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Swapna Haddow

Swapna Haddow (new 2)-461Swapna Haddow is the multi award-winning children’s author of the Dave Pigeon series, published by Faber & Faber. The series has received rave reviews since it was first published in 2016, and won three regional awards in the UK and was shortlisted for the prestigious Sainsbury’s Children’s Book Award.

Swapna loves to write about boisterous animals that cause mayhem and is working with Faber & Faber, Stripes Publishing, Scholastic, Oxford University Press and Macmillan to make sure mean cats, grizzly bears and big-hearted little rabbits find their place on the bookshelves. Friendship and humour are always at the heart of what she loves to write. Swapna also writes the Ballet Bunnies series, illustrated by Binny Talib and published by Oxford University Press, under the pseudonym Swapna Reddy.

Swapna lives in Dunedin with her husband and son, and their dog, Archie. When she’s not writing she is usually reading, dreaming about living on a boat or eating Jaffa Cakes.

Selected bibliography:
  • Ballet Bunnies: The Big Audition, illustrated by Binny Talib (Oxford University Press, 2021)
  • My Gran is a Fibber, illustrated by Parminder Singh (Harper Collins, 2021)
  • Super Dogs, (Harper Collins, 2021)
  • My Dad is a Grizzly Bear, illustrated by Dapo Adeola (Macmillan,2021)
  • Bad Panda, illustrated by Sheena Dempsey (Faber & Faber, 2021)
  • Torn Apart: The Partition of India, 1947, (Scholastic,2021)
  • King Cat, illustrated by Max Rambaldi (Pearson Education, 2020)
  • Ballet Bunnies: The New Class, illustrated by Binny Talib (Oxford University Press, 2020)
  • Ballet Bunnies: Let’s Dance, illustrated by Binny Talib (Oxford University Press, 2020)
  • Ballet Bunnies: Millie’s Birthday, illustrated by Binny Talib (Oxford University Press, 2020)
  • Ballet Bunnies: The Lost Slipper, illustrated by Binny Talib (Oxford University Press, 2020)
  • Little Rabbit’s Big Surprise, illustrated by Alison Friend (Stripes Publishing, 2019)
  • Dave Pigeon Royal Coo!, illustrated by Sheena Dempsey (Faber & Faber, 2019)
  • Dave Pigeon Racer!, illustrated by Sheena Dempsey (Faber & Faber, 2018)
  • Dave Pigeon Nuggets),  illustrated by Sheena Dempsey (Faber & Faber, 2017)
  • Dave Pigeon, illustrated by Sheena Dempsey (Faber & Faber, 2016)
Awards:
  • Shortlisted: The Alligator’s Mouth Award 2019 for Dave Pigeon (Racer!)
  • Winner: Fantastic Book Awards 2018 for Dave Pigeon
  • Dave Pigeon selected for the Tom Fletcher Book Club Two 2018
  • Shortlisted: SCBWI Crystal Kite Award 2018 for Dave Pigeon (Nuggets!)
  • Winner: Surrey Libraries Children’s Book Award 2017 for Dave Pigeon
  • Shortlisted: Leicester Libraries Our Best Book Awards 2017 for Dave Pigeon
  • Shortlisted: Sheffield Children’s Book Awards 2017 for Dave Pigeon
  • Shortlisted: Sainsbury’s Children’s Book Awards 2016 for Dave Pigeon
  • Winner: North Somerset Teachers’ Book Award Read Aloud Category 2016 for Dave Pigeon
     
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