Bio & Contact


Hideko Takahashi

I was born and raised in Japan.
I graduated from Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan and Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles.
I have illustrated numerous children’s books, magazines, and educational materials, and my favorite things to paint are kids, bugs, and dogs.
I currently live in Seattle, Washington.


Client list

Candlewick Press
Carus Publishing Company
Dial (Penguin, USA)
G. P. Putnam’s Sons (Penguin, USA)
Henry Holt and Company
Houghton Mifflin

Japan-America Society of the State of Washington
Kar-Ben Publishing
Lee & Low Books
MacMillan McGraw-Hill

New Harbinger Publications
Nick Jr. Magazine
Pig Toe Press
Random House

Running Press
Sesame Street Magazine
Simon and Schuster
Sterling Publishing
Taiwan Wisdom Publishing


Certificate of Merit 38th Annual Illustration West, Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles

Bank Street College of Education’s Best Children’s Books of the Year 2001 forIn My New Yellow Shirt

Los Angeles Times Best Children’s Books, 2002 for Snow Day

Chicago Public Library’s Best of the Best Books of 2004, Bank Street College of Education’s Best Children’s Books of the Year 2005 and Cooperative Children’s Book Center’s Choices 2005 for Come to My Party and Other Shaped Poems

2009 Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading and Cooperative Children’s Book Center’s Choices 2008 for The Peace Bell


Beach play
“Takahashi’s acrylic illustrations, bright, immediate, and full of unusual perspectives “
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Good night, God Bless
“Boldly colored acrylic cartoon illustrations do a wonderful job of portraying the people and places mentioned. As night falls, the child’s eyes shut and the stars and moon light the dark sky above him.”
School Library Journal

In My New Yellow Shirt
“The bold, childlike illustrations capture all the marvelous makeovers, as Sam looks on”

Snow Day
”Bright, full-page illustrations reveal the magic of the day and add dimension to the story’s characters. This book is sure to be a family favorite with both young and adult readers.”
Children’s Literature

Matthew’s Truck 
” The vehicle travels through a wild terrain of “steep cliffs” and “deep dangerous lakes” while Takahashi’s winsome acrylics reassuringly depict the everyday landscape of a flight of stairs and a fish tank. “
School Library Journal

Hot Dog on TV
“Lovable hero, appealing artwork (especially the inviting jacket art)”

Come to my party
“Text and pictures blend seamlessly on this outstanding offering. . . . A strong debut for Roemer and Takahashi’s most inventive work yet.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review