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.

A History of Just About Everything

2015 - Silver Birch Nonfiction, Forest of Reading, Short-listed
2014 - Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award, Short-listed
2014 - Best Books of the Year for Children and Young Adults, Bank Street Children's Book Committee, Winner
2014 - Information Book Award, The Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada, Long-listed
2014 - Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children's Non-Fiction, Canadian Children's Book Centre Awards, Short-listed
2013 - Book Award for Outstanding Youth Book Published in 2013, Canadian Science Writers' Association, Commended

Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin

2015 - Notable Books for a Global Society (NBGS) List, Children's Literature and Reading Special Interest Group, Winner
2015 - Maine State Chickadee Award, Maine Association of School Libraries (MASL), Short-listed
2015 - Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize, West Coast Book Prize Society, Short-listed
2015 - CCBC Choices, Cooperative Children's Book Center, Winner
2015 - Chocolate Lily Book Award, Picture Book category, Short-listed
2015 - Ezra Jack Keats Book Award for New Writer, The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, Winner
2015 - USBBY Outstanding International Books, honor list, International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), Winner
2014 - Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, Picture Book Category, Asian Pacific American Librarians Association, Winner
2014 - Top 2014 Mighty Girl Books For Younger Readers, A Mighty Girl, Winner
2014 - 2014 OLA Best Bet List for Children, OLA's Canadian Materials Committee, Winner
2014 - Governor General's Literary Award, Children's Literature Illustration, Canada Council, Short-listed
2014 - First & Best List, Toronto Public Library, Short-listed
2014 - Top Children's Books of 2014, Metro News, Winner

I Am Small

2019 - Jean Throop Book Award, IODE Ontario, Short-listed
2019 - Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner
2018 - Best Canadian YA and Children's Literature List, CBC Books, Listed

Mine. Yours.

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


2019 - Picture This Recommendation List, WSRA Children's Literature Committee, Listed
2018 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, Starred Selection, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner
2018 - Frances and Wesley Bock Book Award for Children's Literature, Neumann University, Winner

Picture Books

Shelter, 2017