Thursday, 14 December 2017

A POSSUM'S TAIL NEWS...

This has made my day/week/year! This little guy chose to go to Book Day as Samuel Drew - possible the coolest costume EVER?! That cheeky grin is just the BEST. Thank you for posting #dulwichdad

Samuel Drew - the real thing!

#Instagram
#samueldrew
#apossumstail
#worldbookday2017
#worldbookday
#worldbookdaycostume
#literacymatters

Monday, 4 December 2017

POLAR BEAR ENDANGERED CREATURE FEATURE in the new-look Eco Kids Planet magazine...

Endangered Creature Feature 1 - POLAR BEAR
The new Eco Kids Planet issue is here and it's rather appropriately - given the season - all about Greenland...
Here's one of my features as a little taster. Click on the link above to find out more.

 



'Walking on thin ice...' poem from issue 38 EKP

#ecokidsplanetmagazine
#polarbears
#endangeredanimals
#endangeredcreaturefeature
#nonfictionforkids
#Greenland
#poetryforkids
#literacymatters
#ecomatters


Wednesday, 22 November 2017

A ROLLER-COASTER RIDE AROUND THE BODY IS SHORTLISTED!

#picturebookblogger

A Roller-coaster Ride Around the Body has been shortlisted for the ASE (Association for Science in Education) BOOK Award 2017!
#mybearsbooks
#bookbairn

ASE Book Award 2017 shortlist announced!


#ASE
#asebookaward2017
#scienceineducation
#childrensnonfiction
#scienceandart
#childrensbooks
#childrenseducation

AMY'S DIARY (and new artwork) for ECO KIDS PLANET magazine issue 37

I'm so proud to work for two fantastic children's magazines/fanzines; ECO KIDS PLANET & OKIDO. Both of these publications are committed to engaging kids to interact more with their surroundings, learn, discover and question - through reading, making, cooking and playing.

#EcoKidsplanetmagazine highlights - at this crucial moment in history - the responsibility we all share to care for this beautiful and amazing planet, and through #Okidomagazine, kids can explore the science of how things work in an imaginative and creative way.

AMY'S DIARY - ECO KIDS MAGAZINE #37 INCAS - with some of my bird drawings!

AMY'S DIARY - ECO KIDS MAGAZINE #37 INCAS - with my 'cock of the rock' bird drawing!



And playing catch-up, here are my poems from Okido 52 (TIME) and Okido 54 (ARCHITECTURE) illustrated by the brilliant Alex Barrow.
Architect Me! © Gabby Dawnay


#ecokidsplanetmagazine
#okidomagazine
#childrensmagazines
#childrensillustration
#pencilandink
#ecologymatters
#sciencematters
#artmatters
#literacymatters
#time
#architecture
#animals
#endageredanimals
#timeflies
Time Flies! © Gabby Dawnay

In dreams (you are loved) by Jai-Jagdeesh

Heard this song in my inspirational Monday yoga class. And then found this adorable little bit of simple animation to go with it on YouTube...

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Saturday, 21 October 2017

A burst of BIRD ARTWORK

I haven't done any artwork for ages, had been writing the latest piece for #Ecokidsplanetmagazine  (which happened to be a diary) and suddenly felt inspired by these beautiful/bizarre/extraordinary birds...

The Common Potoo
Marvellous Spatuletail
Hoatzin, aka 'stink bird'

Cock-of-the-rock, Brazil's national bird

#ecokidsplanet
#bids
#birdsofPeru
#dinosaurs
#Amazon
#drawing


Friday, 30 June 2017

COMPETITION TIME...AND MORE EVENTS!

Alex and I will be at the London Transport Museum Saturday July 2nd and Sunday July 3rd to read London Calls and run some London-themed workshops at 2.30pm each day.



Tate Publishing has got together with Storytime magazine to run this fab competition:
Storytime magazine competition

#Londontransportmuseum
#londoncalls
#Tatepublishing
#rhymingbooks
#literacymatters
#childrensillustration
#Ilovelondon
#stroytimemagazine

ECO KIDS MAGAZINE - THE AFRICAN GIANTS ISSUE!

Nice to have writing AND illustrations in this issue of ECO KIDS PLANET MAGAZINE

 

 

Here's more elephant artwork...


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#ecokidsplanetmagazine
#elephants
#Africanelephants
#childrensmagazines
#childrensillustration
#pencilandink
#ecologymatters
#literacymatters





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 website


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&HUDSON


#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

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