Lynley Dodd

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Dame Lynley Dodd

Lynley Stuart Dodd

5 July 1941
Rotorua, New Zealand
NationalityNew Zealand
OccupationChildren’s Writer

Dame Lynley Stuart Dodd DNZM (born 5 July 1941[1]) is a prominent author of children’s books from New Zealand. She is best known for her "Hairy Maclary" series, and its follow-ups,[2] all of which feature animals with rhyming names.

Early life[edit]

She was born in Rotorua. She graduated from the Elam School of Art in Auckland with a diploma in Fine Arts. She began to work as a freelance illustrator and collaborated with author Her first book was My Cat Likes To Hide In Boxes which she wrote along with Eve Sutton. Her first book written solo was The Nickle Nackle Tree. She is now living in Tauranga. [3]

Awards and honours[edit]

In 1999, Dodd became the ninth recipient of the Margaret Mahy Award.[4][5] She was created a Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2001 for "services to children's literature and book illustration".[6] She was subsequently redesignated a Dame Companion upon reinstatement of titles in the Special Honours 2009.



  1. ^ "Interviews with NZ Children's Authors: Lynley Dodd". Christchurch City Libraries. Retrieved 30 April 2014.
  2. ^ "Dodd, Lynley", New Zealand Book Council
  3. ^ "Lynley Dodd at Penguin authors". Penguin Books.
  4. ^ "Margaret Mahy Medal Award". Christchurch, New Zealand: Christchurch City Libraries. 2012. Retrieved 25 July 2012.
  5. ^ "Margaret Mahy Award". Auckland, New Zealand: Storylines Children's Literature Charitable Trust of New Zealand. 2012. Archived from the original on 6 July 2012. Retrieved 25 July 2012.
  6. ^ "Full list of New Year Honours". New Zealand Herald. 31 December 2001. Retrieved 15 October 2011.