Melissa Iwai is the author and illustrator of many books for young children. Some of her books include Soup Day and Pizza Day, which she wrote and illustrated, and Let’s Go to the Hardware Store, which she illustrated. She is the illustrator of Thirty Minutes Over Oregon, a 2018 Junior Library Guild Selection, an Orbis Pictus Honor book, a 2019 Bank Street Best Book of the Year Listing, and an ILC (International Literacy Association) Teacher’s Choice Book. She received her BFA in Illustration from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA and currently lives in
Brooklyn with her husband, author, Denis Markell, and their teenage son, Jamie, and Shiba Inu, Nikki.