Tracy Bishop is the illustrator of the illustrator of the Pipsie, Nature Detective series of books by Rick DeDonato (Two Lions Press), the Dance Divas series of chapter books by Sheryl Berk (Bloomsbury), Butterfly Wishes series of chapter books by Jennifer Castle and many other books by trade and educational publishers.
Her most recently published work is the picture book Snowball Moon written by Fran Cannon Slayton (Little Bee Books.)
Tracy graduated with a BFA from San Jose State University, concentrating in the animation/illustration program.
Early in her career she turned down a job offer as an animator, because she did not want to move from her home of San Jose, to Los Angeles. Instead she worked as a designer for Gymboree and the Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose before turning full-time to children's book illustration.
She grew up (from ages 5 to 13) on a U.S. Army base in Japan. "As a kid I I LOVED reading lots of Japanese manga instead of English books. This became a problem at school when my Japanese became better than my English," she says.
She works in San Jose and includes among her daily inspirations her son, husband and a hairy dog named Harry.