Shig (left) with illustrator Willie Ito and author of A Boy of Heart Mountain, Barbara Bazaldua
Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, UCLA 2010

SHIGERU YABU is the author of picture book Hello Maggie! and the inspiration of the young adult chapter book A Boy of Heart Mountain. Following the war, Shig lived with his parents in the Bay area near San Francisco. In 1951, Shig joined the United States Navy as a Hospital Corpsman in the Korean War. He served for 4 years with an additional 4 years on inactive reserve. Following this, while raising three boys with his wife Irene, he attended college in San Diego and held down various part-time jobs. In 1960, Shig graduated from San Diego State College. Shig started working at the Boys Clubs of San Diego and became the first Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Camarillo, California. Shig has worked with the Boys Clubs for over 28 years, promoting health and self esteem in young people. A lifelong athlete, he had the honor of participating in the torch-carrying ceremony of the 1984 Summer Olympics.

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