The Magical Mrs. Iptweet and Me

The Magical Mrs. Iptweet and Me, written & illustrated by Barbara Mayfield, first edition, softcover

The Magical Mrs. Iptweet and Me was published in Spring 2009 by Azro Press, a small indie publisher of children’s books, based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. A short run in a  limited market, The Magical Mrs. Iptweet and Me won three industry awards and was serialized for radio on KUNM’s Green Knees program.

This is a read-to book for ages 5-7, and a read-alone book for ages 8-11.

2009 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award

2009 New Mexico Book Award

2006 New Mexico Discovery Award/SW Literary Center

Azro Press has retired from publishing, but one can find The Magical Mrs. Iptweet and Me for sale from booksellers on Amazon, or you can order a signed copy from the author on Etsy.

Wish me luck as I seek out a literary agent and a new publisher for The Magical Mrs. Iptweet and Me series.


The Magical Mrs. Iptweet and Me is full of original characters with voices not heard elsewhere in literature for the young at heart: a nine-and-a-half year old Budding Cartographer, a Recycling Cowgirl Artist, a Classical Banjo Player, and, of course the magical Mrs. Iptweet, part Earth Mother, Part Good Witch. ……while reading I often “felt a giggle start to happen in me” and longed to get out my glitter pens or work on Tapping the Power of the Earth. But this story also has a serious side and there are great lessons in it about dealing with grief, loss, fear, and divorce in creative and nurturing ways….”Jenice Gharib, Former Director of the Southwest Literary Center

“…a little bit of Mrs. Iptweet lives inside all of us – the desire to help a child grow up strong and independent.” Jennifer Owings Dewey, Author/Illustrator of 40 children’s books, Orbis Pictus Award winner, Spur Juvenile Non-fiction Award.

“This is a must have.”Janeen Mason, Author/ Illustrator, Ocean Commotion: Sea Turtles!, Winner of the US Maritime Literature Award

How to water a garden.
How to water a garden.

“Mrs. Iptweet is a refreshing eccentric….who reminds us that dreaming big is always in season. Barbara Mayfield remembers what the wonder and discovery of nine years old is like.”Jonathan Richards, Journalist, Actor, Cartoonist, Illustrator

“…home sick in bed, I looked on my bookshelf for something to read and “The Magical Mrs. Iptweet and Me” said “PICK ME!” I read the whole book cover to cover. It is just outstanding, Barbara! I think it would make an excellent Disney movie! It spoke to and inspired My Wonderful New Life! I can’t wait for the second book, Cherie!” Gwen Spatzier, Elementary Educator, Musician/Singer