Marion Day



Lives in the outer Pelorus Sound, an area of outstanding natural beauty within the Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand. Her passion is writing. She goes all out with it to the point that she’s a step short of crazy! But she cannot stop herself. For the past ten years there’s always been a story in the process, or in the front of her mind.

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Kōwhai Kids by Marion Day

Kowhai Kids

Spring has arrived!

The kōwhai girls are ablaze with delight,
The boys full of mischief and fun.
The birds appear flashing their wings.
But wait …
Why does kererū annoy tūī?
And what do the kōwhai kids
want other kids to know?

Illustrator: Anna Evans
RRP: $19.99 incl. GST
ISBN: 978-0-473-45900-0
Publisher AM Publishing New Zealand
Publication Date: April 2019
Picture Book: 32 pp., 205 x 250 mm x 3mm (portrait)

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Kōwhai Kids is a creative non-fiction children’s picture book and the fifth in Marion’s successful nature series. Beautifully illustrated by New Zealand wildlife illustrator Anna Evans, children can learn about our native kōwhai through the eyes of its flowers. The kōwhai kids banter and play amongst the branches of their tree. They receive visitors - some scary some friendly - but they’d really like other children to learn about their special tree. Kōwhai Kids begins with an info page and ends with a guide on how to grow a kōwhai tree.

About the author

Marion Day lives in the Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand. Although she also writes for adults, she enjoys most writing for children, intermediate and young adult. She has won numerous awards for her writing - including being shortlisted in the Storylines Joy Cowley Award - her inspiration often coming from the natural elements around her.

Other picture books by Marion are: Spiny Sebastian Starfish, The Little Feijoa Tree, Black Shag, Pepe & Tute, Uncle Tappit and Skiddies.

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Marion Day
801 Manaroa Road, Clova Bay
Picton 7282
P: (64) 03 579 8448

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Latest News:

Marion’s entry in the TIMELESS WISDOM INTERNATIONAL WRITING CHALLENGE 2018 has been accepted for publication in the Love and Loss section.This competition brings together writers aged 60 and over from around the world, with a focus on non-fiction short stories which share some of the wisdom that can only be acquired through age. It will be published in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand by Emotional Inheritance, an imprint of Exisle Publishing (NZ).

If you missed watching National TV Programme Country Calendar (Nov) that included a sneak peak of Marion’s books as part of Katy and Jason’s (son) sheep milking operation in Taupo, watch here:

Marion is a member of:

  • New Zealand Society of Authors (NZSA)
  • Storylines
  • Rural Women New Zealand
  • NZSA Top of the South