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Frances Mackay children's author

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Baby Worries book cover and Gold Award Medal for Wishing Shelf Book Awards 2022

I am a teacher, educational writer and children's author.

I taught for 20 years in Primary (Elementary) Schools in Australia and the UK.

I love to write books that are educational and FUN!

Check out the books below for kids aged from 2 upwards.

Suitable for classroom and home learning with printable guides and activities to accompany each book.

Baby Worries was awarded the Winner of the Wishing Shelf Book Awards 2022 for best picture book in the 6-8 year age range.

The judges' comment:

‘A fantastically funny story filled with amazing artwork!

GOLD MEDAL WINNER and highly recommended!’

The Wishing Shelf Book Awards

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Click the image above to listen to an interview with Frances about her author journey and how Baby Worries was created.

(Note: the Kickstarter campaign mentioned in the interview has now ended.)

A baby looking worried and blinking, a character from the picture book, Baby Worries
Front cover of Baby Worries picture book showing a worried baby
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Front cover of picture book A Dinosaur Came to my Birthday party and blue dinosaur
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Front cover of picture book Noisy Animal ABC and a spider and a turkey
Cover and sample pages from Animal ABC Activity Book
Front cover of picture book Monster Counting Book 1 to 20 and a green monster pulling a funny face
Cover and sample pages from Monster Counting Activity book

What people are saying...

We purchased two of Frances Mackay's activity books in the same order:
1) My Feelings Activity Book
As a teacher, I can see how many of the pages could be used in a school setting to help students process their feelings and to encourage them to have a positive/healthy mindset about themselves and their learning. Many pages are designed to be copied, so that the craft activity (such as making a card/ creating puppets/ cutting out and gluing together a positive thoughts dice) can be undertaken. This allows multiple students to benefit from the resource.

As a parent, I think this is a perfect gift for a child whose main priority in an activity book is colouring in, drawing and crafts. There are many pages where children can colour in positive affirmation statements, and this is balanced with the educational content in the writing tasks.

2) Dinosaur Activity Book:
The dot to dot pages and a variety of puzzles (mazes/ word search etc) accompany great facts about dinosaurs for children to read and apply. This book is also filled with lots of great colouring in and drawing opportunities alongside tasks requiring problem-solving applications across the various school subject areas. Immediately, I was drawn to this book because it looked like so much fun and encouraged mindfulness alongside the dynamic educational content! Highly recommend this, especially for those kids who can't resist the allure of the dinosaur era!

We now have a collection of this author's work (story books and activity books), which in itself is the highest form of recommendation. We will continue to look out for future stories and resources to utilise.


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