Thursday, 22 June 2017

One more today... LONDON CALLS features in the stylish, "SMALLISH" magazine!




#smallishmagazine
#tatepublishing
#childrensbooks
#childrensillustration
#rhymingbooks
#litseracymatters
#london
#londoncalls

KIDS LIT REVIEWS: If I had a dinosaur..




Read the whole review here: KIDS LIT REVIEWS


Interview on Thames & Hudson blog


In Conversation with the Creators of a Loveable Domestic Dinosaur

Posted on 26 Apr 2017

Gabby Dawnay & Alex Barrow discuss the joy and knowledge in children's picture books and striking the right balance between image and text. 
By Matthew Wright

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Read the full interview here: THAMES&HUDON blog


#thamesandhudson
#ifihadadinosaur
#childrensillustration
#literacymatters
#rhymingbooks
#alexbarrowillustration
#matthewwrightjournalist



Monday, 19 June 2017

LONDON CALLS - 'STORYTIME' with Messy Goes to Okido and Becky!

Brilliant Becky does it again! (She's fabulous)





#tatepublishing
#doodleproductions
#squintopera
#messygoestookido
#okidomagazine
#Londoncalls
#literacymatters
#storytime
#childrensillustration
#rhymingbooks
#childrenspicturebooks

San Francisco Book Review (no less)

Very nice...


San Francisco Book Review


#sanfranciscobookreview
#thamesandhudson
#literacymatters
#ifihadadinosaur
#childrensillustration
#rhymingbooks
#childrenspicturebooks

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Messy Goes to Okido Storytime


So beautifully read by Becky, gorgeously illustrated by Rachel Ortas and animated and put to music by the talented Messy Goes to Okido team!



#okidomagazine
#messygoestookido
#messygoestookidostorytime
#childrenspoems
#literacymatters
#theboyandhisteddybear
#edwardlearinspired
#childrensillustration
#animation
#rachelortasillustrator


Monday, 24 April 2017

If I had a dinosaur...is a finalist in the Teach Early Years Magazine Excellence Awards


Well this is rather nice - thank you TeachEarlyYears 

Some really excellent resources in the line-up - good luck to us all - but just great to be in the final group of five!

#TeachEarlyYears
#award
#literacymatters
#picturebooks
#earlyyearslearning
#rhyme
#illustration
#thamesandhudson
#alexbarrow

Monday, 17 April 2017

Here's another poem from read by Becky for Messy goes to Okido Storytime!

Brilliant Becky reads another of my poems called, Noisy Machines from Okido magazine issue 29 illustrated by talented Maggie Li and charmingly animated by the team!

This new series is great - check out the Messy goes to Okido YouTube channel for more, including clips, episodes, songs and activities from the hit CBeebies show! 
(MGTO series two on its way...)



#messygoestookido
#okidomagazine
#artsandscience
#learningmatters
#poemsforkids
#kidsmagazines
#animation
#childrensillustration
#doodleproductions
#squintopera


Monday, 3 April 2017

BRILLIANT BECKY READS 'FOUR LITTLE SEEDS'...




This is SO cool! I'm really excited to have one of my Okido magazine poems feature on this new Messy Goes to Okido YouTube Storytime slot. Four Little Seeds, from issue 35 (Seasons), is read by the gorgeous Becky, who is not only a brilliant animator/illustrator, but should also seriosuly be considering a second job as a children's television presenter...

And I love the way Alex Barrow's lively illustrations have been slightly animated!

#okidomagazine
#messygoestookido
#literacymatters
#poemsforkids
#okidostorytime
#springpoetry






Tuesday, 21 March 2017

POO! (& wee)...

...it's the NEW issue of OKIDO magazine!





#okidomagazine
#childrensmagazines
#artsandscience



Friday, 17 March 2017

Happy! Happy! Joy! Joy!

Click on the image for pure joy...

A Letter Regarding the Proposed Cuts to School Funding

(and not in a good way)
To Whom It May Concern -

I have three teenage children who have enjoyed/are enjoying the benefits of a first-rate state education, and I myself have worked extensively with children in both the state and private sector in my capacity as a children's writer.

This has convinced me that education is the cornerstone of a nurturing, healthy and forward-looking society. It has also convinced me that State Education works, and can work, extremely well. So how is it possible to justify cutting funding to successful state schools when they are the very foundations on which future generations are built?

If I understand the proposal correctly, this is how: cut funding from some schools, to give to other schools. Specifically, syphon off funding from state schools and put it towards setting-up more 'free' schools and new grammar schools. 

I am against both these institutions for a variety of reasons, but mainly because both cream off a demographic that is crucial to maintain a healthy balance to the comprehensive model. 

The only way to give every child - every future citizen - a fair chance at their currently ever more uncertain future, is to empower them with knowledge and grow their potential within as level a playing field as is possible, given the inequalities of our society. Don't segregate and separate children even more; don't cut budgets to successful schools in order to chase some kind of rose-tinted, bygone golden age of grammar schools, or 're-distribute' funds so that any schools suffer. Please don't do it!

Don't penalise children and educators for the nostalgic dreams of politicians that are masking a need to fill the deficit by any means possible, even if it means jeopardising the education and stability of future generations. 

Don't cut corners by cutting school budgets in order to create more unwanted schools, rather than supporting the schools that are working and working really well.

Don't cut corners by cutting school budgets at all, because if you do, you'll be cutting corners with the future of our children.

Yours, with all due respect, which is this matter is frankly not very much...

Gabby Dawnay


#SchoolsNationalFundingFormulaConsultation
#schoolsnationalfundingcuts
#proposedfundingcuts
#schools
#education
#schoolsfunding
#cuts
#futuregenerations












Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Letter from a living legend....

Imagine how I felt when I opened a hand-written envelope and received this...

Living legend, peerless nature dude, gentle eco-warrior, global animal awareness-raiser and all-round gent. (Notice the headed notepaper?) xx







#SirDavidAttenborough
#AlexBarrow
#ThamesandHudson
#dinosaurs
#ifihadadinosaur
#illustration
#childrensbooks
#picturebooks
#rhymingbooks
#EarlyYears

Saturday, 25 February 2017

ECO KIDS & OKIDO MAGAZINE...

ECO KIDS PLANET MAGAZINE

I don't always remember to mention when the new issues come out but Eco Kids planet magazine's current issue is all about the Island of New Guinea (and two of my articles are on the cover: Birds of Paradise Trumps and Matschie's Tree kangaroos - who knew kangaroos lived in trees?!)

This is such a great kids' nature magazine - so much great stuff to read, make, discover and learn, but perfect length and detail for 7 -  10 year olds.




#nature
#science
#geography
#animals
#ecokidsplanetmagazine


OKIDO MAGAZINE 


Are you keeping up with Okido magazine? It's only gone MONTHLY!

Issue 46 is all about DESIGN - and includes all the usual favourites; Squirrel Boy, Messy Monster, Zim, Zam and Zoom, Find Foxy plus Okidoodles-a-plenty, a fantastic story by the talented Robert Paul and there's even an original story/activity by the brilliant Benji Davies (yep, the writer/illustrator of The Storm Whale!)
My poem in the issue is called Look at All the Shapes! and doubles as a fun shape-locating activity!
Look...(at all the shapes)






















PS Okido magazine's Facebook page ran a competition to WIN one of three copies of If I had a dinosaur and is currently running a competition to WIN one of five copies of A Roller-coaster Ride Around the Body. 

Click on the pic above - follow the link to enter - Good luck!

#facebook
#okidomagazine
#arollercoasterridearoundthebody
#ifihadadinosaur
#FranklinWatts
#ThamesandHudson
#Hachette
#childrensmagazines
#picturebooks
#artsandscience
#accidentallearning
#STEM


Friday, 24 February 2017

Nice mention here...

Check out Jill Bennett's super review of If I had a dinosaur on her: RED READING HUB

I like this bit best as it really gets what we were aiming for:

"Dinosaurs are an unfailing source of delight where young children are concerned: Gabby Dawnay’s rhyming contemplation will doubtless provide both fun and opportunities for listeners’ own imaginative musings. They might well, inspired by Alex Barrow’s charmingly witty illustrations, try to create their own If I Had a Dinosaur visuals."



#ifihadadinosaur
#dinsaurs
#review
#ThamesandHudson
#childrensbooks





Sunday, 12 February 2017

And they're off...TWO NEW BOOKS OUT!

 A Roller-coaster Ride Around the Body and If I had a dinosaur are both  OUT!

(Click on the titles above to see them on Amazon)

Alex (needs to update his blog!) did a quick-draw response to the photograph of Sir David Attenborough taken by David Levene for the Guardian Best Photographs of 2016. Because how perfect was that to tie-in with the launch of the dinosaur book, along with Dippy's travels across the UK this year?!

We will be visiting various schools and bookshops in the coming weeks, starting with beautiful children's bookshop Ottie & the Bea this half term, on Wednesday 15th February.


Hot off the press!

Snot Spread - our Editor looks excited!


And some ace stuff on the BookTrust website, including a blog piece written by me talking about how the book came to be, inspirations and how Alex (Barrow, illustrator) and I work together.

Read the blog here and read the BookTrust info here
And there's even a COMPETITION here!

Hot off the press!



More more more on these books anon, including decorated windows at legendary Tales on Moon Lane bookshop and a very special guest appearance...watch this space!

#IfIhadadinosaur
#ARollercoasterRideAroundtheBody
#alexbarrow
#DavidLevene
#theGuardiannewspaper
#dinosaurs
#Dippyontour
#NaturalHistoryMuseumLondon
#BookTrust
#FranklinWatts
#thamesandhudson
#picturebooks
#illustration
#rhymingbooks
#talesonmoonlane
#ottieandthebea



Wednesday, 1 February 2017

BOOK RELEASE COUNTDOWN...


Alex Barrow and I have two new books coming out on 9th February 2017!

A Roller-coaster Ride Around the Body published by Franklin Watts
"A body book with a difference! Get on the roller-coaster ride for a visually-led, fast-paced treat, with rhythmic text and wacky illustrations by CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal nominees." 
Available to pre-order from Amazon 
AND...
If I had a dinosaur published by Thames & Hudson
"A witty and charmingly illustrated bedtime story about a little girl who imagines what it would be like to have a dinosaur of her very own"
‘Gabby Dawnay's rhyming text scans perfectly, and is pleasingly complemented by Alex Barrow's simple, impactful illustrations … It is a joy to be able to pick up a book about dinosaurs featuring a main character who is female, and yet whose gender is utterly irrelevant to the storyline’ – Teach Early Years






If I had a dinosaur has been long-listed for the BookTrust's Time to Read campaign. 


Available to pre-order from Amazon

Sir David Attenborough photographed for the Guardian by David Levene 2016
If I had a dinosaur was originally inspired by Sir David Attenborough's BB programme: Attenborough and the Giant Dinosaur !

 #arollercoasterridearoundthebody
#FranklinWatts
#bodybookwithadifference
#childrensnonfiction
#diversityinpicturebooks
#rollercoaster
#ifihadadinosaur
#ThamesandHudson
#dinosaur
#titanosaur
#BookTrust
#TimetoRead
#AlexBarrow
#childrensillustration
#DavidAttenborough
#TeachEarlyYears
#childrensbooks
#celebratediversity



Saturday, 7 January 2017

And first spotting of the snot spread...



#Hachette
#Hachettechildrensbooks
#FrankinWatts
#arollercoasterridearoundthebody
#bodybook
#rhymingadventure

First 'If I had a dinosaur' review...!

Can't imagine a better review - and from a magazine for teachers, too!



#ifihadadinosaur
#ThamesandHudson
#teachearlyyearsmagazine

Tate Britain Storytime

Thank you to all the little Londoners who listened, questioned and contributed to Storytime at Tate Britain!



#Tate
#TateBritain
#TatePublishing
#Londoncalls
#apossumstail
#childrensillustration
#picturesbooks
#storytime
#London
#art
#gallery
#JacobEpstein
#RockDrill
#possums
#Pearlies
#balloons

BACKGROUND information...

My first picture book - called A Possum's Tail - is a collaboration with brilliant illustrator Alex Barrow and came out 6th February 2014. A second book called London Calls! is a whistlestop tour of London, led by a Pearly grandma and her granddaughter. London Calls! came out on 4th September 2014 and is my second book with Alex Barrow. A Possum's Tail was nominated for the 2015 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal.
Both books are by Tate Publishing.

As well as writing children's books and for children's television, I do both private and commercial art commissions, a selection of which you can see here.
The children's shoes are part of an ongoing series of "first shoes", including several cards commissioned by the Almanac Gallery.

Hand-drawn, bespoke invitations, announcements, portraits and menus, such as the examples here are also available upon request..

Any enquiries please email: gabbydawnay@gmail.com

OKIDO MAGAZINE AND TV

I've been a regular contributor to children's art and science magazine OKIDO since 2007. HAPPY 10th BIRTHDAY (WOW) beautiful Okido!

An Okido animated kids tv show, based on characters from the magazine is currently in production with Doodle/Squintopera http://www.doodle-productions.com. The original adaptation of the show (co-created/adapted by myself, producer Ceri Barnes and Doodle Productions) was acquired by CBeebies. 52 x 11 minute episodes will be coming to a screen near you soon in 2015.......... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .............................
N E W S F L A S H! MESSY GOES TO OKIDO Series TWO is now in production, following a super-successful 52 episode first series!

CBeebies

CBeebies
OKIDO

Cartoon Forum 2011 Okido booklet

Cartoon Forum 2011 Okido booklet
Okido Cartoon Forum 2011

Happy Birthday OKIDO!

Happy Birthday OKIDO!
Okido was 5 years old this issue...the wonderful art and science magazine for kids I've been lucky enough to have worked on for the past - 8 - years now