|Born||1944 (age 70–71)
Joyce Dunbar (born 1944) is an English writer. She primarily writes books for children, and has published over seventy books. Dunbar is perhaps best known for Tell Me Something Happy Before I Go To Sleep, This Is The Star, and the Mouse And Mole series. She is the mother of the children's writer-illustrator Polly Dunbar.
Dunbar attended Goldsmiths College in London, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in English. After that, she did several jobs, working as a nanny, a waitress, a barmaid, and a salesperson. In 1968, she started working as a teacher in a college drama department of Stratford-on-Avon, England. However, due to her gradual loss of hearing, Dunbar had to stop her teaching career and in 1989, she became a full-time writer.
Dunbar published her first children's book at age 35. In 1985, Dunbar published Mundo and the Weather-Child – a novel about the imaginary friend of a deaf child, which helped her become a runner up for the Guardian Fiction Award. In 1990, her book A Bun for Barney was made into an interactive video game by BBC Multimedia Corporation.
In 1998, she wrote Tell Me Something Happy Before I Go To Sleep, which is recommended as a book to help children feel secure. In 2002 Dunbar did a book tour in the United States to promote this book. Her 2005 picture book Shoe Baby, illustrated by her daughter Polly, was made into a puppet show and is part of the 2006 Brighton Festival.
Dunbar most well-known series, Mouse and Mole, has been adapted into a twenty-six part television animation series by Grasshopper Productions, with voices lent by Alan Bennett and Richard Briers.
Being a person with a hearing impairment, Dunbar has participated in a number of campaigns on behalf of deaf people. In 1998, Dunbar cycled across Cuba in order to raise funds for the National Deaf Children's Society. Her journal Cycle Cuba, a record of this event, was published in 1999. That same year, she had a trip to the Himalayas in support of the founding of a new ashram. Dunbar has also taught English writing for children from Greek island Skyros.
- Children's fiction
- Moonbird (Random House 2006)
- Where's My Sock (Chicken House 2006)
- Snow White and the Seven Dwalfs (Retelling) (Scholastic 2005)
- Boo to the Who in the Dark (Scholastic 2004)
- The Love-Me Bird (Scholastic 2003)
- Magic Lemonade (Egmont 2003)
- Tell Me What It's Like To Be Big (Transworld 2001)
- The Very Small (Transworld 2000)
- The Glass Garden (Frances Lincoln 1999)
- Tell Me Something Happy Before I Go To Sleep (Transworld 1998)
- Baby Bird (Walker 1998)
- If You Want To Be A Cat (Macdonald 1997)
- This Is The Star (Transworld 1996)
- Freddie The Frog (Ginn 1996)
- Oops-A-Daisy (Walker 1995)
- Little Eight John (Retelling) (Ginn 1994)
- The Spring Rabbit (Anderson Press 1994)
- Seven Sillies (Anderson Press 1993)
- Can Do (Simon & Schuster 1992)
- Why Is The Sky Up? (Dent 1991)
- Ten Little Mice (Methuen 1990)
- Joanna and the Bean-Bag Beastie (Ginn 1989)
- Mouse Mad Madeline (Hamish Hamilton 1988)
- The Raggy Taggy Toys (Orchard 1987)
- Mundo and the Weather-Child (Heinemann 1985)
- The Magic Rose Bough (Hodder & Stoughton 1984)
- Jugg (Scolar Press 1980)
- Panda & Gander Series
- Panda's New Toy (Walker Books 1999)
- Gander's Pond (Walker Books 1999)
- The Secret Friend (Walker Books 1999)
- Tutti-Frutti (Walker Books 1999)
- Mouse and Mole Series
- Mouse And Mole (Transworld 1993)
- Mouse And Mole Have A Party (Transworld 1993)
- Happy Days For Mouse & Mole (Transworld 1996)
- A Very Special Mouse & Mole (Transworld 1996)
- Hip-Dip-Dip With Mouse And Mole (Transworld 2000)
- The Ups And Downs of Mouse And Mole (Transworld 2001)
- Joyce Dunbar biography from biography.jrank.org
- Joyce Dunbar author profile from eastanglianwriters.org
- Author biography from scholastic.com
- Joyce Dunbar interview from Double luck.
- The best new picture book illustrators from The Times
- The Glass Garden at Google Books
- Joyce Dunbar from Random House
- In the picture from Disability now
- Steering Group from Children in the Picture.