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Corrinne Averiss - Author

About the Author

ABOUT CORRINNE AVERISS – SHORT

Raised in the Midlands with love, laughter and library books, Corrinne studied English Literature at St Andrews University. She has spent much of her adult life working in children’s TV as a producer/director. She created the triple BAFTA-winning Share a Story competition and co-devised and wrote for Milkshake’s Pip Ahoy. She lives in Manchester with her husband, daughter and cat. Apart from A Dot in the Snow with Oxford Children’s Books, Corrinne has two picture book titles with Egmont and one with Andersen Press.


ABOUT CORRINNE AVERISS - LONG

I grew up in Worcestershire and Warwickshire, it was here that seven year old me scribbled, folded and stapled together my first picture book about Hannah, a lonely hamster who escapes her cage in search of a soulmate.  I’ve always loved stories. I studied English Literature at the University of St Andrews. Aside from a short stint as a theatre reviewer for The Scotsman I’ve spent the last fourteen years being a professional silly person in children's television. Making things up for Ragdoll, CiTV, CBeebies, Cosgrove Hall and latterly for my own company, Stitchy Feet.
World Book Day inspired a children's competition I started at CiTV called Share a Story which has been awarded three children's BAFTAs. My TV credits also include co-devising and writing children’s series Pip Ahoy for Milkshake.
I’ve always found picture books compelling. I like stories where children wrestle with their thoughts and feelings; where small moments are a big deal; where tone manages to be both thoughtful and humorous. I like philosophical themes of identity and belonging. I’m aspiring to capture some of this in the stories I write.
I live in Manchester with my husband, daughter and cat. When we had a spare bedroom, I turned it into an office to write but spent most of my time at the dining table or in coffee shops. Now the office has been rightfully claimed by our daughter as a nursery and I write in bed while she sleeps.
What happened to Hannah the hamster? She was duped into befriending a crocodile husband and wife who planned to eat her. Cheery stuff!

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LOVE

LOVE

Author: Corrinne Averiss Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/01/2021

Funny, emotional and uplifting picture book about separation and love, to help children understand their emotions. Everyone loves everyone in Tess's house, but when Tess has to leave for school for the very first time, she is worried that her family's love might not stretch that far. Mum explains that love is like a string, it connects people together even when they are far away. At school Tess notices that all the children have strings! Some are new, some are old, some stretch a long way, and some even stretch right up into the sky. But what happens when a string breaks? Love is the third in a trio of feel-good picture books from author Corrinne Averiss (Joy (2018), Hope (2019)) - a pure delight from start to finish. A wonderful story that subtly tackles difficult topics of death, grief, separation and overcoming anxiety.

Hope

Hope

Author: Corrinne Averiss, Sebastien Pelon Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/08/2019

Hope is keeping a light on, however dark things seem. Comet is Finn's dog, and his very best friend. They do everything together. But one day Comet won't get out of his basket - not even for his very favourite things! The vet tells Finn that Comet needs to stay in overnight for an operation. That evening, Finn sits in his den feeling very alone. Dad tells him to keep on hoping. At night, as Finn sleeps, thousand of little lights appear in the sky, each one a hope from a different person in the world. Emotional, funny and uplifting, this beautiful picture book is a pure delight from start to finish. A wonderful story that shows children not to give up hope when times are uncertain. See the other titles in the trilogy: JOY by Corrinne Averiss and Isabelle Follath (2018) LOVE by Corrinne Averiss and Kirsti Beautyman (2020)

My Pet Star

My Pet Star

Author: Corrinne Averiss Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/08/2019

A magical story about the importance of kindness and friendship. When a little girl finds a lost star, she takes it home and cares for it, just like a beloved pet. She reads it stories, makes it special snacks and tucks it into bed at night. The more she cares for the star, the brighter it glows. Until, one day, it's time to let go ... A heartfelt story about caring for others and learning to let go, from BAFTA award-winning writer and CILIP Greenaway-nominated author Corrinne Averiss. Perfect for sharing at bedtime.

My Pet Star

My Pet Star

Author: Corrinne Averiss Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/05/2019

A magical story about the importance of kindness. When a little girl finds a lost star, she takes it home and cares for it, just like a beloved pet. She reads it stories, makes it special snacks and tucks it into bed at night. The more she cares for the star, the brighter it glows. Until, one day, it's time to let go ... A heartfelt story about caring for others, from BAFTA award-winning writer and CILIP Greenaway-nominated author Corrinne Averiss. Perfect for sharing at bedtime.

Joy

Joy

Author: Corrinne Averiss Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/04/2019

Beat quarantine boredom with this sweet and funny picture book. Perfect for keeping kids entertained when trapped indoors. Fern's Nanna has not been herself of late. And when Mum remarks that all the joy seems to have gone out of her life, Fern decides to fetch the joy back. With her catching-kit at the ready, she goes to the park and finds joy in all sorts of unusual places. Whooooshh! But Fern soon realises that joy doesn't fit in a bag, or a box or a tin! How will she manage to bring some back to Nanna? Emotional, funny and uplifting, this beautiful picture book has a strong message about empathy and maintaining loving relationships with our grandparents. Guaranteed to bring a bit of joy into every reader's life, this story is a pure delight. See the other titles in the trilogy: HOPE by Corrinne Averiss and Sebastien Pelon (2019) LOVE by Corrinne Averiss and Kirsti Beautyman (2020)

The Boy on the Bench

The Boy on the Bench

Author: Corrinne Averiss Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/06/2018

The playground is packed with children playing, but Tom is sitting on a bench with his dad. He's just not sure he's brave enough to join in ... Tom can't see a space for himself anywhere in the playground. Not on the slide, or on the roundabout or on the swings ... But when a little girl loses her teddy, will Tom have the courage to help? Gabriel Alborozo's warm, friendly illustrations perfectly bring to life this gentle, empathetic story about overcoming fears and being yourself. Corrinne Averiss has spent much of her life working in children's TV as a producer and director at companies including Ragdoll, CITV and CBeebies. She has written several books for children and her picture book, A Dot in the Snow, has been nominated for the 2018 Kate Greenaway Medal. She lives in Manchester with her husband and a charming cat, Alba. Gabriel Alborozo is a cartoonist and illustrator based in East Sussex. He began work as a cartoonist at just 15 years old and his work has appeared in numerous magazines and papers including Private Eye, Punch and The Spectator. He has written and illustrated several children's picture books including The Colour Thief (Bloomsbury) and Thank Goodness for Bob (Egmont).

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