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Yuyi Morales

IR jF MOR in the Genealogy & Local History Library

Genealogy research is immigration research. Almost all of us in the United States are descended from relatively recent immigrants, with the notable exceptions of American Indians, whose ancestors had been here for thousands of years, and descendants of enslaved peoples, who were forcibly brought here rather than emigrated. In the quest to figure out who we are, and who our ancestors were, we search for their stories of coming to America. We are extremely excited to share with you a selection of picture books about immigration available in the Genealogy & Local History Library.

Dreamers, by Yuyi Morales, is the inspiration behind our collection of picture books about immigration. Caldecott Honor artist and six-time Pura Belpré winner Yuyi Morales’s gorgeous book tells the story of her immigration to the United States from Mexico with her son. Yuyi spoke no English at the time, but she and her son discovered an amazing place together: the public library. It helped them understand their new home and inspired Yuyi to become an author. This book is the most beautiful love letter to libraries I’ve ever seen.  I hope you enjoy it and all the other new books and that you’ll bring the children in your lives here to share the stories of our country.

Also available at the Downtown and Alton Square Libraries, call number E MOR.