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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Gail Gibbons  

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Audience: Children; Children;

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-- Website -- http://www.gailgibbons.com
-- Gail Gibbons on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=gail+gibbons


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.


Published Works Expand for more information


Titles At Your Library

Behold...the Dragons!
ISBN: 068815526X

HarperCollins. 1999

We don't believe in dragons anymore, but we continue to celebrate these fantastic creatures in stories, movies and songs. In fact dragons are so popular there is a science just to study them! In a book that is carefully researched, brimming with energy and charm, and full of interesting facts, best-selling author and illustrator Gail Gibbons presents dragons from cultures all over the world -- their origins, their place in mythology and folktales, and the reasons why they are still so fascinating today.

Apples
ISBN: 0823416690

Holiday House. 2001

Apple trees grow in more parts of the world than any other fruit tree. From blossom to pollination to picking, here is information about how they grow, their various parts, and the different varieties. Instructions on how to plant and care for an apple tree are included.

My Basketball Book
ISBN: 0688171400

Collins. 2000

Basketball is fun—but how does it work? Find all the basics in this lively guide for the youngest basketball fans from Washington Post/Children’s Book Guild Award winner Gail Gibbons!

In this illustrated picture book, young readers will learn about:

  • The markings on a basketball court
  • What basketball players wear
  • The three team positions
  • The excitement of passing the ball
  • The thrill of making a basket

Glossary for basketball terms included.

My Football Book
ISBN: 0688171397

Collins. 2000

Football is fun—but how does it work? Find all the basics in this lively guide for the youngest football fans from Washington Post/Children’s Book Guild Award winner Gail Gibbons!

In this illustrated picture book, young readers will learn about:

  • The markings on a football field
  • What football players wear
  • The positions, from quarterback to wide receiver
  • The excitement of the kickoff
  • The thrill of scoring a touchdown

Glossary for football terms included.

My Soccer Book
ISBN: 0688171389

Collins. 2000

Soccer is fun—but how does it work? Find all the basics in this lively guide for the youngest soccer fans from Washington Post/Children’s Book Guild Award winner Gail Gibbons!

In this illustrated picture book, young readers will learn about:

  • The markings on a soccer field
  • What soccer players wear
  • The positions, from forward to goalkeeper
  • The excitement of pasing a ball
  • The thrill of making a goal

Glossary for soccer terms included.

Behold...the Unicorns!
ISBN: 068817955X

HarperCollins. 2001

0nce 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: All About Trees for Kids
ISBN: 0316309036

Little Brown . 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. Full color.

Chicks & Chickens
ISBN: 0823419398

Holiday House. 2005

Cheep . . . cheep . . . cluck! Everything you ever wanted to know about chickens and eggs—except which came first.

With bright watercolor illustrations and simple, clear language, nonfiction master Gail Gibbons shows young readers everything there is to know about chickens. See what different breeds of chickens look like, discover how eggs are laid and hatched, and learn how big and little farms take care of their birds. Key vocabulary words about chicken behavior and anatomy are introduced throughout Chicks and Chickens, and new words are reinforced in accessible language for young readers.

Chicks and Chickens is a fun introduction to farm fowl featuring colorful diagrams, tons of facts, and a page of chicken trivia. Perfect for curious kids wondering about baby birds, or for learning and talking about where our food comes from.

According to The Washington Post, Gail Gibbons "has taught more preschoolers and early readers about the world than any other children's writer-illustrator." Ms. Gibbons is the author of more than 100 books for young readers, including the bestselling titles From Seed to Plant and Monarch Butterfly. Her many honors include the Washington Post/Children's Book Guild Nonfiction Award and the NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book Award.


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

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

Publisher Information

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