Hi, my name is Alys Jackson and I'm an author and poet

based in Adelaide, South Australia.

My work has been published in books, magazines,

anthologies and online.

The Land Belongs to Me

The Land Belongs to Me

Published 2019 by Big Sky Publishing

ISBN 9781922265111

Author: Alys Jackson

Illustrator: Shane McGrath

Available as: Paperback

The Land Belongs to Me is an inspirational rhyming tale about the importance of sharing, solving conflict and caring for our natural world.

Who owns our natural world? With a strong, yet simple message we discover the answer in this beautifully-crafted picture book. The story is a thought-provoking delight!’ – Janeen Brian, author of I’m a Dirty Dinosaur.

CBCA SA – Instagram postA gorgeous book we recommend you add to your collection. Launched today by @jacksonalys local author and poet. ‘The land belongs to me’. (Children’s Book Council Awards.)

‘Jackson uses simple but enchanting rhyming language and repetition to tell the story of how greed destroys, but sharing the land can result in peace and abundance for all. It is a timely message, and one that rings true in these times of climate change and the impact of global greed and denial.’ Lynette Washington, Glimmer Press.


This book comes from a lifelong love of the outdoors. I am a somewhat obsessive backyard ‘farmer’ with five compost heaps, chickens, bee hives and way too much manure. I am passionate about the benefits of organic gardening and permaculture and spend much of my time thinking up ways to pass on my knowledge (small though it is) and enthusiasm. When not writing, I run a Community Veggie Swap group called Garden Grub whose members share invaluable skills and years of learning. Together we hope to contribute to the wonderful world in which we live.

I hope that this book reflects these values as well as being something beautiful and fun to read.

  • poignant and delightfully illustrated.
  • playful memory verse and word chains.
  • empathy, sharing and respect for the environment.
  • appeals to girls and boys alike – ages 4 – 8.

Released 26th August, 2019

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