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Happy Book Birthday To TOO GREEN! And BY MYSELF! Illustrated By Maribel Castells

Maribel Castells is a talented illustrator whose debut board books are available today in both English and bilingual Spanish! TOO GREEN! / ¡MUY VERDE! and BY MYSELF! / ¡YO SOLA! published with Barefoot Books, joining the Feelings & Firsts series written by Sumana Seeboruth.


“Introducing new foods to a skeptical child, an issue faced by most every parent, is joyously tackled in this bilingual board book . . . This book is a welcome addition to any library, especially those seeking to expand bilingual shelves.” School Library Journal 


Joining the Feelings & Firsts series: a toddler humorously asserts her independence while getting ready in the morning, only to be met with one frustration after another. When she finds an opportunity to help her big sister get dressed, she accepts that they can help each other. Adults and young children alike will delight in this young child’s relatable drive for autonomy. Also available in bilingual Spanish.

“Pitch perfect for an audience of children who want to be self-reliant and have the stubbornness to prove it!” ―School Library Journal

“The illustrations really tell the whole story, however, and parents and kids will both giggle at the little sister’s efforts.” ―Youth Services Book Reviews


Maribel Castells is an illustrator from Mallorca, Spain. In 2020 she took part in PBChat Mentorship Program and was Daniel Wiseman’s mentee. Her work was shortlisted for the Illustrators’ Exhibition at the 2021 Bologna Children’s Book Fair, and featured at Ilustrofest 2023. Her creative voice is somewhere between folk imagery and cut-paper aesthetic language, through a bold, mixed-media style with quirky color choices and retro vibes.


We’re so excited for you and these lovely books, Maribel! Buy at the links below, or search them out at your local indies:

TOO GREEN! (English only)

MUY VERDE! (English and Spanish)

BY MYSELF! (English only)

YO SOLA! (English and Spanish)