Allen Say is an author who many people are not too familiar with, but should be. He has written and illustrated many picture books, primarily geared toward elementary-age children. Many of his books can also be used to teach upper elementary and middle schoolers important life-lessons and historical diversity. His artistic style is so unique with its rich and vivid tones that his books are easily recognizable. Say’s subject matter is usually semi-autobiographical. He was born in Japan in 1937. His father was a Korean orphan raised by a British family and his mother was Japanese, born in California. Say’s books often feature Japanese characters in cross-cultural situations and experiences.
Some of Allen Say’s work:
- Tree of Cranes (Review to Come)
- Emma’s Rug
- Grandfather’s Journey-1994 Caldecott Medal Winner (Review to Come)
- Home of the Brave
- Stranger in the Mirror
- Tea with Milk
- The Boy of the Three Year Nap (Illustrator)- 1989 Caldecott Honor
Additional Web Resources:
- http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/contributor/allen-say -This website features an abbreviated biography and blurbs on his books and two interviews with him.
- http://www.houghtonmifflinbooks.com/authors/allensay/index.shtml -This website is his official website from his publishing company. It features information on Say’s latest works.