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Yuko Jones was born and raised in Japan. She has degrees in English, Psychology, and Human Development, as well as a career in early childhood developmental research. Her debut illustrated picture book, Niki Nakayama: A Chef’s Tale in 13 Bites (FSG 2021), is a Junior Library Guild Selection, a 2021 CBC Notable Book for Social Studies, a Chicago Library’s Best Book of 2021, and a Mighty Girl Book of the Year. Yuko lives in western, NY with her husband and two sons.


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