Welcome to my website. I hope you enjoy learning a little about me and the books I have written.I think I am very lucky – what could be a better job than writing books for children. I love writing all children’s books but picture books are my favourite. As well as writing, I love making school and library visits and doing bookshop signings and attending festivals.
‘Corinne Fenton has established a reputation for writing beautiful picture-book histories of animals whose lives have become legendary.’— Junior Bookseller and Publisher I enjoy writing fiction, non-fiction and poetry for children but my passion is picture books often with an element of social history. My school visits can cover:
Writing and Researching Social History Picture Books
When Corinne is not writing, she loves presenting to schools, libraries and adults about the writing and research behind her picture books. She talks about the differences and similarities between her non-fiction, faction and fiction titles. There is a huge amount of information behind each of these picture books and she sees them as a starting point for students to research history for themselves. This is supported by power-point presentations of historical photos and research information. (Prep-6 & Secondary Students)
Writing Workshops – I give some background of myself and how I came to writing. Using a power-point presentation I cover things such as where ideas come from, brainstorming, a writing warm-up, dialogue, character description, stages of a book, story structure, finding the perfect word and my story check list followed by a writing exercise. I like to focus on the vivid and rich language used in picture books. (Year levels 3 and upwards. 12 students max.).
Poetry Workshops – I believe that writing poetry is a good place to start for any writer. My workshops cover poetry readings, having fun with words and encouraging enjoyment of writing. I like to talk about the idea that anyone can escape into their own words and write freely and privately if they wish. Weather permitting; I like to take students outside to ‘write in the real.’(Year levels 3 and upwards).
‘Dear Corinne, Thanks so much for your wonderful presentation to our school today. Some great feedback from kids and teachers. Take care and look forward to meeting you again.’ St. Damian’s Primary School, Bundoora
‘Dear Corinne, Thank you so much for coming. I learned how to write a proper story. I really enjoyed your presentation and I can’t wait to read more of your books.’ Victoria, Apollo Parkways PS
I also give presentations to adults, often Probus, Legacy and seniors’ groups especially about how I came to write ‘Queenie: One Elephant’s Story’, ‘The Dog on the Tuckerbox’ and ‘Flame Stands Waiting’ and the stories behind those books. I present to kindergartens, childcare centres and libraries with readings and activities around my ‘Hey Baby’ series of books. Hoping to meet you somewhere soon.
A story for every child who has ever dared to dream…
Illustrated by Sebastian Ciaffaglione, Published by Black Dog Books.
Never doubt just how special you are. A love letter to baby.
Hey Mum, do you know how much I love you?
The Dog on the Tuckerbox is the story of Australia’s pioneers; the bullockies who worked the rough tracks, and of one dog’s unwavering loyalty to her master.
Illustrated by Peter Gouldthorpe, Published by Black Dog Books
Chasing Shadows – Everyone feels sad sometimes, but when sadness lingers, shadows appear. Some of us, even children, chase shadows. Will a wriggly, mischievous surprise help Beth chase her shadows away?
Illustrated by Hannah Sommerville Published by Ford Street Publishing
There was a time when for tuppence you could ride on the back of an elephant at a zoo. Queenie was one such elephant.
Illustrated by Peter Gouldthorpe, Published by Black Dog Books, Australia and Candlewick Press USA
The paperback edition of ‘Queenie: One Elephant’s Story’ will be out in January and was launched at the Melbourne Zoo by The Hon. Ryan Smith, Minister for the Environment.