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My Very Own Room illustrated by Maya Gonzalez

Written by Amada Irma Pérez
Illustrated by Maya Gonzalez
published 2000 by Children’s Book Press,
an imprint of Lee&Low Books
Bilingual – English/Spanish
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Gonzalez’s use of curved lines and warm colors adds to the overall sense of family unity and security.” – The Horn Book Magazine

Five little brothers, two parents, and a house full of visiting relatives make a young Mexican American girl feel crowded. She loves her family, but how can she get a little space of her own? This delightful memoir of a California childhood, by Amada Irma Pérez, sparkles with exuberance and wit.

Renowned painter Maya Christina Gonzalez brings the captivating scenes to life with bold colors and whimsical details. My Very Own Room gently teaches a valuable lesson about the strength of family and the importance of dreams.

Medium: Oil Pastel


  • Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children Book Award, Southwest Texas State University, TX
  • Américas Award Honorable Mention
  • Parent’s Guide to Children’s Media “Outstanding Achievement in Books”