snippets: 


 "Castillo (Nana in the City) conjures security with her trademark warm colors and solid black contours... Graff (Lost in the Sun) rebalances the traditional bedtime dynamic ever so slightly, portraying parents who never need to resort to authority, instead letting the reliable routines of day’s end work their magic."—Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Castillo’s evocative illustrations are warm and comforting and set exactly the right tone. Best known for her middle grade novels, Graff proves that she can deliver the goods to picture book audiences." —School Library Journal

"Graff and Castillo beautifully capture the customary rituals (and challenges) of bedtime." —Booklist

"The pictures look downright magical at book's end when luminous wallpaper—a rich blue with golden stars and crescent moons—fills up the background of cozy closing images, creating interior starry splendor. A very good goodnight book." —Kirkus

"The way the parents continue to carry out the nighttime rituals all the way through to a final hug and a “we love you” is respectful of the child’s independence, while encouraging kids at home to settle in and allow themselves to fall asleep, too." —Horn Book


Lisa and I are psyched to get to do a few events together over the next several weeks, and hope that if you live nearby you will come out to say hello and get a peek at our new book.  
Here's where you can find us:

It Is Not Time for Sleeping Book Launch Party!
WHERE: Children's Book World in Haverford, PA
WHEN: Saturday, November 12th, at 11:00am

Bring children in pajamas! (Lisa's two teeny, adorable kids will be there in their footy PJ's:) Snacks and refreshments will be served. 


It Is Not Time for Sleeping Book Party!
WHERE: Books of Wonder in New York City
WHEN: Sunday, November 27th, at 2:00pm

This is the Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend, so we know it might be a tough time for a lot of you, but we're hoping many will still be free to join us at this incredible children's bookstore. Bring the kids!!

(I also had the opportunity to decorate the Books of Wonder store front window, so if you're in the city between now and 11/27, I hope you'll swing by and check it out! Signed copies available.)


It Is Not Time for Sleeping Book Signing!
WHERE: Barnes and Noble, 620 Marketplace Drive, Bel Air, Md. 21014
WHEN: Saturday, December 3rd, at 1:00pm

Good news for educators! This is a special holiday shopping event, and with your ID you'll receive a 25% discount :)

If you are interested in purchasing a copy of It Is Not Time for Sleeping, but cannot make any of our events, you can order directly from any of these online retailers: 
Thank you, friend, for all of your support. Wishing you a happy week, and a wonderful fall!
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