Maya Tatsukawa

Maya Tatsukawa - Designer

Boston, MA, USA

An illustrator and designer specialized in children's publishing

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Overview

Hello, I'm Maya!
A petite maker of charming things looking to bring a small smile or laugh.

I specialize in children's publishing, with experience designing board books & picture books to middle-grade & YA novels.
I love looking for the right fonts to match the narrative of the book and adding small details to make the book unique but still clean and easy to read.
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I am available if you are looking for the following services*:
Picture Book: Interior & Cover Design, Art Direction
Illustrated Middle Grade: Interior & Cover Design, Art Direction
Middle Grade/YA: Interior Design Only

I look forward to hearing from you soon!

*Please note that all projects will require a minimum of 1~3 months depending on the complexity & current stage your project is in.
Languages
English
Fiction
Middle Grade
Picture Books
Young Adult

Work experience

associate designer

Candlewick Press
February, 2019 – Present (over 1 year)

illustrator & designer

Self-employed
July, 2014 – Present (about 6 years)

Clients: Chronicle Books, Penguin, Illustoria

junior designer

Dial Books for Young Readers
September, 2013 – August, 2016 (almost 3 years)

interior design for middle grade and young adult novels
art direction, interior & jacket design for picture books

Portfolio (9 selected works)

Zig and the Magic Umbrella

Sylvie Kantorovitz

Fans of Oliver Jeffers will love this wondrous and playful story of an ordinary boy who becomes a heroShy, quiet Zig is trapped inside on a gray, rainy day when he sees a bright red umbrella blow by. He grabs the handle and--woosh!--off he goes to a faraway land where he meets a little yellow bird who desperately needs his help. Can Zig and his magic umbrella save the birds from the hairiest, ... read more

Fans of Oliver Jeffers will love this wondrous and playful story of an ordinary boy who becomes a heroShy, quiet Zig is trapped inside on a gray, rainy day when he sees a bright red umbrella blow by. He grabs the handle and--woosh!--off he goes to a faraway land where he meets a little yellow bird who desperately needs his help. Can Zig and his magic umbrella save the birds from the hairiest, ... read more

Vincent and the Night

Adele Enersen

In the tradition of Harold and the Purple Crayon, an inventive and charming bedtime story that blends whimsical art and sweet photographic touches. Vincent is a very clever boy. So when the night rolls in like a warm blanket, he unravels it and begins to play. The threads of the night become a violin, an elephant, and even a pirate ship—anything to delay bedtime. But in the end, even Vincent c... read more

In the tradition of Harold and the Purple Crayon, an inventive and charming bedtime story that blends whimsical art and sweet photographic touches. Vincent is a very clever boy. So when the night rolls in like a warm blanket, he unravels it and begins to play. The threads of the night become a violin, an elephant, and even a pirate ship—anything to delay bedtime. But in the end, even Vincent c... read more

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland board book

Alison Jay

Alice in Wonderland is now ready for the toddler crowd in this delightful board book edition of Lewis Carroll's classic Introduce the youngest readers to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland with this dynamic new edition. Board book favorite Alison Jay illustrates the novel's most iconic moments in her distinctive crackle-paint style. Each scene is paired with a descriptive verb, making this high-... read more

Alice in Wonderland is now ready for the toddler crowd in this delightful board book edition of Lewis Carroll's classic Introduce the youngest readers to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland with this dynamic new edition. Board book favorite Alison Jay illustrates the novel's most iconic moments in her distinctive crackle-paint style. Each scene is paired with a descriptive verb, making this high-... read more

Slasher Girls & Monster Boys

April Genevieve Tucholke, A.G. Howard

For fans of Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, American Horror Story and The Walking Dead comes a powerhouse anthology featuring some of the best thriller and horror writers in YAA host of the sharpest young adult authors come together in this collection of terrifying tales and psychological thrillers. Each author draws from a mix of literature, film, television, and music to create something new and ... read more

For fans of Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, American Horror Story and The Walking Dead comes a powerhouse anthology featuring some of the best thriller and horror writers in YAA host of the sharpest young adult authors come together in this collection of terrifying tales and psychological thrillers. Each author draws from a mix of literature, film, television, and music to create something new and ... read more

Cast Off: The Strange Adventures of Petra de Winter and Bram Broen

Eve Yohalem

A tale of pirates, mutiny, and friendship on the high seas, perfect for fans of The True Confessions of Charlotte DoyleIt’s 1663 and there is an extra passenger on board a Dutch merchant ship setting sail for the East Indies. Twelve-year-old Petra has stowed away to escape her abusive father. But she quickly realizes that surviving for months at sea will be impossible without help. So when Bra... read more

A tale of pirates, mutiny, and friendship on the high seas, perfect for fans of The True Confessions of Charlotte DoyleIt’s 1663 and there is an extra passenger on board a Dutch merchant ship setting sail for the East Indies. Twelve-year-old Petra has stowed away to escape her abusive father. But she quickly realizes that surviving for months at sea will be impossible without help. So when Bra... read more

Rocks Fall Everyone Dies

Lindsay Ribar

Twin Peaks meets Stars Hollow in this paranormal suspense novel about a boy who can reach inside people and steal their innermost things—fears, memories, scars, even love—and his family's secret ritual that for centuries has kept the cliff above their small town from collapsing.Aspen Quick has never really worried about how he's affecting people when he steals from them. But this summer he'll ... read more

Twin Peaks meets Stars Hollow in this paranormal suspense novel about a boy who can reach inside people and steal their innermost things—fears, memories, scars, even love—and his family's secret ritual that for centuries has kept the cliff above their small town from collapsing.Aspen Quick has never really worried about how he's affecting people when he steals from them. But this summer he'll ... read more

Thieving Weasels

Billy Taylor

Skip O'Rourke is dragged into one last con . . . but he doesn't know the con's on him in this funny, page-turning debut YA for fans of Winger and Ocean’s Eleven, now nominated for the Edgar Award and the International Thriller Writers Award.Cameron Smith attends an elite boarding school and has just been accepted to Princeton University alongside his beautiful girlfriend, Claire. Life for Came... read more

Skip O'Rourke is dragged into one last con . . . but he doesn't know the con's on him in this funny, page-turning debut YA for fans of Winger and Ocean’s Eleven, now nominated for the Edgar Award and the International Thriller Writers Award.Cameron Smith attends an elite boarding school and has just been accepted to Princeton University alongside his beautiful girlfriend, Claire. Life for Came... read more

The Boy Most Likely To

Huntley Fitzpatrick

The romantic companion to My Life Next Door—great for fans of Sarah Dessen and Jenny Han. Tim Mason was The Boy Most Likely To find the liquor cabinet blindfolded, need a liver transplant, and drive his car into a house Alice Garrett was The Girl Most Likely To . . . well, not date her little brother’s baggage-burdened best friend, for starters. For Tim, it wouldn’t be smart to fall for Alice.... read more

The romantic companion to My Life Next Door—great for fans of Sarah Dessen and Jenny Han. Tim Mason was The Boy Most Likely To find the liquor cabinet blindfolded, need a liver transplant, and drive his car into a house Alice Garrett was The Girl Most Likely To . . . well, not date her little brother’s baggage-burdened best friend, for starters. For Tim, it wouldn’t be smart to fall for Alice.... read more

Flash the Fish

Paul Kor

For fans of Rainbow Fish and Leo Lionni, this lively, sweet picture book about newfound friendship features shiny silver foil on every page. Little Flash's family travels as one big group of shimmering silver fish all over the ocean, but Flash likes to strike out on his own to explore. When Flash comes across a big black thing in the water, he's not sure what to make of it. Could it be a mount... read more

For fans of Rainbow Fish and Leo Lionni, this lively, sweet picture book about newfound friendship features shiny silver foil on every page. Little Flash's family travels as one big group of shimmering silver fish all over the ocean, but Flash likes to strike out on his own to explore. When Flash comes across a big black thing in the water, he's not sure what to make of it. Could it be a mount... read more

Maya has 1 review

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Communication & Punctuality

Paul Ian Cross
It was an absolute pleasure to work with Maya on my picture book, Ayami's Origami. Maya designed both the cover and book interior and Alison (who illustrated the book) and I are over the moon at the result. I'm incredibly excited about what Alison, Maya and I have created together and I can't wait for the book launch in 2019. I can't recommend Maya enough. I will be working with Maya again, and...
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Paul Ian Cross, September 2018

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