Bri Reads w/ Author Phillip D Cortez @Central CCR

Bri Reads Live September 30th
Book cover: I'll Be the Moon
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Bri Reads Live!

w/ guest author Phillip D. Cortez

Join us for this special event featuring Youtube sensation Bri Reads and acclaimed children's author Phillip D. Cortez for an afternoon of music, stories, and crafts! Phillip will be reading his new picture book I'll Be the Moon: A Migrant Child's Story.

Event is wheelchair accessible. For any additional access requests, please call 510-981-6107 or TTY 510-548-1240 at least 5 days before the event.


Bri Reads (she/her) is an international preschool teacher turned content creator with a passion for children’s literacy. Bri’s YouTube channel brings stories to life with interactive read-alouds, original songs, and crafts for a global audience. Beginning as an educator in Hanoi, Vietnam and performer with Disney’s World of English in Tokyo, Bri has toured throughout Japan and the US developing a unique storytelling voice that merges education and theatre to bring immersive experiences to English language learners and young readers alike. Bri is thrilled to be an upcoming recipient of the Papermoon Puppet Theatre Artist Residency in Yogyakarta, Indonesia this fall! After that, you can follow her journey producing Bri Reads Live! in Singapore at and @brireadsofficial.

Phillip Dominic Cortez was born in El Paso, Texas where he became fascinated with books and stories at a very early age. It wasn’t long before he wanted to write his own stories. “I was always making up stories to try and get out of trouble anyway,” he laughs. “But that sort of comes with the territory when you’ve got four brothers.” Cortez began his career as a freelance sports writer, writing stories for his local paper and later moving onto writing editorials and feature stories for different publications. His children’s book, Night Rhythms, was published in 2011 followed by When I Close My Eyes in 2013. Cortez turned his attention to Social Emotional Learning and the well-being of the children reading his books in the 2018 book, #TheHappyManifesto - Three Rules For Happier Students. As a result, The Better Than Good Blog was launched in 2019. Cortez still loves to read and, with his wife, Patty, is now fascinated by the many stories told by their four children: Ivan, Cameron, Ava and Zoe.

The Collective Book Studio is a women-owned, award-winning partnership publisher based in Oakland, California. We produce and distribute high-quality lifestyle, food, gift and children's books. Our unique publishing model creates a true partnership between author and publisher. Learn more at

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