My Two Border Towns

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9.1 X 11.3 X 0.4 inches | 0.74 pounds

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About the Author

David Bowles grew up in the Río Grande Valley of South Texas. As a kid, he would regularly cross the border with his father to visit family, buy historietas, and watch movies. It's a tradition he continued with his own children, making sure they became part of the transnational community he loves so much. David has written many books that center Mexican Americans in the borderlands, including the award-winning They Call Me Güero and the 13th Street series. My Two Border Towns, available in English and Spanish, is his debut picture book.

Erika Meza was born in Mexico, fell in love with animation on the border with California, and developed a taste for éclairs in Paris before moving to the U.K. An adoptive Tijuanense, she took her first steps to find her visual voice at the border--forever fueled by tacos de birria. When Erika isn't drawing, you'll find her drinking coffee, tweeting, or plotting ways to bring her cat traveling with her.


2022 Américas Award Winner
2022 Tomás Rivera Book Award Winner

2022 Premio, Mejor Libro Infantil/Best Spanish Language Picture Book Award Gold Medalist
2021 New York Public Library Best Books

2021 School Library Journal Best Books
2021 Kirkus Reviews Best Books
2021 Center for the Study of Multicultural Literature Best Books
2023-24 Land of Enchantment Book Award Nominee

★ "Characters' friendly greetings, the vibrant illustrations, and the thoughtful actions of this father and son come together to create a feeling of warmth and hope, while also bringing to the forefront the plight of so many like Élder and his family. An excellent addition to Spanish picture-book collections."
--Booklist, starred review

★ "Bowle's picture-book debut weaves weightier realities into a story of ordinary border town life, and does so with a gentle hand."
--The Horn Book, starred review

★ "Meza (Balloons for Papa) pours artistry into mixed-media images of the towns, which mirror each other across the river... the father and son look forward--with warmth and care--to a 'wonderful day, ' when passage between the border towns isn't limited."
--Publishers Weekly, starred review

★ "Beautiful, honest, complex."
--Kirkus Reviews, starred review