Chris Van Allsburg

American Illustrator and Author

Set and Production Design

The Nutcracker- premiere December 2014


Chris Van Allsburg is one of America’s most innovative picture book creators. He is perhaps best known for the contemporary classic The Polar Express, which received the Caldecott Medal in 1985, has sold over 10 million copies and was made into a blockbuster movie starring Tom Hanks. He also received the Caldecott Medal for Jumanji, and a Caldecott Honor for his very first book, The Garden of Abdul Gasazi. He has received the Regina Medal for lifetime achievement in children’s literature, a National Book Award nomination, and a Society of Illustrators Lifetime Achievement Award, among other honors. He lives outside of Boston, Massachusetts.


The Garden of Abdul Gasazi (1979), a Caldecott runner-up
Jumanji (1981), Caldecott Medal winner
Ben’s Dream (1982)
The Wreck of the Zephyr (1983)
The Mysteries of Harris Burdick (first ed., 1984)
The Polar Express (1985), Caldecott Medal winner
The Stranger (1986)
The Z Was Zapped (1987), alphabet book
Two Bad Ants (1988)
Swan Lake (1989), written by Mark Helprin
Just a Dream (1990)
The Wretched Stone (1991)
The Widow’s Broom (1992)
The Sweetest Fig (1993)
The Mysteries of Harris Burdick (Portfolio ed., 1994)
Bad Day at Riverbend (1995)
A City in Winter (1996), by Helprin
The Veil of Snows (1997), by Helprin
Zathura (2002)
Probuditi! (2006)
Queen of the Falls (2011)
The Chronicles of Harris Burdick: fourteen amazing authors tell the tales (2011)