Yuyi Morales - Dreamers

Co-sponsored by KCLS and Lake Forest Park Library

Caldecott Honor artist and five-time Pura Belpré Award winner Yuyi Morales tells her own immigration story in this picture-book tribute to the transformative power of hope ... and reading.

In 1994, Yuyi Morales left her home in Xalapa, Mexico and came to the US with her infant son. She left behind nearly everything she owned, but she didn't come empty-handed.

She brought her strength, her work, her passion, her hopes and dreams...and her stories. Caldecott Honor artist and five-time Pura Belpré winner Yuyi Morales's gorgeous new picture book Dreamers is about making a home in a new place. Yuyi and her son Kelly's passage was not easy, and Yuyi spoke no English whatsoever at the time. But together, they found an unexpected, unbelievable place: the public library. There, book by book, they untangled the language of this strange new land, and learned to make their home within it.

Dreamers is a celebration of what migrantes bring with them when they leave their homes. It's a story about family. And it's a story to remind us that we are all dreamers, bringing our own gifts wherever we roam. Beautiful and powerful at any time but given particular urgency as the status of our own Dreamers becomes uncertain, this is a story that is both topical and timeless.

The lyrical text is complemented by sumptuously detailed illustrations, rich in symbolism. Also included are a brief autobiographical essay about Yuyi's own experience, a list of book that inspired her (and still do), and a description of the beautiful images, textures, and mementos she used to create this book.

A parallel Spanish-language edition, Soñadores, is also available.

Born in Xalapa, Mexico, where she currently resides, Yuyi Morales lived for many years in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she still maintains close relations with booksellers and librarians. Professional storyteller, dancer, choreographer, puppeteer, and artist, she has won the prestigious Pura Belpré Award for Illustration five times, for Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book (2003), Los Gatos Black on Halloween (2006), Just in Case: A Trickster Tale and Spanish Alphabet Book (2008), Niño Wrestles the World (2013), and Viva Frida (2014), also a Caldecott Honor Book.

Dreamers Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780823440559
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Neal Porter Books - September 4th, 2018

Soñadores Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780823442584
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Neal Porter Books - September 4th, 2018

Niño Wrestles the World Cover Image
By Yuyi Morales, Yuyi Morales (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9781250062703
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Square Fish - August 25th, 2015

Rudas: Niño's Horrendous Hermanitas Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781250143365
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Square Fish - March 20th, 2018

Little Night/Nochecita Cover Image
By Yuyi Morales, Yuyi Morales (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9781250073242
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Square Fish - June 28th, 2016

Viva Frida Cover Image
By Yuyi Morales, Tim O'Meara (Photographs by)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781596436039
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Roaring Brook Press - September 2nd, 2014

Thunder Boy Jr. Cover Image
By Sherman Alexie, Yuyi Morales (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316013727
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 10th, 2016