Keiko Kasza

Keiko Kasza was born in the Inland Sea of Japan on a small Japanese island. With her parents, two brothers, and grandparents, she grew up in a typical Japanese extended household. Uncles, aunts, and cousins all lived in the neighborhood. Kasza recalls, Every step I took growing up was quite typical. My sole uncommon activity was attending college in the United States.

She earned a graphic design degree from California State University, Northridge. Kasza married an American and has lived in the United States ever since. After publishing five children's books in Japan and fourteen years as a graphic designer, Kasza chose to devote her time to picture books in 1988. She claims that having two tiny boys and two jobs was too much for her to handle. Kasza admires several famous picture-book creators, including Leo Lionni and Maurice Sendak, but feels Arnold Lobel's work has had the greatest influence on her.

She believes he continues to inspire her with his subtle humor and Read More chevron_right