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Allen Say

Born: Aug 28, 1937

Birthplace: Yokohama

Profession: Writer

Nationality: United States

Allen Say

Date of Birth : Aug 28, 1937
Birth Place : Yokohama

Allen Say is an Asian American writer and illustrator. He is best known for Grandfather's Journey, a children's picture book detailing his grandfather's voyage from Japan to the United States and back again, which won the 1994 Caldecott Medal for illustration. This story is autobiographical and relates to Say's constant moving during his childhood. His work mainly focuses on Japanese and Japanese American characters and their stories, and several works have autobiographical elements.


  • Writer
  • Illustrator

Also known as

  • James Allen Koichi Moriwaki Seii

Awards Won

  • Caldecott Medal
  • Caldecott Honor
  • Caldecott Medal
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