In the week ahead on Tuesday, May 27, the Oakland Public Library's César Chávez Branch wishes its members to join them in welcoming a highly acclaimed author and illustrator of children's books. Known for winning numerous awards in the children's book arena whose works include Niño Wrestles the World, Just in Case, Little Night/Nochecita and Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book, Yuyi Morales' visit to the César Chávez Branch is an honorable delight and an event young book worms won't want to miss.
The event begins at 6:00 p.m. starting with Yuyi reading some of her most distinguished works followed by speaking on her personal history, as well as Mexican adolescent folklore. Stick around afterward for a question and answer session and the chance to purchase autographed books by the author/illustrator.
In 1994, Yuyi Morales, a Spanish-speaking immigrant who had recently given birth to her first child, journeyed to the United States from Mexico. Her undertakings with grasping the English language and becoming acclimated to a new environment were curbed by the immense support to received from public libraries. Here, she found libraries an essential resource to helping her and her son learn English by reading children's books, and thus fueling her passion to create children's books.
To date, Yuyi's work has earned her the Américas Book Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature, The Golden Kite Award, the Christopher Award, the Jane Addams Award, the Tomás Rivera Mexican-American Children’s Book Award and four total Pura Belpré Awards.
As Yuyi tours the Bay Area with plans to present on the renowned Effie Lee Morris lecture at the San Francisco Public Library, her visit to the César Chávez Branch is her one and only visit to the East Bay Area, so don't pass the chance to meet the author/illustrator at this rare event.
For more information regarding Yuyi Morales' visit to the César Chávez Branch, contact Children's Services Coordinator, Nina Lindsay at (510) 238-6706. Please note that the library is closed on Tuesday, May 27 and is opening solely for this special author visit.