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Introduction

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Christopher Cheng is the award winning author of more than 40 children’s books in print and digital formats. The picture book New Year Surprise! is his latest publication. Other titles include the picture books One child, Sounds Spooky and Water, the historical fiction titles New Gold Mountain and the Melting Pot and the non fiction titles 30 Amazing Australian Animals and Australia’s Greatest Inventions and Innovations. His narrative non-fiction picture book Python, was shortlisted in the 2013 Children’s Book Council of the Year awards, and was listed as of “Outstanding Merit” in the 2014 edition of Best Books of the Year for Children and Young Adults, selected by the Bank Street College of Education Children’s Book Committee. In addition to his books, Christopher writes articles for online ezines and blogs and he wrote the libretto for a children’s musical.

He is co-chair of the International Advisory Board for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), an International Advisory Board Member for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content (AFCC) and a recipient of the Lady Cutler Award for Children’s Literature. He is also the director of the digital publishing company Sparklight. He presents in schools, conferences and festivals around the world and he established the international peer voted SCBWI Crystal Kite Awards. Christopher is also (along with the wonderful Jackie French) an Ambassador for the National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature.

He dwells with his wife in an inner-city Sydney terrace and is often heard to say that he has the best job in the world!

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Christopher is an award winning author of many children’s books including non fiction (he once worked in a zoo living with real animals), picture books and Chinese themed historical fiction titles. He wrote the libretto for a children’s musical, is co-chair of the Advisory Board for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), an ambassador for National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature, a recipient of the Lady Cutler Award for Children’s Literature and he presents in schools and at festivals around the world.

He dwells with his wife in an inner-city Sydney terrace and is often heard to say that he has the best job in the world!

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Christopher:
  • has the best job creating children’s books
  • lives in a very old, creaking floorboards, house 
  • owns a library filled with children’s books
  • is Advisory Board co-chair for the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators
  • ambassador the National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature
  • failed art in kindergarten 
  • has ridiculously long hair

 

FAQs

Read more information about me in my Frequently Asked Questions.

You can also view an information flyer about Chris.

Photos

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Book Covers

Download hi-res versions of the following book covers. For PC users, on the pop up, right-click on the image and choose ‘save-as’. For Mac users, hold the Command key down as you click with your mouse, and choose ‘save to desktop’. More covers are here.

New Year SurprisePythonAustralia's Greatest Inventions & InnovationsSounds SpookyNew Gold MountainThe Melting PotWater

Book Trailers

View a selection of my book trailers.

Sounds Spooky60 Classic Australian Poems30 Amazing Australian AnimalsOne Child

Also view a promotional trailer for newer titles by a number of SCBWI members.