Keiko Kasza

Keiko's Books

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My Lucky Birthday

Silly Goose’s Big Story
Ready for Anything! Badger's Fancy Meal

The Dog Who Cried Wolf

My Lucky Day

The Mightiest
Dorothy & Mickey

Don’t Laugh, Joe!
Grandpa Toad's Secrets
The Rat and the Tiger

A Mother for Choco
When the Elephant Walks
The Pig's Picnic

The Wolf's Chicken Stew

My Lucky Birthday

(Penguin/Putnam, forthcoming in 2013)
Theme: triumph of the underdog (A companion book to My Lucky Day)


Silly Goose’s Big Story

(Penguin/Putnam, 2012)
Theme: friends through thick and thin

"Kasza has a talent for depicting real-world preschool conflict in her amusing animal fantasies."

" . . .this colorful picture book is just plain fun for reading aloud."


Ready for Anything!

(Penguin/Putnam, 2009)
Theme: the power of positive thinking

“Lighthearted, and wise, this humorous book skillfully presents the positive and negative issues . . .”

“Dynamic illustrations extend the humor throughout. . . .Bring along your picnic basket for this one.”

Highly Commended, 2010 Charlotte Zolotow Award
Chicago Public Library, Bookmania Book List
South Carolina Picture Book Award 2011-12 Nominee
Missouri Building Block Award 2011 nominee


Badger’s Fancy Meal

(Penguin/Putnam, 2007)
Theme: appreciation for what you have

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library list

“Another bold, bright, and funny read-aloud to add to Kasza’s canon.”

“Keiko Kasza has a knack for creating modern-day fables for children . . .”

Nominee for the Kentucky Blue Grass Award
2x2 Texas Reading List, 2008
Missouri Building Block Award 2009 nominee
Indiana Young Hoosier Book Award 2011-2012 nominee
South Carolina Picture Book Award 2009-2010 nominee
The Show Me Award 2008-2009 nominee
Nebraska The Golden Sower Award 2010 nominee
Pennsylvania Keystone to Reading Award 2009-2010 nominee


The Dog Who Cried Wolf

(Penguin/Putnam, 2005)
Theme: freedom versus the comforts of home

“Children will howl with delight when they meet this engaging pup  . . .”

“Kasza’s simple story and expressive watercolor and ink illustrations are spot-on. . . In the end, this tale of home and comfort will make everyone sigh with happiness.”

Children’s Book Sense picks Top 10
NYPL 100 books for Reading
Oppenheim Toys Portfolio, Platinum
Nominee for the Beehive Award, Utah
Nominee for the New Hampshire Lady Bug Award
Nominee for the South Carolina Book Award
Nominee for the Indiana Young Hoosier’s Award
Best Books 2005 by School Library Journal
South Dakota Children’s Book Award 2008 nominee


My Lucky Day

(Penguin/Putnam, 2004)
Theme: triumph of the underdog

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library list

“Children who have this book read to them at bedtime or story hour will find it’s their lucky day, too.”

“Kasza’s gouache art is as buoyant and comical as her narrative . . . “

Winner of the California Young Reader’s Award
Winner of the New Hampshire Lady Bug Picture book Award
Winner of the Illinois Picture book Award
Winner of the Arizona Book Award
Winner of the Indiana Young Hoosier’s Award
Winner of the Nebraska Golden Sower Award
Winner of the Nevada young Reader’s Award
Winner of the North Carolina Children’s Book Award
Winner of the Wyoming Buckaroo Book Award
Winner of the Georgia Children’s book Award
Winner of the Montana Treasure State Award
Michigan Reading Association Great Lakes Great books, Honor book
Nominee for the Washington Children’s Book Award
Nominee for the Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Award
Nominee for the Mockingbird Reading Program, Texas
Missouri State Reading Circle Selection
Oppenheim Toys Portfolio, Platinum Award
Arne Nixon for Children’s Literature, Best Book


The Mightiest

(Penguin/Putnam, 2002)
Theme: it is not size or strength that makes you the mightiest

“Kasza packs a great deal of philosophy . . .Kids will enjoy chewing over the questions and themes in the clever tale . . .

Storytelling World Award
Selection of the Junior Guild
Recommended New Books for Missouri Students


Dorothy and Mikey

(Penguin/Putnam, 2000)
Theme: friendship

“Humor, understatement, and perfect pacing are the hallmarks of her stories . . .”

“(Dorothy and Mikey) bring to mind the best of the late James Marshall’s ‘George and Martha’ books as they compete at everything but still end up friends.”

Parenting magazine Reading Magic Award


Don’t Laugh, Joe!

(Putnam, 1998)
Theme: the power of laughter

“Joe’s giggles, conveyed so mirthfully in Kasza’s pictures, are pretty contagious.”

“The rhythmic text moves along at a fast clip, and the warmhearted watercolors are irresistible.”

Charlotte Zolotow Honor Book
Nominee for Nebraska Golden Sower Award
IRA-CBC Children’s Choice


Grandpa Toad’s Secrets

(Penguin/Putnam, 1995)
Theme: intergenerational friendship

“Another winner from an author/illustrator who really knows what children like.”

Winner of Prix Chronos de Litterature Pour la Jeunesse, France
Nominee for the North Dakota Flicker Tale Children’s Award
Nominee for the Nevada Young Reader’s Award
Selection of the Junior Library Guild


The Rat and the Tiger

(Putnam, 1993)
Theme: conflict resolution between friends

“A worthwhile acquisition that children and parents will check out over and over again.”



A Mother for Choco

(Putnam, 1992)
Theme: adoption, multicultural acceptance

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library list

“The emphasis on caring and sharing despite superficial differences will surely find a wide audience.”

“Once again Kasza  . . .offers a fetchingly illustrated animal story with a profound message, endearingly and subtly delivered.”

The Library of Congress 100 Noteworthy Children’s Books of 1992
Nominee for the Indiana Young Hoosier’s Book Award
Nominee for the Washington Children’s Choice Picture Book Award
Nominee for the North Carolina Children’s Book Award


When the Elephant Walks

(Putnam, 1990)
Theme: a circular story of big and small

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library list

“A gem to share, with lap-sitter or group.”

“An unpretentious, thoroughly engaging book, executed with charm and élan.”


The Pigs’ Picnic

(Putnam, 1988)
Theme: be yourself

“What a delightful way to say, ‘You’re OK just the way you are.’”

School Library Journal Best Books of 1988


The Wolf’s Chicken Stew

(Putnam, 1987)
Theme: love can change even a villain

“. . .securely establishes herself as an outstanding new picture book talent.”

 “The wolf is an endearing critter whose expressions run the gamut from sly to shy to downright lovable.”

Winner of the Kentucky Bluegrass Award
ALA Notable Book for Children
Best Books of 1987 by CCBC
Nominee for the California Young Reader’s Medal Award
Nominee for the Nebraska Golden Sower Award


Kaba Obasan wa Ryouri Jouzu

Choco no Mama Yai

Boku no Wanita

Akai Entotsu Miete Kita

Oomu no Itazura

(Published in Japan during 1981-1986)