Christopher Denise is an award-winning children’s book illustrator. His first book, The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship, a retelling of the Russian folktale, was pronounced “a stunning debut” by Publishers Weekly. Since then, Chris has illustrated more than twenty books for children, including Anne Marie Pace's Groundhug Day, Alison McGhee’s Firefly Hollow, Rosemary Wells’ Following Grandfather, Phyllis Root’s Oliver Finds His Way, his wife Anika Denise’s Bunny in the Middle and Baking Day at Grandma’s and some in Brian Jacques’ acclaimed Redwall series.
Knight Owl, released in March 2022, marked his author-illustrator debut and was awarded a Caldecott Honor by the American Library Association. It has appeared on the New York Times bestseller list, won the Barnes & Noble Children’s & YA Book Awards, sold over 22 foreign licenses, and has been featured across multiple trade reviews and best book lists.
Several of his other books have appeared on the New York Times bestseller list and have been recognized by Bank Street College of Education, Parents’ Choice Foundation, and the Society of Illustrators Annual Exhibition. Christopher Denise lives in Rhode Island with his family.