~Author Visits Update~
Dear teachers, librarians, fellow writers and illustrators, readers, and book lovers, thank you for your interest and enthusiasm for my author visits. Due to my busy book production I won't be accepting any more author presentations until further notice. If you'd like to be on my mailing list for announcements about my books, events, future author visit availability, and creative pursuits, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with "Yuyi Mailing List" in the subject line. You can also follow me:
Here you will find information that will help you set a visit by Yuyi Morales,
to present her work at your school, bookstore, library, or conference.
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PLANNING THE AUTHOR VISIT
When an Author or Illustrator comes to speak to young people, students are inspired to read, write, draw, and learn more about the process of creating books. Plan in advance and consider recruiting help from teachers, students, parents, staff, and volunteers in order to turn this literary event in to a meaningful experience. Here are a few things to consider about getting organized for the event.
CONTACT THE AUTHOR VISIT COORDINATOR
BOOKS SALES AND AUTOGRAPHING
Yuyi Morales will provide a book order form that can be customized with your school or event’s information. The book order form can be reproduced and distributed among the students to take home; this would give you a better idea of the amount of books you will need. However, be sure to have extra copies on hand for last minute orders.
Please remember that books should be ordered two to three months in advance to secure copies and allow time for shipping.
PUBLICIZING THE EVENT
ORDERING BOOKS FROM THE PUBLISHER
To order Yuyi Morales’ books directly from the publisher call or fax one of the following contacts. Have each ISBN and corresponding full book title, along with address (including zip code) date, name, and telephone number of the person placing the order. Make sure to mention that you are ordering books for an Author visit and request a corresponding discount.
Harcourt Trade Order Fulfillment (Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez or
Cosechando Esperanza: La Historia de César Chávez)
Chronicle Books Customer Service (Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting
Barefoot Books US (Sand Sister)
Henry Holt (Los Gatos Black on Halloween)
Roaring Brook Press (Little Night. Nochecita. Just In Case: a Trickster Tale and
Current list of books by Yuyi Morales:
Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez. Written by Kathleen Krull, illustrated by Yuyi Morales. Harcourt 2003. ISBN 0-15-201437-3
Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book. Written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales. Chronicle Books 2003. ISBN 0-8118-3758-0
Cosechando Esperanza: La Historia de César Chávez. Written by Kathleen Krull, illustrated by Yuyi Morales. Translated by F. Isabel Campoy and Alma Flor Ada. Libros Viajeron Harcourt 2003. ISBN 0-15-204755-7
Sand Sister. Written by Amanda White, illustrated by Yuyi Morales. Barefoot Books 2004. ISBN 1-84148-617-5
Los Gatos Black on Halloween Written by Marisa Montes, illustrated by Yuyi Morales. Henry holt and Co., 2006. ISBN-10: 0805074295. ISBN-13: 978-0805074291
Little Night Written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales.Roaring Brook Press. A Neal Porter Book, 2007. ISBN-10: 1596430885. ISBN-13: 978-596430884
Nochecita Written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales. Roaring Brook Press. A Neal Porter Book, 2007. ISBN-10: 1596432322. ISBN-13: 978-596432321
Just In Case: a Trickster Tale and Alphabet Written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales. Roaring Brook Press. A Neal Porter Book, 2008 ISBN: 978-1-59643-329-8. ISBN-10: 1-59643-329-9
My Abuelita. Written by Tony Johnston, illustrated by Yuyi Morales. Harcourt 2009. ISBN-10: 0152163301. ISBN-13: 987-0152163303
Floating on Mama's Song / Flotando en la Cancion de Mama. Written by Laura Lacamara, illustrated by Yuyi Morales. Katherine Tegen Books. ISBN-10: 0060843683. ISBN-13: 987-0060843687
Ladder to the Moon. Written by Maya Soetoro-Ng, illustrated by Yuyi Morales. Candlewick Press 2011. ISBN-10: 0763645702. ISBN-13: 987-0763645700
Georgia in Hawaii: When Georgia O'Keeffe Painted What She Pleased. Written by Amy Novesky, illustrated by Yuyi Morales. Harcourt 2012. ISBN-10: 0152054200. ISBN-13: 987-0152054205
CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS AND ACTIVITY SHEETS
Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez
Downloadable curriculum connections and activity sheets at www.yuyimorales.com/learn.html
Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book
Señor Calavera website with activities, videos, downloadable activities and more
Downloadable activity sheets Lets make a mask! Lets make a puppet! at www.yuyimorales.com/just_aminute.htmDownloadable Teacher’s guide, grades K-3 at
Los Gatos Black on Halloween
Downloadable halloween mask to color at www.yuyimorales.com/gatosblack/gatos_black.html
Little Night/ Nochecita
Downloadable paper doll to color at www.yuyimorales.com/little_night/paperdoll.pdf
Share them with young readers!
BUILDING ENTHUSIASM FOR THE AUTHOR VISIT
One of the most effective ways to make an author visit a success is to build enthusiasm. Here are some ideas that you can use at your school:
BEFORE THE VIST
· Start the buzz! Talk about the event, the author and her books to administrators, teachers, students, parents, volunteers, etc.
· Read and discus the author's books with the students. Encourage the staff to read them too!
· Ask your librarian to select and supply teachers and students with books that relate to the subject or themes of the author's books. If necessary, books can be borrowed from the public library or other schools.
· Display the author's books at the library or create a display of cover books in the hallway.
· Have students prepare questions for the Author on the day of the visit.
· Organize a contest and have the winners receive autographed books the day of the event.
· Have students make posters, banners or bookmarks related to the themes in the books.
· Organize a student art exhibit in response to the themes of the books.
· Coordinate students to interview the author for the school newsletter or newspaper.
· Have students write a review of one or more of the Author’s books.
· Invite parents join their children at the event.
· Select and prepare students to introduce the author in a creative and lively way. Research about the author would be required. Some places where to find more information are the inside flap of books and the web.To learn more about Yuyi Morales’ life and work visit www.yuyimorales.com
· Borrowing from one of the books, make a theme day at school.
· Publicize the event through the school newsletter.
THE DAY OF THE EVENT
AFTHER THE EVENT
FINANCING THE AUTHOR VISIT
Here are a few suggestions that might help you finance the cost of your author event
HAVE A BOOK SALE
Book sales give readers a wonderful opportunityto have an author they've met autograph their books, and can also help finance the author visit. Books can be bought at a discount directly from the publisher, and then the school can use this discount finance the cost of the visit. Check out the section Ordering Book From the Publisher to find more information.
SHARE THE SCHOOL VISIT WITH OTHER SCHOOLS OR ORGANIZATIONS IN YOUR AREA
Yuyi Morales’s day visit fee can be split with a maximum of three schools or
APPLY FOR SCHOOL GRANTS
Here are a few resources to check out when looking for grants to finance the author visit.
The Amber Brown Grant is sponsored by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and
Illustrators. Its mission is to help schools bring an author or illustrator to
speak to their students and make that day a true celebration:
School Grants. A website with grant information for schools:http://www.schoolgrants.org/Grants/nation-no_deadline.htm
Grants from the National Book Scholarship Fund:http://nbsf.org/apply.asp
State by state grants sponsored by Wells Fargo Charitable Contributions for Educationclick here
The Estela and Raúl Mora award to motivate libraries to celebrate "Día," El día de los niños/El día de los libros, Children's Day/Book Day on April 30th:http://www.patmora.com/dia.htm
Lee and Low Books, Finding Literacy Grants has a page full of information:http://www.leeandlow.com/administrator/grants.html