Yuyi Morales to Deliver 2016 Frances Clarke Sayers Lecture

UCLA IS hosts Caldecott Medal-winning author and illustrator, May 15.

The UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies is proud to present children’s author and illustrator Yuyi Morales, who will deliver the 2016 Frances Clarke Sayers Lecture on Sunday, May 15 at 4 p.m. in Korn Auditorium at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. A reception and book signing will follow the lecture; select titles by Morales will be available for sale at the event.

As a Spanish-speaking immigrant and new mother, Morales struggled with English and with loneliness in a culture foreign to her. She took solace in public libraries, where she and her son practiced English by reading children’s books. In her library visits she found a renewed interest for stories, and enrolled in evening writing classes to learn how to tell stories in English like the ones she admired. She also bought her first set of paints and brushes, and by studying the picture books she loved she began to paint.

Morales, who won a 2015 Caldecott Honor for “Viva Frida,” is known for her bright, child-friendly art.  Her books include “Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale,” “Counting Book,” and “Little Night.” Morales is a five-time recipient of the Pura Belpré Illustrator Award for her books “Niño Wrestles the World,” “Viva Frida,” “My Abuelita” (by Tony Johnston); “Los Gatos Black on Halloween” (by Marisa Montes); and “Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez.” The Pura Belpré Illustrator Award honors Latina/o authors and illustrators who best portray and celebrate the Latina/o cultural experience in children’s literature.

In 2016, Morales was among a select group of children’s book illustrators recognized as a Sendak Fellow by the Maurice Sendak Foundation. The Fellowship is granted to illustrators whose work tells a story with illustration. Her upcoming book, “Thunder Boy Jr.”, written by Sherman Alexie, will be released this May.

Organized by the UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies and the Department of Information Studies, the annual Frances Clarke Sayers Lecture is a tribute to the former faculty member Dr. Frances Clarke Sayers (1897-1989), who was a noted American children’s librarian, author, and lecturer. She was an outspoken advocate for excellence in children’s literature, making her one of the most influential children’s librarians of her generation.

Admission to this event is free. Complimentary parking is available in Lot 5 on the UCLA campus. To attend, please RSVP by May 12 at sayers2016.eventbrite.com. For more information, contact events@gseis.ucla.edu.


Photo by Antonio Turok

Updated 5/12/16