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Christopher Cheng dwells in an inner-city Sydney terrace and writes fiction and non-fiction for children full time. He taught in city and outback schools for a number of years and at Taronga Zoo. He is Co-Chair of the International Advisory Board for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and has a Master of Arts in Children’s Literature. He presents to people of all ages at schools and festivals worldwide.

His many picture books include Bear and Rat, lovingly written for his amazing wife Bini, and illustrated by Stephen Michael King, which has been published in many countries worldwide. One Tree, illustrated by Bruce Whatley, was shortlisted in the 2020 NSW Premier's Literary Awards, and is a CBCA Notable Book. One Child, illustrated by Steven Woolman, won the Wilderness Society Environment Award for Picture Books (Australia) and the Skipping Stones Honour Book (USA). Christopher also worked with Sarah Davis on the critically acclaimed picture book Sounds Spooky which won an Aurealis Award in the picture book category and is a CBCA Notable Book.

Christopher is often heard to announce that he has the best job in the world!

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CBCA Book Award Notables 2022

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Bear and Rat by Christopher Cheng and Stephen Michael King | Read aloud by Christopher Cheng

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Bear and Rat by Christopher Cheng and Stephen Michael King | Meet the Creators

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Puffin Celebrates 80 Years | Author Q&A Part 5

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One Tree Trailer

One Tree a children's book by Christopher Cheng One Tree; illustrator Bruce Whatley, a Penguin book A touching and uplifting story about love, change and the importance of the natural environment in all our lives. https://chrischeng.com/one-tree.html SHORTLISTED for the 2020 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards https://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/awards/patricia-wrightson-prize-childrens-literature/2020-shortlisted-one-tree-christopher-cheng-and

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Creating new work with Bruce Whatley

Words from Bruce Whatley about his creative process working on One Tree