I've been dreaming about the release of DRUM DREAM GIRL and today a new book was born. Thanks to author Margarita Engle and our young heroine Millo Castro Zaldarriaga for believing in dreams.
The journey from Margarita's poetic words to the birth of this book has lasted almost two years. Here's to Millo, a Chinese-African-Cuban girl who had the courage to break Cuba's traditional barrier against female drummers. When she was just fifteen she played her drums for President Roosevelt and first lady Eleanor. In the 1930s she went on to become a world class musician playing with American jazz greats of her era.
This book teaches children to not conform to gender stereotypes and follow the path of their hearts. GRATEFUL for the opportunity to be a storyteller.
To learn more about the creation of DRUM DREAM GIRL please check out this recent article at KIRKUS called Beating the Drum for Women's rights by Julie Danielson.