Award-Winning Children’s Book Creator Yuyi Morales to Deliver 2014 Effie Lee Morris Lecture

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 17, 2014 MEDIA CONTACT: Michelle Jeffers (415) 557-4282;

Yuyi Morales

. Each year, the San Francisco Public Library’s Fisher Children’s Center, in partnership this year with Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, the local chapter of the Women’s National Book Association and Bibliotecas Para La Gente, hosts a distinguished author or illustrator of children’s books as guest lecturer. The event honors the pioneering work of the late Effie Lee Morris, San Francisco Public Library’s first coordinator of children’s services. According to a recent report issued by the Clinton Foundation and its partner, Next Generation, in support of the Too Small to Fail literacy campaign, the development of reading ability in children at an early age has multiple benefits and is the key to their academic future. This is why renowned children’s book author and illustrator Yuyi Morales pursues activities related to her commitment to children’s literature and education by making sure that reading entices children at an early age by creating illustrations that they can identify, as well as stories that celebrate the use of more than one language and Latino cultural experiences

Nino Wrestles the World

. As part of Yuyi’s commitment to the importance of early childhood reading and education, she will participate in a series of events and presentations while in San Francisco for the Effie Lee Morris lecture: Saturday, May 31: Yuyi Morales will attend the day-long Summer Read SF kick-off at the Main Library Children’s Center, 2nd Floor, 100 Larkin St., San Francisco. Tuesday, June 3, 6 p.m.: Yuyi Morales delivers the 2014 Effie Lee Morris Lecture: “Creating Children’s Books: An Immigrant’s Story.” Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco. Wednesday, June 4, 10:15 – 11 a.m.: Yuyi Morales leads a read-aloud of Niño Wrestles the World for children and families. Mission Branch Library, 300 Bartlett St., San Francisco. MEDIA CONTACTS:  Michelle Jeffers, San Francisco Public Library (415) 557-4282; Michelle.Jeffers@sfpl.org BERTHA DIAZ PUBLIC RELATIONS & MARKETING Bertha Diaz / bertha@berthadiazpr.com / 305.962.8226 / Twitter: @berthadiazpr Note to Editors: High Resolution Photographs of Yuyi Morales and Book Covers are available upon request.

April 17, 2014