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Benson Shum


Author-illustrator BENSON SHUM uses watercolor, ink and digital tools to create his illustrations. Trained in animation, his stories and paintings are expressive and full of movement. Benson is also an animator on films such as Frozen, Big-Hero 6, Zootopia, Moana and Frozen 2  at the Walt Disney Animation Studios. Originally from Vancouver, he now resides in Los Angeles.

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Benson’s Bookshelf: 

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Lion Dance
by Benson Shum
Penguin Workshop | Fall 2024

by Benson Shum
Penguin Workshop | Summer 2024

The First Night of Howlergarten
by Benson Shum
Penguin Workshop | Summer 2023

Cindy and Panda
by Benson Shum
HarperCollins  | Spring 2023

Anzu the Great Listener
by Benson Shum
Roaring Brook | Winter 2023

Little Seed
by Benson Shum
Little Simon | 2022
• a Canadian Children’s Book Council Best Book for Kids and Teens, 2022

Anzu the Great Kaiju
by Benson Shum
Roaring Brook | 2022
• a 2022 Kids’ Indie Next List recommendation by American Booksellers Association, Jan/Feb
• a Canadian Children’s Book Council Best Book for Kids and Teens, 2022
• a Texas Library Association Little Maverick Graphic Reading List selection, 2022
★ “It’s a pleasure to see the monster myth once again turned on its head. Spoiler alert: Goofy, loving monster makes good on his proclivities for joy, and wins his parents’ approval along the way. It’s a triumph, all right.” —School Library Journal, starred review

“[E]ngaging and heartwarming. . . . A tongue-in-cheek bildungsroman spun around celebrating differences and the underrated superpowers of gentleness and sweetness. —Kirkus

“Shum’s experience as an animator. . . is evident in the way he storyboards the narrative, pulls readers along with cinematic energy, and celebrates Japanese aesthetics—with everything from bonsai trees to golden picture frames to tiny creatures that look like adorable walking dumplings. [A] wholly original tale, which proves humorous, heartfelt, and as sweet as the flowers Anzu conjures.” —Booklist

Alex’s Good Fortune
by Benson Shum
Penguin Workshop | 2021
“Shum leads reader through the children’s day, teaching cultural outsiders about traditions and symbolism, and sharing familiar details with cultural insiders. Alex’s good fortune is that she gets to share this joyful day with Ethan, and vice versa.” ―Booklist
A Dolly Parton Imagination Library Selection

Sloth Went
by Adam Lehrhaupt
illustrated by Benson Shum
Bloomsbury | pb 2020 | bb 2021
• Winner of National Parenting Product Award
★ “Comic gold. . . . Younger children inspired by Sloth’s courage and independent spirit may likewise be drawn to dance along after their own successful (e)missions.”
Booklist, starred review
“Extremely endearing.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Good humored but never at the expense of empathy. Families facing similar toilet trepidation will find plenty of sympathy and wisdom in these pages.” ―Publishers Weekly
Foreign editions available:
Korean | EduNTech Co.

Hide ‘N’ Sheep
by Jennifer Sattler
illustrated by Benson Shum
Little Simon | 2019
“This counting book is sure to make both older toddlers and adults giggle. The rhyming text is rhythmic, clever, and fun to read aloud, especially when accompanied by Shum’s laugh-out-loud illustrations.”
Kirkus Reviews

Go To Sheep
by Jennifer Sattler
illustrated by Benson Shum
 Little Simon | 2019
“Fun to read aloud with a perky cadence…worth snuggling up to for a read.”
Kirkus Reviews

Holly’s Day at the Pool
Walt Disney Animation Studios Artist Showcase
by Benson Shum
Disney-Hyperion | 2017
“Useful to share with children who are afraid of the water.”
Kirkus Reviews
“This story of overcoming fears at the swimming pool will resonate. A swell seasonal addition.” ―School Library Journal
“Engaging tale of confronting fears, feeling brave, and even facing snapping turtles, little ones can giggle, laugh, and cheer Holly to get in the pool.” ―Manhattan Book Review


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