Joy Watson

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Joy Watson
OccupationAuthor, School Dental Nurse
NationalityNew Zealander
Notable worksGrandpa's Slippers
Notable awardsGaelyn 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]


  • 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]