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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. She is the illustrator of the Stonewall Award book LOVE, VIOLET (Charlotte Sullivan Wild, FSG). Other 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.
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Presentations (reading & drawing activity), approx. 30min
School Visits
GTHA region (additional transit fees may apply; I do not drive or have a car)
Kindness is a Golden Heart (2022) by Jessica Kluthe, Orca
My Lala (2022) by Thomas King, Tundra PRH
Soccer Baby (2022) by Diane Adams, Viking Kids
Bye Bye Binary (2022) by Eric Geron, HarperCollins
Amy Wu and the Warm Welcome (2022) by Kat Zhang, Simon & Schuster
Love, Violet (2022) by Charlotte Sullivan Wild, FSG
Football Baby (Sep 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 Rainbow (2021) by John Micklos Jr., Penguin Workshop
Baseball Baby (2021) by Diane Adams, Viking Kids
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
Genius Jolene (2020) by Sara Cassidy, Orca Books
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
The Great Googlini (2018) by Sara Cassidy, Orca Books
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
- 2023 Stonewall Book Award / Mike Morgan and Larry Romans Children's & Young Adult Literature Award (Love, Violet)
- 2023 Charlotte Huck Honor Book (Love, Violet)
- 2023 Dolly Parton Imagination Library, Canada (My Lala)
- 2022 Lambda Literary Awards finalist (Love, Violet)
- 2022 Dolly Parton Imagination Library (Raindrops to Rainbow)
- 2021 Jumpstart Read for the Record (Amy Wu & the Patchwork Dragon)
- 2021/2022 Chocolate Lily Award shortlist (Genius Jolene)
- 2021 BC & Yukon Book Prize/Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize (Genius Jolene)
- 2021 Blue Spruce nomination (Going Up!)
- 2021 Silver Birch nomination (Genius Jolene)
- 2020 USBBY Outstanding International Books List (The Pencil)
- 2020 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award shortlist (The Pencil)
- 2020 SCBWI Crystal Kite Finalist, Canada East (Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao)
- 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)
- 2019/2020 Chocolate Lily Award shortlist (The Great Googlini)
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