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Bruce Whatley Bruce Whatley i(A47762 works by)
Born: Established: 1954 South Wales,
Wales (UK),
United Kingdom (UK),
Western Europe, Europe,
Gender: Male
Arrived in Australia: 1959 Departed from Australia: 1995
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Born in Wales, Bruce Whatley migrated to Australia with his parents in 1959 living in both Adelaide and Whyalla before returning to the United Kingdom in 1969 for further study. Whatley worked in London as an art director and illustrator from 1975 to 1980 and then re-settled in Australia, basing himself in Sydney. In 1995 Whatley moved again, this time to the USA where he took up work with HarperCollins. He later returned to Australia and settled at Berry on the south coast of New South Wales.

Whatley collaborated on many children's works with Rosie Smith (q.v.).

Whatley is the father of Ben Smith Whatley (q.v.).

Major source: The Dromkeen Book: Australian Children's Illustrators, compiled by Susan Scobie

Most Referenced Works


  • For information about this author's works for children not yet included in AustLit, see Australian Children's Books by Marcie Muir and Kerry White (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1992-2004).

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Christmas Always Comes Sydney : HarperCollins Australia , 2021 22954766 2021 single work picture book children's

''Joy comes in the morning'

'It's Christmas Eve in 1932, and Joey, Ellie and their parents are droving cattle in the drought.

'How will Santa find them on the long and dusty road? And will there be pudding and presents and a tree in the morning?

'But Joey knows that Christmas always comes.' (Publication summary)

2022 CBCA Book of the Year Awards Notable Book Picture Book
y separately published work icon Pandemic Lindfield : Scholastic Australia , 2020 19907797 2020 single work picture book children's

'The war carried the Spanish flu across the world. Faces grew masks. Shops and schools wore signs that said, Closed. Families nursing the sick drew their curtains together to say their house was quarantined... From the award-winning creators of Flood, Fire, Cyclone and Drought, comes this powerful story of humanity prevailing during a pandemic.' (Publication summary)

2021 shortlisted Educational Publishing Awards Australia Primary Educational Picture or Chapter Book
y separately published work icon My Friends Are All Different Lindfield : Scholastic Australia , 2020 17457538 2020 single work picture book children's

'Whether big or small, slow or fast, friends can come in all shapes and sizes.

'My friends are the best because they are all different... what about yours?'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 shortlisted Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards Birth to 3 Years
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