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Hiroe grew up in Japan, encouraged in her drawing by her grandfather, a painter. One of her favorite things to do was to sit and play in the big rocking chair in his studio. She also loved music and at a very early age began composing songs for her own amusement. As she paints she often recalls the songs she wrote as a child and is reminded of her hands moving on the keyboard as her brush moves across the paper. When she was sixteen, Hiroe moved to the United States. She is a graduate of the Parsons School of Design and a resident of New York City. She was honored by having two illustrations from her first picture book, Lucky Pennies and Hot Chocolate chosen for the prestigious Society of Illustrators Annual Exhibition in New York in February 2001.

Shown below are her most recent picture books, The Magic of a Small Town Christmas by Megan Alexander (Aladdin), Rainbow is My Favorite Color by Krystal Harnden (Rainbow Cloud Books), Clover Kitty Goes to Kittygarten by Laura Purdie Salas (Two Lions), Baby Builders by Elissa Haden Guest (Dial Books), One More Hug by Megan Alexander (Aladdin), Baby's Blessings by Lesléa Newman (Kar-Ben Publishing), Baby Shoes by Dashka Slater (Bloomsbury Children's Books), Thanks for Today by Lina Schwarz (Albert Whitman & Company), Not That Tutu! by Michelle Sinclair Colman (Robin Corey Books), All of Baby, Nose to Toes by Victoria Adler (Dial), Grandma Calls Me Gigglepie, Daddy Calls Me Doodlebug & Mommy Calls Me Monkeypants all written by J.D. Lester (Robin Corey Books), Snow Happy! by Patricia Hubbell (Tricycle Press), Ducking for Apples, Duck Tents, Duck Skates by Lynne Berry (Henry Holt and Co.), and Preschool Day Hooray! by Linda Leopold Strauss (Cartwheel Books).

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