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Brian Won wore many hats as a busboy, shoe salesman, art store cashier, art director, and designer before he turned his talents to illustrating children's books. His debut book, Hooray for Hat!, was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2014.

A Chicago native, Brian graduated from California’s Art Center College of Design with an honorary ninth term before co-founding National Television, a design and animation company. Brian's awards include the Silver Medal by the Society of Illustrators and the 2012 Mentorship Award from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.


He currently lives in Eagle Rock, California with his wife and young son.





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"Hooray for Brian Won, an author-artist to watch!"

–Shelf Awareness (Hooray for Hat!)





"This lighthearted story revels in the small acts that make life better—cheers all around."

Kirkus Review (Hooray for Hat!)



"A lighthearted celebration of friendship and sharing that does not hit the readers over the head with its moral."

–School Library Journal (Hooray for Hat!)



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"Great for storytime or for little monkeys who need encouragement to run around."

–Kirkus Reviews (Spunky Little Monkey)

"Won’s digitized and generously scaled watercolors, punctuated with typography that’s as spunky as the monkey himself, make it clear that exercising isn’t just good for you—it’s a way of expressing agency and independence."

–Publishers Weekly (Spunky Little Monkey)

"In this debut, Won explores the way a simple gift and a little attention from friends can have nearly magical healing properties."

–Publishers Weekly (Hooray for Hat!)

"Lively, all-around fun and a great introduction to exercising."

–Booklist (Spunky Little Monkey)

"Monkey's antics are so intuitively engaging and compelling.... Pass around some rattly noise makers and shake it!"

–The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (Spunky Little Monkey)

"A board book for older toddlers who like pretending to be just a little bit scared. Little monsters will try to put off the inevitable bedtime with the demand, 'read it again.'"

–Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review) (Good Night, Little Monsters)

"The rhyming text and the digital illustrations, mixed with paint textures and pencil drawings, keep things

moving nicely. And the lesson Chick learns—that dreams can come true—represents a great payoff for


–Booklist (Cheerful Chick)

"Won's depiction of Chicken's world is full of color and pep."

–Publishers Weekly (Cheerful Chick)

"A funny story about realizing one’s dreams and accepting other’s natural talents."

–School Library Journal (Cheerful Chick)

"An unusual, robustly Antipodean cast of animal characters makes this whimsical, charming story stand out."

–Kirkus Reviews