My Two Border Towns

by David Bowles (Author) Erika Meza (Illustrator)

Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

A picture book debut by an award-winning author about a boy's life on the U.S.-Mexico border, visiting his favorite places on The Other Side with his father, spending time with family and friends, and sharing in the responsibility of community care.

Early one Saturday morning, a boy prepares for a trip to The Other Side/El Otro Lado. It's close--just down the street from his school--and it's a twin of where he lives. To get there, his father drives their truck along the Rio Grande and over a bridge, where they're greeted by a giant statue of an eagle. Their outings always include a meal at their favorite restaurant, a visit with Tío Mateo at his jewelry store, a cold treat from the paletero, and a pharmacy pickup. On their final and most important stop, they check in with friends seeking asylum and drop off much-needed supplies.

My Two Border Towns by David Bowles, with illustrations by Erika Meza, is the loving story of a father and son's weekend ritual, a demonstration of community care, and a tribute to the fluidity, complexity, and vibrancy of life on the U.S.-Mexico border. Available in English and Spanish.

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"Beautiful, honest, complex."
David Bowles
Producto de una familia mexicoamericana, David Bowles vivió la mayor parte de su vida en el sur de Texas, donde actualmente enseña en la Universidad de Texas. Ha escrito catorce libros, incluyendo They Call Me Güero (Me dicen güero, en español), que es un libro de honor del premio Pura Belpré y del premio Walter, entre varios otros. Su libro The Smoking Mirror también fue un libro de honor de premio Pura Belpré.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
August 20, 2021
BISAC categories
JUV023000 - Juvenile Fiction | Lifestyles | City & Town Life
JUV039250 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Emigration & Immigration
JUV011030 - Juvenile Fiction | People & Places | United States - Hispanic & Latino
Library of Congress categories
ALSC Notable Children's Book
Selection 2022

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