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Yuyi Morales on the art of children's picture books

Writer and artist Yuyi Morales
Writer and artist Yuyi Morales
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The new children's book "Thunder Boy Jr." is all about a little boy who's not so happy about his name.

He's named after his dad, Thunder Boy Sr., but wishes that he had his own name. Something that Thunder Boy Jr. says "sounds like me."

The book is written by Sherman Alexie and illustrated by Caldecott Honor-winner Yuyi Morales.

Morales is a Mexican-born author and artist who got her start in children's literature in San Francisco where she learned English by reading children's books at the public library with her young son.

She's here in L.A. this weekend to deliver this year's Frances Clarke Sayers Lecture at UCLA's Graduate School of Education and Information Studies.

She sat down with Take Two's A Martinez to talk about "Thunder Boy Jr." and how she first got started writing and illustrating children's books.

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