Gail Gibbons

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General Information

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Name: Gail Gibbons

Born in: 1944 in Oak Park, Illinois



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

Illinois Connection

Gail grew up in Chicago and attended the University of Illinois. She now resides in Corinth, VT.

Biographical and Professional Information

Gail 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.

Published Works

  • Surrounded By Sea, Holiday House, 1991
  • The Pumpkin Book, Holiday House, 1999
  • Behold...the Dragons, Morrow Junior, 1999
  • Apples, Holiday House, 2000
  • My Basketball Book, Harper Collins, 2000
  • My Football Book, Harper Collins, 2000
  • My Soccer Book, Harper Collins, 2000
  • Behold...The Unicorns, Harper Collins, 2000
  • Ducks , Holiday House, 2001
  • Tell Me, Tree...All About Trees for Kids, Little Brown, 2002
  • Chicks and Chickens, Holiday House, 2003
  • Dinosaur Discoveries, Holiday House, 2005 0-8234-1971-1
  • Ice Cream: The Full Scoop, Holiday House, 2006 0-8234-2000-0
  • Galaxies, Galaxies, Holiday House, 2007 0-8234-2002-7
  • The Vegetables We Eat, Holiday House, 2007 0-8234-2001-9
  • Owls, Holiday House, 2007 0-8234-1880-4
  • Coral Reefs, Holiday House, 2007 978-0-8234-2080-3
  • Snakes, Holiday House, 2007 0823421228
  • Dinosaurs, Holiday House, 2008 978-0-8234-2143-5
  • Bats, Holiday House
  • Bicycle Book, Holiday House
  • Boat Book, Holiday House
  • Cats, Holiday House
  • Christmas Is. . . , Holiday House
  • Christmas Time, Holiday House
  • Deserts, Holiday House
  • Dinosaurs, Holiday House
  • Dogs, Holiday House
  • Easter, Holiday House
  • Emergency! , Holiday House
  • Farming, Holiday House
  • Flying, Holiday House
  • Frogs, Holiday House
  • From Seed to Plant, Holiday House
  • Giant Pandas, Holiday House
  • Grizzly Bears, Holiday House
  • Groundhog Day, Holiday House
  • Gulls... Gulls... Gulls... , Holiday House
  • Halloween, Holiday House
  • Happy Birthday! , Holiday House
  • Horses, Holiday House
  • How a House is Built, Holiday House
  • Marshes & Swamps, Holiday House
  • Monarch Butterfly, Holiday House
  • Playgrounds, Holiday House
  • Penguins, Holiday House
  • Pigs, Holiday House
  • Polar Bears, Holiday House
  • Prehistoric Animals, Holiday House
  • Pumpkins, Holiday House
  • Rabbits, Rabbits & More Rabbits, Holiday House
  • Sea Turtles, Holiday House
  • Sharks, Holiday House
  • Spiders, Holiday House
  • St. Patrick’s Day, Holiday House
  • Stargazers, Holiday House
  • Thanksgiving Day, Holiday House
  • The Art Box, Holiday House
  • The Berry Book, Holiday House
  • The Moon Book, Holiday House
  • The Planets, Holiday House
  • The Reasons for Seasons, Holiday House
  • Tool Book, Holiday House
  • Trains, Holiday House
  • Tunnels, Holiday House
  • Valentine’s Day, Holiday House
  • Weather Words and What They Mean, Holiday House
  • Whales, Holiday House
  • Wolves, Holiday House
  • Caves and Caverns, Harcourt Brace
  • Check It Out! The Book About Libraries, Harcourt Brace
  • Paper Paper Everywhere, Harcourt Brace
  • Pottery Place, Harcourt Brace
  • Sun Up, Sun Down, Harcourt Brace
  • The Seasons of Arnold’s Apple Tree, Harcourt Brace
  • Beacons of Light Lighthouses, Harper Collins
  • Clocks and How They Go, Harper Collins
  • Deadline! From News to Newspaper, Harper Collins
  • Department Store, Harper Collins
  • Fill It Up! All About Service Stations, Harper Collins
  • Fire! Fire!, Harper Collins
  • From Path to Highway: The Story of the Boston Post Road, Harper Collins
  • Lights! Camera! Action! How a Movie is Made, Harper Collins
  • Locks and Keys, Harper Collins
  • Marge’s Diner, Harper Collins
  • My Baseball Book, Harper Collins
  • Nature’s Green Umbrella: Tropical Rain Forests, Harper Collins
  • New Road, Harper Collins
  • Planet Earth / Inside Out, Harper Collins
  • Puff…Flash…Bang! , Harper Collins
  • Santa Who, Harper Collins
  • Soaring With the Wind - The Bald Eagle, Harper Collins
  • Sunken Treasure, Harper Collins
  • The Great St. Lawrence Seaway, Harper Collins
  • The Honey Makers, Harper Collins
  • The Post Office Book: Mail and How It Moves, Harper Collins
  • The Puffins Are Back, Harper Collins
  • The Quilting Bee, Harper Collins
  • Santa Who?, Harper Collins
  • Trucks, Harper Collins
  • Zoo, Harper Collins
  • Catch the Wind! All About Kites, Little Brown & Co.
  • Click! A Book About Cameras and Taking Pictures, Little Brown & Co.
  • Exploring the Deep Dark Sea, Little Brown & Co.
  • Knights in Shining Armor, Little Brown & Co.
  • Mummies, Pyramids, and Pharaohs, Little Brown & Co.
  • Pirates: Robbers of the High Seas, Little Brown & Co.
  • Recycle! A Handbook for Kids, Little Brown & Co.
  • Surrounded by Sea: Life on a New England Fishing Island, Little Brown & Co.
  • Tell Me, Tree, Little Brown & Co.
  • Yippee-Yay!: A book about Cowboys, Little Brown & Co.
  • The Magnificent Morris Mouse Clubhouse, Franklin Watts
  • Things to Make and Do for Columbus Day, Franklin Watts
  • Things to Make and Do for Halloween, Franklin Watts
  • Things to Make and Do for Your Birthday, Franklin Watts
  • Dinosaurs, Dragonflies, & Diamonds, Simon & Schuster
  • Milk Makers, Simon & Schuster
  • Say Woof! The Day of a Country Veterinarian, Simon & Schuster
  • Up Goes the Skyscraper! , Simon & Schuster
  • Weather Forecasting, Simon & Schuster

Titles for Purchase and at Your Library

Surrounded by Sea: Life on a New England Fishing Island

ISBN: 0316309613
Release Date: 1991-04

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The Pumpkin Book

ISBN: 159112672X
Release Date: 2002-10-30

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Behold...the Dragons!

ISBN: 068815526X
Release Date: 1999-04-28

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ISBN: 0823416690
Release Date: 2001-01-01

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My Basketball Book

ISBN: 0688171400
Release Date: 2000-09-05

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My Football Book

ISBN: 0688171397
Release Date: 2000-08-22

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My Soccer Book

ISBN: 0688171389
Release Date: 2000-03-01

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Behold...the Unicorns!

ISBN: 068817955X
Release Date: 2001-12-18

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Tell Me, Tree: All About Trees for Kids

ISBN: 0316309036
Release Date: 2002-04-01

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Chicks & Chickens

ISBN: 0823419398
Release Date: 2005-03-01

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Literary Awards

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 and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)

External Links

Gail Gibbons on WorldCat

Gail Gibbons on Amazon


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