My books can be ordered via bookshops all around Australia. If you local book shop doesn’t currently have copies in stock – please ask them! Most book shops are happy to order copies in.

If you would like to order personalised and/or signed copies of my books, directly from me, either email me at dannikapatterson @ or visit my online Book Store. Postage available to anywhere in the world and local pickup/delivery is also an option, if you live in Brisbane, QLD.


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My debut children’s picture book Jacaranda Magic was published by Ford Street Publishing and released on the first day of Spring, September 1 2018.

More than a joyful picture book that celebrates beauty in nature and the power of imagination, Jacaranda Magic is a dynamic tool to help parents and educators explore the value of boredom and encourage outdoor play.

It addresses a trend is emerging from research in early childhood education in Australia, indicating that young children are struggling to develop key creative, imaginative and gross motor skills due to diminishing access to unstructured play outdoors.

Jacaranda Magic was written to encourage children in the critical 4-9 year old age group to get outside and discover all the possibilities that nature offers when playing with objects in their natural settings and using the limitless power of their imaginations.

Megan Forward’s stunning illustrations capture the beauty of the jacaranda and demonstrate the joy of movement. The children depicted in the story are diverse in terms of age, gender and ethnicity.

Distinctly Australian in aesthetic, Jacaranda Magic aims to delight as a story book in itself as well as serve as an important tool to help springboard children off the couch and into nature.

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Hardcover & paperback copies of Jacaranda Magic are available, in stock or on order, from all good book shops and online retailers, as well as directly from my online Book Shop.

Download a copy of Teachers’ Notes for Jacaranda Magic here.


SeaSpray17: Ocean Photography & Haiku Poetry is a new-release collaboration that I have created, together with amazing Australian Ocean Photographer, Kian Bates of Raw Edge Photography.

SeaSpray17 celebrates the sea. It is a collection of 17 ocean images paired with 17 haiku poems (each with 17 syllables each).

The perfect gift book for ocean-lovers, this book holds wide appeal and is recommended for ages 6 – 106. There are gentle messages of ocean appreciation and conservation throughout.

More than a beautiful coffee table book for all ages to enjoy, SeaSpray17 as a valuable resource for children to inspire their creativity, knowledge and love of the natural world.

For school environments, teachers and librarians will find links to Australian Curriculum to support student learning across multiple year levels in Science, Arts and English via free downloadable Teachers’ Notes for SeaSpray17, soon to be made available online.

There are also a range of interactive, cross-curriculum student workshops based around  SeaSpray17 that can be run in schools and libraries around Australia, adaptable from Prep aged children (5+) to adults.

Order your signed copy of SeaSpray17 here.

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