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
DAVID BOWLES creció en el Rio Grande Valley del sur de Texas, donde enseña en la Universidad de Texas Rio Grande Valley. Es autor de varios títulos premiados, entre ellos They Call Me Güero, The Smoking Mirror, la serie «13th Street», y Feathered Serpent, Dark Heart of Sky: Myths of Mexico. Su debut como libro ilustrado, Mis dos pueblos fronterizos, está disponible en inglés y español. En 2020, David cofundó #DignidadLiteraria, un hashtag y movimiento de activistas de base dedicado a promover la equidad para las personas latinas en las publicaciones. Su trabajo se puede encontrar en línea en y @DavidOBowles en la mayoría de las plataformas de redes sociales.
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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