Mariko Shinju

Mariko Shinju

Author and illustrator for children's books.
Shinju was born in Kobe and graduated from Kobe College, and then studied to create picture books in Osaka and New York.

In 1998, Shinju's first picture book, "A Pumpkin Story," (Greene Bark Press) was released in the United States, and translated into Japanese in 2000.

In 2004, Kodansha published the first of the "Mottainai Grandma" (Mottainai baasan) books, and many prominent children's magazines and newspapers picked up the main character as a vehicle to promote an ecologically friendly lifestyle.

In 2008, Shinju created an exhibit entitled "Mottanai Grandma's World Report Exhibition", which chronicled problems facing the Earth today and how children have become victims because of it. The exhibit toured Japan extensively with favorable reviews. Shinju is also active in promoting biodiversity.