Books by Katie Yamasaki

GOD'S BIG PLAN by Elizabeth F. Caldwell
Released: April 23, 2019

"Children of Abrahamic faiths drawn to this book's bright, eye-catching illustrations will find a message of inclusion within. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Diversity is God's gift to his creation. Read full book review >
Released: July 3, 2018

"A rare find about family featuring a mixed-raced protagonist. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In a story that's reminiscent of "The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse," a young mixed Japanese-white girl savors creating summer memories with her cousins. Read full book review >
Released: April 15, 2013

"A new and moving look at one of the most disgraceful events in U.S. history, effectively told with childlike surrealism. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Based on her great-grandfather's experience in a Japanese "internment camp," Yamasaki tells how Taro takes care of his younger brother, Jimmy, when he stops eating. Read full book review >
HONDA by Mark Weston
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

Soichiro Honda was, in his own way, the Henry Ford of Japan. He became fascinated by automobiles from his very first sight of a Model T. Determined to learn everything possible about cars, he began as a cleaner in a garage and eventually became an expert mechanic with his own business. Later he designed racecars and manufactured car parts and airplane propellers. After World War II, he developed small motorcycles and started the Honda Motor Company, constantly adding improvements and innovations to his products and then designing and manufacturing fuel-efficient automobiles. Weston presents Honda as a perfectionist, an innovator in his field and a model corporate leader, who encouraged his workers, listened to them and treated them well. However, with the exception of a list of retirement activities, Honda's life beyond business is nowhere to be found. Yamasaki's detailed and whimsical acrylics add zest to the proceedings. A worthwhile introduction to a neglected subject. (author's sources, afterword) (Picture book/biography. 7-12)Read full book review >