Award-winning children's author Amada Irma Perez will give several presentations and speak about her book "My Very Own Room/Mi Propio Cuartito" Sunday and Monday in Calexico and El Centro.
"My Very Own Room" is a 31-page bilingual story of a poor Mexican-American girl who desperately wants a room of her own.
Children's Book Press' oft-used artist Maya Christina Gonzalez illustrated the book.
The book actually mirrors Perez's own life growing up in poverty. She spent a portion of her childhood in Mexicali and later moved with her family to El Monte.
Today, Perez is a teacher in Oxnard and travels frequently to promote her book.
Perez has a bachelor's degree in English from Cal Poly Pomona and a master's degree in educational administration from California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks. She is the recipient of the Parent's Guide to Children's Media Award.