PING, a debut picture book written and illustrated by Ani Castillo, is publishing today with Little, Brown Books for Young Readers!

In the era of social media, communication feels both more anxiety-producing, and more inescapable, than ever before. This clever, comforting picture book debut explores the challenges and joys of self-expression and social connection. With an artful, accessible package, an eloquent message, and a lot of heart, here is a new classic to bring courage and comfort to humans of all ages.

Kirkus Reviews praised the book, calling it “A sweetly articulated and socially valuable message for readers of many ages.”

There’s already tons of excitement about PING!

The New York Times Book Review will run their review of PING online in mid-September and in the November 10 print issue; Romper named PING one of its “12 Best Back-to-School Picture Books” and posted a full-length feature with interior spreads and a Q&A with Ani Castillo, calling the book “the smartest book about emotions yet” and “a guide to making friends, and a book about the human condition;” Learning Magazine featured PING in their Back-to-School issue; Colorado Parent included the book as one booksellers and librarians recommend for readers who want to change the world; Publishers Weekly promoted PING as one of the Fall Sneak Previews this season; and Pragmatic Mom included the book in her round-up of “#OwnVoices Best Latinx Children’s and Teen Books.”