Chris Van Allsburg Brian Selznick Kate Banks
Chris was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on June 18th, 1949. Began his career with a last minute decision to attend The University of Michigan’s College of Architecture & Design, where his love for sculpturing grew rapidly. He began drawing in his spare time but never thought of it as anything extraordinary until editor, Walter Lorraine, at Houghton Mifflin Company in Boston, came across his work and encouraged him to think of stories of his own to go with the illustrations he had created. Though still involved in making sculptures, Chris set aside some time and created the story and pictures that became The Garden of Abdul Gasazi, published in 1979. Since then, Chris has written and illustrated 15 books and has illustrated three others that were written by Mark Helprin. In 1980, he was awarded the Caldecott Honor Medal for The Garden of Abdul Gasazi.
Winner of two Caldecott Medals, for Jumanji and The Polar Express. Recipient of the Boston Globe Horn Book Award for The Garden of Abdul Gasazi. Received the Boston Globe Honor for The Polar Express as well as The Mysteries of Harris Burdick. Awarded the Regina Medal for lifetime achievement in childrens literature. In 1982, Jumanji won the National Book Award and in 1996, it was made into a popular feature film. Chris now lives in Providence RI with his wife Lisa and two daughter, Sophia and Anna, and works in his 3rd floor studio.
Brian was born and raised in New Jersey. Developed a love for drawing and making things at a very young age. He graduated from the Rhode Island School of Art and Design. Began working at Eeyore’s Children’s Bookstore, which became a crash course in childrens literature, and his first book was published while he worked there. Soon he left to pursue a full-time career in childrens book illustration. His first book, The Houdini Box, was inspired by a fascination with the famous magician and his secrets. He has illustrated both novels and picture books for other writers, including the Sibert Honor books, When Marian Sang by Pam Munoz Ryan and Walt Whitman: Words for America by Barbara Kerley.
In 2002, his illustrations for Barbara Kerleys The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins won a Caldecott Honor Award. In 2008, his groundbreaking and breathtaking The Invention of Hugo Cabret was awarded the Caldecott Medal. His newest novel, Wonderstruck, debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list and has received four starred reviews to date. Brian currently divides his time between Brooklyn, New York, and San Diego, California.
Kate was born and grew up in Maine As a child she and her two sisters and brother spent a lot of time outdoors, which where she developed an early love of reading. Banks attended Wellesley College and received her masters in history at Columbia University. She has written many books for children, among them Max’s Words, If the Moon Could Talk, and The Night Worker.
Winner of the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award in 1998 for the book “And If The Moon Could Talk.” Winner of the Charlotte Zolotow Award in 2001 for the book “The Night Worker. Kate lived in Rome for eight years but now lives in the South of France with her husband and two sons, Peter Anton and Maximilian.
Books of Chris Van Allsburg’s include: Band Day At Riverbend Ben’s Dream Jumangi Just A Dream Books of Brian Selznick’s include: The Boy of a Thousand Faces Wonder Struck The Robot King Books of Kate Bank’s include: Walk Softly, Rachel Max’s Dragon Mama’s Coming Home