Picture Books

Out now!

You Can be a Writer

A simple step by step process for young readers to become writers.

Writing stories is like having an adventure. This book takes early primary age children on their own story adventure. Imagination is the passport to anywhere. Start with an idea…choose characters…decide where they live and when their story takes place…think about what could happen to them. By following the simple instructions in this book, children soon have their own story to share.

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Recent release!

Solo Dan

Illustrated by Kym Langfield

Daisy Lane Publishing

Orphan Dan has never had a place to belong. He bounces from one home to another, like a ball no one can catch. He’s okay with that. Families can be too much trouble. His shadow is all the company he needs. Or is it? Perhaps what he really wants is a forever home. A story about hope, love and belonging.

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When the Moon is a Smile

Illustrated by Amy Calautti

Daisy Lane Publishing

“Don’t go, Daddy!”

It’s the plea that tugs at the heart of every loving father whose child no longer shares his everyday life due to a relationship breakdown.

For a young child, accepting how things have changed once parents live apart can be difficult.

When ‘Daddy time’ is occasional instead of constant, saying goodbye for now can be the hardest part of spending time together.

In this gentle story about the special bond between a little girl and her father, the fun of sharing a day imagining everyday activities into extraordinary adventures turns to sadness when it is time for him to leave.

Tears turn to acceptance with the promise that Daddy will soon return — and there is a special way to know when that will be.

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Friends (Illustrated by Veronica Rooke) ISBN 9780995410411

Serenity Press

What makes a friend special?

Join Koala and a delightful menagerie of Ausralian creatures to celebrate the many ways in which friends brighten our days.

Playing the clown to turn frowns into smiles…caring and sharing…sticking around in sunshine and storms.

Life wouldn’t be the same without Friends. The book is available here.

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True Blue Amigos (Illustrated by Barrie Smith)

ISBN 9780987505453 Wild Eyed Press

A lively rhyming tale about a kangaroo called Blue and her little friend Pedro who travel around Australia looking for a place to call home. Their exciting Aussie adventure sees them snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, sing at the Opera House, dance a crocodile rock, surf in Perth and more. Visit Wild Eyed Press for details of where to buy this colourful picture book.

Who Dresses God? (Illustrated by Veronica Rooke)
ISBN 9780648250326 Sea Song Publications

Nan says God hears. How can he if he has no ears, and without a tongue how can he speak to anyone? A child asks and a mother answers in this rhyming picture book which introduces young children to the idea of a higher being that does not live in a house with roof, walls and locking doors. “For God’s house is the world we share and God is in it everywhere.”

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Jimbo! Don’t Go! – a stranger danger tale (Illustrated by Veronica Rooke)
ISBN 9780648250319

Sea Song Publications

A young elephant is on his way home from school alone when a tiger stops and offers him a lift. Will Jimbo remember his mother’s warnings – or go with Tim? The ‘stranger danger’ message presented in a lively, entertaining, non-threatening way for young children.

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bignanTwo of my earliest publications for children are now out of print. I continue to use them in my presentations to children because they beautifully illustrate the way Grandpawriters can draw ideas from their own life experiences or imagination. The books are still in some libraries and copies can occasionally be bought on Ebay.