I had never heard of LeUyen Pham when I first became a librarian, but she quickly became one of my favorite illustrators. I love the unique way she draws faces and the details she puts into every character she depicts. Luckily for young readers, she does the pictures for books at a variety of levels, from board books for babies and toddlers to middle grade novels for tweens. Below is a list of just some of the wonderful books she has illustrated.
- Pat-a-Cake and All Fall Down by Mary Brigid Barrett
These two colorful board books provide new spins on well-loved nursery rhymes. Pat-a-Cake explores a little one's sense of touch, while All Fall Down celebrates the joy of play.
- Whose Toes are Those? and Whose Knees are These? by Jabari Asim
These two titles help reinforce knowledge of body parts. Whose Toes Are Those? features a little girl character, and Whose Knees Are These? features a little boy.
- Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio
After learning that there are no female presidents, Grace decides to become the first! She starts off by running for class president - which gives the reader an opportunity to learn about the American electoral system.
- Freckleface Strawberry (and sequels) by Julianne Moore
This story is about a little girl with freckles who is desperate to make them disappear - until she realizes they are not that important after all.
- Shoe-La-La by Karen Beaumont
This rhyming picture book follows four young fashionistas as they search for the perfect pair of shoes. The illustrations are especially fun because parts of them are covered in glitter.
- God’s Dream by Desmond Tutu and Douglas Carlton Abrams
In this book, Pham portrays children from all around the world engaged in prayer and reaching out to care for one another.
- Any Which Wall by Laurel Snyder
This fantasy tale is an homage to the works of Edward Eager. It tells of four kids' who travel using a magical wall and have various adventures.
- Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things (and sequels) by Lenore Look
Alvin Ho is afraid of everything, and in this funny series the reader watches him try to conquer his fears. I especially love the way Pham draws Alvin's friend, Flea, who has both an eyepatch and one leg which is shorter than the other.
- Bo at Ballard Creek by Kirkpatrick Hill
Over the course of one year at Ballard Creek, an Alaskan gold mining community, five-year-old Bo has many adventures with the two men who raise her and their Eskimo friends.