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Gabby Dawnay

Writer, Children's, Preschool, Animation, Series Developer - Children's & Animation

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Gabby writes scripts for Children’s Television and is also an author of children’s books. She worked on the original development and adaptation of the CBeebies pre-school animated show Messy Goes to Okido, along with writing individual episodes for Series I and II. She has also written an episode of Postman Pat Special Delivery Service. As an author she has written children’s picture books for Tate Publishing, Thames & Hudson and Franklin Watts/Hachette, with more in the pipeline. Gabby also works as a sub-editor and copywriter for Okido magazine and runs art, reading and poetry workshops in schools. She has managed an art gallery and worked in PR and Marketing and is currently also part of the team working on a new open air theatre/arts hub in Crystal Palace Park.



Messy Goes to Okido III
Doodle / CBeebies

Writing 2 x 11′ episodes on the third series

FZ Entertainment

Writing several episodes on new preschool animation series


Rhyme Time Town

1 x 7′ episode for new animated pre-school series.

Messy Goes to Okido I & II (2014-2017)
Doodle / CBeebies

10 x 11′ episodes
Original development and scriptwriter on this narrative, character led, pre-school animated show based on the children’s arts and science magazine ‘Okido’. Gabby adapted and formatted the show for television and wrote the first 3 scripts for the BBC commission. She subsequently wrote a further 3 episodes for the series and acted as the shows creative consultant. She also wrote the lyrics for the trailer theme song. Gabby is recently wrote 4 x 11′ episodes for Series II.

Postman Pat - Special Delivery Service (2014)

Writer of an episode entitled, ‘Postman Pat and the Tremendous Tree’. Broadcast in 2014.

Books & Magazines

A Treasury of Tales for Four Year Olds (2022)
Wide Eyed Editions/Frances Lincoln

To be published in 2022

5 Minute Nature Stories: Tales from the Woodland (2022)
Magic Cat Publishing

To be published in 2022

If I Had A Vampire Bat (2022)
Thames & Hudson

To be published October 2022

If I Had A Kangaroo (2022)
Thames & Hudson

To be published March 2022

The Library Book (2021)
Thames & Hudson

Published July 2021

If I Had An Octopus (2021)
Thames & Hudson

Published March 2021

If I Had A Unicorn (2020)
Thames & Hudson

Published August 2020, and won the Made For Mums Gold Award 2021

If I Had A Sleepy Sloth (2020)
Thames & Hudson

Published February 2020, and read by David Schwimmer on CBeebies Bedtime Stories

A Song for Bear (2019)
Thames & Hudson

A story about recognising and celebrating what makes us unique

Samuel Drew Hasn't a Clue (2019)
Tate Publishing

Samuel Drew makes his way through the busy streets pulling behind him a beautiful package. But what could be inside?

The Bauhaus Ballet Pop-Up Book (2019)
Laurence King

Inspired by the eccentric and innovative Bauhaus Triadic Ballet, a rhyming pop-up with a difference

A House for Mouse (2018)
Thames & Hudson

This fairytale-set story about a mouse in search of a home made it onto The Daily Telegraph’s ’50 Books That Blew Us Away’ 2018 list

A Roller-coaster Ride Around the Body (2017)
Franklin Watts/Hachette Children's

The first in a children’s non-fiction picturebook series.

A visually-led, fast-paced rhythmic trip, from bones to muscles, feelings to sleep

If I had a Dinosaur (2017)
Thames & Hudson

A rhyming story about a little girl who imagines what life would be like with a pet dinosaur – but is it just in her imagination? As read by Eddie Redmayne for Cbeebies Christmas Day 2017 Bedtime Story

SILVER WINNER of the ‘Best Preschool Book’ – Made For Mums Awards 2018

Currently working on several more titles in the If I had… series for Thames & Hudson.

A Possum's Tail (2014)
Tate Publishing

Author of this illustrated children’s book about a small boy who visits London Zoo and returns home with rather more than he bargained for (Nominated for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2015)

London Calls! (2014)
Tate Publishing

Author of this illustrated children’s book that offers: “A whistle-stop tour of London with Granny Rose and Little Pearl, taking in the sights, sounds and smells of the city!”

Eco Kids Planet Magazine (2014)

Gabby became part of the regular writing team for this eco-conscious, multi award-winning, independent magazine for kids interested in animals, nature and the global environment shortly after it was launched in 2014.

'My Head-to-Toe Body Book' & 'All Around Me' (2012-2013)
Thames & Hudson

Several poems included in both these non-fiction, illustrated art/science books for children.

Okido, Arts and Science Magazine for Kids (2007)

Numerous songs, poems and stories written for every issue of OKIDO magazine since 2007, as well as PR and marketing for the magazine between 2007 – 2012 and sub-editing from 2010 to present.
Work at Okido magazine included: securing features in the national press, BBC London, collaborations with children’s charity the Place2Be and the V&A Museum of Childhood, and liaising with various children’s festivals, publishers, schools and public gallery exhibitions.

Jump Mag & Stew Magazine

Gabby has written and illustrated a series of natural history articles for JUMP mag, an online magazine for girls aged 8-12, as well as several features for STEW magazine, aimed at kids from 8-12.