University of Arizona Campus  •  March 10 - 11, 2018  •  9:30am to 5:30pm
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March 10-11, 2018 (9:30am - 5:30pm)

Yuyi Morales

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.

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Scheduled events:
Illustrator Studio: Multimedia Techniques
Yuyi Morales combines different media as collages within her illustrations. She will discuss how she makes decisions on which media to use within her books and demonstrate how she combines media in an illustration.

Education Room 437 (Seats 65, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 11, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Children / Teens
Signing area: Signing Area - Children / Teen (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelist: Yuyi Morales
Moderator: Jennifer Flores
Where are we? Latinos in Children's Books
Four Latino/a authors will share their perspectives on the books currently being published that feature Latinos as well as what is missing. The lack of diversity in children's books is a frequent critique and the growing population of Latinos indicates a tremendous need for books with Latino content.

Education Room 351 (Seats 48, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 11, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Children / Teens
Signing area: Signing Area - Children / Teen (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Angela Cervantes, Juana Martinez-Neal, Yuyi Morales, Antonio Sacre
Moderator: Carol Brochin
A Matter of Choice: Illustrators' Views on the Need for Diverse Books
Three award-winning illustrators will reflect on the differing choices they make as illustrators in relation to cultural diversity in books. They will also share their perspectives on the need for diverse books in the lives of young children.

Education Room 353 (Seats 117, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 12, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Children / Teens
Signing area: Signing Area - Children / Teen (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Yuyi Morales, Christian Robinson, Dan Santat
Moderator: Tammye Gregoire
An Immigrant's Story of Creating Children's Book
Children's author and illustrator Yuyi Morales painted her way from Mexico to the United States and became the first Latina to be awarded the prestigious Caldecott Medal.

Pima County Public Library/Nuestras Raíces/Presentation Stage (Seats 150)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 12, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Nuestras Raices
Signing area: Invalid (1280) (following presentation)

Panelist: Yuyi Morales

Rudas: Niño's Horrendous Hermanitas
Children / Teens
Roaring Brook Press
October 2016
ISBN 9781626722408
Hardcover, 40 pages
$17.99, INSTORE
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Señoras y señores, niños y niñas, the time has come to welcome the spectacular, two-of-a-kind . More/less

Thunder Boy Jr.
Children / Teens
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
May 2016
ISBN 9780316013727
Hardcover, 40 pages
$17.99, INSTORE
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Thunder Boy Jr. is named after his dad, but he wants a name that's all his own. Just because people call his dad Big Thunder doesn't mean he wants to be Little Thunder. More/less

Named Sponsors

Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona

Presenting Sponsors

Tucson Medical Center

Major Sponsors

Friend of the Festival
Pima County Public Library
Stocker Foundation
University of Arizona BookStores
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Key Sponsors

Brucker Trust
Marshall Foundation
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William & Mary Ross Foundation
Western National Parks Association

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