Small Room, Big Dreams: The Journey of Julián and Joaquin Castro

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9.3 X 12.3 X 0.4 inches | 1.1 pounds

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About the Author
Monica Brown is the award-winning author of super-awesome books for children, including the Lola Levine chapter book series, Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match/no combina, Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos, and Waiting for the Biblioburro. She is a professor of English at Northern Arizona University, specializing in Latinx and African American Literature. She lives in Flagstaff, Arizona, with her husband and her dogs, Lola and Finn. Visit her at
Mirelle Ortega is a Mexican writer and artist based in Los Angeles. She is the author-illustrator of Magic: Once Upon a Faraway Land, a Pura Belpré Honor Book, and the illustrator of several books, including Small Room, Big Dreams: The Journey of Julián and Joaquin Castro by Monica Brown and Free to Learn by Cynthia Levinson. Mirelle has a BFA in digital art and 3D animation from the Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico and an MFA from Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

"Wonderfully entertaining and inspiring." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"A solid addition to the growing shelf of political picture-book biographies." -- Booklist

"Invigorating. A brilliant example of how family ties can lead to great accomplishments as one embraces their cultural heritage." -- School Library Journal

"The well-shaped narrative emphasizes the brothers' commitment to education, hard work, and community betterment." -- Horn Book Magazine