Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information


Pen Name: None

Genre: C:CHILDREN Fiction Illustrator Non-Fiction



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.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- """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