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

April 17, 2014

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

Author and illustrator of celebrated multicultural children’s books presents
Creating Children’s Books: An Immigrant’s Story

Award-winning Latina author and illustrator Yuyi Morales will be the special guest speaker at the 18th annual Effie Lee Morris Lecture on Tuesday, June 3 at 6 p.m. The event will be held at the San Francisco Main Library’s Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., San Francisco. The theme of her talk will be “Creating Children’s Books: An Immigrant’s Story.” The Library invites the public to attend this free event.

As a Spanish-speaking immigrant and new mother who migrated to the U.S. from Mexico in 1994, Yuyi struggled with English and adapting to a new home. She found support in public libraries, where she and her son practiced English by reading children’s books. There she found her life passion writing and illustrating children’s stories, such as Just a Minute; A Trickster Tale and Counting Book; Little Night / Nochecita; Just in Case, and her latest creation, the 2013 Niño Wrestles the World.  Other award-winning books that were illustrated by Yuyi include Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez, Los Gatos Black on Halloween, and My Abuelita. In 2009, she illustrated Ladder to the Moon, written by President Barack Obama’s sister Maya Soetoro-Ng. It earned Yuyi Morales a place as the first children’s book illustrator of Mexican descent to reach the New York Times Best Sellers ListYuyi 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 experiencesNino 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.

Michelle Jeffers, San Francisco Public Library
(415) 557-4282;

Bertha Diaz / / 305.962.8226 / Twitter: @berthadiazpr

Note to Editors: High Resolution Photographs of Yuyi Morales and Book Covers are available upon request.