Charlene Chua is the illustrator of several picture books, including Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao, Going Up! and The Pencil. She is also the author-illustrator of Hug?
Charlene was born and grew up in Singapore, and moved to Canada in 2007. When she is not making art, she enjoys cooking, reading, and playing with her cats. She now lives with her spouse (and cats!) in Hamilton, Ontario.
Hug? (Kids Can Press, 2020)
Award(s) and Accolade(s):
(Note: These are all for books I have illustrated)
– 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)
Eurasian-Chinese, immigrant, LGBTQ+, Mixed Race