Book Beat is proud to host distinguished children’s author and illustrator Katie Yamasaki on Saturday, June 22 from 4-5pm. She will be speaking as well as signing her books. This event is free and open to the public. Please call Book Beat to reserve titles (248) 968-1190.
Katie Yamasaki is the author/illustrator of Fish for Jimmy: Inspired By One Family’s Experience in a Japanese American Internment Camp, as well as the illustrator of Honda: The Boy Who Dreamed of Cars. She works as a muralist and teaching artist at Ballet Tech, the New York City Public School for Dance. She began teaching there in 2000 and continues to be inspired by the energetic creativity of her 4th-8th grade students. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Fish for Jimmy: Inspired By One Family’s Experience in a Japanese American Internment Camp tells the story of two boys in a Japanese-American family, who have their lives changed when Japan bombs Pearl Harbor and the United States goes to war. With their family forced to leave their home and go to an internment camp, Jimmy loses his appetite. Older brother Taro takes matters into his own hands and, night after night, sneaks out of the camp, and catches fresh fish for Jimmy to help make him strong again. This affecting tale of courage and love is an adaptation of the author’s true family story.
Honda: The Boy Who Dreamed of Cars follows the life of Soichiro Honda, born in 1906, from his beginnings as a boy working in his father’s smith shop to his international success as a manufacturer. Yamasaki helps to keep the tone light with dynamic painted acrylic illustrations that depict her subject set amid flying car parts and streams of tiny automobiles and motorcycles. The first stand-alone biography for young readers of this Japanese blacksmith’s son, who fell in love with cars the instant he first laid eyes on one in 1914.
Katie Yamasaki’s recent talk at TEDX Brooklyn:
Katie Yamasaki mural at the Boggs Educational Center, Detroit: