Hello! My name is Cortney Benvenuto. I'm an author-illustrator, an active member of SCBWI, and member of 12X12. I live in Portland, Oregon with my husband, two amazing children, and cat Mayberry.  As a child I spent my time climbing trees, drawing, and reading books. After graduating Oregon State University with a BFA, I taught third/fourth grade at a private school for six years until I got promoted to my current day job; staying at home illustrating with my two young children who keep me on my feet. 



  • Come On, Fish! written by: Jim Nies (KWiL, spring 2019) 

AWARDS and recognitions 

  • 2017 SCBWI Alaska chapter, fall conference poster contest winner
  • 2017 International Reggae Poster Contest (1,270 entrants), 2nd place