Friday, August 17, 2018

A conversation with my editor

I had a conversation with my editor, Neal Porter, about our journey of making Dreamers. You might like to check it  out.

Live Art

In this interview with Maria Russo at the NYT, I responded to questions while I drew and they filmed it. Not an easy task!

An Immigration Story to Tell

At the SLJ Day of Dialog I was asked to give the closing keynote

It has been a long time! I have things to share: Joy, change, memories, and event gratefulness.
Here is a letter of gratitude I needed to write some 20 years later.

The Science of Happiness project 

ep 10

Monday, November 11, 2013

Read Every Day, Lee Todos Los Dias

Scholastic has launched a wonderful reading campaign, and many free resources are offered at their site here.

In the meantime, here is a video with an interview about my work and the creation of my poster for this project.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Being among a 100 list rocks

The New York Public Library unveiled their 100 Top Children’s Books of the Last 100 Years, and guess who made the list! I'll give you a clue, a very old woman and a very thin skeleton.
Three more Pura Belpre titles include Gary Soto's Chato's Kitchen, Illustrated by Susan Guevara, Lucia Gonzalez for The Bossy Gallito/El Gallo de Bodas, Illustrated by Lulu Delacre and Pam Munoz-Ryan's Esperanza Rising.

Find the complete list here

Betsy Bird helps you find your next book

National Book Month 2013

Brought to you

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Books that children (Latinos and no-Latinos) might enjoy.

Here I am trying my hand at embeding some of my postings from Face Books. Let's see how it works.

Post by Yuyi Morales.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Together we are the Revisionaries

As I am preparing to go live, make my books, and be carried away by more creative projects in Mexico, I have started to say my good-byes to many of the  people that had been the pillars of my life her in the United States. Earlier this week, my critique group and I had a party to celebrate the great years we have shared together creating children's books.
Jim Averbeck, Maria Van Lieshout, Lynn Hazen, Karen Ehrhardt, Gianna Marino, and I  have been  the Revisionaries since 1997. We met during a Berkeley extension class for learning how to write children's books. When the course ended, about twenty of us agreed to continue meeting so that we could read and work together in our stories; out goal was to be able to write publishable works. By the third meeting only a handful of us remained.
To this day, we are six, and for nearly 16 years we have met two times at month to read, critic, revise, and create children's books. Together we have gone though births and rising children, heartbreaks and new beginnings, we have learned and we have taught, we have published and received prize and  awards for our works.
At our party this week I had my son take some pictures of us. Here is an slide show of a handful of them.

Together We Are The Revisionaries from Yuyi Morales on Vimeo.

I am for even and ever in love with my Revisionaries.

Revisionaries 1999




Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Let's make Niño Lucha's mask (and other things in betwen)

A few weeks ago, when we had the Niño book release party, the lucha mask making activity was a blast. One teacher told me that she thought she could have their annual school play based in my book if she could have access to the mask templates I had created. So, by her request I have made the masks' printout (featuring the faces of every character in the book ) available for downloading here. I have also started a Pinterest board with all Niño Wrestles the World images and links that explore in more depth themes such as lucha libre and the origen of the out-of-this-world characters of the book.
Finally here is the main page with all Niño things.
I hope you enjoy them.

Monday, July 8, 2013

A very important question with a diversity of answers

When earlier last month Lee & Low Books  posted this question in their blog, "Why Hasn’t the Number of Multicultural Books Increased In Eighteen Years?" many responses began circulating that touched everything from how we feel about white authors and illustrators writing books about people of other races, and about the role (and the criteria to select winners) of ethic book awards such as the Coretta Scott King Award or the Pura Belpre or the Asian Pacific American Book Award and many others, as well as about the need for books  that represent other cultures while still been fun rather than focusing on historical periods of a people, and much more. Roger Sutton posted his two own answers--as he describe them--one only semi-facetious and one perhaps semi-impolitic. I hope that most everybody could be part of this conversation.
As we continue talking about multicultural book, the publishing industry, and the demands of the readers continues, I only hope that 1) We can move into creating significant lasting changes, and 2) that we do it while still honoring what award committees, publishers, librarians, booksellers, and even authors and illustrators have been doing to this day to have a more diverse and inclusive children's literature.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

There has been such a great welcoming to Niño Wrestles the World, and while we get ready for the book party this weekend, here are a few posting about the book:

The Horn Book included Niño into this article about the blend between imagination and reality in picture books.

Julie Danielson, the author of the 7-IMP blog made a nicely detailed review of Niño, and later featured some thumbnails, sketches, and other bits of the process of making the images for Niño.

Here is the Kirkus review
And here a starred review at Publishers Weekly

I hope you enjoy these.

Niño Wrestles the World book party, to wich you should come

It has been a busy, busy season with many changes, and much growth. But for now it is time to celebrate!
This Sunday we will have a book party for my newest book,  Niño Wrestles the World, at the tiniest and most wonderful book store in San Francisco, Luna's Press, hosted by my dear friend and poet Jorge Argueta.
Here the poster invitations, both in Eglish and Spanish.
Hope you come!

Monday, December 31, 2012

A fruitful year

 This was such a busy and fruitful year that I had very few opportunities to write about it. Here a brief look back at what made it wonderful:

The Mexican sun in the mornings

Yotopia, its people, and the best frozen yogurt in town

Mi sisters
Tamarindo with lemon at the park in Xalapa
My brother (and the painting of his house)
Xico, where I will live some day
The publication of Gerogia in Hawaii

The last of Soli's days
Embroidering venaditos
Miguel, Sita, and my Bay Area family
El Son and zapateado in my garden
Fogo and SF Carnaval!


Kelly's graduation
Kelly's wisdom teeth extraction
Nest in unexpected places in my garden
Participating in America the Beautiful book
the arrival of Tigerand mojo

Visitors I love
Making Frida
Painting venadito
Becoming a citizen

Painting Jose's face for Dia de los Muertos celebration
planning tattoos

Getting my tattoo inked

My tattoo oulined

Voting (with my son Kelly) for the first time in our lives

Painting Frida

Making papel picado


PBS testimonial and strangers telling me they have seen me.   

Planning Kelly's tattoo
Inked tattoo

Mojo, who never left

Tim and I

May new jouneys welcome all of us. My path takes me now back to Mexico where I will live part-time huging my family, making my books, and helping Kelly to forge his own path. Much love for everybody