Cosei Kawa

Cosei Kawa is an award-winning Japanese artist. His many accolades include the CCBC Choices best-of-the-year list, the Sydney Taylor Book Award Silver Medal, and the Turry’s Picture Book Award.


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

Andersen’s stories

What’s your favorite line from a book?

To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour

“Auguries of Innocence” by William Blake

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

Charles Dickens
Lisbeth Zwerger
Hayao Miyazaki

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

One day, I was lying on the grass under the blue sky. A nut snapped on a branch over me.
Then, I thought “yes, I’ll become an illustrator.”

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

Go with the flow.