Drum Dream Girl
Author: Margarita Engle
Illustrator: Rafael López
Published in 2015 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Drum Dream Girl is inspired by the story of Millo Castro Zaldarriaga, a young girl who was determined to challenge Cuba’s gender roles in the 1930’s, which was the musical tradition that only males could be drummers. In this special and inspiring story, the drum dream girl was a passionate and talented drummer who aspired to be able to have her passion nurtured and her music heard. She could only practice secretly, though, because she was discouraged from drumming by those around her, including her father, since females were not supposed to be drummers. She worked hard and persevered until she had the opportunity to share her rhythm and love for music with her village. This story of courage is great for an audience of readers looking for an empowering true story.
*Pura Belpré Award
Additional Information: Queens of Havana: The Amazing Adventures of Anacaona, Cuba’s Legendary All-Girl Dance Band by Alicia Castro and Ingrid Kummels