Chieri is a second generation Japanese-Canadian and writer of books for young readers. She graduated from the University of British Columbia’s Creative Writing Department with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and has written stories for Pearson Education, and the children’s magazines Chirp and chickaDEE. Her first picture book was Suki’s Kimono, followed by Rosie and Buttercup, both illustrated by Stéphane Jorisch. Her third book, the award winning Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin, illustrated by Qin Leng, was adapted for the stage in 2016 by children’s theatre company Carousel Players in St. Catharines, Ontario. Chieri’s most recent picture book, Ojiichan’s Gift, illustrated by Genevieve Simms, was published by Kids Can Press in spring 2019.