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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Chris Sheban  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Illustrator


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Sheban lives in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Chris Sheban is an artist and illustrator. He grew up in Boardman, Ohio and attended Kent State University in 1976. After two additional years of graduate work, he moved to Perugia, Italy where he worked for a year as a graphic designer and part-time illustrator. He now lives in Chicago. Sheban's work has appeared in ''PRINT'' magazine, ''Step-by-Step Graphics'', and numerous Communication Arts Illustration Annuals. He’s been awarded three Gold and three Silver medals from the Society of Illustrators in New York. He also created the illustration cover for Kate DiCamillo's book, ''Because of Winn-Dixie''.

Published Works

  • I Met A Dinosaur, Creative Editions, 2000, reprinted 2014 - written by Jan Wahl
  • The Memory Prisoner, Dial, 2001 - written by Thomas Bloor
  • Shoe Tree of Chagrin, Creative Editions, 2001 - written by J. Patrick Lewis
  • The Story of a Seagull and the Cat Who Taught Her to Fly, Arthur A. Levine Books, 2003 - written by Luis Sepulveda
  • On Christmas Eve, Scholastic, 2006 - written by Ann M. Martin
  • Red Fox at McCloskey's Farm, Creative Editions , 2006 - written by Brian Heinz
  • Christmas at Stony Creek, GreenWilBk , 2007 - written by Stephanie Greene
  • Brooklyn Bridge, Square Fish, 2011 - written by Karen Hesse
  • The Lonely Book, Schwartz & Wade, 2012 - written by Kate Bernheimer
  • Canary in the Coal Mine, Holiday House, 2013 - written by Madelyn Rosenberg
  • A Night on the Range, Creative Paperbacks, 2013 - written by Aaron Frisch
  • Hunter Moran Hangs Out, Holiday House , 2013 - written by Patricia Reilly Giff
  • Catching the Moon, Velocipede Books, 2013 - written by Myla Goldberg
  • Immortal Max, Holiday House, 2014 - written by Illinois author, Lutricia Clifton
  • Firstborn, Atheneum, 2015 - written by Tor Seidler
  • Job Wanted, Holiday House , 2015 - written by Teresa Bateman
  • Hunter Moran Digs Deep, Holiday House, 2015 - written by Patricia Reilly Giff
  • What to do with a Box, Creative Editions, 2016 - written by Jane Yolen
  • Someone Like Me, Roaring Book Press, 2017 - written by Patricia MacLachlan

Selected Titles At Your Library

I met a dinosaur /
ISBN: 1568462336. OCLC Number:

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After a visit to a museum of natural history, a young girl begins to see dinosaurs everywhere.

The memory prisoner /
ISBN: 0803726872. OCLC Number:

Dial Books for Young Readers,. New York :. 2001.

With her younger brother in danger, fifteen-year-old, overweight Maddie runs out of the house she has not left since she was two years old and her grandfather disappeared after they visited the town library together.

The shoe tree of Chagrin /
ISBN: 1568461739. OCLC Number:

Creative Editions,. Mankato, Minn. :. 2001.

The barn-tall old plainswoman Susannah DeClare braves deep snow and icy weather to fulfill her promise to deliver a load of handmade shoes to Chagrin Falls, Ohio, by Christmas.

The story of a seagull and the cat who taught her to fly /
ISBN: 0439401860. OCLC Number:

Arthur A. Levine Books,. New York :. 2003.

A seagull, dying from the effects of an oil spill, entrusts her egg to Zorba the cat, who promises to care for it until her chick hatches, then teach the chick to fly.

Red Fox at McCloskey's farm /
ISBN: 156846195X. OCLC Number:

Creative Editions,. Mankato, MN :. 2006.

Illustrations and rhyming text relate the details of Red Fox's failed raid of the henhouse at McCloskey's Farm.

Christmas at Stony Creek /
ISBN: 0061214868. OCLC Number:

Greenwillow Books,. New York :. ©2007.

With her father away and her brother injured, it is up to little Pip to find food for her hungry siblings and mother mouse, but it is a hard winter and the only place where she is likely to find Christmas dinner is at Land's End, where the people live.

Brooklyn Bridge :
ISBN: 0312674287. OCLC Number:

Feiwel and Friends,. New York :. 2008.

In 1903 Brooklyn, fourteen-year-old Joseph Michtom's life changes for the worse when his parents, Russian immigrants, invent the teddy bear and turn their apartment into a factory, while nearby the glitter of Coney Island contrasts with the dismal lives of children dwelling under the Brooklyn Bridge.

The lonely book /
ISBN: 0375862269. OCLC Number:

Schwartz & Wade Books,. New York :. ©2012.

Once popular, an increasingly shabby library book grows lonely until a young girl rediscovers it. When it becomes lost, both the book and the girl wonder whether they will have a happy ending.

Canary in the coal mine /
ISBN: 0823426009. OCLC Number:

Holiday House,. New York :. ©2013.

Tired of his twelve-hour shifts and facing danger daily, Bitty, a canary whose courage more than makes up for his small size, treks to the state capital to try to improve working conditions in coal mines.

A night on the range /
ISBN: 0898128293. OCLC Number:

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As he camps overnight in the backyard, an aspiring young cowboy with a healthy imagination spends his first night "on the range."

Hunter Moran hangs out /
ISBN: 0823428591. OCLC Number:

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When neighbor Sarah Yulefski tells Zack and Hunter that she overheard someone talking about plans to kidnap someone in their town, the twins use the last four days of summer vacation to investigate.

Immortal Max /
ISBN: 0823430413. OCLC Number:

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Twelve-year-old Sammy's summer is full of complications, but he comes to appreciate what he already has even as he is working toward his long-held dream of owning a purebred puppy.

Firstborn /
ISBN: 1481410172. OCLC Number:

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"A wolf pack's alpha gets a disappointing surpirse when his first born son is not like a normal wolf, but rather one who has fallen for a coyote"--

Job wanted /
ISBN: 0823433919. OCLC Number:

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Arriving at a farm with sore paws and an empty stomach, a dog tries to convince the farmer that he could be just as valuable as a cow, a horse, or a chicken.

Hunter moran digs deep.
ISBN: 0823434508. OCLC Number:

Holiday House,. [Place of publication not identified] :. 2015.

Hunter Moran hunts for a long-buried treasure, tearing up the town and getting into some tight spots in the process.

What to do with a box /
ISBN: 1568462891. OCLC Number:

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If you give a child a box, who can tell what will happen next? It may become a library or a boat. It could set the scene for a fairy tale or a wild expedition. The most wonderful thing is its seemingly endless capacity for magical adventure.

Someone like me /
ISBN: 1626723346. OCLC Number:

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In this semi-autobiographical picture book, author Patricia MacLachlan relates what it might take to grow up to become a writer.

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