Chris Cheng

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Christopher Cheng is the award winning author of more than 40 children’s books in print and digital formats including the picture books One child, and the recently published picture books 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 picture book Python, was shortlisted in the 2013 Children’s Book Council of the Year awards. 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.

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!

Chris' Books

Chris has written more than 40 children's books including; Picture Books, Fiction, Junior Fiction, Non Fiction and Digital titles.

by Chris Cheng. Illustrated by Mark Jackson.

It’s morning in the bush. Python stirs and slithers out from her shelter. She warms her head and smells the air with her forked tongue. Python is a beautiful snake, but also dangerous - and she is looking for a meal.

Australia's Greatest Inventions & Innovations
by Lindsay Knight, Chris Cheng. In association with the Powerhouse Museum.

Hills Hoists, Vegemite and the Victa lawnmower – everyone knows they’re Australian inventions, but what many people don’t know is that we also have Australians to thank for the invention of Wi-Fi, for the Betacheck Blood Glucose Monitor, for dual-flush toilets, for spray-on skin for burns victims and for baby safety capsules.

Visit Chris' website for more of his titles.

Chris' Workshops

Over the last 20 years Christopher has presented at many book festivals and professional conferences, seminars and in schools and libraries in Australia and overseas.

Presentations can be:

  • A talk about the creative process and Christopher’s amazingly varied life
  • A talk to enthuse and engage students about reading or the writing process
  • A Personal Development session for teachers and librarians that will engage and inspire them to be active participants in the children’s reading and writing
  • A presentation to parents that will assist them in their involvement with their children’s reading.

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