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Self-Calming Cards
by Elizabeth Crary, M.S.

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If You Can't Cope, You Need Crary's Cards
Detail Enriches Emotional Nuances in Katayama's Illustrations of Children
Graham Hill Illustrator Is the Cat's Meow (PDF)

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About Mits Katayama

Mits Katayama

Seven decades ago, Mits Katayama's drawings covered the walls of his classroom in the three-room Pacific, Washington, school. He's still drawing—but today his illustrations can be seen in libraries and bookstores around the world.

Besides the Self-Calming Cards, written by Elizabeth Crary, Katayama has illustrated such Parenting Press publications as the Feelings for Little Children Series, where children grin, grimace and dance through happiness, anger, shyness and silliness, Help! The Kids Are at It Again: Using Kids' Quarrels to Teach "People" Skills, and Unplugging Power Struggles: Resolving Emotional Battles with Your Kids.

He started out, however, in what was then called "commercial art," and soon became one of Seattle's most respected graphic artists. In that era preceding computer-generated type and art, Katayama created the illustrations and lettered the text that filled print advertising, point-of-purchase displays, brochures and other marketing materials.

He began work for Parenting Press in the mid-1990s, after crossing paths with Press publisher Carolyn Threadgill twice: both worked for Harriet Bullitt's publishing company in the 1980s, Katayama as a free-lancer doing illustration and graphic design for Bullitt's Pacific Northwest magazine and Threadgill as director of Pacific Search books. Later, they worked together in North Seattle Community College's public relations office.

Katayama is an original member and past president of the SPGA/Seattle chapter of the Graphic Artists Guild. He has taught at Seattle Central and the School of Visual Concepts. A resident of Seattle's Graham Hill neighborhood, he is a member of the Japanese American Citizens League. He and his wife are the parents of three and the grandparents of one.

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