Illustrator Spotlight — Hiroe Nakata

We’ve highlighted some of our favorite children’s authors in the past, but don’t think that we’ve forgotten about the illustrators, because we haven’t!

Some authors like Rosemary Wells, Margaret Wise Brown, and Kevin Henkes actually write and illustrate many of their own works.  A large number of authors, however, are paired with separate illustrators to co-create a single masterpiece, with one person supplying the words and the other providing the artwork.  Some illustrators are able to work with the author from the beginning, but in many cases, the illustrator is chosen after the words have already been written.

The illustrator we’ve chosen to highlight in this post is Hiroe Nakata.  A couple of our favorite picture books illustrated by this artist (especially this time of year!) are Snow Happy by Patricia Hubbell and Duck Skates by Lynne Berry; also great is a book of poetry called Winter Friends by Mary Quattlebaum.

hiroe nakata collage

Here’s the publisher’s information:

Hiroe Nakata grew up in Japan, where she was encouraged in her drawing by her grandfather, a painter. She moved to the United States when she was sixteen and is a graduate of the Parsons School of Design. She has illustrated numerous children’s books and lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Check our catalog to see everything else by artist Hiroe Nakata.  You’ll discover sensational seasonal titles; books perfect for babies; and books about grandmas, grandpas, moms, and dads.


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