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Gail Gibbons

“I love working with bright, bold, beautiful colors. I also have a real love for nonfiction writing and am happy that my work lets me delve deeply into so many different kinds of topics. The research for any of my books takes a great deal of time and effort. To me, putting a nonfiction book together is like watching the pieces of a puzzle finally fitting together. Bit by bit the book takes form. I really enjoy learning about things and introducing them to children in words and pictures.

“The process for doing most of my books is very much the same. First I must have an idea that really interests me. Then I do some writing. I always find an expert on the topic I am writing about to make certain that what I have written is accurate. I work with my editors on the text until it is as good as it can possibly be.

“Then I do rough sketches for the cover and the pages. Once I have discussed everything with my editors and the art director we decide what changes I should make. Then I do the finished artwork. Once I have finished the artwork I send it to the publisher to have it all printed and bound into books.”

Gail Gibbons grew up writing stories and drawing pictures to fit the words, and wishing she lived in the country. After graduating from the University of Illinois with a bachelor of fine arts degree, she became involved in television graphics. This led her to work on a children’s TV show, where her desire to write and illustrate children’s books was rekindled. Eventually Gail became a full-time writer and moved to rural Vermont, where she could have a garden and as many pets as she wanted. Gail has written more than 140 books and has made countless visits to schools. The feedback she gets from children is invaluable and often inspires ideas for future projects. Gail and her husband, Kent Ancliffe, have a dog named Wilbur and two cats, named Miles and Davis. They live in Vermont in a passive solar house that Gail’s husband built and on an island off the coast of Maine.

For more photos, stories, and information about Gail, visit the official Gail Gibbons site at www.gailgibbons.com.

Check out these educational materials including the “Explore the World of Science with Gail Gibbons Educators’ Guide” and the “A Year with Gail Gibbons Activity Guide.”

Photo Credit: Kent Ancliffe

Books by Gail Gibbons

TOOL BOOK, Reinforced
Alligators and Crocodiles, Reinforced
Alligators and Crocodiles, Paperback
APPLES, Reinforced
APPLES, Paperback
THE ART BOX, Reinforced
BATS, Reinforced
BATS, Paperback
Beavers, Reinforced
Beavers, Paperback
CHICKS & CHICKENS, Reinforced
CHICKS & CHICKENS, Paperback
CHRISTMAS IS..., Paperback
Coral Reefs, Paperback
CORN, Reinforced
CORN, Paperback
DESERTS, Reinforced
DESERTS, Paperback
DINOSAUR DISCOVERIES, Reinforced
DINOSAUR DISCOVERIES, Paperback
DINOSAURS!, Reinforced
DINOSAURS!, Paperback
EASTER, Reinforced
EASTER, Paperback
ELEPHANTS OF AFRICA, Reinforced
Elephants of Africa, Paperback
EMERGENCY!, Reinforced
FARMING, Reinforced
FARMING, Paperback
FROGS, Paperback
FROM SEED TO PLANT, Reinforced
FROM SEED TO PLANT, Paperback
GALAXIES, GALAXIES!, Reinforced
GALAXIES, GALAXIES!, Paperback
GIANT PANDAS, Reinforced
GIANT PANDAS, Paperback
Gorillas, Reinforced
Gorillas, Paperback
GRIZZLY BEARS, Reinforced
GROUNDHOG DAY!, Reinforced
GROUNDHOG DAY!, Paperback
GULLS . . . GULLS . . . GULLS . . ., Reinforced
GULLS . . . GULLS . . . GULLS . . ., Paperback
HALLOWEEN IS..., Paperback
HORSES!, Paperback
HOW A HOUSE IS BUILT, Reinforced
HOW A HOUSE IS BUILT, Paperback
HURRICANES!, Reinforced
Hurricanes!, Paperback
ICE CREAM: The Full Scoop, Paperback
ICE CREAM: The Full Scoop, Reinforced
It's Raining!, Reinforced
It's Snowing!, Reinforced
It's Snowing!, Paperback
Ladybugs, Reinforced
Ladybugs, Paperback
MARSHES AND SWAMPS, Reinforced
MARSHES AND SWAMPS, Paperback
MONARCH BUTTERFLY, Reinforced
MONARCH BUTTERFLY, Paperback
THE MOON BOOK, Paperback
THE MOON BOOK, Reinforced
OWLS, Paperback
PENGUINS!, Paperback
PIGS, Paperback
THE PLANETS THIRD EDITION, Reinforced
THE PLANETS THIRD EDITION, Paperback
POLAR BEARS, Reinforced
POLAR BEARS, Paperback
THE PUMPKIN BOOK, Reinforced
THE PUMPKIN BOOK, Paperback
RABBITS, RABBITS & MORE RABBITS!, Reinforced
RABBITS, RABBITS & MORE RABBITS!, Paperback
THE REASONS FOR SEASONS, Paperback
THE REASONS FOR SEASONS, Reinforced
SEA TURTLES, Reinforced
SEA TURTLES, Paperback
SHARKS, Reinforced
SHARKS, Paperback
SNAKES, Reinforced
Snakes, Paperback
SPIDERS, Paperback
ST. PATRICK'S DAY, Paperback
STARGAZERS, Reinforced
STARGAZERS, Paperback
SURROUNDED BY SEA: Life On A New England Fishing Island, Reinforced
THANKSGIVING IS . . ., Paperback
THANKSGIVING IS..., Reinforced
TORNADOES!, Reinforced
Tornadoes!, Paperback
TRAINS, Paperback
THE VEGETABLES WE EAT, Reinforced
THE VEGETABLES WE EAT, Paperback
WEATHER WORDS AND WHAT THEY MEAN, Paperback
WHALES, Reinforced
WHALES, Paperback
WOLVES, Reinforced
WOLVES, Paperback