Charlene Chua - Author


Charlene Chua can’t remember what her first illustration was, but suspects it was a drawing of her mum, a pony, a cat or possibly all of the above. Since then, she has gone on to illustrate many things, including magazines, packaging, advertisements and, of course, children’s books. She is also the author-illustrator of Hug?.#Her illustration work has won several awards, and books she has illustrated have been nominated for the Shining Willow Award, Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards and Kirkus Best Middle-Grade books.#Charlene was born and grew up in Singapore, where the days are always hot and humid. She moved to Canada in January 2007, and her first thought about her new home was, “Wow, that is a lot of snow.” She has since gotten used to living with seasons and long winters, which may be helped by her penchant for hiding in her studio for most of the time.#Charlene enjoys making art in a variety of ways. She uses computer programs like Photoshop, but she also enjoys working with pencil, watercolor and ink. When she is not making art, she enjoys cooking, reading and playing with her cats. She lives with her husband in Hamilton, Ontario.~Instagram: @charlenedraws~Twitter: @charlenedraws~Facebook: @charlenedraws


  • Hug?

    2020 - Best Canadian Picture Books of 2020, CBC Books, Winner

  • Going Up!

    2021 - Forest of Reading Blue Spruce Award, Ontario Library Association, Commended

    2021 - Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens List, Capitol Choices, Winner

    2020 - Best Canadian Picture Books of 2020, CBC Books, Winner

    2020 - Best Fiction for Younger Readers of 2020, Chicago Public Library, Winner

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