Irving Arts Center presents an exhibition of art by award-winning children's book author and illustrator, Yuyi Morales this fall.
Fifty-eight works of art are featured in the exhibition. Selected from fourteen of Morales’ books, including Dreamers (2018), Viva Frida (2014), Niño Wrestles the World (2013), Ladder to the Moon (2011), Floating on Mama’s Song (2010) and Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book (2003), the artwork ranges from sketches to original acrylic paintings on paper to the mixed media digital collages from her more recent projects.
Morales is a six-time recipient of the prestigious Pura Belpré award and the first Latina to receive a Caldecott Honor for her book, Viva Frida in 2015.
Morales’ stories are heavily influenced by her upbringing in Mexico and give poignant insight from an immigrant’s perspective. Dreamers, the recipient of a 2019 Caldecott Honor, speaks to this experience and topic especially. Pieces of her vibrant past make their way into her other titles as well. “As anyone who comes to a new country carries with her, with him, all those stories, I brought them with me, too, and I put them in my books all the time,” Morales has said.
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