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. You can read about how to book me by going to the Book Me/Contact page here on my website.

 School Visits

‘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

Email: corinne@corinnefenton.com

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.

   

 


 

 

Hey Baby! A love letter to baby – now also available in board board format and paperback.

I also present to kindergartens, childcare centres and libraries with readings and activities centred around my ‘Hey Baby’ series of books.

Queenie: One Elephant’s Story was released on June 11 by Candlewick Press, USA

Coming in 2014:

Chasing Shadows will be released on March 1. See my blog for launch details on March 9.

Three more books in the ‘Hey Baby!’ series – April, August, November

A nostalgic Christmas story – September

Hoping to meet you somewhere soon.


Corinne

'Flame Stands Waiting'

Released on March 1, 2010

A story for every child who has ever dared to dream…

Flame is a beautiful, golden carousel horse with a sad heart. Unlike the other horses, who are designed to move up and down, Flame was built to stand still. The children choose to ride on the turning, dancing horses and Flame is left waiting.

Until, one day, a little girl who has always dreamed of riding the beautiful horses comes to the carousel…

Illustrated by Sebastian Ciaffaglione, Published by Black Dog Books.

'The Dog on the Tuckerbox'

The Dog on the Tuckerbox was shortlisted in the Younger Readers Category of the Australian Book Industry Awards as well as the Australian Publishers Association Awards and displayed by them at the Bologna Book Fair in Italy in 2010.

This book was also named a Notable Book in both the Picture Book and Eve Pownall Information Book categories of the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards for 2009.

Illustrated by Peter Gouldthorpe, Published by Black Dog Books

'Queenie: One Elephant’s Story'

‘Queenie: One Elephant’s Story’ was shortlisted in the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards in the category of Eve Pownall Information Books and during Children’s Book Week 2007 was named an Honour Book in that category. Queenie was also named a Notable Book in that category as well as in the category of Picture Books.

Illustrated by Peter Gouldthorpe, Published by Black Dog Books

Queenie Launch

Queenie Launch
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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.