Mariko Tamaki is a Canadian artist and writer. Best known for her 2008 graphic novel <i>Skim, </i> she has also published several works of both traditional written fiction and non-fiction. She was born in Toronto, Ontario and studied English literature at McGill University, graduating in 1994. Skim won an Ignatz Award, a Joe Shuster Award and a Doug Wright Award in 2009, and was a nominee for the Children's literature category at the 2008 Governor General's Awards. Tamaki was also awarded an Honour of Distinction by the Dayne Ogilvie Prize, a literary award for lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender writers in Canada, in 2012. On August 18, 2014, <i>This One Summer</i>, which was written by Mariko Tamaki and illustrated by Jillian Tamaki was nominated for a Ignatz Award. This One Summer also won the 2015 Michael L. Printz Award and the Caldecott Honor from the American Library Association. The author lives in Oakland, CA.