Gyo Fujikawa (1908-1998) was a Japanese-American illustrator of children’s books, working from 1953 to 1990. Though she never married or had children of her own, her illustrations show children of all shapes, sizes, and ethnicities, featuring expressive faces and adorable vitality in the lines of their bodies. Her art is a mix of eye-popping colors and activities against a muted background, with delicate lines and exquisite detailed expressions. To read more about her, go here.
A lot of her work is out-of-print, but Sterling has republished some books, including three new titles forthcoming this April 2010. Luckily, her reprinted work retails for $9.95 or below; don’t be fooled by the low price point – the hard cover publication quality and reproduced artwork is lovely. Perfect for a gift or to enjoy at home.
Here is a list of her books that are currently available:
Puppies, Pussycats & Other Friends
Board Book: 9781402768231, Sterling, $5.95, Pub. Date: April 2010
Other Board Books:
Ten Little Babies
9781402757006, Sterling, $5.95
Baby Animal Families
9781402757020, Sterling, $5.95
9780448030845, Penguin, $5.99
9781402757013, Sterling, $5.95
9781402750649, Sterling, $9.95
A Child’s Book of Poems
9781402750618, Sterling, $9.95
The Night Before Christmas
9781402750656, Sterling, $9.95
Let’s hope Sterling, or another publisher, will bring them back into print soon.