AINSLIE SCHOOL, CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA


NOVEMBER 2019: On her most recent trip to Australia, the children’s author was absolutely delighted to visit Ainslie School in Canberra to give a book presentation and to read excerpts to the two classes in which the real characters, Lara and Liam are students. They befriend the fictional characters, Aundi and Daniel in the first chapters of The Path of the DownUnder Australia through a tour of Tidbinbilla, the NASA Space Communications Center, and a quick study of drones and how they are used.

How fortunate for the author that Lara’s class was learning how to write a book from its inception to making it into print. Inspiration comes from everywhere and the students were excited to learn how the American author thought through the chapters before she wrote the words.

The author emphasized that not everyone writes a book but every individual  has a story to tell.

Make it a good one!


The author is standing in front of the Peter Pan

mural (circa 1938) in the Ainslie School library.

Through the generations, the mural has had an

aura of magic that draws all children who see it

to allow their imagination to fly.

Lara’s and Liam’s mother donated the entire

collection of the Come Walk with Me series of

7 books to the Ainslie School Library. The books

have a designated place within the library for the

students to sit and enjoy a quiet moment to read.

The author is so honored.

The pauanui news, Issue 144 (new zealand)


Adventure-In-Nature Stories arrive at the Thames Library, Thames, North Island, NZ


David Yeomans - Talking about Books Visiting children’s author – Shirley Williams

who has donated her ‘Come Walk With Me Series’ to the Thames Library.


The ‘Come Walk With Me’ series is a collection of adventures-in-nature suitable for

nature and magic lovers of all ages. The series commences with ‘Stories of the Desert

Path’ and is a marvellous introduction to the natural history of the Sonoran Desert.


The series progresses from the desert, to the meadows and caves of Indiana, into the

South Pacific where the continuing adventures embrace the magic of New Zealand

and Australia.


There are 7 books in the series: Stories of the Desert Path, Further Along the Desert Path, The Meadow’s Path, The Cave’s Path, The Faerie’s Path to Walk, The Path of Aotearoa New Zealand, and the Path of the DownUnder Australia.


The books have been awarded Five Stars from the Readers Favourite reviewer Jack Magnus who quotes on The Path of Aotearoa New Zealand, my favourite in the series because of its connection to my home in Pauanui.


Having my grandson, Jayden, explaining the finer points of cricket to literary audience is an absolute hoot. Jack says: I’ve always been intrigued by New Zealand, its amazingly beautiful wilderness and incomparable wildlife. Stirling Crebbs’ illustrations work so very well with the story, bringing to life each aspect of Aundi’s and Daniel’s visit. Her ink and wash artwork is so expressive, especially that picture of David as he prepares his morning ritual of feeding the birds. I’ve loved each of the books in this illuminating and powerful series and was thrilled to discover and read this book. It’s a marvellous and magical read. The Path of Aotearoa New Zealand: The Come Walk With Me Series, Book 6 is most highly recommended.


The books are available through the network of the Thames, Tairua and Whitianga libraries. Reviews of the books can be found on the weblink below. http://www.comewalkwithmeseries.com/reviews.html


Two fantastic television interviews through August 2017, with Angie Timan of Star Station 14, (IN) on "Travel Through Books".

See the full interview at:  https://vimeo.com/230658896 

Thank you Michele Hardman of Radio WBIW's Talk of the Town for your well informed interviews in August 2017 and for making me feel so welcome!  

The pauanui news, Issue 144 (new zealand)


Adventure-In-Nature Stories arrive at the Thames Library, Thames, North Island, NZ


David Yeomans - Talking about Books Visiting children’s author – Shirley Williams

who has donated her ‘Come Walk With Me Series’ to the Thames Library.


The ‘Come Walk With Me’ series is a collection of adventures-in-nature suitable for

nature and magic lovers of all ages. The series commences with ‘Stories of the Desert

Path’ and is a marvellous introduction to the natural history of the Sonoran Desert.


The series progresses from the desert, to the meadows and caves of Indiana, into the

South Pacific where the continuing adventures embrace the magic of New Zealand

and Australia.


There are 7 books in the series: Stories of the Desert Path, Further Along the Desert Path, The Meadow’s Path, The Cave’s Path, The Faerie’s Path to Walk, The Path of Aotearoa New Zealand, and the Path of the DownUnder Australia.


The books have been awarded Five Stars from the Readers Favourite reviewer Jack Magnus who quotes on The Path of Aotearoa New Zealand, my favourite in the series because of its connection to my home in Pauanui.


Having my grandson, Jayden, explaining the finer points of cricket to literary audience is an absolute hoot. Jack says: I’ve always been intrigued by New Zealand, its amazingly beautiful wilderness and incomparable wildlife. Stirling Crebbs’ illustrations work so very well with the story, bringing to life each aspect of Aundi’s and Daniel’s visit. Her ink and wash artwork is so expressive, especially that picture of David as he prepares his morning ritual of feeding the birds. I’ve loved each of the books in this illuminating and powerful series and was thrilled to discover and read this book. It’s a marvellous and magical read. The Path of Aotearoa New Zealand: The Come Walk With Me Series, Book 6 is most highly recommended.


The books are available through the network of the Thames, Tairua and Whitianga libraries. Reviews of the books can be found on the weblink below. http://www.comewalkwithmeseries.com/reviews.html


MORE High praise for

"the path of THE DOWNUNDER Australia

AINSLIE SCHOOL, CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA


NOVEMBER 2019: On her most recent trip to Australia, the children’s author was absolutely delighted to visit Ainslie School in Canberra to give a book presentation and to read excerpts to the two classes in which the real characters, Lara and Liam are students. They befriend the fictional characters, Aundi and Daniel in the first chapters of The Path of the DownUnder Australia through a tour of Tidbinbilla, the NASA Space Communications Center, and a quick study of drones and how they are used.

How fortunate for the author that Lara’s class was learning how to write a book from its inception to making it into print. Inspiration comes from everywhere and the students were excited to learn how the American author thought through the chapters before she wrote the words.

The author emphasized that not everyone writes a book but every individual  has a story to tell.

Make it a good one!


The author is standing in front of the Peter Pan

mural (circa 1938) in the Ainslie School library.

Through the generations, the mural has had an

aura of magic that draws all children who see it

to allow their imagination to fly.

Lara’s and Liam’s mother donated the entire

collection of the Come Walk with Me series of

7 books to the Ainslie School Library. The books

have a designated place within the library for the

students to sit and enjoy a quiet moment to read.

The author is so honored.

PAUANUI CLUB (new zealand)


From the Club's News, December 2019


Last Month’s Main Speaker. Shirley Williams – Children’s Author (US Based)


Shirley Williams joined us to outline her love of books and writing for children.


Shirley lives in Tucson Arizona and writes Children's books. She has spent some time in New Zealand and Australia and has written a Series of 7 books called Come Walk with Me.


The 6th book is called The Path of Aotearoa New Zealand. This book has references to our very own Pauanui and the series will soon be available in our local Library.


The books are adventure stories and cover Geography, History, Indigenous, Conservation and Preservation, aspects, encouraging Children and Adults to search google for more information. Thank you, Shirley

Books buried till 2068! 


Readers of the Come Walk With Me Series know that I imagined and wrote The Meadow’s Path and The Cave’s Path, books 3 and 4 respectively, when I was living on the farm in Springville, Indiana.  I am delighted and honored to have both these books included in a time capsule that was buried on the premises of the Lawrence County Historical and Genealogical Society of Bedford, Indiana on November 12th, 2018.  

This capsule is set to be opened on November 13th, 2068 with both books being in the very first envelope to be opened, marked #1!

Although both books really speak to the area and its history, the Cave’s Path holds special note for the local community as it was discovered and launched by the Lawrence County Historical and Genealogical Society of Bedford, Indiana.  Joyce Shepherd, the Director of the Edward L. Hutton Research Library is herself featured as a character in chapter 6 on this book, teaching Aundi how to undertake a genealogical search.

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite:


I always get a definite tingling of excitement when I learn about a new Come Walk

With Me Series offering by Shirley A. Williams. Each of the preceding six books has been

a marvelous adventure filled with magic, nature and the boon companions, Nana, Aundi, and Daniel. The Path of the DownUnder Australia is by far the most outstanding book in an already outstanding series. Nana and the author share their love of and familiarity with the country down under, and while I’ve read a number of travel memoirs about Australia, none came close to capturing the essence of the place in quite the same way as Williams does here. I loved seeing Canberra, Tidbinbilla, Brisbane and the other places the three travelers visit and learning about songlines and the ancient navigational methods used by the Aborigines was fascinating. 

Williams also shares so many aspects of Australian history including the sacrifices made by soldiers during the two World Wars and other major conflicts. She also discusses women’s roles in Australian history, including pilots and nurses. Best of all, she steeps her book in the ancient magic of Australia in ways that are truly profound and unforgettable. I loved going back home to Australia with Nana, Aundi, and Daniel. It was a most inspiring visit to a country that’s long been an object of fascination for me. Stirling Crebbs' masterful illustrations made visualizing each place the three visited even easier. The Path of the DownUnder Australia: The Come Walk With Me Series, Book 7 is most highly recommended.

July 2019

Also, I wish to recognize Rowena Cross-Najafi, the President of the Historical Society for her invaluable assistance and knowledge of the area.

These children’s books will be the first in over 100 years to be placed in a time capsule. I hope children in the future will still be reading books to fuel their imagination and have the magic appear as they walk the paths and explore along with Aundi and Daniel.

PAUANUI CLUB (new zealand)


From the Club's News, December 2019


Last Month’s Main Speaker. Shirley Williams – Children’s Author (US Based)


Shirley Williams joined us to outline her love of books and writing for children.


Shirley lives in Tucson Arizona and writes Children's books. She has spent some time in New Zealand and Australia and has written a Series of 7 books called Come Walk with Me.


The 6th book is called The Path of Aotearoa New Zealand. This book has references to our very own Pauanui and the series will soon be available in our local Library.


The books are adventure stories and cover Geography, History, Indigenous, Conservation and Preservation, aspects, encouraging Children and Adults to search google for more information. Thank you, Shirley

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