Chris Van Dusen

Chris Van Dusen is no stranger to IRW. He and Jeannie Brett are the wonderful creators of IRW's logo!

Chris has visited many schools with IRW - two tours with his book If I Built a House, and a major tour of islands with his incredible book, The Circus Ship.  Chris is the illustrator of Kate DiCamillo's Mercy Watson series and many other books, and has authored and illustrated If I Built a Car, Randy Riley's Really Big Hit, the Mr. Magee books, and more.

According to Chris, Dr. Seuss and Robert McCloskey were his childhood heroes. He said, "I loved the rhythm of Dr. Seuss’ words and I was fascinated by the meticulous detail of Robert McCloskey’s illustrations. I had no idea back then that I’d end up writing and illustrating children’s books when I grew up." For more information about Chris, visit his website at

Past Visits

2013: Frenchboro, Jonesport, Lubec, Machias, Machiasport, Milbridge, Swan's Island

2012: Deer Isle - Stonington, Islesford, North Haven, Vinalhaven, Mount Desert Island

2009: Circus Ship Tour with stops at Deer Isle - Stonington, Islesboro, Isle au Haut, Islesford, Matinicus, North Haven, Swan's Island, Vinalhaven

2005: Tremont Consolidated School

Immerse Yourself in Chris's Books

IRW creates worksheets to supplement the books we bring to life in the classroom, and provide these worksheets to teachers and students to use in preparation for their school visit. Here is a set of worksheets for Chris's book, If I Built A House.