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Dawn McMillan

Dawn McMillan lives at Waiomu on the Thames Coast, with her husband Derek, and their cat Josie.
Much of her work is inspired by nature and the environment as she lives alongside the park and the beach, and only a short walk away from the bush tracks along the Waiomu stream.
Dawn has written picture books and educational readers for the international market. She recently retired from teaching to focus on her writing career. Dawn plans to continue working with picture books and the readers, while adventuring out into fiction for older children.

Selected bibliography:
  • A Weta on the Curtain (Capital Letters Publishing 1996).
  • Sea Secrets illustrated by Julia Crouth (Reed 1998).
  • A Fishing Story illustrated by Julia Crouth (Reed 1999).
  • Stranded! photographs by Ingrid Visser (Reed 1999).
  • Ride a White Horse illustrated by Julia Crouth (RSVP Pub 2001).
  • Why Do Dogs Sniff Bottoms? with Bert Signal, illustrated by Ross Kinnaird (Reed 2002).
  • Summer Blaze illustrated by Dave Gunson (Reed 2003).
  • Doggy Doo on My Shoe illustrated by Ross Kinnaird (Reed 2004).
  • Coming Home illustrated by Dave Gunson (Reed 2004).
  • Wood for the Winter illustrated by Denise Durkin (Reed 2004).
  • Where Do Flies Go in Winter? illustrated by Ross Kinnaird (Puffin 2005).
  • Weaving Together illustrated by Vivienne Lingard (Reed 2005).
  • Seagull Sid and the Naughty Things Seagulls Did! illustrated by Ross Kinnaird (Reed 2005).
  • Why Cats Rule the World – and Dogs Are Still Slaves illustrated by Roger Twiname (Reed 2006).
  • Pancake Attack! illustrated by Dave Gunson (Scholastic 2006).
  • Woolly Wally illustrated by Ross Kinnaird (Reed 2006).
  • Turkey’s in the Sleigh Tonight illustrated by Raymond McGrath (Reed 2007).
  • Glasseye Creek illustrated by Raymond McGrath (Raupo 2008).
  • Secrets (Puffin 2009).
  • Big Bouncer illustrated by Ross Kinnaird (Puffin 2009).
  • Should I Kiss Tommy Atkins? (Penguin 2010).
  • Colour the Stars illustrated by Keinyo White (Scholastic 2012).
Awards:
  • New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards 2003 Picture Book Shortlist for Why Do Dogs Sniff Bottoms?
  • New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards 2003 Children’s Choice Winner for Why Do Dogs Sniff Bottoms?
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