Suekichi Akaba

Suekichi Akaba 赤羽末吉

Suekichi Akaba (1910–1990)  was born in Tokyo and worked as both an author and illustrator of picture books, and also as a stage designer. For his work as an illustrator, he received separate Sankei Children's Book Awards in 1965 for Momotaro (Peach Boy; story by Tadashi Matsui) and for Shiroi ryu, kuroi ryu (White Dragon, Black Dragon; story by Hisako Kimishima). He won the same award once again in 1968 for Suho no shiroi uma (Suho and the White Horse; story by Yuzo Otsuka), which also became a finalist for the American Library Association's Mildred L. Batchelder Award. He received the Kodansha Award for Illustration in 1973 for Genpei emaki, Koromogawa no yakata (Genpei Picture Scroll: The Koromogawa Palace), and the Shogakukan Children's Publication Culture Arts Award in 1975 for Hoen no ike no kappa (The Kappa in Hoen Pond; story by Hatoju Muku). In 1980 he received the Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration for his lifelong contributions to children's books.

Books by Suekichi Akaba
  • Book

    The Great Big Potato

    At Blue Sky Kindergarten, the long-awaited day for the field trip to harvest sweet potatoes has finally arrived, but the forecast is for rain and the outing must be postponed for a week. The children are crestfallen. Meanwhile, however, they spe …