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Yuyi Morales        

Award-Winning Children's Book Author & Illustrator

Since migrating to the USA from Mexico in 1994, Yuyi Morales has created some of the most celebrated Latino works for children’s books.

She is a two-time winner of both the Pura Belpre Medal and winner of the Tomas Rivera Award for her illustration in Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book, and Los Gatos Black on Halloween.

Her book Harvesting Hope; The Story of Cesar Chavez (written by Kathleen Krull), received the Christopher Award and the Jane Adams Award, and was deemed one of the best books of 2003 by Child Magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle, and School Library Journal. Her book Little Night, won the 2008 SCBWI Golden Kite Medal.

Asked about her work Yuyi says, “I strive to capture the incredible beauty of the every day forms using textures and colors as another way to reveal the heart of the story. I also pursue glow and luminosity with resolve. If I could ask for a talent, it would be to become a color genius.”

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