Keiko Kasza was born on a small Japanese island in the Inland Sea of Japan, where she lived with her parents, two brothers, and grandparents. Her uncles, aunts, and cousins also lived nearby. She graduated with a degree in graphic design from California State University at Northridge. She then married an American, making the United States her home ever since. After publishing five children’s books in Japan and working as a graphic designer for 14 years, Ms. Kasza decided in 1988 to devote her time to picture books. She lives in Indiana with her husband and two sons.