Chris Gall Illustrator and Author

Chris Gall has been drawing pictures for as long as he can remember. When he was caught doodling on his desk in second grade, his teacher suggested that he might become an artist some day, then made him clean all the desks in the classroom. In seventh grade, Chris won a Read Magazine Young Writers Award, and that inspired him to create stories to go with his art. After graduating from the University of Arizona, Chris became an award-winning, internationally recognized illustrator, and his artwork has been shown in almost every publication in America, including Time, Newsweek, People, Fortune, The New York Times, and The Washington Post.

In 2004, his first picture book, America the Beautiful, became a Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Book of the Year, and his career in children’s publishing began. Since then he has authored and/or illustrated 16 more books, including the acclaimed Dinotrux, a 2009 Publishers Weekly Best Children’s book; Revenge of the Dinotrux; Awesome Dawson; Substitute Creacher; Dog Vs. Cat and The Littlest Train. For grownups, he also illustrated and designed the PDT Cocktail Book, the 2012 Best New Cocktail Book, awarded by Tales of the Cocktail.

Chris has also worked as an adjunct professor of art at the University of Arizona and spent four years as a professional stand-up comedian. He currently lives in Tucson, Arizona, where in his spare time he works as a volunteer for the Southern Arizona Rescue Association (Pima County Search and Rescue).

In August of 2015, after 5 years of development, Dreamworks Animation brought Dinotrux to Netflix as an animated television show for children.


Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Book 2004 (America the Beautiful)
Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Book 2009 (Dinotrux)
Kirkus Best Children’s Book 2008 (There’s Nothing To Do On Mars)
Borders Original Voices nominee 2006 (Dear Fish)
Communication Arts Magazine — Multiple Awards of Excellence, most years since 1988
Print Magazine Design Annual Awards (multiple)
Art Directors Club of New York Award of Merit (multiple)
Society of Illustrators — An exhibitor in the prestigious annual show most years since 1987
Society of Newspaper Design Award of Excellence
Horizons of Flight juried Aviation Art Exhibition
Spectrum Fantastic Art Annual (multiple)
Texas 2×2 Book Award
Black-Eyed Susan Book Award
Sunshine State Young Reader’s Award
Grand Canyon Reader’s Award
Young Hoosier Book Award
Prairie Bloom Book Award
South Carolina Picture Book Award