Yuyi Morales: I Am My Hero and So Are You!


This is the second month in a series of author guest posts about diversity in children’s literature and the BookPeople Modern First Library initiative. We’ve enjoyed many posts by local Austin authors and now look forward to sharing guest posts written by national authors. For more about BookPeople’s Modern First Library initiative, and for more recommendations of wonderful new and classic picture books to read, visit bookpeople.com.

Previous posts in this series:

Varian Johnson: A Better World
Meghan G., Kids book buyer: Introducing BookPeople’s Modern First Library
Chris Barton: A Modern First Library List
Chris Barton: Loved, valued, unique? Yes. Center of the universe? No.
Cynthia Leitich Smith: Books as mirrors
Cynthia Leitich Smith: This book is for you
Liz Garton Scanlon: Soul reflecting 101
Liz Garton Scanlon: Fear No Difference
Liz Garton Scanlon: All the World Is All of Us
Don Tate: When I Began to Read, I Began to Exist
Don Tate: Maybe It’s Just Plain Fate
Varian Johnson: Diversity for Our Youngest Readers
Varian Johnson: A Better World
Grace Lin: The Wishes Many Readers Don’t Know They Have
Mike Jung: More Than a Start
LeUyen Pham: My Kids See Themselves in Every Book They Read
Phil Bildner: Firsts


Chris Barton, along with BookPeople children’s book buyer Meghan Goel, masterminded the whole concept of the Modern First Library. Among the many wonderful books on Chris’s Modern First recommendations list is Yuyi Morales’s Niño Wrestles the World, which stars a pint-sized underpants-clad Luchador Niño bloop-ing and zzzwap-ing his way to victory against such opponents as a giant Olmec head and La Llorona, the weeping ghost woman from Mexican folklore.

Yuyi provided this image of Niño for Modern First Library, which is a fine reminder that heroes can be seen not only in books but all around us, too:


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