Award Winning Illustrator Chris Raschka to Deliver Annual Effie Lee Morris Lecture

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 6, 2015 MEDIA CONTACT: Michelle Jeffers (415) 557-4282;

Renowned author/illustrator Chris Raschka, winner of two Caldecott medals for his illustrations in

Chris Raschka, the recipient of a 1994 Caldecott Honor for Yo?Yes!, has authored or illustrated dozens of other books for children. He also loves libraries. “I find I write better when I go to the library…When you sit down and you’re surrounded by other writers, you realize it’s not such a strange thing you’re doing.” In both his writing and illustrations, Raschka tackles issues such as diversity, race, friendship, and how to deal with strangers. The Effie Lee Morris Lecture features thought-provoking conversations with today’s top authors and illustrators of books for children. This annual series offers the book-loving public an opportunity to enrich their understanding of how writers and artists create great works for young readers. The series is funded by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library and the San Francisco Chapter of the Women’s National Book Association. A book sale by Readers Books and a book signing will follow the lecture. The related exhibit, featuring 58 original artworks by the award-winning illustrator, Bravo! Chris Raschka!, runs through April 19 in the Main Library’s Jewett Gallery. Images available on request. For more information, please call 415 557-4277.

March 6, 2015