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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.
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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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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 […]Read More
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 […]Read More
This month I visited the Starlight Room at the Women and Children’s Hospital, where I spoke to the children, parents and teachers who came along to meet me and to talk about books. I read Next Door’s Dog is a Therapy Dog to the children, which suited the occasion perfectly, being about Monty the spaniel who visits a hospital and helps people to feel better. […]Read More
Last year I visited numerous schools, kindergartens and children’s centres and spoke with children from age four to sixteen about writing books, being an author, the process of how books are made and my love of reading.
Recently I received a lovely photograph from a centre that I visited, along with an email from the centre director, Jenny. Jenny explained that it was a highlight to […]Read More
For some time now I’ve been receiving requests from schools to write a book about bullying. It’s such an important topic in our community, so after a year of research and writing I feel pleased to have produced what I hope is an uplifting, motivational yet practical book for young people to read, in schools or at home.
In the same conversational style as my previous […]Read More
I’m pleased to announce that the release date of Next Door’s Dog is a Therapy Dog is January 4th, 2020. I’m also very humbled by the huge amount of interest this book has generated. Therapy Dogs are much loved and play such a valuable role in today’s society, and I’m thrilled to be able to share the story of Monty the spaniel and the wonderful […]Read More
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 […]Read More
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 […]Read More