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One picture is worth a thousand words!

My name is Chihiro Takeuchi.  I am an illustrator and picture book author from Japan.
I've been part of the industry for some two decades but I  published my first work, a paper cut craft book 2011.
My books have been translated into more than 10 languages and My work have been recognised, amongst others, by the Society of Illustrators, Kirkus Reviews, Readings and The New York Times, Good Housekeeping Kids' Book Awards etc.
My life has always been seeped in art. Ever since I was a child I was surrounded by it and I knew it would be my life's calling. My motivation for doing and continuing to do this has largely stayed the same over the years. I love encouraging children's imagination and I love discovering new designs and new stories that will resonate with them. My three children are my strictest critics and my greatest help and I have them to thank for all the successes I've had so far.

The highlights of my career have been being selected to exhibit at the Bologna Book Fair for two years in a row and working with Google's team and talented artists from all over the world in order to promote women on International Women's Day in 2018. 

My personal life and my professional career have taken many surprising and unsuspecting turns so far but I have enjoyed the ride and I hope to continue finding and bringing exciting stories to children everywhere.

I love to make stories with some blank spaces that readers can fill with their own imagination.
That's the effect I am trying to make and the effect my books will hopefully have.


●Awards Received

The 2022 Good Housekeeping Kids' Book Awards
2017 - NY" Society of Illustrators"  The Original Art<Year's best childre's books>

2016 - BOLOGNA CHILDREN'S BOOK FAIR Selected Illustrator 

2015 - BOLOGNA CHILDREN'S BOOK FAIR Selected Illustrator 

2013 - NIKATEN DESIGN Winner

●My clients:
Berbay Books,Tundra Books<Penguin Random House Canada>,
CandleWick Press,Google,
Shuppan works,Sinnos,Rue de monde,NIHON VOGUE,HIKARINOKUNI,Kazoo Magazine etc


Born and residing in Osaka, Japan

Musashino Art College Division - Majored in graphic design


●Work History

Oversaw editing and design at a regional newspaper company

In 2007, left the company to open 10 independent art classrooms

in the Osaka and Kyoto areas.

In addition, oversaw workshop planning and construction of a craft-arts book.



・All In A Day - Berbay books(2022
・Whose  Dinosaur Bones?
 - Berbay books(2022
Whose Bones Are Those?
 - Candlewick Press (2022)
Can you find my robot's arm?
 - RH Korea PTy Ltd(2022)
・Colors, Animals , ABC
 Shanghai Juvenile & Children’s Publishing House

Paper Peek Alphabet 
Candlewick Press (2022/01)
・Minnano ichinichi Alice kan(2021.11)

Knochensalat Welches Tier verbirgt sich hier? Lübbe (2021/10)German
Whose Bonse?
 Berbay books(2020/10)
ABC Alphabet
 Berbay books(2021/02)
Animals Candlewick Press (2020/09)

机器人宝宝想象力 双语 中信出版集团(2020/06)China
Chache Chache Colours
 Saltimbanque editions(2020/6)

DARE NO HONE? Shuppan works (2020/6)

Animals Berbay books2019/10)
 Candlewick Press (2019/09)

Colours Berbay books2019/02)

BOKU NO SAGASHIMONO Shuppan works(2017/10)
(2015 BOLOGNA CHILDREN`S BOOK FAIR Award illustration)
Can you find my robot's arm?
 Tundra books /Penguin Randam House(2017/07)   
 (2015 BOLOGNA CHILDREN`S BOOK FAIR Award illustration)

BOKU NO TUJURIKATA Shuppan works2017/04)
(2016 BOLOGNA CHILDREN`S BOOK FAIR Award illustration)

The fantastic recipe machine Berbay books2017/02)
 (2016 BOLOGNA CHILDREN`S BOOK FAIR Award illustration)

la mia fabbrica Sinnos2016/09)Italian
(2016 BOLOGNA CHILDREN`S BOOK FAIR Award illustration)

Ca se fabrique peut-être comme ça Rue de monde(2016/09)France
 (2016 BOLOGNA CHILDREN`S BOOK FAIR Award illustration)

Can you find my robot's arm? Berbay books (2015/12)
(2015 BOLOGNA CHILDREN`S BOOK FAIR Award illustration)





Papercut Artist / Illustrator / Author     CHIHIRO TAKEUCHI

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