An informative, inspirational picture book biography about twins Julián and Joaquin Castro, who rose from poverty to become leaders for positive change in America.
The story of political powerhouse twins Julián and Joaquin Castro began in the small room that they shared with their grandmother Victoriana in San Antonio, Texas. Victoriana crossed the border from Mexico into Texas as a six-year-old orphan, marking the start of the family's American journey. Her daughter Rosie, Julián and Joaquin's mom, was an activist who helped the barrio through local government.
The strong women in their family inspired the twins to get involved in politics. Julián and Joaquin have been working at the local, state, and national level--as a former presidential candidate, mayor, and member of President Obama's Cabinet, and a U.S. Congressman, respectively--to make the country a better place for everyone.
Acclaimed author Monica Brown and illustrator Mirelle Ortega depict the Castros' political and personal accomplishments in this must-read picture book biography.
Also available in a Spanish edition: Pequeña habitación, grandes sueños.
* A Chicago Public Library Best Book of the Year *
About the Author
Monica Brown, PhD, is the award- winning author of Waiting for the Biblioburro/ Esperando el Biblioburro, Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match/no combina, and the Lola Levine chapter book series, including Lola Levine Is Not Mean; Lola Levine, Drama Queen; and Lola Levine and the Ballet Scheme. She lives in Arizona with her family and teaches at Northern Arizona University. Find out more at www.monicabrown.net.
Mirelle Ortega is a Mexican writer and illustrator for kidlit and animation. The many children's books she's illustrated include her author-illustrator debut picture book, Magic; the Love Sugar Magic series by Anna Meriano; Pepe and the Parade by Tracey Kyle; and Small Room, Big Dreams by Monica Brown. Mirelle lives in Los Angeles, and you can visit her at www.mirelleortega.com.