Manuel H. Gonzalez, a 5th grader at Burnham Elementary Charter School in El Paso, Texas, is the author of The Raccoon and The Angel, a children’s book that celebrates diversity by explaining how each animal’s differences are what makes them unique. His book is available for sale in all major book stores as well as online.
Manuel is 10 years old and currently lives in El Paso with his parents Deborah Green-Gonzalez, who illustrated the book, and Manuel German Gonzalez. He is an outstanding student and his teachers and fellow classmates are very proud of his accomplishment. His parents attribute his success to his natural talents as well as the education he has received at Burnham Elementary.
Burnham Elementary Charter School is on the west side of El Paso serving children in grades Kinder through 5th grade. The school currently has about 500 students and enrollment is increasing every year. This elementary school feeds into Da Vinci Middle and High School which is a STEM school and was voted by U.S. News and World Report as one of the best schools in the nation.
Manuel has had several book signings around the Texas and New Mexico areas attended by several people including the governor of New Mexico, Susana Martinez. Manuel hopes that his book will help children know about the differences in animals and help them understand and celebrate the differences in people as well.
Mr. Gallardo, Principal at Burnham Elementary, as well as his teachers, staff, and fellow students are very proud of Manuel’s accomplishments and look forward to his second book which he is currently working on. Manuel will be presented with an award at the parent night at Da Vinci High School on May 9 at 6pm.