San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Join us at the Main Library for a special reception, lecture, and book signing with Yuyi Morales. Yuyi will be signing copies of her books including the award-winning Niño Wrestles the World.
"When I came to the United States I did not have much here. I didn't have the language. I didn't have friends. I didn't have a job anymore, which meant that I didn't have people who listened to me or that validated my thoughts or any of that. I was very lonely.
But then, my mother-in-law brought me to this place that changed my life forever. She brought me to the public library. In the library, I found this island of peace and this world where I didn't have to interact with anybody in order to know, and learn, and see, and love, because I was looking at these books—especially in the children's section."
Award-winning author and illustrator Yuyi Morales will be the special guest speaker at the SF Public Library's 18th annual Effie Lee Morris Lecture. The theme of her talk will be
“Creating Children’s Books: An Immigrant’s Story.”
As a Spanish-speaking immigrant and new mother who migrated to the U.S. from Mexico, Yuyi struggled with English and adapting to a new home. She found support in neighborhood libraries, where she and her son practiced English by reading children’s books. There she found her life passion writing and illustrating children’s stories, such as Just a Minute; A Trickster Tale and Counting Book; Little Night / Nochecita; Just in Case, and the 2013 Niño Wrestles the World. She is the first children’s book illustrator of Mexican descent to reach the New York Times Best Sellers List.
When & Where
San Francisco Public Library Children's Center
All San Francisco Public Library programs are free and open to the public. Made possible through the generous support of the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.