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My passion is writing books for children that educate on personal and social issues, and books about dogs.  I also enjoy helping people record their memoirs.  There's more information throughout the site, and I invite you to subscribe to my newsletter, so that I can let you know of any new releases.

Thanks for visiting.   Gina Dawson

Latest Books

Next Door’s Dog Goes to School

Next Door’s Dog Goes to School is a Picture book that provides age appropriate information for children. Grace wants to be able to do all the things that other children do, including going to school. Now, because she has Roxie, she can do just that! If Grace needs help, Roxie knows how to alert an adult and keep Grace safe. Ella lives next door to Grace and they are good friends. Ella knows how important Roxie is, but other children at school haven’t seen a Service Dog before and have lots of questions. So the class spends the day learning about the skills Roxie has and why Grace needs her.

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So That’s How I Began!

So That’s How I Began! is a book to have on hand from the moment a child begins asking questions. Children are curious about the world around them and how they came into it earlier than ever before, so it is very important that they can get accurate and honest answers to their questions from a trusted adult.  It explains modern day families, body parts, natural and assisted conception, pregnancy and birth.

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Next Door’s Dog Has A Job

Next Door’s Dog Has A Job Picture book provides age appropriate information for children, including: Disabilities can be diverse and invisible; Assistance Dogs come in many shapes and sizes; Assistance Dogs help people in a variety of ways; and there is an appropriate code of behaviour around a working Assistance Dog.

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So That’s What’s Happening!

As children begin puberty younger than ever before, So That’s What’s Happening! is a book that provides accurate, fun & age appropriate information about the changes which lie ahead. Suitable for boys and girls of any age, it presents an excellent introduction to puberty for the younger reader.

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Latest News

Two new releases in January 2020

9 August 2019

January 2020 will bring the release of two new titles.

We are keeping things under wraps for the time being, but without giving too much away, the first of these is another in the Next Door’s Dog series, bringing the series to three, and is again beautifully illustrated by Vivienne da Silva.

The other title is a hot topic in schools and we expect to be able […]

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So That’s What’s Happening! released in paperback

7 July 2019

The demand for 2018 release So That’s What’s Happening! has been consistently strong, so much so that the title sold out!   Publisher New Holland took the decision to reprint in a high quality paperback edition.   This was released in June.

I am thrilled with the response to So That’s What’s Happening!  with some schools purchasing multiple copies of the title so that there are plenty available […]

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Trip to rural schools in June

30 June 2019

In June I decided to escape the city for a few days and breathe the country air.   An offer of student workshops in a rural region was met with an excellent response, and I thoroughly enjoyed the time I spent speaking and working with primary and high school students in a range of schools.

I was made very welcome by teachers and students, and met some […]

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Two latest titles released internationally in May

7 May 2019

May is an exciting month as both So That’s How I Began! and Next Door’s Dog Goes to School are released on the international market.

Amazon, USA along with many international booksellers are stocking the titles, and based on the sales in to date we are optimistic both will do very well.

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Visit to Belair Primary School

6 May 2019

On May 6th, I visited Belair Primary School to have “Meet an Author” sessions with eighty students. Many students showed a keen interest in writing and in particular the process from start to finish in creating a picture book and putting in a publisher submission.

Afterwards, interested students were invited to return for an optional question session. The highlight of the morning was that so many […]

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So That’s What’s Happening! proving very popular in schools

3 May 2019

Book So That’s What’s Happening! is being ordered by schools to assist in teaching the puberty component of the curriculum.   This title is due for release in paperback in June and within a month of advising schools of this I have all but sold out!   I look forward to feedback from schools when this new resource has been utilised within the classroom.

Companion book, So That’s […]

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Letters and reviews for the Next Door’s Dog Books

2 May 2019

I am always thrilled to receive emails and letters from people who have purchased books. Some recent ones are below.


Your books arrived today – I’ve just read them and they are lovely. I’m sure our students will enjoy them and try to relate them to our school dog, Coco.
Library Officer
Halidon Primary School


Hi Gina
Your awesome books have just been sent to our school, Kingsley park […]

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Next Door's Dog in New York

Next Door’s Dog is in New York!

24 February 2019

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