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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
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 […]Read More
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 […]Read More
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 […]Read More
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 […]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