Chad is the author and illustrator of The Bright Side (Rocky Pond Books, 2023), which has received several starred reviews, and was chosen for the 2023 National Book Festival of the Library of Congress. He is also the author and illustrator of A Little Ferry Tale (Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books 2022), which is an Amazon Editor’s Pick and Barnes & Noble Bestseller; Oliver, the Curious Owl (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers 2021); and a forthcoming picture book (Penguin/Rocky Pond Books, 2024). Additionally, he is the illustrator of Cuddle Monkey (Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books) and Cold Turkey (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers).
Chad thrives on heartfelt, humorous stories – with unique, vibrant characters at their core.
Chad has a BFA in design from the University of Washington’s School of Art, Art History, and Design. He worked with Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, and Disney for over twenty years as an animator, illustrator, and creative director for digital content. He lives on the edge of the Rocky Mountains in Idaho.