All I Want For Christmas is Rain is out now! Let it rain!

It is hard to believe it is already November! And with November brings the release of my third book, All I Want For Christmas is Rain. You can buy it in hard cover now from New Frontier. You can watch a video of Megan and I talking about the book here.

Here I am with my advance copy – Megan’s illustrations really hit the mark and I hope that all Australians love this book. Australia is my adopted country and this book is my thank you to Australia. I am very proud of this book – I hope you love it. Thank you to New Frontier for publishing this book, to Megan Forward for her beautiful perfect illustrations and to those people that helped make this happen with photographs of cattle properties.

I wish you all a very happy, wet and rainy Christmas! xo Cori

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I will be participating in the BIG DRAW – 20 Aug 11.30am

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Australia: Story Country!

Saturday – 20 August 2016, between 10:00am and 1:00pm

I am very excited to have been invited to participate in the BIG DRAW! Join Giuseppe and I at 11.30am… and the Queensland Branch of the Children’s Book Council of Australia, local children’s authors and illustrators, and members of the Brisbane Illustrators Group and Write Links at the State Library of Queensland for a series of specially curated activities for children, young people and their families to celebrate the beginning of 2016 Book Week.

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In the Knowledge Walk, help us create characters and images for two stories written especially for the occasion by Queensland writers. Children will learn about character development and elements of story creation, as well as learning and practising sketching, drawing, colouring, and painting.

Join in the fun with storytelling sessions by local picture book authors and illustrators who will be discussing the stories behind the stories, teaching children about how books are developed and put together.

 There will be illustrators from the storytelling sessions demonstrating their skills using both traditional and digital methods. Watch them demonstrate how they developed their characters from the stories that will share in the storytelling sessions. Children will learn about the illustration process; the tools and techniques illustrators use; and the process of book creation.

The BIG draw is proudly presented by the Queensland Branch of the Childrens Book Council of Australia, in partnership with the State Library of Queensland and Book Links (QLD) Inc.

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New picture book coming December 2016

I am very excited to give you a sneak peak of my next picture book, All I Want for Christmas is Rain!

The illustrations look amazing thanks to the ultra fabulous Megan Forward!

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Pretty much why I wrote ‘Fearless with Dad’…

Here is a fabulous article by Rosie Writes called Dumb-ass stuff we need to stop saying to Dads. I wrote Fearless with Dad because I didn’t/don’t like how Dads are mainly portrayed in the media and this piece nicely captures how I feel.

Read it.

Take note.

And never call a Dad a babysitter. He is a ‘parent’.

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Happy Holidays! Happy 2016!

As the holidays approach, I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Happy Holidays. I hope you all have a healthy, happy and prosperous 2016!

My next book is due for release in December 2016 and Fearless with Dad is going to be released in paperback in 2016! 2016 is going to be super!

Stay safe and have a great holiday season. My only Christmas wish is for good health and a peaceful world.

XO Cori

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Thank you to the IEU Qld and NT for inviting me to guest present at the Literary Competition Awards night!

I was very fortunate to have been asked to guest present at the IEU Qld and NT Literary Competition Awards. It was a wonderful evening and I very much enjoyed presenting the awards and hearing the first place finalists read a few minutes of their winning work. The depth of talent amongst these young writers was very impressive. The event was also very well run. If you would like to read my speech, it is available here: QLD Literary Competition Awards Speech. Thank you to Alexander Leggett from the QIEU for the following photos.

I encourage all young writers to enter this competition. I believe entries open in March 2016, so start writing now!

Cori 2  Cori Brooke and Hayden Quaill,Grace Lutheran College - Highly Commended, Section B - Poem Cori Brooke with 1st placewinner, Section B Poem, Years 9&10, Karima Hussaini,Macgregor State HighSchool Guest Presenter Cori Brooke IEUA-QNT President AndrewElphinstone presents guest speaker Cori Brooke with flowers Section C - Short Story - Years 7 & 8

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Fearless with Dad launch photos

A huge (belated) thanks to Where the Wild Things are for hosting the Fearless with Dad launch. August and September were big, busy months for me. I hope you all enjoyed the event – I know I did! And it was all the more special as my Dad came from Canada for it! Thanks Dad! Thanks to all who attended!

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ABC612 Radio Interview + Fearless with Dad book launch = BUSY, EXCITING DAY!

I am looking forward to talking to Terri Begley on ABC612 tomorrow morning at 9.10am. And then at 2pm, illustrator Giuseppe Poli and I will launch Fearless with Dad at Avid Reader’s kid’s bookshop ‘Where the Wild Things Are’.

I have been looking forward to tomorrow for a long time!

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Book Week visit at fabulous St Paul’s School Bald Hills

The BEST week in the school calendar is of course BOOK WEEK! The theme of the 70th anniversary of CBCA’s Book Week was ‘Books light up our world’. How true is that?!

I read to kid’s at St Paul’s during their lunchtime library event and it was great fun – I received a warm welcome and loved seeing all the decorations around the library. The kids asked some great questions and I loved reading Fearless with Dad and other stories to them. I also spoke with a few year 6 and 7 students about creative writing – I was thrilled by their enthusiasm, support, creativity and engagement. I left the school with a huge smile and a warm heart.

Thank you to lovely librarian Michele Rutter for her hospitality!

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Great ‘Buzz Words Books’ Review of Fearless with Dad

I really think this Buzz Words review captures the essence of Fearless with Dad perfectly. Thanks for the great review Buzz Words Books!

 

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