Flipping through the pages of Scribbly Gum Secrets is like taking a walk through the Australian bush...without the risk of creepy-crawly bites! It's the story of four reluctant adventurers with wild minds discovering a world full of natural wonders, curious creatures and the truth behind those squiggly marks on the scribbly gum trees...
2020 Author Visit Bookings Now Open
I'm delighted to announce that bookings for 2020 School Visits are now open. I have a range of new workshops available (all with strong curriculum links), but I think the one I am most excited about is this dual Author/Illustrator format that I am proud to present with illustrator extraordinaire Megan Forward. We've run this... Continue Reading →
17 Days of Giveaways
17 Days of Giveaways! To celebrate the launch of our new book SeaSpray17, we have partnered with some awesome Aussie sea-loving small businesses to bring you SeaSpray17's '17 Days of Giveaways!' On 17 days over the next 17 weeks, there'll be one of 17 prizes up for grabs via @dannikapattersonbooks on Facebook and @dannikapatterson on... Continue Reading →
In It Together
Publisher. Editor. Author. Illustrator. Agent. Our jobs are very different. Our primary goal is the same. Although we are all coming at our roles with a unique collection of priorities, pressures, passions, opportunities, skill sets and whatever other wildcard life is throwing at us at the time, we are all doing the very best we can for what boils down to the very same reason...to make a story we LOVE into a book that will be read.
'The first duty of a book is to be fascinating. Our society can’t afford kids who expect or accept boredom. We need young people with the vision, knowledge confidence & joy in the natural world to learn & work & innovate to save our planet. A book can help kids love the world.' Jackie French
Grace in Growth
The experience of becoming a published author has been many things so far: joyful, exhilarating, scary, exposing, uplifting, humbling, inspiring, rewarding, confronting, frustrating, mystifying, unsettling, affirming.
The Magical Powers of Nature Play
Rocks and sand become building tools on worksites, sticks become magic wands, fallen paperbark becomes secret scrolls or treasure maps. Siblings become friends. Nature weaves it's magic over us.