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Charlene Chua

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Charlene Chua (she/they) has illustrated many things over the years for kids of all ages. Her illustration work has won several awards, while books they have illustrated have been nominated for the Blue Spruce, Silver Birch Express, Shining Willow, and Kirkus Best books.

Charlene is the author/illustrator of Hug? (Kids Can Press, 2020)

Charlene was born and grew up in Singapore, and moved to Canada in 2007. When they are not making art, they enjoy cooking, reading, and playing with their cats. She now lives with her husband in Hamilton, Ontario.

She is represented by Tracy Marchini at BookEnds Literary for all book projects.
Available For
Presentations (reading & drawing activity), approx 30min
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Virtual only
Picture/board books

Love, Violet (2022) by Charlotte Sullivan Wild, FSG
Football Baby (2021) by Diane Adams, Viking Kids
Pinkie Promises (2021) by Elizabeth Warren, Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Oliver Bounces Back (2021) by Alison Hughes, Scholastic Canada
Raindrops to Rainbows (2021) by John Micklos Jr, Penguin Workshop
Baseball Baby (2021) by Diane Adams, Viking
Amy Wu and the Patchwork Dragon (2020) by Kat Zhang, Aladdin/Simon & Schuster
Hug? (2020) by Charlene Chua, Kids Can Press
Going Up! (2020) by Sherry J Lee, Kids Can Press
Amy Wu and The Perfect Bao (2019) by Kat Zhang, Aladdin/ Simon & Schuster
Shubh Diwali! (2019) by Chitra Soundar, Albert Whitman
The Pencil (2019) by Susan Avingaq & Maren Vsetula, Inhabit Media
The Wind Plays Tricks (2019) by Virginia Howard, Albert Whitman
Elisapee & Her Baby Seagull (2017) by Nancy Mike, Inhabit Media
Gokul Village & The Magic Fountain (2017) by Jeni L. Chapman &‎ Bal Das, Big, Bold, Beautiful World Media
How Nivi Got Her Names (2017) by Laura Deal, Inhabit Media
Akilak's Adventure (2016) by Deborah Kigjugalik Webster, Inhabit Media
Leah's Mustache Party (2016) by Nadia Mike, Inhabit Media
Fishing with Grandma (2016) by Susan Avingaq and Maren Vsetula, Inhabit Media
Julie Black Belt: The Belt of Fire (2013) by Oliver Chin, Immedium Publishing
Julie Black Belt (2008) by Oliver Chin, Immedium Publishing

Chapter books

Genius Jolene (2020) by Sara Cassidy, Orca Books
The Great Googlini (2018) by Sara Cassidy, Orca Books
- 2021 BC & Yukon Book Prize/Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize (Genius Jolene)
- 2021 Silver Birch Express nominee (Genius Jolene)
- 2021 Blue Spruce nominee (Going Up!)
- 2020 USBBY Outstanding International Books List (The Pencil)
- 2020 Ontario Library Association Best Bets (Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao)
- 2019 Toronto Public Library First & Best (Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao)
- 2019 Shining Willow Finalist (Elisapee and Her Baby Seagull)
- Finalist, Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards (Elisapee and Her Baby Seagull)
- Finalist, First Nation Communities READ 2018/19 (Akilak's Adventure)
- Kirkus Best Picture Books (Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao)
- Kirkus Best Middle-Grade books (The Great Googlini)
- Kirkus starred review (Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao, The Great Googlini)
- Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids and Teens Selections (Fishing with Grandma, Akilak's Adventure, Elisapee and her Baby Seagull)
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