Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Chad Sell  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Illustrator Non-Fiction

Audience: Children;


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Illinois Connection

Sell lives in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Chad Sell grew up in a small town in central Wisconsin. He lived in a neighborhood much like the Cardboard Kingdom where he and his friends bounded through backyards in imaginative games and outfits! He also drew a lot and came up with all kinds of colorful characters. His favorites were often the villains, because despite being different and misunderstood, they were powerful, confident, and got the best costumes.


The Cardboard Kingdom Best Books of the Year, KIRKUS REVIEWS Best Books of the Year, New York Public Library Best Books of the Year, School Library Journal 20 Master List Selection, Texas Bluebonnet, 2019 Starred Review, Kirkus Starred Review, Publishers Weekly Starred Review, School Library Journal Starred Review, Booklist ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2019

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability: Yes.

Selected Titles At Your Library

ISBN: 1984894714. OCLC Number: 1125129323

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The cardboard kingdom
ISBN: 9781524719395. OCLC Number: 1037275349

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Follows the adventures of a group of neighborhood children who create costumes from cardboard and use their imagination in adventures with knights, robots, and monsters.