Author Yuyi Morales

Photo of Yuyi MoralesLibraries, to me, are a space and time that changed the whole direction of my life.

I come from Mexico. In Mexico we do have public libraries, but we don't have libraries like the ones that exist here in the United States.

When I first came to the United States and I saw the public libraries for the first time, I was amazed and I was in awe. I couldn't believe that the books that were in the library were so beautiful, and especially the children's section of the library was amazing to me because I had never seen books like the ones that are published in the United States.

So I fell completely in love with it. I knew that I wanted to make them. I didn't know that I could ever publish them, but I wanted them to be mine. I wanted to be able to tell stories like the stories I saw in those books, and I wanted to be able to do art like the art I saw in those books.