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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

Once Upon A Silent Night

Once Upon A Silent Night

Author: Dawn Casey Illustrator: Katie Hickey Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/11/2021

Once upon a silent night, a stable stood. A star shone bright. It is midnight on Christmas Eve, and a child is about to be born in a stable. How can the creatures help? First, the cow offers up his manger, and the donkey gives his hay. The doves will sing the babe to sleep, the trees will watch over him, and the moon will fill his dreams with silver light. It's a moment of magic, as a little child enters the world and brings with him the most precious gift of all: love. A beautiful and timeless retelling of the nativity story, with a lyrical rhyming text and luminous illustrations, this book is the perfect Christmas gift.

Apple Cake: A Gratitude

Apple Cake: A Gratitude

Author: Dawn Casey Illustrator: Genevieve Godbout Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/10/2021

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.

Tales of Two Dragons Band 15/Emerald

Tales of Two Dragons Band 15/Emerald

Author: Dawn Casey Illustrator: Cosei Kawa Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/08/2021

Build your child's reading confidence at home with books at the right level These wonderful atmospheric folktales from the Ukraine and China, capture two different cultures, united in the presence of a dragon, who has the power to change all of their lives forever. Told here, by master storyteller Dawn Casey. Emerald/Band 15 books provide a widening range of genres including science fiction and biography, prompting more ways to respond to texts. This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

The White Mouse: A Folk Tale from The Panchatantra Band 13/Topaz

The White Mouse: A Folk Tale from The Panchatantra Band 13/Topaz

Author: Dawn Casey Illustrator: Masako Masukawa Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/08/2021

Build your child's reading confidence at home with books at the right level Discover an ancient Indian culture in this traditional tale of magic, love and a very special quest. When a small white mouse is turned into a daughter for a couple desperate for a family, they never imagined having to say goodbye to her. But as she grows up, it seems her heart only really belongs in one place: back where she came from. Topaz/Band 13 books offer longer and more demanding reads for children to investigate and evaluate. Text type: A traditional tale from another culture Curriculum links: English: fairy stories, myths and legends; books from other cultures and traditions This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Winter Tales

Winter Tales

Author: Dawn Casey Illustrator: Zanna Goldhawk Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/11/2020

A treasury of stories celebrating the wonders of winter, and the qualities within that warm our hearts through the long cold. This stunning book brings together a selection of wintery tales from all over the world - from North America to Siberia, Scotland, France, Russia and Norway. Written by award-winning author Dawn Casey and with beautifully detailed artwork by illustrator Zanna Goldhawk, this is a magical book to be treasured for generations to come.

Spin a Scarf of Sunshine

Spin a Scarf of Sunshine

Author: Dawn Casey Illustrator: Stila Lim Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/07/2020

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 Illustrator: Jessica Courtney-Tickle 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.

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