If you are unfamiliar with Yuyi Morales' work, her picture books are definitely something to experience— colorful, dreamy illustrations combine with charming stories to create that special magic that happens when an artist has a true gift for the medium.
Over the past 15 years that gift has been recognized by readers and book awards alike; just to name a few of her accolades, she has received Pura Belpré Awards for illustration four times, as well as the 2015 Caldecott Award Honor.
Although we're still waiting for copies of the English edition of Dreamers to come in, the Spanish edition, Soñadores and a few of her older titles are available now! While there are so many great ones to choose from, I've highlighted four of my favorites below.
This trickster tale follows Grandma Beetle as she fools death into waiting for her, finding things to delay him with a polite, "Just a Minute!" Grandma Beetle is so cutely devious that you can't help but love her.
This bilingual Halloween poem has such a lovely flow to it, with Spanish words that will be familiar to some and easily interpretable to others. Plus, it is just so delightfully spooky and atmospheric!
An exceptional tale full of excitement and action, Niño Wrestles the World brings us a little boy who imagines himself as a famous luchador and wrestles foes in nothing but a mask and his underwear. Absolutely adorable!
I'm not going to lie, this story of Cesar Chavez's 340-mile peaceful protest march through California made me cry a few happy tears. What a beautiful, informative book.
This is an updated version of a post that originally featured an author event that has now passed.