Award-winning children's author to speak in Valley


May 04, 2001|By ANTHONY LONGORIA, Staff Writer

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.


"My Very Own Room," in its second printing, was picked up in 1999 by Children's Book Press and had a first printing of 7,500, which has since been exhausted.

Perez will give a presentation Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Women's Improvement Club at the corner of Fourth Street and Heber Avenue in Calexico.

On Monday afternoon she will speak to students at Dool, Kennedy Gardens and Mains elementary schools in Calexico and will speak in Calexico's Camarena Memorial Library from 5 to 6 p.m. and at the El Centro Public Library from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Families are encouraged to attend the presentations and Perez will be available for book signings.

The events are being sponsored by the Calexico Educational Foundation, Calexico Arts Commission, Imperial County Arts Council, Calexico Neighborhood House and Nana's Book Warehouse.

Reynaldo Ayala of Nana's Book Warehouse, where copies of Perez's book are available for purchase, was instrumental in bring Perez to the Valley.

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