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

Upcoming Programs:

April 7, 2020: Princeton Elementary School

April 8, 2020: Woodland Elementary School, Baileyville

April 9, 2020: Whiting Village School

April 10, 2020: Swan’s Island Elementary School

Past Visits

August 25, 2018: The Art of the Picture Book, Henry D. Moore Public Library, Steuben

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