Joy Watson

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Joy Watson
Occupation Author, School Dental Nurse
Language English
Nationality New Zealander
Notable works Grandpa's Slippers
Notable awards Gaelyn Gordon Award
New Zealand Post Award

Joy Watson (born 1938) is an award-winning New Zealand author of children's books, many of which have been published by Scholastic Corporation.

Early life[edit]

Watson was born in Gisborne in February 1938 to a farming family who was educated by correspondence although she later attended school at Waipukurau and St Mary's College, Wellington. After finishing school, she trained and worked as a dental nurse until she married at age twenty.[1]

Later years[edit]

In 2012, Joy Watson dedicated preschool story time to the community of Hastings for New Zealand Book Month.[2]

Works[edit]

  • Pets (1988)
  • Mouse In The House (1989)
  • Grandpa's Slippers (1989) - Gaelyn Gordon Award winner in 1999 [3]
  • Grandpa's Cardigan (1993)
  • No Porridge, Please (1994)
  • Just In Case (1996)
  • A Wet Day At School (1996)
  • Foster Dog (1999)
  • Highway Robbery (2000)
  • The Birthday Flood (2001)
  • Grandpa's Shorts (2001) - Children's Choice Award at the 2002 New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults
  • Grandpa's Shed (2003)
  • Zita the Zebra (2006)
  • Grandpa's Cat (2006)
  • Worms Squirm...and Other Poems (2007)[4]

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