Chris Sasaki - Illustrator


Chris Sasaki is an animation art director and illustrator living in Oakland, California. He’s worked at Pixar Animation Studios and designed characters for Monsters University, Inside Out, Coco and Onward. He also served as a production designer on the Oscar-nominated shorts Sanjay’s Super Team and Weekends. In 2016, Chris made his first venture into illustrated books with a short story collection for young adults entitled Ghost.


  • Sakamoto’s Swim Club

    2022 - Outstanding International Books List, USBBY, Joint Winner

    2024 - Grand Canyon Reader Award, Arizona Library Association, Nominee

    2024 - Beehive Poetry Book Award, Children's Literature Association of Utah, Short-Listed

    2024 - Garden State Children’s Book Award, New Jersey Library Association, Short-Listed

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