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Sheila Hamanaka
Nationality Sansei Japanese-American
Occupation children's author and illustrator
Known for 1992 American Book Award

Sheila Hamanaka is an American freelance children's author and illustrator.


Hamanaka is a Sansei Japanese American, the daughter of actor Conrad Yama and Mary Takaoka of the Vaudeville group Taka Sisters. She has two older siblings; the writer and musician V. Vale, and musician/singer Lionelle Hamanaka.

Hamanaka lives in Tappan, New York.


  • 1992 American Book Award for The Journey


  • In Search Of The Spirit: The Living National Treasures of Japan, 1999 Morrow Junior, Sheila Hamanaka, Ayano Ohmi, ISBN: 978-0-688-14607-8


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