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

Engle, Margarita. Drum Dream Girl. Illus. by Rafael Lopez. 2015. 48p. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $16.99 (978-0-544-10229-3). PreS- Grade 2.

A young girl living on an island filled with music constantly practices and dreams of playing the drums. Yet, she is told that only boys should be allowed to play the drums. Despite what her community and parents say, she still follows her passion and embraces music wherever she goes. When a music teacher discovers her talent, she learns and plays until she finally performs for others; and because of her performance, her community decides that everyone should be allowed to dream and that girls should be allowed to play the drums too.

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