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Colette is a published children’s magazine author and an aspiring children’s book author. Over thirty of her nonfiction children’s articles are published by Cricket Media in FACES magazine, ASK science magazine, and Appleseeds magazine on varied topics as threatened coral reefs, indigenous people, Lego designers, and undersea fiber optic cables.

Her fiction works for children include stories set in the rich habitat of San Francisco’s tidal wetlands. Featuring endangered species in authentic habitats, such as the salt marsh harvest mouse and the red-legged frog, the fictional accounts focus on real conflicts in a fantasy setting. She’s run 3rd/4th and 5th/6th grade book clubs, the inspiration for her middle grade novel, which was accepted to the 2018 SCBWI Nevada Children’s Writer Mentorship Program.

She served for 12 years as the Co-Regional Advisor for the chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) covering seven counties around the San Francisco Bay Area with nearly 600 members.

Colette is a former marketing executive, communications consultant, national speaker, corporate board member, and served on non-profit boards. She’s proud to be among the first students in the University of California Naturalist program and holds an MBA in Marketing/Statistics.

Colette Weil Parrinello, children's writer
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