Tammy Yee, Illustration and Design

Tammy Yee grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii, where she explored tide pools, swam in streams and wrote and illustrated spooky stories her teachers politely read. After she graduated from college she worked as a pediatric nurse. Having children rekindled her love for picture books, so in 1994 she exchanged her stethoscope for a paintbrush and she's been illustrating ever since.

Tammy has worked on more than 30 books including The Tsunami Quilt: Grandfather's Story (written by Anthony Fredericks, Sleeping Bear Press), a Bank Street College Best Book of the Year and Storytelling World Awards Honor recipient in the Pre-Adolescent Listeners category; A is for Aloha (written by Uilani Goldsberry, Sleeping Bear Press), selected by the Hawaii Center for the Book to represent the state at the 2006 National Book Festival; Lullaby Moon (written by Elaine Masters), winner of the 2003 Ka Palapala Po'okela Award for Excellence in Children's Books; and Baby Honu's Incredible Journey, an island children's classic now in its 38th printing.

She has also illustrated forensic assessment tools for the Hawaii Judiciary Children's Advocacy Center and educational material on the care of central lines in children, and has designed digital children's murals for the Kapiolani Medical Center and the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center.

Tammy is the Regional Advisor for the Hawaii Chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.

Tammy lives in Windward Oahu with her family, two rabbits, a chinchilla, a cockatiel, a cat and a burping bulldog named Roxy.

Published author/illustrator of more than two dozen children's books, fiction and nonfiction, and several craft books. Experienced in commercial murals for digital reproduction, web development and web design.

Regional Advisor for SCBWI-Hawaii (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators)


Children, animals, wildlife, conservation, multicultural, humor, science.
Watercolor, watersoluble pencils, colored pencils, digital illustration, acrylics.
University of Hawaii at Manoa
Bachelor of Science, Nursing, Registered Pediatric Nurse
  • Bess Press
  • Dover Publications
  • ERDHI Publishing
  • Island Heritage Publishing
  • Mutual Publishing
  • M&S Creative
  • Sleeping Bear Press
  • Hawaii Judiciary Children's Advocacy Center
    Forensic assessment tool design
  • Joshua Neves Foundation
    T-shirt design and color separations
  • Kapiolani Medical Center
    Care of Central Lines Educational Booklet
  • Rolando Sanchez
    RSC Music Hawaii
    Technical consultation, website design, CD cover design and promotional graphics
  • Hawaii State Library
    Centennial Collaborative Mural
  • Kober Hanssen Mitchell Architects
    Architecture & Planning industry
    Mural for the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Family Medical Building at the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center
  • Philpott's & Associates, Inc.
    Architecture & Planning industry
    Murals for Kapiolani Medical Center renovation

    Decal design for CAT Scan Machine

    Disney Aulani Travel Map Mural
  • Baiji.org
    Irrawaddy River Dolphin art for fundraising
  • NOAA (National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration)
    Official poster for the Hawaiian Monk Seal Recovery Program
  • Trust for Public Land
    Educational material promoting Puget Sound conservation
  • 2016, 2014, 2008 Children's Literature Hawaii Conference
  • 2015, 2014, 2005 Read to Me Conference, Honolulu Hawaii
  • 2010, 2006 & 2005 SCBWI-Hawaii (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators) Conferences
  • 2007 Honolulu Writer's Conference
  • 2000 Hawaii Island Writers Conference
  • "The Tsunami Quilt" ~ Storytelling World Award (2008 Honor Award, Pre-Adolescent Listeners category) and one of The Bank Street College of Education's "Best Books of the Year" for 2007
  • "A is for Aloha" ~ Selected by the Hawaii Center for the Book to represent Hawaii at the 2006 National Book Festival
  • "Lullaby Moon" ~ Ka Palapala Po'okela Award (2003, Excellence in Children's Books)
  • Juror's Award, 2003 Healthcare Professionals Exhibit

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