Qin Leng - Illustrator


Qin Leng was born in Shanghai, China, and later moved to France and then Montreal, Canada. She now lives in Toronto, Canada, with her twin sister and works as a designer and illustrator. Her father, an artist himself, was a great influence on her. She grew up surrounded by paintings, and it became second nature for her to express herself through art. Qin graduated from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema and has received many awards for her animated short films and other works. From very early on, she has loved to portray the innocence of children and has developed a passion for children’s books. In 2009, she illustrated her first picture book and has been busy ever since. She has published numerous picture books in Canada, the United States, the UK, France, Sweden, Hong Kong and South Korea for various publishers. Her books have been nominated for numerous prizes, including the prestigious Governor General’s Literary Award.


  • Mine. Yours.

    2019 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner

  • Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin

    2015 - CCBC Choices, Cooperative Children's Book Center, Winner

    2015 - Chocolate Lily Book Award, Picture Book Category, West Coast Book Prize Society, Commended

    2015 - Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize, The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, Commended

    2015 - Ezra Jack Keats Book Award for New Writer, Maine Association of School Libraries (MASL), Winner

    2015 - Maine State Chickadee Award, Children’s Literature and Reading Special Interest Group, Commended

    2015 - Notable Books for a Global Society (NBGS) List, International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), Winner

    2015 - USBBY Outstanding International Books, honor list, OLA’s Canadian Materials Committee, Winner

    2014 - , Asian Pacific American Librarians Association, Winner

    2014 - 2014 OLA Best Bet List for Children, Toronto Public Library, Winner

    2014 - Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, Picture Book Category, Canada Council, Commended

    2014 - First & Best List, A Mighty Girl, Commended

    2014 - Governor General's Literary Award, Children's Literature Illustration, Metro News, Winner

    2014 - Top 2014 Mighty Girl Books For Younger Readers, , Winner

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