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Jill Mitchell

Creative Director
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Jodie Wallen

Office Manager
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Geoff Austin

Marketing Manager

Who Was The Original Wild Daisy?

There are many Wild Daisy's out there now but I guess I'm the original one!" - Jill Mitchell


Hi! I'm Jill Mitchell and I live in Waiuku, a rural New Zealand town.

I grew up on a dairy farm and spent countless happy hours in the frog pond and I often picked the wild daisies on my walk back from school. These frogs went on to become the characters I created when I wrote The Frog Reading Books & Wild Daisies became the name of our publishing company.

In 1996, after a happy career in teaching, I wrote and self-published the 73 books that form 'The Frog Reading Books' - books specifically written to provide a clear pathway for teachers and parents and a "fun" track for the kids. We sell off our website to teachers and parents all over the world - it is wonderful to hear back from happy people at home and in other countries.

We have a small dedicated team at Wild Daisies and over the 20 years we have helped well over 2,000 pupils with our 'Frog Pond 1 to 1 Reading & Writing Tuition'.

"When we teach the children to read, we give each one of them a priceless gift that will last their lifetime. That gift offers them the freedom to gather the knowledge that will make their lives easier & happier!"

Chase your dreams!