Since migrating to the US from Mexico in 1994, Yuyi Morales has created some of our most celebrated children’s books. She is a multiple winner of the Pura Belpre Medal, Americas Award, Golden Kite Medal, Christopher Award, Jane Adams Award and Tomas Rivera Award. In 2015 she received the Caldecott Honor for her book, "Viva Frida."
In 1998, along with a handful of writers, Yuyi founded the Revisionaries writers’ group, and became part of a community that would support her goal to pursue a career in children’s books. In 2000, she won the SCBWI Don Freeman grant for her work as a promising illustrator, and shortly after she illustrated her first picture book for the school market, written by Isabel Campoy and titled "Todas las Buenas Manos."
In 2003 her illustrations for "Harvesting Hope, the Story of Cesar Chavez," written by Kathleen Krull, garnered much acclaim and were awarded the first ALSC Pura Belpré Honors, as well as a Christopher and a Jane Adams Award. The book is also available in Spanish as "Cosechando Esperanza: La historia de Cesar Chavez." Yuyi then wrote and illustrated, "Just a Minute; A Trickster Tale and Counting Book," earning her The Americas Award, a Tomas Rivera Award, and her first of five Pura Belpre Medals. Next came "Los Gatos Black on Halloween," written by Marisa Montes. It also won the Pura Belpre award for illustration. In 2007, she published "Little Night/Nochecita", which won the Golden Kite Medal and "Just in Case", which won a Pura Belpre Award for illustration and Honor for narrative. "My Abuelita," by Tony Johnston won her a Pura Belpre Honor for illustration. In 2009, she illustrated "Ladder to the Moon" written by Maya Soetoro-Ng, President Obama’s sister, and Yuyi’s first book to reach the New York Times Best Sellers List. Yuyi’s book, "Niño Wrestles the World" made her the first author/illustrator to have won the Pura Belpre Award four times. Her book "Viva Frida" received not only the Caldecott Honor, but also won Yuyi her fifth Pura Belpré Award, cementing her reputation as one of the leading children’s book writers and illustrators. In January 2015, the Maurice Sendak Foundation, announced that Yuyi would be among a select group of illustrators spending a month on Mr. Sendak’s farm in upstate New York. Her residency commences just as her book "Thunder Boy Jr." written by Sherman Alexie is released with much critical acclaim. "Rudas: Niño's Horrendous Hermanitas," is the fun and exciting book that continues the story of Niño and his little sisters.