Yuyi Morales is an award winning children's author and illustrator. Born in Xalapa, Mexico, Morales moved to the United States with her husband and young son in 1994. Missing her family and feeling isolated due to language barriers, Morales sought refuge in art. Drawing had been a hobby since childhood but had not been pursued professionally. As her son began learning English with children's picture books, Morales also learned the language and discovered the exciting possibilities of being a children's book illustrator. Her first illustrations for an English-language book were for Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez. An immediate hit, her work was said to be organic and beautifully rendered. Morales then moved on to writing as well as illustrating in her next title, Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book. Morales has won the Pura Belpré Illustrator Award twice, an award which honors "Latino authors and illustrators whose work best portrays and celebrates Latino cultural experience in a children's book." She is the author of numerous other works that can be found in the library's catalog here.