#27 – 365 days of picture books

#27- 365 days of picture books

#26: Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music by Margarita Engle and Rafael López, illustrator

Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music is one of the most beautiful picture books I’ve ever seen. López’ illustrations leap off the page and give new meaning to the word vibrant. The illustrations paired with Engle’s free verse bring alive this story inspired by Millo Castro Zaldarriaga experience.  Zaldarriaga, a Cuban girl in the 1930s wants to play drums in an era when it’s socially unacceptable for girls. However, she never stops dreaming or drumming until her father gives his approval. Her life is forever changed and she goes on to have a successful career in music. Young and older readers alike will enjoy this story and hopefully, be inspired to follow their dreams.

Note: On January 11, Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music won the 2016 Pura Belpré Illustrator Award and was named a 2016 Amelia Bloomer Top Ten.

5 Stars

Release date: March 31, 2015

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