Pilar loves to dance. She pliés while brushing her teeth. She leaps when hurrying to ballet class. But when tryouts for her favorite ballet are held, Pilar is anxious. Auditioning makes her whole body feel scared. But by using some of the coping techniques she’s learned and focusing on her love for ballet, she is able to persevere. This gentle story is a great tool for children dealing with anxiety.
Victoria M. Sanchez is the author of the picture book, Pilar’s Worries. She hails from sunny San Diego and lives in foggy San Francisco with her husband, her children, and a goldfish. She holds an MFA in Poetics and has published in Big Bridge and Highlights’ Hello Magazine. When she is not writing stories and poetry, she spends her time trying to raise good humans and learning “new” math. Although she has been a grown-up for a very long time, she still loves books for children and continues to believe they are magic. Pilar’s Worries, Albert Whitman & Co., is her first book.
Jess Golden resides in Massachusetts with her family. She has illustrated several picture books and an early reader series called LANA’S WORLD (Houghton Mifflin). When she’s not busy drawing and painting, Jess enjoys long walks with her tiny tot and scruffy mutt, Martha.