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If You Meet an Elephant

By Debbie Smith

With big booty bottoms and flip flappy ears, If You Meet an Elephant is a rollicking ride through the ups and downs of an unlikely friendship. It’s a triumphant celebration of the acceptance of new and diverse friends. Join in the delight with this ‘must read out loud’ rhyming story jam-packed with good fun and gorgeous illustrations. 

A percentage of every sold book will the donated to the wonderful work of IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare) and their baby elephant orphanage project in Zambia. Thank you for your support.

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Author | Creator | Educator

Debbie Smith

Debbie is an author of picture books, middle grade, short stories, and poetry. She is a creative who enjoys drawing, painting, crafts, and sewing and is working on a variety of projects. She has won a number of awards for her short stories and poetry. Motherhood, a lifelong career as an early childhood and primary teacher, and now as an Oma, allows her insight, and a peek into the world of children. She is passionate about children and animals and the importance of quality friendships. Debbie is founder/director and creative coach of StoryBox Arts where quality children’s art and creative writing programs are developed and implemented.

Debbie successfully hand-raised four beautiful orphaned possums; two ringtails called, Tamigotchi and Saori, and two brushtails called Penny and Sheldon when she volunteered as a Wildlife Carer.

Debbie is the mother of three beautiful adult children, the Oma of four beautiful grandchildren, and lives in Noosa, Qld with her husband, scallywag Cavoodle, Oscar, and crazy cat, Oliver. When she’s not creating, she spends time at the beach or on a beautiful farm training her cheeky appaloosa gelding, Joey and riding her gorgeous palomino gelding, Barnaby Brown (Barnaby, or BB, for short).


Author Visits

Let’s go on a fun adventure! Debbie enjoys engaging and connecting children with quality literature and would love the opportunity to ignite some passion in children from your school.

Wag Tale Therapy

Give the gift of love & friendship. Invite Debbie & her gentle, lovable cavoodle, Oscar, to share stories & waggly ‘tales’  with your special someone. Cheer & connect them with the joy of reading.

Private Tutoring

As an educator, Debbie offers a variety of tutoring and mentorship services for pre-prep to Year 8 in: Literacy, English, writing, creative writing, short stories and poetry competitions.

Children's Workshops

It is Debbie’s vision to ignite and foster a passion in youngsters to read and value books, write creatively and explore the arts. We do this by offering school term and holiday workshops full of engaging fun.


I think kids would enjoy coming to these workshops. I know I did. They are fun. You get to learn how to do interesting and cool art and writing.

– Darcie – aged 8

Past Events

Voices on the Coast Youth Literary Festival

Voices on the Coast Youth Literary Festival - Readings, Presentations & Children's Workshops

Thursday 20 February & Friday 21 February 2020

Over two days of everything books and children’s literature. Debbie presented children’s creative writing workshops to Years 4-6 at the University of Sunshine Coast and enjoyed reading and performing to younger children at Immanuel Lutheran College, Buderim. This was a wonderful festival jam-packed full of exciting author events and workshops. Debbie presented alongside the following presenters: Sophie Beer, Martin Chatterton, Wai Chim, Tim Cope, Professor Gary Crew, Aleesah Darlinson, Gregg Dreise, Brian Falkner, Candice Fox, Tim Harris, Morris Gleitzman, Pip Harry, Jacqueline Harvey, Steven Herrick, George Ivanoff, Jan Latta, Rebecca Lennard, Lynette Noni, Caroline Magerl, Malla Nunn, Dimity Powell, Lucas Proudfoot, Mark Smith Lilli Wilkinson, and Suzy Zail. It was a fun-filled and literary-charged event, and one not to be missed.

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