Small Room, Big Dreams: The Journey of Julián and Joaquin Castro

by Monica Brown (Author) Mirelle Ortega (Illustrator)

Small Room, Big Dreams: The Journey of Julián and Joaquin Castro
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

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.


Review quotes

"Wonderfully entertaining and inspiring."—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Monica Brown

Monica Brown is the author of several bilingual books for children inspired by her Peruvian-American heritage. She is a recipient of the Américas Award for Children's Literature and a professor of English at Northern Arizona University.

Julie Paschkis has illustrated many award-winning books, including Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal: A Worldwide Cinderella by Paul Fleischman and Through Georgia's Eyes by Rachel Rodríguez. For Pablo Neruda, Julie traveled to Chile to see Neruda's home and the people that inspired him.

Classification
Non-fiction
ISBN-13
9780062985736
Lexile Measure
N/A
Guided Reading Level
N/A
Publisher
Quill Tree Books
Publication date
May 20, 2021
Series
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BISAC categories
JNF007070 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Political
JNF019070 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Family | Siblings
JNF018030 - Juvenile Nonfiction | People & Places | United States - Hispanic/Latino
Library of Congress categories
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