Arabella and the Magic Pencil

Written by Stephanie Ward | Illustrated by Shaney Hyde | Published by EK Books | ISBN: 9781925820010 | September 2019 | Available in Australia & New Zealand, UK, US & Canada

Arabella is a beloved only child who has a picture perfect life until her brother, Avery, arrives. While she loves him, it’s sometimes hard to like him. She spends her days creating marvelous things with her magic pencil, and ignoring him. But when Avery spoils a perfectly proper tea party, Arabella erases him from her life. Oops! How can she get him back? 

“A magical story with luscious language, whimsical illustrations and strong emotional core that will surprise and delight young readers.” – Debra Tidball, award-winning author of The Scared Book and When I See Grandma


“All in all a beautiful book and story that deserves a place on every child’s bookshelf.” –

“…this treasure targets family changes and Arabella’s frustration with her little brother Avery (mostly the mayhem he causes). Its figurative language (yay for alliteration!) and its dream-like illustrations will grab your learners and pull them in.” – The Corner on Character

Book Details

Title: Arabella and the Magic Pencil
Author: Stephanie Ward
Illustrator: Shaney Hyde
Age Range: 4 – 8 years
Grade Level: Preschool – 3
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: EK Books
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1925820017
ISBN-13: 978-1925820010

Activities & Resources

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About the Illustrator – Shaney Hyde

Shaney Hyde is an Early Childhood Teacher from Melbourne who runs art workshops for children and draws inspiration from her own playful childhood. Arabella and the Magic Pencil is the first book Shaney has illustrated, fulfilling a long-held dream.

About the Publisher – EK Books

EK Books is dedicated to producing quality children’s picture books that tell outstanding stories and which have meaningful ideas as their essence. EK Books was established in 2013 as an imprint of Exisle Publishing. EK Books publishes quality children’s picture books, distributing them to throughout Australia, New Zealand, the United States of America, Canada and the United Kingdom.

Press Assets

Wally the Warm-Weather Penguin


Written by Stephanie Ward | Illustrated by Vanessa Landin | Published by Forwards Press | ISBN: 9780989842310 | November 2014 | Available on Amazon Sites Worldwide

Wally is an Emperor Penguin from Antarctica who is always cold. When Wally learns about the Galapagos Islands, he immediately sets sail in search of warm weather and discovers an amazing world of tap-dancing crabs, racing hundred-year-old tortoises and diving birds with bright blue feet.

Well-suited for children aged 3 – 5, Wally the Warm-Weather Penguin is a vibrantly illustrated, rhyming picture book which makes a charming addition to any child’s library. Plus, the book can be a wonderful classroom activity to supplement segments about penguins, Antarctica or the Galapagos Islands.

This paperback edition includes a section of Fascinating Facts about the animals Wally meets in the Galapagos Islands as well as a map of the Galapagos Islands.

The Kindle ebook edition of Wally the Warm-Weather Penguin is optimized for tablet devices to best display the brilliant illustrations and is available to be read through free Kindle Reading Apps on the most popular devices including iPad, iPhone and tablets. The ebook edition is available on Amazon sites worldwide.

Come along with Wally the Warm-Weather Penguin on his adventure to the Galapagos Islands and meet the unique animals that live in this very special place.

Book Details
Paperback: 24 pages
Publication Date: November 9, 2014
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0989842312
ISBN-13: 978-0989842310

Ebook Edition Details
File Size: 10953 KB
Print Length: 24 pages
Publication Date: April 11, 2014
Publisher: Forwards Press
Language: English


DIY Marine Iguana


This adorable Marine Iguana can be easily made in a matter of minutes with common supplies – construction paper, scissors, glue and markers. If pressed for time or working with young children, the pieces can be cut out ahead of time, then simply assembled and customized.

Click here for a full-color PDF with helpful photos and step-by-step instructions: DIY Marine Iguana.

Word Search

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A simple excercise to aid in the retention of the unique wildlife in the Galapagos Islands, this word search includes all of the characters from Wally the Warm-Weathe Penguin. 

Click here for a printable, PDF copy of this Galapagos Word Search.

YouTube Video from

Ever wonder how penguins in the Galapagos Islands keep from getting too hot? This video explains the fascinating tricks these clever penguins use to adapt to the warm weather.

Many of the unique animals in the Galapagos Islands are endangered. For more information about the Galapagos Islands, visit the Galapagos Conservancy at 

About the Illustrator – Vanessa Landin

Vanessa is a graphic designer and illustrator based in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Her creative work on Wally the Warm-Weather Penguin has brought the animal characters from both Ecuador and Antarctica to life in a distinctly modern, yet warm and thoughtful way. Her vast skills as an artist have contributed to many projects for PROECUADOR, POLIGRÁFICA C.A. and Enjoy Media Group. For more information and samples of Vanessa’s broad range of designs and illustrations, visit and view her portfolio of work.

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