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Yuyi Morales

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Born in Mexico and raised among giant grandmothers, mossy house walls, and rampaging feral gardens, Yuyi Morales fostered a strong bond with the magical stories that ran in her family. Since immigrating to the USA in 1994, she has drawn from her family's legacy and her heritage to create some of the most celebrated Latino Yuyi Moralesworks for children's books. Yuyi Morales is the 2004 winner of the Pura Belpre Medal for Illustration for her book Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book as well as the 2008 winner for Los Gatos Black on Halloween (written by Marissa Montes), given to a Latino illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth. Her book Harvesting Hope; The Story of Cesar Chavez (written by Kathell Krull) was the recipient of the Christopher Award and the Jane Adams Award and was deemed one of the best books of 2003 by Child Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, and School Library Journal. Her newest book is Dreamers Yuyi Morales is also the creator of ALA notable book, Little Night, co-released in Spanish as Nochecita, and winner of the 2008 SCBWI  Golden Kite Medal. Other recognitions her work has received include the Americas Award, the California Book Award, and the Tomas Rivera Award won in 2004 and 2008. Asked about her work, Yuyi says, "I strive to capture the incredible beauty of the everyday 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, itwould be to become a color genius." For more information, visit