Gail Gibbons

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Gail Gibbons
Gail Jane Gibbons

(1944-11-24) November 24, 1944 (age 74)
OccupationWriter, Illustrator
Years active1959-P

Gail Gibbons (born 1944) is an American writer and illustrator of children's books.

She was born in Oak Park, Illinois, and studied graphic design at the University of Illinois. After working as an artist for a children's show, she decided to write her own children's book. Her first book was Willy and His Wheel Wagon,[1] a 32-page self-illustrated picture book published by Prentice-Hall. Some of her books were chosen as Reading Rainbow selections.


Source:[2] City Art Director Club award, 1979, for The Missing Maple Syrup Sap Mystery

  • American Institute of Graphic Arts award, 1979, for Clocks and How They Go
  • National Science Teachers Association/Children's Book Council Award, 1980, for Locks and Keys, and 1982, for Tool Book
  • Certificate of appreciation from U.S. Postmaster General, 1982, for The Post Office Book: Mail and How It Moves
  • American Library Association Notable Book citation, 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
  • National Council of Social Studies Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies, 1983, 1987, 1989, 1990, and 1992
  • National Science Teachers Association Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children, 1983, 1987, 1991, 1998
  • International Reading Association Children's Choice Award, 1989, 1995; American Bookseller Pick of the Lists, 1992

Selected works[edit]

  • Willy and His Wheel Wagon (Prentice-Hall, 1975), self-illustrated
  • Salvador and Mister Sam: A Guide to Parakeet Care (P-H, 1975), self-illustrated
  • Behold ... the Dragons
  • Behold ... the Unicorns!
  • Farming
  • Fire! Fire!
  • Giant Pandas
  • How a House Is Built
  • Knights in Shining Armor
  • My Basketball Book
  • Penguins
  • Pigs
  • The Seasons of Arnold's Apple Tree (1984)
  • Tell Me, Tree: A Book About Trees for Kids
  • The Milk Makers
  • The Vegetables We Eat
  • The Reasons for Seasons
  • Emergency!
  • Catch the Wind!: All About Kites
  • Sunken Treasure
  • Department Store
  • Zoo
  • Beacons of Light: Lighthouses
  • Flying
  • Up Goes the Skyscraper
  • Country Fair
  • Click!: A book about cameras and taking pictures
  • How a house is built
  • Paper, Paper Everywhere
  • Exploring the deep, dark sea
  • Deadline!: From News to Newspaper
  • My Football Book
  • The Post Office Book: Mail and How it Moves
  • Fill It Up!
  • Weather Forecasting
  • Pottery Place
  • Playgrounds
  • My Basketball Book
  • Trains
  • The Reasons for Seasons
  • Caves and Caverns
  • Locks and Keys
  • The Milk Makers
  • The Honey Makers
  • Tunnels
  • Yippee-Yay!: A Book About Cowboys and Cowgirls
  • Sun Up, Sun Down
  • My Soccer Book


  1. ^ Children's book author and illustrator, Gail Gibbon
  2. ^ Gail Gibbons. Contemporary Authors Online. Detroit: Gale, 2007. Literature Resource Center

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