Friday, August 10, 2018

New! 10 Little Geckos: Hawaiian Count-Down

Juggling with my day job of being a high school teacher and doing all my art things is sometimes...challenging, but I am so so thankful to God for these beautiful and colorful experiences in my life.

My newest book "10 Little Geckos: Hawaiian Count-Down: is finally here! I'm so excited to see this book came out very beautifully and cute:) The book is Hawaiian version of a popular count-down rhyme and I had this idea about 7 years ago or so... and wrote it, edit it, illustrated it, modified it many this one! As usual with all my recent books, I merged both hand-drawn elements and digital collage, and the funnest part of illustrating this book was to incorporate the fun-messy-textures to the background.

10 Little Geckos is an adorable Little Rainbow Reader book that teaches young children counting in an engaging and colorful way. The book follows ten multicolored geckos and their adventures under the Hawaiian sun. They visit their friends all throughout the islands including a dolphin, a mynah bird, and even a hula dancing girl! 10 Little Geckos follows an engaging rhyming pattern that tells a cute story while making it easier for children to memorize numbers. Each page also features the Hawaiian word for the numbers one through ten. It is sure to be a favorite among keiki! Hardcover. 23 pages. Available from  $12.95, and soon from Amazon.

10 Little Geckos:Hawaiian Count Down
written and illustrated by Yuko Green
Island Heritage Publishing @2018

10 ('umi) first spread
10 little geckos waking up in the morning and and ready for the day's adventures
3 ('ekolu)
in the afternoon toward the evening, geckos going home
and now only 3 left

Thursday, February 1, 2018

illustrations for "10 Little Geckos" finished!

My first post this year. May your new year filled with peace, growth, and discovery of new things. As for me, last year was yes, many discoveries, learning (yes always) and growth. 

My motto this year is to trust God, trust my journey...
Many things in my life for last few years asked me who I wanted to be, what I really wanted to do, be really honest with myself (and be a little bit bolderšŸ˜Š).  So I decide to give myself permission to take more chances to explore new ways to do my art. I was always attracted to beautiful messy canvas textures, so I made collage painting on canvases and merged them into my digital collage as background... I also played more with photoshop and what fun I had, I was like a child again! I really enjoyed the whole process of making this book. 

I wrote this story "10 Little Gecko" about 10 years ago, and was accepted by my publisher last spring. With my day job as a high school teacher and all other things, the process was slow with a big learning curve, but I am so happy with the results. I finished all illustration finally working from summer. It will come out for 2018 ChristmasšŸŽ„from Island Heritage Publishing. For more details of my books and illustrations, please check my instagram

cover sketches
10 Little Geckos by Yuko Green
almost there...cover illustration
10 Little Geckos by Yuko Green

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Ocean Friends 1-2-3

Ocean Friends 1-2-3
written by Kevin Teruya
illustrated by Yuko Green
32 pages
© Island Heritage 2017
ISBN#: 1-61710-321-7

Ocean Friends 1-2-3 is a colorful and creative book for children to learn counting one to ten in English, Hawaiian, and Japanese with a little Hawaiian monk seal, ‘liio, through his adventure. He will meet friends like playful dolphins, busy honu, and grandfater octopus! He even has a tiny gecko friend hidden on every page, be sure to find him :)
Available now at stores in Hawaii and from Island Heritage.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Island Yumi Paper Doll Play Set

island Yumi Paper Doll Play Se
2 Paper Dolls, reusable stickers, fold-out play scenes
created by Yuko Green
© 2016 Island Heritage
Go on endless adventures with Aloha, Mai, puppy Poi and Kitty cat. Dress them up in cute outfits, add props and accessories as they explore fold-open stores and market stands. Includes 2 stand-up dolls, 2 stand-up sets, 5 play scenes, and 70 reusable vinyl stickers! Carrying case makes travel easy and keeps all pieces neatly stored. Packaged acetate box approx. measurements: 6-17/20” (w) x 6-1/2” (h) x 1-1/8” (d) $7.99 at Hawaii's local stores and from Island Heritage Publishing.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

New! Honu Honu, Where Are You?

Honu Honu, Where Are You?
Written by Tammy Paikai
Illustrated by Yuko Green
(c) 2016 Island Heriage
ISBN: 1-61710-282-2
Baby Dolphin wants to play. Join him as he looks high and low for his friend Honu, the baby sea turtle and discovers so much more on this fun ocean adventure. Young children will love looking for Honu under the lift-the-flap hiding spots. Written in rhyme by Tammy Paikai and colorfully illustratedby me :)  14 pages, $11.95. At local stores and from Island Heritage Publishing.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

New! island yumi dress-up sticker dolls

island yumi Aloha & Friends
dress-up sticker dolls
6 Paper Dolls & Reusable Stickers
Created by Yuko Green
(c) 2016 Island Heriage
ISBN: 1-61710-285-7

Another island yumi product, this one is my favorite thing :) paper dolls! Have fun with Aloha and friends by dressing them up for a fun-filled day at the beach and a volcano. Island Heritage original 6 characters: Aloha, Mai, 'Ono, Hoku, Mele, Pua paper dols stand up along with their pets, over 100 reusable sticker outfits and accessories, double-sided background scenery for hours of fun! 8-1/2" x 11", Softcover. At local stores and from Island Heritage. $7.95

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

New! Whale Tales Japanese Edition

 Japanese edition of Whale Tales has just came out and sold now throughout the stores in Hawai'i. You can also order your copy from Island Heritage Publishing. 32 pages, $13.95.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Whale Tales

Whale Tales
by Ron Hirschi
illustrated by Yuko Green
(c) 2015 Island Heritage
ISBN: 1-61710-280-6 

Whale Tales is a fictional non-fiction children's book, told as Lehua and Kai write letters to their whale-loving friends during their voyage on the research ship following the annual migration of humpback whales. The reader can learn about the great sea mammals and other sea creatures as they follow Lehua and Kai document the adventure of the humpbacks as they begin their trek from the feeding grounds of Alaska and cruise to the warm waters of Hawai'i to give birth to their calves.
This book is my 3rd collaborated work with Mr. Ron Hirschi: a biologist, ocean ecologist and teacher. Mr. Hirschi and I worked on another whale book Winter is for Whale about ten years ago.  Illustrating Whale Tales renewed my love for Hawaiian nature all over. 

This book will be translated to Japanese early this year! It is first time my book will be translated to another language, so I'm very excited! :)
32 pages, 9.5" x 10.25". $13.95 from Island Heritage.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

New! Island Yumi Coloring & Activity Book with stickers

I was so happy to be asked to make coloring & activity book by Island Heritage for their popular character brand "Island Yumi" - one of most fun project it was :) Friendly six island girls: Aloha, Mele, 'Ono, Pua, Mai and Hoku, show children about the Hawaiian Islands, flowers, animals, words and numbers while having fun doing puzzles, games and coloring! Include stickers, from Island Heritage,  $7.95.

Island Yumi Coloring & Activity Book
by Yuko Green
(c) 2015 Island Heritage
ISBN: 1-61710-266-0

Only One You

This is a really amazing book and I already bought many copies for my friends and myself.  This is an uplifting book about growing up...a story told by papa and mama fish to the painted-rock fish, Adri. All his friend fish are colorfully hand-painted, and each one is different! Made me feel so happy that I painted different fish for all the high school graduates in my class last year :) A beautifully illustrated picture book for children and big children of all ages.  There is also a sequence book called "You be You", another delightful book.
Only One You
by Linda Kranz
(c) 2006