Benson Shum is a children's book author and illustrator. The idea that an image or painting can evoke emotions and movement is what brought him to the world of picture books and animation. Benson uses watercolor, ink and digital tools to create his illustrations.

His book, Anzu the Great Kaiju received a starred review from School Library Journal. Both Anzu the Great Kaiju and Anzu the Great Listener was selected for 2022 & 2023 Kid's Indie Next List Recommend by American Booksellers Association. Alex's Good Fortune was also selected for Dolly Parton's Imagination Library 2022 & 2023.

Benson is also an Animator at the Walt Disney Animation Studios, where he was a part of such films as Frozen, Big Hero 6, Zootopia, Moana, Frozen 2 and Encanto. Originally from Vancouver, BC, Benson now lives in sunny southern California.

Coming soon:
CINDY AND PANDA (Clarion Books/HarperCollins, 2023)

IMAGINE YOU AND ME (Dial Books for Young Readers/PRH 2024)
MOONCAKES MEAN FAMILY (Penguin Workshop/PRH 2024)

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