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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.

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Gina Dawson

Latest Books

Next Door’s Dog Is a Veteran’s Dog

Next Door’s Dog is a Veteran’s Dog is the fourth in the Next Door’s Dog series, book about working dogs, written by Gina Dawson, to educate children about the roles of Assistance and Therapy Dogs in modern society and the invaluable work they do.

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We Can Deal With Bullying!

Bullying is serious and potentially has a lasting impact. Young people may feel afraid or ashamed and may even believe they are in some way responsible or helpless to stop it.We Can Deal with Bullying! debunks these beliefs. The gentle and supportive text encourages young people to ask for help, maintain self-esteem, develop resilience, manage their reactions and stand united with others against bullying.

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Next Door’s Dog is a Therapy Dog

Next Door’s Dog is a Therapy Dog is the third book about working dogs by Gina Dawson, each written to educate children about the various roles that working dogs have in modern society, the difference they make to people’s lives and the importance of having the right dog on the job.

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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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Latest News

Reviews for Next Door’s Dog is a Veteran’s Dog

14 May 2021

Thank you for the wonderful emails and reviews that I have received following the release of this title.    I have been overwhelmed by the interest and support this book continues to generate.   Thanks also to the RSL Clubs, veterans, schools, libraries and kindergartens who have ordered.  A handful of reviews are below.   Gina Dawson.   


I would just like to tell you that your book […]

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ANZAC Display inspired by Next Door’s Dog is a Veteran’s Dog

8 May 2021

Librarian Lorraine set up this amazing ANZAC display at Dongara District High School.   She said that the display was inspired by and centred around Next Door’s Dog is a Veteran’s Dog.  The focus was on the roles of animals during and after conflict and the aftermath of war.

I felt honoured that the book was used as a centrepiece for such a beautiful display, which will remain […]

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Next Door’s Dog is a Veteran’s Dog released April 7th

10 April 2021

There have been a few hold-ups, with Christmas, shipping delays, restrictions and more, but I’m thrilled to say that Next Door’s Dog is a Veteran’s Dog is about to hit the bookshelves.

Again, a huge thank you to the kindergartens, schools, libraries, RSL and other veteran organisations and individuals who have supported, ordered or spread the word about this title.

The fourth in the Next Door’s Dog […]

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Next Door’s Dog is a Veteran’s Dog to be released in April 2021

12 February 2021

I am delighted that Next Door’s Dog is a Veteran’s Dog will be released on April 1st, 2021.   To my knowledge this is the only book of its type, educating children about PTSD and Assistance Dogs.  I have been overwhelmed by the help and support I have had from veterans, first responders and Assistance Dog organisations, as well as from schools, kindergartens and psychologists.   Pre-orders […]

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Visit to Burnside Library

21 January 2021

I was invited, along with Assistance Dog, Kiera, to Burnside Library in January 2021 to take part in their school holiday program.   In our session, I spoke with the children about two topics, writing books and Assistance Dogs.  I believe it really important to educate children about correct etiquette around Assistance Dogs as they become more prevalent in our society.   After our chat, I read […]

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School and Kindergarten visits

1 December 2020

It’s been a quiet year for author visits, with many schools and centres scaling down or cancelling Book Week due to COVID-19 restrictions.

It was lovely to have the opportunity to visit a school and a kindergarten during November.   At both venues the children were very enthusiastic participants in the sessions, where we discussed how books are made from idea to shop shelf, as well as […]

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Book Package offers in May

7 May 2020

We can all do with a little cheer in these times so during May I am offering several discounted book packages.   There’s a four book package for the younger children including Next Door’s Dogs, a six book package for older children about growing up and bullying and a ten book package which combine the two.   Schools, kindergartens, organisations or individuals are invited to contact me […]

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Visit to Berri Community Preschool

28 February 2020

This week I left town and headed for the Riverland! Whilst there I visited the Berri Community Preschool. I spent time with the children, explaining the process of how books are made as well as the role of Assistance Dogs in our community. It was extremely satisfying to see the children, mainly four year olds, show such enthusiasm about both topics! The session continued for […]

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