Hello and welcome to my website.

My passion is writing books for children to educate on personal and social issues, and books about working dogs. I also enjoy helping people record their memoirs. There's more information throughout the site so please read on.

Note that books can be purchased directly from the author by going to the BOOKS section of this website.

Thanks for visiting.

Gina Dawson

Latest Books

Reggie the Rescue Dog

Reggie the Rescue Dog

A beautifully illustrated and heart-warming story, Reggie the Rescue Dog is about responsibility, commitment, making good choices and enjoying the benefits that wonderful dogs can give us.

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Lester the Library Dog

Lester the Library Dog

Lester the Library Dog is about a day in the life of one working dog and how he makes life better in his community, as well as the rewards of team effort and responsibility.

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Harriet the Hearing Dog

Harriet the Hearing Dog

Written in a sensitive and friendly style and beautifully illustrated, Harriet the Hearing Dog is a lovely educational story about the work of hearing assistance dogs. 

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Gus the Guide Dog

Gus the Guide Dog

Written in a sensitive and friendly style and beautifully illustrated, Gus the Guide Dog is a lovely educational story about the teamwork and close bond between a man with low vision and his guide dog.

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Latest News

Lester the Library Dog and Reggie the Rescue Dog January 2023 Releases

3 December 2022

Two children’s picture books, Lester the Library Dog and Reggie the Rescue Dog are set for release in January 2023.

Although these two titles are the third and fourth in the series, which commenced with Harriet the Hearing Dog and Gus the Guide Dog, they are different to books that came before them.  These latest titles are not about Assistance Dogs.

Lester the Library Dog is […]

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Thank you to Cobram Barooga RSL

14 September 2022

Cobram Barooga RSL have been purchasing books to donate to local kindergartens.   Thank you!   The children of the Eilleen Taylor Kindergarten were happy recipients of a selection of books, and they were also treated to a visit by Toby the Guide Dog.   Their heart-warming thank you note says it all.

A huge thank you to Cobram Barooga RSL, along with the other RSL, Lions and other […]

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Thank you to Rocky River Lions Club

26 August 2022

I was honoured to be invited as guest speaker to the Rocky River Lions Club in August.  The members were very welcoming and after an excellent meal I spoke about books, publishing, assistance dogs and disabilities.   

Kiera the assistance dog was also welcomed, and did her part to educate and entertain!  

Thanks to Don for organising the visit.   The club also generously purchased books to donate […]

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Article in Local Canungra Times

12 April 2022

Above photo: Ann Norris, Col Lee, Cr Virginia West and Librarian Rosemary Talbot at Canungra Library. Photo: Supplied.

Another lovely surprise arrived today when I received a copy of an article, which appeared in the April edition of the Local Canungra Times. The text of the article is below. Thank you to Col Lee, and to the unknown South Australian veteran who passed on information about […]

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“The Dogs” showcased at Mareeba Expo

8 April 2022

A disability and community expo was held at Mareeba, Queensland on April 7th. There were 50 stalls, servicing the disability sector and community. Headed by Wendy Rutherford (pictured), the Mareeba Library showcased some of their collection of books, on a range of topics.

I was thrilled to receive a photograph of the display, which included two of the Next Door’s Dog titles, and my new release […]

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Harriet and Gus

Harriet and Gus have been released

14 March 2022

Gus the guide dog and Harriet the hearing dog were released in late January, and sales are going gangbusters.

Thank you once again to the schools, kindergartens, child care centres and libraries who continue to purchase my books and send me lovely emails and photos and feedback.   I love receiving them so please keep them coming!

There has also been a lot of interest from […]

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