Gibbons, Gail (1944 - )

Genre: Children's Literature

Gibbons is a prolific writer/illustrator of children's non-fiction books. She was born in Oak Park IL and received a BFA from the University of Illinois. She and her husband, Kent Ancliffe, and their dog and cats live in Corinth VT in a solar house on 300 acres. Since 1986 they have spent several months of the year on Matinicus Island. Many of her titles have been designated "Outstanding Science Trade Books" by the National Science Teachers Asssociation. Gibbons received the Washington Post Children's Book Guild Award for overall contribution to children's nonfiction, as well as the 2010 Regina Medal of the Catholic Library Association. She is also the recipient of the Katahdin Award 2009, a lifetime achievement award presented by the Maine Library Association in recognition of an outstanding body of work.

Selected Bibliography

  • Willy and His Wheel Wagon (1975)
  • Clocks and How They Go (1979)
  • Locks and Keys (1980)
  • Trucks (1981)
  • Tool Book (1982)
  • The Post Office Book: Mail and How it Moves (1982/86/99)
  • Sun Up, Sun Down (1983/1999)
  • Boat Book (1983)
  • Paper, Paper Everywhere (1983/1997/1999; - about the pulp industry)
  • The Seasons of Arnold's Apple Tree (1984/1999)
  • Fire! Fire! (1984/1986)
  • Playgrounds (1985)
  • Check It Out: The Book About Libraries (1985)
  • The Milk Makers (1985/87)
  • Lights! Camera! Action!: How a Movie is Made (1985/89)
  • From Path to Highway: The Story of the Boston Post Road (1986)
  • Up Goes the Skyscraper! (1986/1990)
  • The Pottery Place (1987)
  • Zoo (1987/1999)
  • Monarch Butterfly (1989)
  • Catch the Wind: All About Kites (1989)
  • Beacons of Light: Lighthouses (1990
  • How A House Is Built (1990/1996/1999)
  • The Puffins are Back (1991)
  • Surrounded By Sea: Life on a New England Fishing Island (1991/2006)
  • Whales (1991)
  • Recycle!: A Handbook for Kids (1992/1999)
  • Say Woof!: A Day in the Life of a Country Vet (1992)
  • Stargazers (1992/1999)
  • Frogs (1993/1999)
  • Caves and Caverns (1993/1996)
  • Pirates: Robbers of the High Seas (1993/1999)
  • The Planets (1993/2005)
  • Spiders (1993/1999)
  • Wolves (1994/1997)
  • County Fair (1994)
  • Christmas on an Island (1994; Manticus Island, to be exact)
  • Nature's Green Umbrella: Tropical Rain Forests (1994/1999)
  • Knights in Shining Armor (1995/1998/1999)
  • Cats (1996/1998)
  • Gulls...Gulls...Gulls (1997/2001)
  • The Moon Book (1997/1998)
  • The Honey Makers (1997/2000)
  • Click!: A Book About Cameras and Taking Pictures (1997)
  • Marshes and Swamps (1998/1999)
  • Soaring with the Wind: Bald Eagles (1998)
  • Pigs (1999/2000)
  • The Pumpkin Book (1999/2000/2002) - - - Bats (1999/2000)
  • Rabbits, Rabbits, and More Rabbits (2000/2001)
  • My Baseball Book (2000)
  • Behold... the Unicorns! (2001)
  • The Berry Book (2002)
  • Tell Me, Tree: All About Trees for Kids (2002)
  • Mummies, Pyramids and Pharaohs: A Book About Ancient Egypt (2002/2004)
  • The Quilting Bee (2003)
  • Grizzly Bears (2003)
  • Chicks & Chickens (2005)
  • From Sheep To Sweater (2006)
  • Ice Cream: The Full Scoop (2006)
  • The Galaxies, Galaxies (2006)
  • Groundhog Day!: Shadow or No Shadow? (2007)
  • Coral Reefs (2007)
  • The Vegetables We Eat (2007)
  • Alligators and Crocodiles C2010)
  • Ladybugs (2012)