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Christian Robinson - Illustrator

About the Illustrator

Christian Robinson was born in Hollywood, California, in 1986. He grew up in a small one bedroom apartment with his brother, two cousins, aunt, and grandmother. Drawing became a way to make space for himself and to create the kind of world he wanted to see.

He studied animation at The California Institute of the Arts and would later work with the Sesame Street Workshop and Pixar Animation Studios before becoming an illustrator of books for children.

His books include Gaston and Antoinette, written by Kelly DiPucchio, and the #1 New York Times bestseller Last Stop on Market Street, written by Matt de la Pena, which was awarded the Caldecott Honor, the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor, and the Newbery Medal.

He presently lives in Northern California with his rescue greyhound Baldwin and several houseplants.

He looks forward to one day seeing the Aurora Borealis. 

Featured books by Christian Robinson

Other books by Christian Robinson

Nina a story of Nina Simone

Nina a story of Nina Simone

Author: Traci N. Todd Illustrator: Christian Robinson Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/10/2021

This illuminating and defining biography from bestselling author Traci N. Todd, with illustrations from award-winner Christian Robinson, tells the story of Eunice Waymon, who grew up to become Nina Simone - and shares her bold, defiant, and exultant legacy with a new generation. With passion and unparalleled skill, Traci N. Todd and Christian Robinson bring this iconic singer's story to young readers and their families. Meet young Eunice, who sang before she could talk, and journey with her from the piano stool she shared with her father in her childhood home, to the bars and concert halls where she became the one and only Nina Simone. Learn about how Nina's voice started out rich and sweet but grew to a thunderous roar as the Civil Rights Movement gained steam. Witness this artist in all her brilliance, singing in protest against racial inequality and discrimination. With rhythmic prose and masterful images, Nina perfectly demonstrates the relationship between art and activism. An essential addition to every young reader's library.

Leo A Ghost Story

Leo A Ghost Story

Author: Mac Barnett Illustrator: Christian Robinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/09/2021

Leo is any kid's best friend. He likes to draw, he makes delicious snacks, and most people can't even see him. Because Leo is also a ghost. When a new family moves into his home and Leo's efforts to welcome them are misunderstood, Leo decides it is time to leave and see the world. That is how he meets Jane, a kid with a tremendous imagination and an open position for a worthy knight. That is how Leo and Jane become friends. And that is when their adventures begin. This charming tale of friendship-from the author of Extra Yarn and the illustrator of the BolognaRagazzi Award-winning Josephine-is destined to become a modern classic that will resonate for years to come.

Nina A Story of Nina Simone

Nina A Story of Nina Simone

Author: Traci Todd Illustrator: Christian Robinson Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/09/2021

The Bench

The Bench

Author: Meghan The Duchess of Sussex Illustrator: Christian Robinson Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/06/2021

#1 New York Times Bestselling Picture Book Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex's first children's book, The Bench, beautifully captures the special relationship between father and son, as seen through a mother's eyes. The book's storytelling and illustration give us snapshots of shared moments that evoke a deep sense of warmth, connection, and compassion. This is your bench Where you'll witness great joy. From here you will rest See the growth of our boy. In The Bench, Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex, touchingly captures the evolving and expanding relationship between father and son and reminds us of the many ways that love can take shape and be expressed in a modern family. Evoking a deep sense of warmth, connection, and compassion, The Bench gives readers a window into shared and enduring moments between a diverse group of fathers and sons - moments of peace and reflection, trust and belief, discovery and learning, and lasting comfort. Working in watercolour for the first time, Caldecott-winning, bestselling illustrator Christian Robinson expands on his signature style to bring joy and softness to the pages, reflecting the beauty of a father's love through a mother's eyes. With a universal message, this thoughtful and heartwarming read-aloud is destined to be treasured by families for generations to come.

Milo Imagines The World

Milo Imagines The World

Author: Matt de la Pena Illustrator: Christian Robinson Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/02/2021

Milo Imagines the World is a warm and richly satisfying story from the award-winning and New York Times bestselling picture book duo, about a little boy with a big imagination who learns that you can't know anyone just by looking at them. Set in a bustling city, and full of a family love that binds even in difficult circumstances. Milo is on a train journey through the city with his older sister, looking at the faces of the other passengers and drawing pictures of their lives. The whiskered man with a crossword puzzle he imagines playing solitaire in a cluttered flat full of pets. The little boy in bright white trainers he imagines living in a castle with a moat and a butler. But when the little boy gets off at the same stop and joins the same queue as him, Milo realises that you can't judge by appearances and that we are all more alike than we are different: both boys are visiting their mothers in prison. Matt de la Pena and Christian Robinson once again deliver a hugely powerful and enjoyable picture book, full of rich details both to look at and to talk about. Anyone who has ever travelled on public transport will relate to Milo's journey.

Just in Case You Want to Fly

Just in Case You Want to Fly

Author: Julie Fogliano Illustrator: Christian Robinson Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/03/2020

From the creators of the award-winning When's My Birthday? comes an inspirational book that will comfort and support through any challenge. just in case you want to fly here's some wind and here's the sky... What else might you need? A song. Your favourite giraffe. And a map to find your way home again. This tender, contemplative picture book is about growing up. It's about parents giving their children the gifts, no matter how quiet or small, to succeed and to navigate the world on their own. And it's about the connection that binds a parent and child ... because no matter how far they fly or who they become, they will always have home.

Another

Another

Author: Christian Robinson Illustrator: Christian Robinson Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/03/2019

An NPR Favorite Book of 2019 A New York Times Best Children's Book of 2019 An NYPL Best Book of 2019 A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2019 A School Library Journal Best Picture Book of 2019 A BookPage Best Picture Book of 2019 A Horn Book Fanfare Selection of 2019 In his eagerly anticipated debut as author-illustrator, Caldecott and Coretta Scott King honoree Christian Robinson brings young readers on a playful, imaginative journey into another world. What if you... encountered another perspective? Discovered another world? Met another you? What might you do?

Carmela Full of Wishes

Carmela Full of Wishes

Author: Matt de la Pena Illustrator: Christian Robinson Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/10/2018

When Carmela wakes up on her birthday, her wish has already come true - she's finally old enough to join her big brother as he does the family errands. Together, they travel through their neighbourhood, past the crowded bus stop, the fenced-off repair shop, and the panaderia, until they arrive at the Laundromat, where Carmela finds a lone dandelion growing in the pavement. But before she can blow its white fluff away, her brother tells her she has to make a wish. If only she can think of just the right wish to make. With lyrical, stirring text and stunning, evocative artwork, Matt de la Pena and Christian Robinson have crafted a moving ode to family, to dreamers, and to finding hope in the most unexpected places.

When's My Birthday?

When's My Birthday?

Author: Julie Fogliano Illustrator: Christian Robinson Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/03/2018

An exquisitely illustrated celebration of a birthday book, perfect for reading right before birthdays, on birthdays, and all year round! when's my birthday? where's my birthday? how many days until my birthday? i'd like a big cake on my birthday with lots of chocolate on my birthday and lots of candles on my birthday 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6! In this joyous celebration of all things BIRTHDAY, acclaimed author Julie Fogliano and award-winning illustrator Christian Robinson bring you the perfect birthday book! Join our excited narrator in breathless anticipation as she lists all the things that will make her birthday the BEST birthday.

Rain!

Rain!

Author: Linda Ashman Illustrator: Christian Robinson Format: Board book Release Date: 28/03/2017

One rainy day in the city, an eager little boy exclaims, Rain! Across town a grumpy man grumbles, Rain. In this endearing book, now in board book format, a rainy-day cityscape comes to life in vibrant, cut-paper-style artwork. The boy in his green frog hat splashes in puddles - Hoppy, hoppy, hoppy! - while the old man curses the dang puddles. Can the boy's natural exuberance (and perhaps a cookie) cheer up the grouchy gentleman and turn the day around?

Antoinette

Antoinette

Author: Kelly DiPucchio Illustrator: Christian Robinson Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/03/2017

Antoinette's three burly brothers each have a special talent. Rocky is clever. Ricky is fast! And Bruno is STRONG. Mrs. Bulldog reassures Antoinette that there is something extra special about her-but Antoinette is not so sure. Then one day, while Antoinette plays in the park with her friend Gaston, Gaston's sister Ooh-La-La goes missing. Antoinette feels a tug in her heart and a twitch in her nose. She must find Ooh-La-La. She will not give up! Can Antoinette rescue the puppy in peril-and discover what makes her extra special along the way?

Last Stop on Market Street

Last Stop on Market Street

Author: Matt de la Pena Illustrator: Christian Robinson, Christian Robinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2017

Sometimes when you're surrounded by dirt, CJ, you're a better witness for what's beautiful. CJ begins his weekly bus journey around the city with disappointment and dissatisfaction, wondering why he and his family can't drive a car like his friends. Through energy and encouragement, CJ's nana helps him see the beauty and fun in their routine. This beautifully illustrated, emotive picture book explores urban life with honesty, interest and gratitude. Last Stop on Market Street has won multiple awards and spent time at the number one spot in the New York Times Bestseller List.

Little Penguins

Little Penguins

Author: Cynthia Rylant Illustrator: Christian Robinson Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/10/2016

The Dead Bird

The Dead Bird

Author: Margaret Wise Brown Illustrator: Christian Robinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/07/2016

A New York Times Best Illustrated Book of 2016! This heartwarming classic picture book by beloved children's book author Margaret Wise Brown is beautifully reillustrated for a contemporary audience by the critically acclaimed, award-winning illustrator Christian Robinson. One day, the children find a bird lying on its side with its eyes closed and no heartbeat. They are very sorry, so they decide to say good-bye. In the park, they dig a hole for the bird and cover it with warm sweet-ferns and flowers. Finally, they sing sweet songs to send the little bird on its way.

Leo A Ghost Story

Leo A Ghost Story

Author: Mac Barnett Illustrator: Christian Robinson Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/08/2015

You would like being friends with Leo. He likes to draw, he makes delicious snacks, and most people can't even see him. Because Leo is also a ghost. When a new family moves into his home and Leo's efforts to welcome them are misunderstood, Leo decides it is time to leave and see the world. That is how he meets Jane, a kid with a tremendous imagination and an open position for a worthy knight. That is how Leo and Jane become friends. And that is when their adventures begin. This charming tale of friendship-from two of the best young minds in picture books: the author of the Caldecott Honor-winning Extra Yarn and the illustrator of the Bologna Ragazzi Award-winning Josephine-is destined to become a modern classic that will delight readers for years to come.

Josephine The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker

Josephine The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker

Author: Patricia Hruby Powell Illustrator: Christian Robinson Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/02/2014

An emotionally powerful biography told in verse of a dancer, singer, comedienne, and enduring figure - Josephine Baker - from her birth in the slums, her fantastic success, and her fight against racial prejudice.

Harlem's Little Blackbird The Story of Florence Mills

Harlem's Little Blackbird The Story of Florence Mills

Author: Renee Watson Illustrator: Christian Robinson Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/10/2012

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