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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Gail Gibbons  

Pen Name: 


Audience: Children; Children;


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Illinois Connection

Gibbons grew up in Chicago and attended the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

Biographical and Professional Information

Gail Gibbons is an author and illustrator. As a child growing up in Chicago, Gail created her first picture book at the age of four. It was four pages long and bound together with yarn. Soon thereafter, she began taking art lessons and started writing her own stories. Gail studied graphic design at the University of Illinois and after graduating she went to work for a small TV station doing graphic work. Later, she moved to New York City where she worked on " Take a Giant Step" a children’s show that was the forerunner to "The Electric Company." The children who participated in the show suggested that Gail should create children’s books.Gibbons currently resides in Corinth, Vermont.

Selected Titles At Your Library

Behold ... the dragons! /
ISBN: 068815526X. OCLC Number:

Morrow Junior Books,. New York :. ©1999.

Explains how myths about dragons developed, different types of dragons, what draconologists do, and how different cultures portray dragons.

Apples /
ISBN: 0823416690. OCLC Number:

Holiday House,. New York :. ©2000.

Explains how apples were brought to America, how they grow, their traditional uses and cultural significance, and some of the varieties grown.

My basketball book /
ISBN: 0688171400. OCLC Number:

HarperCollins Publishers,. [New York] :. ©2000.

Introduces the basics of the game of basketball, describing the players, court, techniques, and rules of play.

My football book /
ISBN: 0688171397. OCLC Number:

HarperCollins Publishers,. New York :. ©2000.

Introduces the basics of the game of football, describing the players, field, and how the game is played.

My soccer book /
ISBN: 0688171389. OCLC Number:

HarperCollins Publishers,. New York :. 2000.

Briefly describes the equipment, terminology, rules, positions, and plays of one of the world's most popular games.

Behold-- the unicorns! /
ISBN: 068817955X. OCLC Number:

HarperCollins,. New York :. ©2002.

For centuries people believed in unicorns, legendary creatures that were said to have magical powers. Today these one-horned creatures still have a special power -- the power to capture our imaginations. Using careful research and spirited illustrations to explain the origins, mythology, and folklore of the unicorn, Gail Gibbons, gets right to the heart of why these marvelous creatures are still so popular today.--

Tell me, tree :
ISBN: 0316309036. OCLC Number:

Little Brown & Co.,. Boston :. ©2002.

Featuring a special section on how children can make a tree identification book of their own, this title is a bright and colorful introduction to trees, leaves, and their inner workings in nature.

Chicks & chickens /
ISBN: 0823419398. OCLC Number:

Holiday House,. New York :. ©2003.

An introduction to the physical characteristics, behavior, and life cycle of chickens, as well as a discussion of how chickens are raised on farms.


American Library Association Notable Book award, 1983, for Cars and How They Go, and 1985, for The Milk Makers

Washington Post/ Children's Book Guild Award, 1987, for contribution to nonfiction children's literature

International Reading Association Children's Choice Award, 1989, 1995

American Bookseller Pick of the Lists, 1992.

Speaking Engagements

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Publisher Information

Victoria Trish c/o Holiday House 425 Madison Avenue New York, New York 10017 212-688-0085