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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 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
y separately published work icon One Tree Melbourne : Penguin , 2019 15296331 2019 single work picture book children's

'A touching and uplifting story about love, change and the importance of the natural environment in all our lives. One tall tree on the mountain once marked Grandfather’s farm. Now there is a busy city and Grandfather lives with us in our apartment.

Once he told stories but now he stays silent. Until one day, in the city market, I find something precious . . . something that brings Grandfather’s memories alive again.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 shortlisted The Wilderness Society Environment Award for Children's Literature Picture Books
2020 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children's Books
2020 CBCA Book of the Year Awards Notable Book
y separately published work icon Drought Lindfield : Scholastic Australia , 2018 14951468 2018 single work picture book children's

'I remember when rain stopped, 
When day by day the water dropped, 
All across a sun-bleached land, 
Drought spread its withered, deadly hand. 

'From the award-winning creators of Flood, Fire and Cyclone comes Drought a moving story about the devastating effects drought has on many Australians and their farms.'  (Publication summary)

2019 CBCA Book of the Year Awards Notable Book
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