Hazel Edwards

“Creativity is the fun of putting
together unexpected ideas”

Opportunity for First-Timers 

Even experienced children's authors & illustrators like these had to start somewhere.

( l-r Jen Mc Veity, Felicity Marshall, Krista Bell, (Hazel), Meredith Costain, Corinne Fenton, Susanne Gervay)

Photo credit: Meredith Fuller

Authors & Illustrators

Picture Book Opportunity for First-Timers

Schools set create-a-book projects and adults wish to design their own. Many ask Hazel for mentoring hints.

Most first-timers do not realise creating picture books is a BIG challenge.

So , as an inbetween step, Hazel offered her text (words) based on existing, unpublished  stories for students to use.

To encourage:

  • beginners to explore techniques based on an existing manuscript
  • appreciation of the time and skills needed in creating a work
  • discussion of issues within the stories 
  • diversity of cross cultural stories & viewpoints

Picture Book Text for YOU to illustrate

A new story 'Body Parts' by Hazel has been added here so you can experiment with it as a picture book project.

(Rights remain of original text with Hazel Edwards)

Body Parts for Hazel Edwards' Picture Book Exercise_.pdf    

This is also suitable for teenagers and family historians to illustrate.


A picture book is usually 24 or 32 pages.

  • Allow thinking/planning time.
  • Look at lots of picture books for design ideas.
  • Play with a storyboard,deciding where text and illustrations will go.
  • Where will you make the page breaks? Allow for title page and endpapers.
  • Design a cover so the title can be easily read and illustrations hint at the most important ideas in the story.
  • Add names of author and illustrator(you).
  • Or make a dummy book. Consider an app?
  • Decide on the kind of illustrations: Photos? Cartoons? Collage? Pen and ink? Colour?
  • Who will be your audience?  Age? Reading ability?
  • Write a 2 line back cover blurb

40th aniversary Hippo (with confetti)Use one of the hippo books as a model for the page layout of your book.

Useful Links: 

Five Senses Education published Hazel's stories for younger readers in collections called 'Like Me, Volume One' and 'Like Me Volume Two'' 

A.S.A Style File.

Aspiring Writers 

Hazel's Picture Books 

Voices of Today; Not Just a Piece of Cake : Being an Author

Hazel's quirky memoir which is now also available via EbookAlchemy listings on audio and as an e-book as well as print. 

Recorded by Voices of Today.  Audible link.

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Events & Appearances 2023

Private online mentoring 'Complete Your Book in a Year' 

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PROV 'Complete Your Book in a Year' starts on first Friday of each month from February, 10am-1pm. North Melb Archives.

Flexibility to go online.


23rd - 28th   DARWIN

31st PROV ( substitute for April) 


4th ACER Teachers' podcast 'Grief and Loss in  Schools'

5th PROV 

11th Thurs 5.30 pm OAM Association : Zoom 'Not Just a Piece of Cake: Being an Author' 

Free but   Book here. 


2nd  PROV

22nd  Author Lunch ( AMBA)


7th PROV


4th PROV


1st PROV


6th PROV




1st PROV Mini Launch