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Chris Cheng Chris Cheng i(A48816 works by) (a.k.a. Christopher Winston Cheng; Christopher W. Cheng)
Born: Established: 1959
Gender: Male
Heritage: Chinese
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Author of children's books.

Chris Cheng identifies as Australian-Chinese. After a childhood in Sydney, he trained as a teacher. He has taught at urban and rural schools in New South Wales, including three years in Bourke. But his favourite 'school', according to his website, was the Taronga Zoo Education Centre, where he worked for a number of years (teaching in the Education Centre and operating the Zoomobile, a mobile zoo) and from where he appeared in television shows with animals. He worked for a further few years at Dulwich Hill Public School as a kindergarten teacher, before leaving teaching.

After teaching, Cheng worked as National Children's Development Manager for a chain of Australian bookshops, and has travelled regularly to the United States to work at Purdue University with the BioScope Initiative, a multimedia project producing instructional science materials for students in the USA. He has been an international consultant for the Purdue University-based online journal First Opinions - Second Reactions, which examines children's and young adult literature.

Cheng holds a Master of Arts in Children's Literature and has been co-regional advisor (Australia and New Zealand) for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI); as of 2017, he is the co-chair of the International Advisory Board for SCBWI. Along with Jackie French, he is one of two ambassadors for the National Centre of Australian Children's Literature.

His work is often about the environment, ecosystems, and animals, or about Chinese-Australian history and culture. He was won wide-ranging awards, including Wilderness Society Environment Awards for non-fiction and picture books, an Aurealis Award, and the Lady Cutler Award for Distinguished Services to Children's Literature in New South Wales. As well as works individually indexed on AustLit, he has also published a wide range of non-fiction works about Australian fauna.

Most Referenced Works

Awards for Works

New Year Surprise! 2016 single work picture book children's

'Set in snowy rural Northern China this book is about the coming Chinese New Year Spring Festival and one little boy who is told that he’s too small to help out at the Spring Festival. Follow him through his village to see how he finds a way to join in! It’s a very big surprise. The very traditional life depicted in this book, with people wearing thick clothing and where beds are often platforms that are built over small wood-fired furnaces remain the same today.' (Publication summary)

2018 shortlisted West Australian Young Readers' Book Award Picture Books
2017 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Notable Book
Sounds Spooky 2011 single work picture book children's 'In a rickety old house, spooky sounds fill the air. Crashing and slamming; Snarling and hissing; Creaking and mumbling. Who...or making them? I'm not scared. Are you? Filled with onomatopoeia this book with a delightfully spooky twist will have young readers listening for those spooky sounds and chanting, 'What's that noise that I can hear? I'm not scared!'' (Publisher's blurb)
2011 winner Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction Children's Division Best children's Fiction (Told Primarily through Pictures)
One Child 1997 single work picture book children's 'One child is a picture book illustrated by the magical Steven Woolman. It is about kids, our planet and what one child can do. Global warming, habitat destruction, the accumulation of waste, pollution and many other environmental aspects are part of this title. [It is] a simple text with richly coloured illustrations drawing on the imagery of an old stained glass window that is gradually cleaned to reveal the beauty underlying the pollution. This is a hopeful book about the environment for young children. One child saw trees torn from the ground; saw oceans stained with waste, no longer blue and clean; saw skies choking, blocking the sun. What could just one child do about the devastation of our planet?' (Source: Author's website)
1998 winner The Wilderness Society Environment Award for Children's Literature Picture Book
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