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Hello fabulous readers! Thanks for stopping by!

I am Emily S. Smith- children's author, teacher, book lover and fairly ridiculous human being.

I love words as much as I love coffee (which is a lot). I am always blown away by how words can connect people, create fantastical worlds, and explain ideas. I believe that words are magic, and I enjoy casting ‘literacy spells’ through the books and stories I write.


I like to think of myself as a 'literary fairy-godmother' who uses a pen instead of a wand, magically bringing humour, fun and silliness into the lives and hearts of my readers.


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My Books


Illustrated by Aleksandra Szmidt and published by Larrikin House

A young girl explores the possibilities of hugging her most favourite plant, a cactus. With a little help from her family members and a gardening guru, she tries a number of solutions to help solve her prickly problem, all with varying degrees of success.

How to Hug a Cactus is a story that will ‘stick’ with many readers.



"Above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it."

-Roald Dahl
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