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Dawn Casey - Author

About the Author

Dawn Casey has always had a passion for traditional tales, which she feels are vital nourishment for children. In addition to writing, Dawn has worked in publishing and as a primary school teacher. She believes that passing on these stories is a great privilege, as well as a great pleasure.

Dawn lives in East Sussex, England with her husband and daughter.
The Great Race is her first project with Barefoot Books.

Featured books by Dawn Casey

Other books by Dawn Casey

Spin a Scarf of Sunshine

Spin a Scarf of Sunshine

Author: Dawn Casey Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/06/2020

Nari lives on a small farm with hens and bees and apple trees, and cares for a little lamb of her own. The seasons turn and Nari's lamb grows into a fine sheep with a fleece that is ready to shear. Nari and her family use traditional skills to transform the fleece into a cosy scarf, as they shear, spin, dye and knit. But as Nari grows older her beloved scarf becomes tattered -- it is ready to be recycled into compost for the farm with the help of some friendly worms. Spin a Scarf of Sunshine is a simple, lyrical story which encourages young children to engage with the wool cycle and understand the basics of traditional crafts of natural spinning, dyeing, knitting and gardening. The luminous illustrations of the natural world will inspire children and adults alike to explore the simple beauty around them and connect them to the idea of sustainable living and knowing where our clothing comes from.

My Nana's Garden

My Nana's Garden

Author: Dawn Casey Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/06/2020

Grandmother's Garden is tangled with weeds, Wildflowers, says grandma, food for the bees. A little girl visits her grandmother in summer and winter, and together they explore the wonders of Grandmother's garden. One day, Grandmother isn't there anymore, but as winter gives way to spring, the girl learns that life goes on and so does the memory of those we love.

Apple Cake: A Gratitude

Apple Cake: A Gratitude

Author: Dawn Casey Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/05/2020

Thank you, hedge, / Thank you, tree. / Thank you, flower, / Thank you, bee. / Thank you, rain, / Thank you, sun. / Thank you, farmers, / every one. In this simple rhyming story from the author of Held in Love, a child says thank you for the gifts nature provides, from hazelnuts in the hedge to apples from the tree, eggs from the hens to milk from the cow. Eventually, the family has enough ingredients to make something special... a delicious apple cake! With captivating illustrations that brim with emotion, this sweet picture book encourages children to be grateful for the world around them - the perfect read for Thanksgiving. A recipe for apple cake at the end allows you and your child to share in the joyful gratitude.

The Children's Forest Stories and songs, wild food, crafts and celebrations ALL YEAR ROUND

The Children's Forest Stories and songs, wild food, crafts and celebrations ALL YEAR ROUND

Author: Dawn Casey, Anna Richardson, Helen d'Ascoli Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2019

A rich and abundant treasury in celebration of the forest, this book is about encouraging children's natural fascination with the forest and its inhabitants. The authors have produced an enchanting book where imagination, story and play bring alive the world of the forest. Full of games, facts, celebrations, craft activities, recipes, foraging, stories and Forest School skills, The Children's Forest is much more than a manual: it is an invitation Engages children with nature through play and imagination in the forest and woods. Appealing to teachers, parents, and children, this book focuses on British and Irish trees, plants, animals, stories, poems, songs, crafts, and activities

Held in Love

Held in Love

Author: Dawn Casey Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/03/2019

May your eyes look to the stars and know that you are held in the arms of the universe, held in love. This mother's blessing, delivered in gentle, lilting rhyme, expresses the love between parent and child. Reflective and sincere, its intimate yet universal message, eloquently depicted with beguiling, painterly artwork, will resonate with new parents the world-over. A timeless message that will endure for generations, this is the perfect gift for new parents.

Held in Love

Held in Love

Author: Dawn Casey Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/01/2018

May your eyes look to the stars and know that you are held in the arms of the universe, held in love. This mother's blessing, delivered in gentle, lilting rhyme, expresses the love between parent and child. Reflective and sincere, its intimate yet universal message, eloquently depicted with beguiling, painterly artwork, will resonate with new parents the world-over. A timeless message that will endure for generations, this is the perfect gift for new parents.

A Lullaby for Little One

A Lullaby for Little One

Author: Dawn Casey Format: Board book Release Date: 25/01/2017

At the end of a lovely day full of laughter and fun, there's time for just one last game for Little One and Big Daddy Rabbit. All their woodland friends join in, too - woo-hoo! - but when Little One gets tired of all the hullabaloo, Big Daddy Rabbit knows that a special lullaby for Little One is exactly what's needed.

Babushka

Babushka

Author: Dawn Casey Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/09/2016

Babushka is busy tidying her house when three unexpected guests arrive telling her that they are looking for a baby, a new born king. When they leave Babushka stays behind cleaning and tidying, and preparing a gift for the baby. Next morning when she starts to follow the men she finds that the snow has covered their tracks and she doesn't know which way to go. But she keeps on searching, and as she goes she gives a gift from her basket to every child she passes who is hungry, or cold, or has no toys. This retelling of a traditional Russian folk tale is accompanied by glowing illustrations from an award-winning artist.

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