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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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First drop of this book is available now. It is literally hot-off-the-press!

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 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 three 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 appaloosa, Joey.


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 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

Upcoming Events

Tuesday 20 August, 2019

Book Week Book Launch • Citipointe Christian College, Brisbane

What better way to launch Debbie’s debut children’s picture book, If You You Meet An Elephant than by visiting the school she spent a large part of her teaching life to help the Prep to Year 2 students celebrate Book Week? Parents, you are invited to be one of the first to receive a signed copy for your child of Debbie’s first published picture book. Purchase a copy and Debbie will personally bring your child’s book on the day.

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Can You Imagine?

Developing a Story to Not Only Entertain but to Spur On Creativity and Thinkers Part Two: The Evolution of Elephant  ‘Leaving space in the story allows children to use their imagination and in doing so, they become collaborators and creatives.' – Debbie Smith When I...

The Value of Picture Books: An Elephant’s Perspective

Helping to Shape Understanding and Tolerance - Accepting Diversity & New Friendships Part One: The Evolution of Elephant  ‘The Making of a Children's Picture Book is paved with many surprises’ – Debbie Smith During the years I worked as the coordinator, Primary...

Sensory Toys & their Powers

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