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Juliette MacIver

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Juliette MacIver



Juliette MacIver writes picture books and early readers for young children that are full of

frolic and delight. She mostly writes in rhyming verse, and has created books that have

captured the hearts of her young audience worldwide. To date she has had ten books

published with four different publishers: Scholastic and Gecko Press in New Zealand, and

Walker Books and HarperCollins in Australia. Her books are also available in Canada, the

U.K. and the U.S.A. She lives with her husband and her live-in test audience of four lovely

children in Titahi Bay, near Wellington, where she leads a happy life full of trail running,

indoor soccer, and kitchen dancing.


Writing tips:


1. Firstly, read! To write well, you need to read as much as you can of the genre that interests you, until you can identify what makes a good story, and what particularly appeals to you.


2. Then write! Write to discover stories, to discover what inspires you, to find out if writing is something you love doing.


3. Writing is a craft. Learning a craft takes time, but it is a wonderful process.


4. Learn to take feedback. Show your work to people you respect and listen to their comments with an open mind. This takes practice too! If you can do this, you can edit and improve your work immeasurably.


5. If you want to write in rhyming verse, you must make the rhythm as perfect as possible, for a wide variety of readers. Try your work out on at least five people and listen carefully to how they read it.


And rhymes too must be perfect: “near enough” rhymes really don’t work in a picture book. Have fun!


For more information, please see her website or “like” her face book page:





Marmaduke Duck and the Marmalade Jam - Shortlisted for the NZ Post Children’s Book

Awards; Storylines Notable Book Award; shortlisted for the Crystal Kite Award (Australia-NZ)



Marmaduke Duck and Bernadette Bear - Shortlisted for the LIANZA Book Awards 2012.

Tom and the Dragon - Storylines Notable Book Award 2012.

Toucan Can - Shortlisted for the NZ Post Children’s Book Awards; Storylines Notable Book

Award 2014.