Wednesday, 22 November 2017



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

ASE Book Award 2017 shortlist announced!


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

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

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 whistle-stop 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.

Please see my AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE or CURRICULUM VITAE for more details & updates.

As well as writing children's books, for children's television and two award-winning children's magazines, 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:


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 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 has now finished production, and will be coming to your screens S O O N ...! (Autumn 2018, to be exact)



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