Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Courtney Westlake  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult; Children;


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Illinois Connection

Westlake lives in central Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Courtney Westlake's daughter, Brenna, was born in 2011 with a rare and severe skin disorder called harlequin ichthyosis. It was then that Courtney began a blog to chronicle their family life and experiences raising a child with physical differences and special needs. Her writing has also been featured on other sites such as Yahoo Parenting, The Huffington Post, (in)courage, and Good Housekeeping.

Westlake has also written two digital books - "Celebrating Our Stories: Teaching Children about Differences and Kindness through Books" and "The Spaghetti Shots: How to Take Better Photos of Your Kids During Everyday Life".

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

Speaking costs include a fee and travel expenses, as well as the ability to sell her books at, prior to, or after the event. Email her for more information or to inquire about your event or program.

Selected Titles At Your Library

A Different Beautiful :
ISBN: 9781634099233. OCLC Number: 953379544

Barbour Publishing, Inc.,. .

Through personal insights and experiences, Courtney Westlake shares how you, too, can learn to find and celebrate God's version of beautiful in your life.

That's how you know
ISBN: 9781490810515. OCLC Number: 919633807

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Teaches children how each one is special with God's never-ending love.