Drum Dream Girl

  • Title: Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music
  • Author: Margarita Engle
  • Illustrator: Rafael Lopez
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing
  • Publication year: 2015
  • Brief Summary: From Houghton Mifflin-“Girls cannot be drummers. Long ago on an island filled with music, no one questioned that rule—until the drum dream girl. In her city of drumbeats, she dreamed of pounding tall congas and tapping small bongós. She had to keep quiet. She had to practice in secret. But when at last her dream-bright music was heard, everyone sang and danced and decided that both girls and boys should be free to drum and dream.”
  • Ideas for using this book in classroom or library – I found this lesson plan from Latinxs in Kid’s Literature that discusses how this book could be used in a music class, or for a public library in a music-themed library program. Another suggestion was to read this and have children research Millo Castro Zaldarriaga on whom this story is inspired by.
  • Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it – When one of the groups in class presented on illustrator Rafael Lopez I was intrigued to read this book. I love his bright and colorful illustrations in this book that show action through the movements of the characters.