The BA Children’s Bookselling Group has announced Can You Keep a Secret? by Melissa Castrillón as its Independent Booksellers’ Children’s Book of the Month for March.


A magical story of dragons, secrets, friendship, and courage, with a gentle environmental message from the creator of Mighty Min.


“We’re the last ones left,” said Tree Man, “so we have to be kept secret.”

Winnie’s discovered the most amazing secret: there’s a dragon in the forest, and he’s the last one left in the world! His fabulous friends, the gryphon, the winged lion and the tree man, are the last of their kind, too. If grown-ups discover them, the creatures will be in danger. It’s up to Winnie to protect her friends, by keeping them secret.

Melissa Castrillón creates exquisite, fantastical images in a highly unique style. Since gaining a First Class degree in Illustration from Cambridge School of Art and a Masters degree in Children's Book Illustration, she has worked on a range of projects from children's books and fiction jackets to home décor and magazines. She recently won the prestigious American Association of Illustrators Award.


''Independent bookshops are magical hubs in anyone's community, where you get to have your world immeasurably challenged & expanded. But they're importance also goes beyond the page, they create connections within a community with local authors/illustrators and their readers. Linking a community together through passion, creativity and new experiences.'' Melissa Castrillón

Find Melissa online:


Facebook @mvcastrillon

Twitter @mv_castrillon

Instagram @melissa.castrillon




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