About the Author
Amanda Yoshida first dreamt of becoming a children's book illustrator when she was a mere toddler, growing up in the suburbs surrounding Portland, Oregon. As a child, she spent countless hours drawing and studying the artwork inside her stacks of colorfully illustrated books. She favored the rhyming words and silly drawings of Dr. Seuss and Shel Silverstein, and claimed she would one day become an artist. Eventually, the pens and pencils that were always in her hand became paint brushes in her exploration of creativity. At the age of fourteen, her original artwork was displayed and sold at her family's art gallery in Portland's Pearl District and led to several private commissions. After graduating from the elite Gnomon School of Visual Effects in Los Angeles in 2009, she fell in love with the digital canvas and began working solely in this medium.
Amanda returned to her beloved hometown of Portland in 2013 and began working as a freelance graphic designer and digital painter. Soon after, she and her husband welcomed their son, Morgan, into the world. Coming full circle, Amanda rediscovered her love of children's books — this time through a mother's eyes — and was inspired to try her hand at creating The Greatest Wish, primarily as a gift for family and friends. To her delight, the book quickly spread to a number of stores, including the Kroeger chain, fully igniting her determination to at last pursue her own greatest wish of writing and illustrating picture books as a career.