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Kellen Hatanaka

Kellen Hatanaka is a Toronto-based freelance illustrator and author of children’s books. He was awarded the Governor General’s Award in 2016 along with Jon-Erik Lappano for their juvenile picture book, Tokyo Digs a Garden.

Drive A Look At Roadside Opposites book cover

Fiction (Juvenile picture book)

Drive: A Look at Roadside Opposites

Toronto: Groundwood, 2015.

Publisher’s Synopsis (From its website)

A road trip that takes readers into a big, wide world—and into a small, narrow one, too! With the same sophisticated, minimalist design that characterized Work: An Occupational ABC, Drive is an exploration of opposites.

Awards and Honours

2015 Toronto Public Library: First & Best: Top Ten Picks for Kids Under Five

Work An Occupational ABC book cover

Non-fiction (Juvenile alphabet book)

Work: An Occupational ABC

Toronto: Groundwood, 2014.

Publisher’ Synopsis (From its website)

An alphabetical tour through the coolest jobs you can imagine—and some you might never have heard of! With a sophisticated, minimalist design and visual jokes to interpret on every page, Work: An Occupational ABC introduces children both to the alphabet and to a range of alternative careers.

Awards and Honours

2014 Huffington Post Best Picture Books of the Year: Concept Book (Honorable Mention)
2015 ALA Notable Children’s Book


Kellen Hatanaka personal website

Publisher Groundwood