Born: June 18, 1949; Grand Rapids,Michigan
Home Town: Providence, Rhode Island
Really wanted to be a lawyer
1972 graduate of the University of Michigan
1975 graduate of Rhode Island School of Design with a Masters in
1977 taught illusration at the Rhode Island
School of Design
Started working as a scultpor
"Chris Van Allsburg is considered one of the finest illustrators making books today."
Married to Lisa and they have two children, Spohia and Anna.
Dedicated Bad Day at Riverbend to his daughter Sophia.
Honors as an Author/Illustrator
Caldecott Medal Books
1985 The Polar Express
**The first artist ever to win two.
Caldecott Honor Medal
1980 The Garden of Abdul Gasazi
1993 Honored for lifetime contribution to Children's Literature