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A Journey of Transformation — The Zena Sutherland Lecture

"I like to say things with my voice, and with my jaranita." A screenshot from Morales's presentation of the Zena Sutherland Lecture. Image courtesy of Yuyi Morales. My voice, like the voice of most everybody, is made of many different ways of saying things. I like to say things with...

Lighting the Candle: ¡Bórralo!

From the May/June 2021 special issue of The Horn Book Magazine: The Pura Belpré Award at 25. Find more in the "Lighting the Candle" series here....

Dreamers: Yuyi Morales's 2019 BGHB Picture Book Honor Speech

Two years ago, I was in my studio and decided to write a picture book that I had been promising my editor and my agent — that I had promised myself — to write, but I was dubious. How to tell that story, from more than two decades ago, of...

Thunder Boy Jr.: Illustrator Yuyi Morales’s 2016 BGHB Picture Book Honor Speech

You all must be at the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards, celebrating. I want to say a big thank you to you all. Thunder Boy Jr. is a book in which I felt I wasn’t only supposed to make illustrations, but questions — to ask questions to myself, such as how...

Studio Views: My Next Medium

When I was growing up in Mexico, pencil, eraser, and paper were my media — and my favorite technique was copying. Copying gave me guidance, and the results from moving the pencil across the paper constantly amazed me. The more lines I drew, the more things appeared in front of...

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