Books

My books can be ordered via bookshops all around Australia and internationally. If your 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 a signed copy with (or without!) a personalised message directly from me, please either email me at dannikapatterson @ gmail.com or place an order via my online Book Store .

I can arrange postage worldwide and I also offer local pickup or free delivery as an option if you live in Brisbane or Redland City in QLD.

My latest release book is Scribbly Gum Secrets, illustrated by Megan Forward and published by Ford Street Publishing.

This story follows Charlie, Layla, Cooper and Max as they take a walk through the Australian bush discovering a world full of natural wonders. However, little Charlie’s mind is focussed on one thing…Who, or what has made those marks on the bark of the scribbly gum trees?

The pages of Scribbly Gum Secrets are full of native treasures. Megan Forward’s charcoal and watercolour illustrations are full of movement and show the biodiversity of the Brisbane region (where this story is based) filled with flora and fauna including; blue-banded bees, carpet pythons, birdwing butterflies, flying foxes, flowering lemon-myrtle, bush stone curlews and of course, the iconic scribbly gum trees. A unique feature of the artwork within Scribbly Gum Secrets is the use of botanical photography in the cover design and some internal pages. The storytelling in this book involves all five senses: touch, taste, sight, sound and smell.

Written in sophisticated rhyme, this book encourages eco-awareness in children in a gentle, joyful way. Older readers will delight in finding ‘secret’ words scribbled in the trees and other native treasures hidden within the pages.

It is ideally recommended for children aged 5 – 10 to enjoy…though are we ever too old for a good picture book? 😉


Scribbly Gum Secrets is my second collaboration with incredibly talented illustrator, Megan Forward. Our first book together was Jacaranda Magic, which was published by Ford Street Publishing in September 2018.

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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.

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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.

FREE Downloadable Teachers’ Notes for SeaSpray17 are here – Teachers Notes_SeaSpray17_2020.

My other current titles include works donated to fundraising anthologies or to amazing not-for-profit publisher Library For All. Profits from purchases of these titles go directly to various wonderful causes and can be purchased via the links below:

My Tribe is a reader published by Library For All in support of their open-access literary mission to ‘Let the word read!’.

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas is an anthology to raise funds for trainee teachers in Tanzania. Published by Share Your Story in 2018.

Spooktacular Stories is an anthology to raise funds for children having long stays in Australian hospitals. Published by Share Your Story in 2019.

I will continue to donate pieces of creative writing to anthologies or NFP publishers every year, in support of causes I believe in.

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