Our Story

Hi! I’m Hazel Wain; the author and illustrator behind Blue Bird Learning Books! I am so excited to share my books with you, and hope that you enjoy using them as much as I do!

I started creating my first set of books while I was teaching Grade 1 at Maritzburg Prep. I am passionate about great learning content that is presented in a fun and en-gaging way. However, I struggled to find material that was suitable for all my learners needs. After a long search for vibrant, meaningful learning material to use for the learners in my class, I realised there was a gaping hole where such content should be. It was then that “Blue Bird Learning Books” was born. I had found that an interactive workbook was a great help in my classroom and wanted to share this with others.

It has been a long process getting things to where they are today. I had no idea then that a few worksheets I was creating for my class would one day turn into Blue Bird Learning Books!

A big shout out to my ‘surgeon by day, cheerleader-to-almost-exhausted-author’s husband by night,’ Howard Wain. I could not have done this without your constant assurance and support, (and financial backing, hahaha).

And I must give a very special mention to Heidi Hawyes, who lovingly created my first website for me, just so that I could have a little store. Wow! We did not know that a few years down the line it would become the main hub of a growing business. Heidi Hawyes is my big sister, who happens to own her own Graphic Design Company, Heidi Hawyes Graphic Design. How lucky I am to have all this talent at my fingertips. She has now created my second website, as we felt we needed a fresh, user-friendly site. I CAN'T THANK YOU ENOUGH HEIDI!!!

I now have two very lively little boys, who keep me very busy; so don't be surprised if a little person answers your call when you phone with a query. I do my best to pro-vide the best service to my clients, and appreciate all the support and encourage-ment from everyone who has helped me develop my books into a business.

I am currently working with Catherine Fickling to create a set of Grade R and RR books. So keep a close eye on our website for updates on that!

As a publisher, Blue Bird Learning Books is built on offering an exciting and stimulating range of Curriculum compliant easy-to-use educational materials. I am confident that the current content of these books will bring the fun back into learning for both you and your young learners.