Tracy Nishimura Bishop grew up on an U.S. Army base just outside of Tokyo, Japan. At an early age, Tracy's dad recognized her interest in art and kept her supplied with endless reams of dot-matrix printer paper from his office so she could draw to her heart's content. |
Tracy attended San Jose State University and graduated with a degree in graphic design with a concentration in illustration/animation. For the next decade Tracy focused on building a career in graphic and web design, but Tracy's passion for telling stories through pictures persisted. In 2010, she left her design job at a children's museum to focus on being a full-time illustrator.
Tracy can now be found working from home in San Jose, CA. Her daily inspirations are her son, husband, and a hairy dog appropriately named Harry. When she's not working, you'll find Tracy reading, collecting picture books, knitting, or tinkering on her computer.
Below are her most recent projects, Ellie's Spooky Surprise by Callie Barkley (Little Simon), A Is for Asian American by Virginia Loh-Hagan (Sleeping Bear Pr), You Can't Please Everyone! by Ellen Flanagan Burns (Magination Press), The Homework Squad's ADHD Guide to School Success by Joshua Shifrin Ph.D. (Magination Press), Mary Had A Little Snowplow by Rachel Matson (Scholastic), Remembering Ethan by Lesléa Newman (Magination Press), Pop Flies, Robo-Pets, and Other Disasters by Suzanne Kamata (One Elm Books), Goodbye, School by Tonya Lippert PhD (Magination Press), The Curious Cat Spy Club series by Linda Joy Singleton (Albert Whitman & Company), Butterfly Wishes series by Jennifer Castle (Bloomsbury USA Childrens), Snowball Moon by Fran Cannon Slayton (little bee books), Pipsie, Nature Detective series by Rick DeDonato (Two Lions), First Grade, Here I Come! by D.J. Steinberg (Grosset & Dunlap), The Critter Club Series by Callie Barkley, The Rolling Reading Room by Eleanor Fremont (Pearson Digital Studio), Not the Quitting Kind by Sarra J. Roth (Peter Pauper Press), Meri's Mirror Series: Meri Mercer Doesn't Lie, Mostly, Tattletale Traitor, Terrible Twin Mania and Facing a Frenemy by Jan Fields (Magic Wagon), Dance Divas: Showtime! by Sheryl Berk (Bloomsbury USA), Let's Play Peek-a-Boo by Jane E. Gerver (Highlights), Go Away! by Anne Giulieri (Hinkler Education).
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