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Gillian Candler

Gillian Candler writes about nature, for children and adults. She is the author of the “explore and discover” non-fiction series for children and the writes a blog called Explore Discover Nature. She also writes articles for magazines such as Wilderness and Forest and Bird. She was convening judge of the 2012 NZ Post Children’s Book Awards and has also been convening judge of the CLL Education Publishing Awards.

She was a secondary-school teacher before moving into educational publishing with Learning Media in Wellington, where she worked on a wide range of publications for children, including books about science and the environment. She currently works as a writer and a publishing and education consultant from her home in Pukerua Bay. After spending time publishing specifically for schools, Gillian is enjoying working on non-fiction books for general audiences that are bought (or borrowed) by parents, grandparents and children to enjoy at home or out in the field, as well as in classrooms.
Gillian is passionate about understanding and appreciating New Zealand’s wild places, which is why her books are specifically about New Zealand. When she’s not writing or working as a consultant, she volunteers in conservation projects and reads good books.

 Selected bibliography:
  • Whose Feet are These? illustrated by Fraser Williamson (Potton & Burton 2017)
  • From Moa to Dinosaurs: explore and discover ancient New Zealand, illustrated by Ned Barraud (Potton & Burton 2016)
  • Whose Beak is This? illustrated by Fraser Williamson (Potton and Burton 2015)
  • In the Bush: explore and discover New Zealand’s native forests, illustrated by Ned Barraud (Potton and Burton 2015)
  • Under the Ocean: explore and discover New Zealand’s sea life, illustrated by Ned Barraud (Craig Potton Publishing 2014)
  • In the Garden: explore and discover the New Zealand backyard, illustrated by Ned Barraud (Craig Potton Publishing 2013)
  • At the Beach: explore and discover the New Zealand seashore, illustrated by Ned Barraud (Craig Potton Publishing 2012)
  • NZ Children’s Book Awards 2016, non-fiction finalist for Whose Beak is This?
  • Storylines Notable Book 2016, non-fiction category for Whose Beak is This?
  • Storylines Notable Book 2015 non-fiction category for Under the Ocean
  • NZ Children’s Book Awards 2015, non-fiction finalist for Under the Ocean
  • Storylines Notable Book 2014 non-fiction category for In the Garden
  • NZ Post Children’s Book Awards 2013, non-fiction finalist for At the Beach
  • Lianza Non-Fiction Awards 2013, Elsie Locke Medal winner for At the Beach
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Page checked and updated March 2016.


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