Born in Xalapa, Mexico, Yuyi Morales loved drawing from an early age, an interest encouraged by her father. Her family were avid storytellers, laying a foundation of creative communication from the beginning of her life.
When Yuyi Morales immigrated to the United States with her baby, libraries helped her adjust to her new home. Through picture books she learned English along with her son, and she found a new passion for children’s stories that would make her one of the most celebrated Latina illustrators.
This summer, the Museum is proud to present original illustrations from Morales’ books as part of its Soñadora: Floating on Mama’s Song exhibit. Curated by the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature, this exhibit features more than forty of Morales’ illustrations, including selections from Viva Frida, winner of the Pura Belpré Award and a Caldecott Honor Book. The exhibit’s magical and poignant illustrations feature universal themes such as family love, as well as Yuyi’s own experiences as an immigrant. The exhibit also features hardcover editions of many of the books on the wall beneath the artwork to encourage families to explore these stories together.
This exhibit ends September 23rd, 2023.
Sponsored by the CFP Foundation.