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My Very Own Room / Mi propio cuartito


By Amada Irma Pérez
Illustrated by Maya Christina Gonzalez


About This Title


Paperback: 9780892392230


Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award
Texas State University College of Education

Outstanding Achievement in Books
Parent’s Guide to Children’s Media

Guided Reading:




Interest Level:

Grades 2 – 5

Reading Level:

Grades 3 – 4


Siblings, Sharing & Giving, Identity/Self Esteem/Confidence, Overcoming Obstacles, Mothers, Latino/Hispanic/Mexican Interest, Immigration, Imagination, Home, Friendship, Families, Dreams & Aspirations, Conflict resolution, Childhood Experiences and Memories, Biography/Memoir, Bilingual, Poverty, Empathy/Compassion, Gratitude, Optimism/Enthusiasm, Collaboration, Nonfiction, Self Control/Self Regulation

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My Very Own Room / Mi propio cuartito

By Amada Irma Pérez
Illustrated by Maya Christina Gonzalez

Five little brothers, two parents, and a house full of visiting relatives make a young Mexican American girl feel crowded. She loves her family, but how can she get a little space of her own? This delightful memoir of a California childhood, by Amada Irma Pérez, sparkles with exuberance and wit.

Renowned painter Maya Christina Gonzalez brings the captivating scenes to life with bold colors and whimsical details. My Very Own Room gently teaches a valuable lesson about the strength of family and the importance of dreams.

About the Creators

Thumb_thumbAmada Irma Pérez – Authoris a third-grade teacher in Oxnard, California, and a leading advocate of programs encouraging multicultural understanding. Like many of her students, Amada Irma was born in Mexico and came to the United States as a young child. My Very Own Room is based on her own family story. She lives with her family in Ventura, California.

Thumb_thumbMaya Christina Gonzalezis a widely exhibited artist renowned for her vivid imagery of strong women and girls. She has illustrated nearly twenty children’s books, and her artwork has appeared on the cover of Contemporary Chicano/a Art. My Colors, My World was the first book Maya both wrote and illustrated. Books that Maya illustrated include Laughing Tomatoes, From the Bellybutton of the Moon, and Angels Ride Bikes. She lives and plays in San Francisco, California.



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