Christopher Cheng is the award winning author of more than 40 children’s books in print and digital formats. His latest picture book, Bear and Rat (May 2021) is an uplifting story about love and friendship through the hardest of times and was written for his beloved wife.
Christopher has 3 new books recently released - Wombat, Bear and Rat, The Imagineer. All 3 books have been listed in the Children's Book Council of Australia 2022 Notable list. Moon Festival is due next year. Two new picture books are due for publication in 2022, Old Fellow (Publishers Walker Books) and Pollination (CSIRO Publishing).
The wonderful illustrators include Stephen Michael King, Lucia Mascuillo, Di Wu and Liz Duthie.
TEACHER RESOURCES available for many of Chris' books
What reviewers are saying about Bear and Rat
"A remarkable picture book that shows that regardless of what else we might have, to have that sort of love of another is everything."
"This picture book is a heartwarming, tender tale of the loving relationship between two friends. The elegantly simple story in Bear and Rat holds a timeless, universal appeal with themes of love and loss, sharing similarities with Guess How Much I Love You and the classic friendship of Winnie the Pooh and Piglet."
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"This story is one to share with those you love, those who you might be losing or given to someone who has just lost a loved one. It’s beautiful and it shows what true friendship and what we do for others when we care about them."
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. Teachers' Notes and Resources are available here.
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.
More books are coming soon.
In addition to his books, Christopher writes articles for online ezines and blogs and he wrote the libretto for a children’s musical.
"If you pick up a book by Christopher Cheng, you know you are going to get an outstanding story, one that will have a profound effect on you."
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"This is a beautiful narrative of love, family, resilience and nature."
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"Cheng inhabits his story with an almost mythic quality; it is like reading a fable which readers will ponder long after the story has finished."
"It shows there are always possibilities for change and it emphasises how lucky we are to have elders in our lives—and how important it is to listen to them."
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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 presents in schools, conferences and festivals around the world and he established the international peer voted SCBWI Crystal Kite Awards.
Christopher is also an Ambassador for the National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature.