Yuyi Morales is an artist, children’s book illustrator, and a five-time recipient of the Pura Belpré Award (and many, many other awards). Yuyi’s books are inspired by her love of Mexico and Mexican folk tales. She uses many mediums, including amazing handmade puppets, to illustrate her books.
One of my favorite things about Yuyi is how she helps children face their fears by encouraging them to play with and explore things that scare them.
As we approach these two celebrations, Yuyi’s artwork, books, and Author Program movie are especially relevant and fun.
For example, use TeachingBooks.net in your classroom or library to host and promote and online author visit with Yuyi Morales …
- Use this comprehensive bibliography to create a display of Yuyi’s colorful books in your classroom or library.
- Project Yuyi Morales’s five-minute mini-documentary movie in your library or classroom, and learn from Yuyi the difference between Halloween and El Día de los Muertos/The Day of the Dead.
- You can also project Yuyi speaking about her books and stories in Spanish!
- Encourage students to use this in-depth written interview to do author/illustrator studies about Yuyi Morales.
- Learn the correct pronunciation of Yuyi’s name in her creative and poetic Name Pronunciation audio clip.
- Explore Yuyi’s personal website and blog to learn more about her, including her page of “muerte songs” which includes audio files of coplas (small verses children in Mexico sing as a game).
Post a comment with your ideas and you can help other educators learn the ways you teach about these holidays and use online book and author resources in your work.
Posted by Danika L. Morphew-Tarbuck, MLS, Web 2.0 Content Producer