Authors

Miwa Nakaya

Miwa Nakaya なかやみわ

Miwa Nakaya was born in Saitama Prefecture. She graduated from Joshibi Junior College of Art and Design with a degree in graphic design, and worked as an industrial designer before becoming a picture-book author. She has authored many tremendously popular picture books, including Kumako-chan no mizutama hankachi (Kumako’s Polka-Dot Handkerchief), the Soramame-kun (tr. Big Beanie) series, the Kureyon no Kuro-kun (Blackie, the Crayon) series, and the Koguma no Kūpii (Coopie the Bear) series based on her own experiences in child-rearing. Her heartwarming stories, filled with distinctive, endearing characters, have won many fans among both children and parents.

Books by Miwa Nakaya
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    Kumako's Polka-Dot Handkerchief

    Kumako the bear washes her favorite polka-dot handkerchief clean and lays it over the back of a chair in the garden to dry. Then she goes off to play with Miimi the rabbit and other friends. But in her absence, the polka dots decide they want to play amon …

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    A Day in the Life of Big Beanie

    This is another installment in the hugely popular series of picture books featuring a charming fava-bean character named Soramame-kun, or Big Beanie. Big Beanie’s most treasured possession is his soft, fluffy bed made out of the shell of a fava-bean po …

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    Big Beanie and the Very Long Bean

    This is another installment in the hugely popular series of picture books featuring a charming fava-bean character named Soramame-kun, or Big Beanie. Big Beanie and his friends find a strange bean pod sticking out of a thicket of grass. When they pull on …

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    Big Beanie’s New Bed

    This is another installment in the hugely popular series of picture books featuring a charming fava-bean character named Soramame-kun, or Big Beanie. Big Beanie’s most treasured possession is his cozy bean-pod bed. It’s as soft as cotton and as fluff …

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    Big Beanie Goes Out to Play: A Summer Day in the Meadow

    In this installment of the tremendously popular Big Beanie picture-book series, the eponymous protagonist is wakened by bright sunshine on a beautiful summer day. His friends Peanut, Edamame, the Pod-peas, and the Green Pea siblings soon arrive carrying s …

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