The Art of Turning Pages: Illustrations by Lulu Delacre for Sonia Sotomayor’s Life Story

Sep 15, 2018 - Apr 07, 2019
Duvoisin Gallery

To celebrate U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s first children’s book, this exhibition showcases the captivating artwork by award-winning author and illustrator Lulu Delacre that brings this moving and inspiring memoir alive. In Turning Pages: My Life Story (Philomel Books, September 2018), Justice Sotomayor candidly recounts her challenges and triumphs, from her father’s death and her early diabetes diagnosis to her acceptance at Princeton University and eventually becoming the first Latina and third woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. Throughout, she recalls the deep and lasting impact of books to transport her to other worlds and inspire a love of learning and compassion for others. In her deeply researched and lovingly detailed illustrations, Delacre interweaves collage elements that highlight the importance of reading and create a vivid account of Sotomayor’s journey. The exhibition features nearly thirty works, including the original oil washes for the illustrations, preparatory drawings, reference photos, and other working material.

About the Illustrator
Three-time Pura Belpré Award honoree Lulu Delacre has been writing and illustrating children's books since 1980. Born and raised in Puerto Rico to Argentinean parents, Delacre says her Latino heritage and her life experiences inform her work. Her 39 titles include Arroz con Leche: Popular Songs and Rhymes from Latin America, a Horn Book Fanfare Book in print for over 25 years; and Salsa Stories, an IRA Outstanding International Book. Her bilingual picture book ¡Olinguito, de la A a la Z! Descubriendo el bosque nublado; Olinguito, from A to Z! Unveiling the Cloud Forest and her story collection Us, in Progress: Short Stories About Young Latinos have received multiple starred reviews and awards. Delacre has lectured internationally and served as a juror for the National Book Awards. She has exhibited at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art; The Original Art Show at the Society of Illustrators in New York; the Museum of Art of Puerto Rico and the Museum of Ponce in Puerto Rico among other venues. For more visit her at

About the Author
Sonia Sotomayor was born in the Bronx, New York. She earned a B.A. from Princeton University and a J.D. from Yale Law School. She served as an Assistant District Attorney in New York County, and then as a litigator at Pavia & Harcourt. In 1991, President George H. W. Bush nominated her to the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York. In 1997, President William Jefferson Clinton nominated her to the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. President Barack Obama nominated her as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court on May 26, 2009, and she assumed this role on August 8, 2009, becoming the first Latina and third woman to hold this position. She is the author of My Beloved World and The Beloved World of Sonia Sotomayor.

Organized by Nicole Simpson, Assistant Curator of Prints and Drawings. This exhibition is supported by the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs.

© 2018 Lulu Delacre

From Turning Pages: My Life Story by Sonia Sotomayor