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, reader and

daydream believer,


is convinced there is magic in every day if we care to find it.


Can You Guess Who?

Someone special is coming today. Who can it be?

As the news spreads, an excited crowd of Australian creatures gathers above the bay to meet this mystery guest.
Excitement hummed throughout the throng as Mama announced, “It won’t be long.”
“Ahoy!” screeched a cocky. “There she blows!” and a mighty tail from the ocean rose.

Children learn about the long journey whales take each year in this fun counting book that celebrates a special kind of community spirit.

Latest Release!

A warm-hearted story of family love and connection

Once Grandma knew so much. Now she finds most things a puzzle. Even her granddaughter’s name has become a guessing game. As her grandmother seems to be going backwards, a young girl remembers all the treasured times they have spent together. Although Grandma is different now, their love for each other has not changed. They can still connect in special ways, making new memories for her granddaughter to carry forwards. Grandma’s days of looking after others may be over, but there is someone who will look after her.

Reading Time on The Parent Trap

The humorous plot turns the tables on toddler taming, with the protagonist totally flabbergasted by his parents’ bad behaviour. But the sinister Vish adds another dimension and the mystery totally drew me in. Strap yourself in for a funny, fast paced adventure, full of twists and turns and dripping with suspense. An easy-to-read junior novel, recommended for primary aged students.

Readilearn on You Can Be a Writer

Teena Raffa-Mulligan has explained the process of writing perfectly for young children and made it seem enticingly simple and exciting, inviting children to use their imaginations to embark on a writing adventure. I like that children can pick up this book and follow the instructions on their own. Each step is clearly explained with examples of questions writers ask themselves to move their stories along. It is also a useful tool for parents and teachers who wish to support children as writers, providing them with words to use and steps to follow.

BooksOnTour on Who Dresses God?

[A] delicate and sensitive story that gives young readers a solid understanding of this higher being that is God, and without any kind of religious preaching. Raffa-Mulligan certainly leaves her young audience with a heart-warming sense that having belief, hope and trust, loving and being loved transcend above any unanswered questions, for family and caring for our planet and everyone and everything in it are most important of all.

Mrs B’s Book Reviews on Friends

This delightful story is full of humour and sentiment. Travelling amongst the Australian bushland with the main character Koala, the reader is taken on a journey packed full of fun and mishaps. Each page links to the main theme of friendship, but also includes instances of acceptance, caring and sharing with others. Good times, hard times are represented in Friends, which is an accurate reflection of life and a valuable lesson for young children to learn.

Sandi Parsons, Goodreads review on Ben Bumblefoot

Teena Raffa-Mulligan is a master at creating fun and quirky chapter books for early readers and Ben Bumblefoot is no exception. [It] is a humorous early chapter book about friendship and finding your place. Young readers will both laugh with, and at, poor Ben in his quest.

In Their Own Write Advice and insights from published authors

  • Meet Illustrator Amy Calautti
    by intheirownwrite on August 12, 2022 at 3:14 am

    Amy has loved to draw from a young age and often made up games based around drawing to entertain her younger brother and cousins. Her artistic talent was noticed and she was accepted into fashion and textile design in high school and TAFE . When she became a mother, she fell in love with picture … Continue reading Meet Illustrator Amy Calautti

  • Meet the Author: Robinanne Lavelle
    by intheirownwrite on July 22, 2022 at 1:30 pm

    What’s your top tip for aspiring authors? Don’t give up! Find your passion and then keep investigating where it could be placed to be of the most use to others. Robinanne Lavelle Robinanne Lavelle lives and works in Brisbane, Australia. She completed a Bachelor of Economics, a Master’s degree in Business and another in Education … Continue reading Meet the Author: Robinanne Lavelle

  • Meet the Illustrator: Hilary Jean Tapper
    by intheirownwrite on July 8, 2022 at 1:37 am

    Keep drawing. Draw for the love of drawing. No matter what happens, do it for the love. Hilary Jean Tapper Hilary Jean Tapper is a picture book illustrator, Courage Doll creator, filmmaker, Creative Arts Therapist and researcher, based in Aotearoa New Zealand. She is perpetually in pursuance of, and enchanted by, the magic of the … Continue reading Meet the Illustrator: Hilary Jean Tapper

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