Kristof Devos

About me

Hi, I’m Kristof Devos, a picturebook maker based in Belgium. My career took off in kindergarten, where my teacher held one of my drawings in front of the classroom and ordered the other children to laugh.

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My books are currently available in five languages and my illustrations have been exhibited on several international shows, including the Nami concours expositions in South Korea and Malaysia. My book Shade (written by IBBY president Wally De Doncker) received a White Raven from the Internationale Jugendbibliothek in Munich, Germany.

I love public speaking on subjects like the not so secret secrets of inspiration and imagination and my work in general. In for a chat? Drop me a line using the contact form below.

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2018 Max makes a friend – Kristof Devos & Claudia Jong (De Eenhoorn)

2016 This is Miep – Kristof Devos (Davidsfonds/Infodok)

2015 Shade – Wally De Doncker & Kristof Devos (Davidsfonds/Infodok)

2014 Weatherboy – Pimm van Hest & Kristof Devos (Clavis)

2013 Never is forever – Kristof Devos & Claudia Jong (Davidsfonds/Infodok)

2011 Five dragons slain – multiple authors & illustrators (Querido)

2010 Who has been throwing paint around? – diverse auteurs & illustratoren (Querido)

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Kristof was shortlisted in the Nami Concours 2015 in South Korea, a list of 92 illustrators worldwide, chosen from 1330 submissions.

His work was exhibited at the Biennal of illustration at Bratislava, Slovakia and on the Nami Island International Children’s Book Festival in South Korea and Malaysia.

Schade received a White Raven from the Internationale Jugendbibliothek in Munich.

The illustrations for This is Miep got Kristof a place on the BookILL Fest shortlist in Serbia. For this expo 180 illustrations were selected out of 2200 submissions from 27 countries.


Kristof’s books have been translated into Danish, English (USA), Korean and Chinese.


He works barefoot wearing a winter hat. It looks ridiculous, but keeps it his head together.

In november 2018, Kristof worked as Artist in residence in the Curaçao Children’s Museum.


Kristof’s work is being represented by élami agency.

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