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My last name is pronounced "Core-Chin." 

I spell my first name DJ with no periods.

My pronouns are He/Him/His

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Mini Bio

DJ Corchin is the author of A Thousand NO’s, illustrated by Dan Dougherty and published by Sourcebooks in 2020. He also also written or illustrated more than 24 books including The I Feel... Children’s Series, The Band Nerds Book Series, and Do You Speak Fish? 

Short Bio

DJ Corchin is an author and illustrator whose entire library of 24 picture and YA books was acquired by Sourcebooks in 2019.  His debut republished picture book  A Thousand NO’s illustrated by Dan Dougherty launched to wonderful reviews and won the Eric Hoffer Award Winner for Best Children’s Book. Since then he’s published The I Feel... Children’s Series, The Band Nerds Book Series and Do You Speak Fish? also with Sourcebooks. He writes and draws from his home in Chicago, IL where he lives with family. 

Long Bio

DJ Corchin is an author and illustrator who grew up outside of Chicago, IL. He attended DePaul University and received his Bachelors of Music Education.

 

After graduating, he was cast as a feature performer in the Tony and Emmy Award-Winning Broadway show, “BLAST” to play multiple instruments including riding a unicycle while playing the trombone. 

 

It was talking to kids as part of the show’s educational promotional group and becoming a high school band director that he gathered stories from all over the country which evolved into The Band Nerds Book Series. 

 

DJ, with a life-long love of kid lit, began writing and self-publishing picture books after an encounter with writer, John Hughes who taught him he was a writer the moment he put pen to paper. 

 

In 2019, Sourcebooks acquired DJ’s entire self-published library. The deal was featured in Publishers Weekly. His debut picture book with Sourcebooks, A Thousand NO’s, illustrated by Dan Dougherty launched to wonderful reviews and won the Eric Hoffer Award Winner for Best Children’s Book. Since then Sourcebooks has published The I Feel... Children’s Series, The Band Nerds Book Series and Do You Speak Fish? with many more to come. 

 

He writes and draws from his home in Chicago, IL where he lives with family. 

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A Thousand No's 

Pub: Sourcebooks Explore 

  • Format: Hardcover

  • Publication Date: Aug. 1, 2020

    • Originally Published: 2017​

  • ISBN: 9781728219196

  • Pages: 48

  • Ages: 4-8

A Thousand NO's is a story about perseverance and innovation. It shows what amazing things can happen if we work with others and don't give up, and teaches kids not to let expectations of how things should be get in the way of what could be.

This empowering picture book teaches readers that even great ideas sometimes get a NO―but that NO can actually help great ideas become the best ideas!

Eric Hoffer Award Winner for Best Children's Book

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Do You Speak Fish? 

Pub: Sourcebooks Explore 

  • Format: Hardcover

  • Publication Date: Aug. 3, 2021

    • Originally Published: 2017​

  • ISBN: 9781728219226

  • Pages: 40

  • Ages: 4-8

A heartwarming story that demonstrates how to overcome communication barriers and better understand those who identify with different cultures. 

When a boy meets a fish and says hello, the fish does not respond. The boy is shocked. What a rude fish! But soon the boy learns that it's not up to the fish to speak the boy's language. And if the boy wants to communicate, he'll have to take the time to learn how to speak Fish.

Nautilus Book Award Winner for Best Children's Book

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The I Feel... Children's Series 

Pub: Sourcebooks Explore 

  • Format: Hardcover

  • Publication Date: Various (11 titles)

    • Originally Published: 2012-2019​

  • ISBN: Various 

  • Pages: 56

  • Ages: 4-8

This series helps kids recognize, express, and deal with the roller coaster of emotions they feel every day. It has been celebrated by therapists, psychologists, teachers, and parents as wonderful tools to help children develop self-awareness for their feelings and those of their friends.

Mom's Choice Awards Gold Recipient. 

Children's Literary Classics Award for Best Picture Book Series. 

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The Band Nerds Book Series

Pub: Sourcebooks Explore 

  • Format: Hardcover

  • Publication Date: Various (4 titles)

    • Originally Published: 2010-2018

  • ISBN: Various 

  • Ages: 13+

The Band Nerds Book Series is a set of humorously inspiring books all about band. Whether you've been in band, are in band, or can spell the world band, these books are for you. The band world is a rich place full of humor, passion, dedication, and well, actually...it's mostly humor. Created by DJ Corchin as The 13th Chair, these books have a relatable place in every band nerd's heart.