Grandes Dreamers proudly highlights the life, journey, impressive careers and groundbreaking milestones of goal-driven Latina women born in the United States of America during the twenty and twenty-first centuries. Each one of these high achievers demonstrate in different ways how they have proudly embraced their biculturalism, heritage and ancestry in their home country where diversity is encouraged and acknowledged more than ever in this new century. Too, we see how these bold women accepted with pride, pain, dignity and resilience, the adversity and challenges faced along the way by Latinos: the first minority in the States. These powerful and heartfelt stories will not only impact and empower young girls and boys from all walks of life, but they will also touch and enlighten the lives of women across the world who will surely identify, relate and feel proud of the personal achievements and professional contributions made by these extraordinary women in the areas of sports, journalism, science, aviation, activism, politics, airspace, arts, and literature.
Grandes Dreamers was written in both English and Spanish as a way of honoring and preserving our mother tongue. We strongly believe that this bilingual book will give our youth of today the opportunity to maintain their linguistic richness and strengthen the cultural bond with parents and grandparents, forging a positive and rich image of the Latinx community. Grandes Dreamers also becomes a great learning option for all non-Spanish speakers seeking to discover the beauty and power of being bilingual. The more we provide our young people with these empowering book selections, the more they will learn and widen their horizons. Overall, Grandes Dreamers presents and celebrates these legendary American women who have, indeed, shaped our communities while defining their legacy for us to learn from and be inspired by.
About the Author
Argelia Atilano is the leading female voice of El Show de Omar y Argelia for K-LOVE 107.5 FM in Los Angeles, California. In her twenty years as part of the Univision Television and Univision Radio family, she embodies a solidified career of industry achievements. A Chicago native that was raised between East Los Angeles in California and Jalisco, México, Argelia has a double major degree in Communication Studies and Spanish Language Literature from Loyola Marymount University. The Mexican American TV personality and radio broadcaster has been recognized for her work with 5 Golden Mike Awards, an Emmy Award, and nominations for radio industry pinnacles such as the Marconi Radio Awards. Argelia is actively involved with charities like the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, St. Jude's Research Center, Girls Today Women Tomorrow, Step Up, Proyecto Pastoral, and The Argelia Atilano Scholarship Foundation that continues to provide college scholarships to deserving Latina high school graduates.
Argelia, along with her husband, Omar, are authors of their first book Amor Al Aire (Love's in the Air) which provides an insight into their own challenge of balancing a marriage, a family and a radio show. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Omar, their daughters, Camila and Anabella, and their dogs, Oreo and Cookie. Art Creator Anna Alvarado was born and raised in East Los Angeles. She studied at the Art Institute of Seattle and became a proud business owner when she decided to venture full force into the creation, sale and distribution of her own art. Her inspiring art explores the female spirit in all its intricate facets. Infused with thought-provoking, vibrant, and emotional rawness, her paintings and drawings capture her experience as a Latina woman in the US. Anna's empowering artwork has been sought by a multitude of collectors, patrons, and has been featured on major television and digital media networks, as well as in numerous prominent print and online publications.
She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Jose, and their children, Jordan, Aaron, and Tatiana and their dogs, Sakura and Zee.