Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music

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.

Inspired by the childhood of Millo Castro Zaldarriaga, a Chinese-African-Cuban girl who broke Cuba’s traditional taboo against female drummers, Drum Dream Girl tells an inspiring true story for dreamers everywhere.

This beautiful picture book was recognized with a Pura Belpré Honor. A strong option for those interested in women’s history and Hispanic History topics.

Lisa Book Shelf : Celebrating Music in school month

I really love this story! I am a percussionist and have had varied challenges with playing within a system that encourages “men” to play and women to “dance.” I am also a dancer however I like to dance and drum. I have read this story to several groups of students in music classes as well as in general education classes. It allows a teacher to build it into a curriculum that promotes courage, uniqueness, and culture. This book is also great for homeschooling, and just pleasure reading. I love this story and the fact that it is based on a true story. Cuddos to the author and illustrator. Well worth your investment.

March is Music in school month. We’re you in the band in school?

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