Maya Tatsukawa
illustrator & book designer & translator
Hello, I'm Maya!
And yes, I am petite (which means small in french) but bigger than a pencil.

My life and work is a never-ending happy project, where I strive to add a small piece of happiness to a person's day with a smile or laugh in the picture books I illustrate and sometimes write. I also design children's books created by brilliant authors and illustrators during the day for Penguin Random House. 

When I'm not designing, illustrating, or thinking about children's books,
you can find me baking desserts, eating ice cream, or searching for
the perfect scone just outside of Boston.

For book design inquiries 
or JP→EN translation inquiries, please contact me at petitemayat(at)
For book illustration inquiries, please contact my lovely agent, Wendi Gu, at wgu(at)



連絡はこちらまで petitemayat(at)


The Bear in My Family (2020, Dial Books)
Dandelion Magic (2021, Dial Books)
Sunday Pancakes (2022, Dial Books)
Give This Book Away (2022, Knopf Books)
Mole is Not Alone (2023, Henry Holt)
Otter Carries On (2025, Henry Holt)
Theodore Seuss Geisel Award Honor 2021 - The Bear in My Family

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