My Two Border Towns

by David Bowles (Author) Erika Meza (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd 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 Álvarez es egresado de la Escuela de Diseño del Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes de México (EDINBA) y ganador de numerosos premios internacionales de ilustración. Noche antigua(Ancient Night) es su primer libro publicado en inglés.

David Bowles es un autor y traductor mexicanoamericaco del sur de Texas. Entre sus múltiples libros premiados se encuentran Serpiente emplumada, corazón del cielo: Mitos de México y Me dicen Güero. Su traducción de Cuentos sagrados de América obtuvo el premio de honor Batchelder y fue finalista del International Latino Book Award. En 2017, David fue iniciado en el Instituto de Letras de Texas.

David Álvarez is a graduate of the School of Design of the National Institute of Fine Arts of Mexico (EDINBA) and the winner of numerous international illustration awards.

David Bowles is a Mexican American author and translator from South Texas. Among his multiple award-winning books are Feathered Serpent, Dark Heart of Sky: Myths of Mexico, and They Call Me Güero. His translation of The Sea-Ringed World garnered a Batchelder Honor and was a finalist for the International Latino Book Award. In 2017, David was inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters.

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Guided Reading Level
Publication date
September 14, 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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