Saturday, 10 February 2018


The current issue of Okido is all about ICE. 

Here's my funny poem illustrated brilliantly by Alex Barrow!

ICE CREAM PLANET © Gabby Dawnay 2018


Tuesday, 30 January 2018


Two of the shortlisted books...

I went up to Liverpool a few weeks ago to attend the ASE Book Award 2017, which was taking place during the annual ASE ('Association of Science Education') Conference at Liverpool University.

It was bitterly cold, utterly wet and extremely windy. Our book A Roller-coaster Around the Body (published by Franklin Watts/Hachettedidn't win first prize BUT I fell for Liverpool big time. Tate Liverpool is ace (super-knowledgeable, helpful and charming museum folk - as well as everyone else in Liverpool seemed to be...) and there I discovered, among many things that included a chocolate muffin and delicious cup of Earl Grey tea, the new (to me), brilliantly bonkers and utterly awesome artists, Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley. I was transported and blown-away by their bizarre, poetic and provocative installations/films.

Including the specially commissioned by Tate Liverpool piece, 'In the Body of the Sturgeon'


WHOOP! Thank you ASE! What a great day out...



January fun with Alex and Anna looking at the new book cover. So exciting...but we've got to wait until September before it's out!

Anna, Alex and I peruse the colours and design at Thames & Hudson, London.
 All artwork © Alex Barrow
Photo by kind permission of Book Island Books, Bristol

All artwork © Alex Barrow
Text © Gabby Dawnay

All artwork © Alex Barrow


Thursday, 21 December 2017

What a Christmas Cracker!

It is with barely-contained excitement that I announce this piece of news:

Eddie Redmayne will read If I had a dinosaur on CBeebies Bedtime Stories, Christmas Day!
TUNE IN TO CBEEBIES on 25th December 2017, because...

  If I had a dinosaur  is the CBeebies 'Bedtime Stories' book at 6.50pm on CHRISTMAS DAY! 

As if this weren't thrilling enough, it's being read by none other than Oscar-winning actor Eddie Redmayne (AKA 'Newt Scammander' from the film adaptation of JK Rowling's Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them)


Click here for a bit of Eddie anticipation: TWITTER

Thursday, 14 December 2017


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!


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


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:


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 is now in production, following a super-successful 52 episode first series!



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