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Davina Bell Davina Bell i(A112686 works by)
Born: Established: Perth, Western Australia, ;
Gender: Female
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Davina Bell completed a law degree in Western Australia before moving to Melbourne to undertake the Professional Writing and Editing course at RMIT University. In Melbourne, she co-founded the literary quarterly Harvest. In 2007, Bell began work as an editorial assistant at Pearson Education; she later moved to Penguin as a children's book editor.

The author of a number of well-received children's and picture books, in 2018, she was shortlisted for the Text Prize for a manuscript about the end of the world.

Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

2018 shortlisted Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing

For 'The End of the World is Bigger Than Love'

2016 recipient Australia Council Grants, Awards and Fellowships Literature Board Grants Literature Arts Projects For Individuals and Groups $20,720.00

Awards for Works

All the Ways To Be Smart 2018 single work picture book children's

'Smart is not just ticks and crosses,
smart is building boats from boxes.
Painting patterns, wheeling wagons,
being mermaids, riding dragons …'

‘Every page of this book in joyous, imaginative and life-affirming … All the Ways to be Smart is a celebration of what childhood can be, and it will likely become a classic.’

Source: Publisher's blurb. 

2019 shortlisted Indie Awards Children's
Hattie Helps Out 2016 single work picture book children's

'Hattie is the perfect helper. Or so she thinks! An endearing picture book that any child - and parent - will relate to.

'It's a busy day at Hattie's house. There's a lot to do before Dad's birthday party.

'Hattie is being very helpful, until it's time for her afternoon nap.

'Hattie's not even sleepy! But Mama looks tired. Very tired...

'A delightfully funny story about a little girl with big ideas, from a winning combination of creators.' (Publication summary)

2017 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Notable Book
Under the Love Umbrella 2016 single work picture book children's

Under the Love Umbrella is a celebration of the enduring love that surrounds our children, wherever they are in the world. Inspired by the rhythm of the New York subway's L-train, the gentle rhyming text - accompanied by beautiful, vintage inspired illustrations - draws out the small things that can loom large in a little person's life, from big dogs to lost teeth, and from forgotten hats to friends who won't share. Whatever the troubles, the comfort of our love umbrella is always there, and parents and children will delight in this visual representation of the bond they share. This is a perfect gift book for new parents and babies, as well as for children embarking on big changes and new adventures, who may benefit from this lovely reminder of the permanence of love.' (Publication summary)

2018 shortlisted APA Book Design Awards Best Designed Children's Picture Book

(for 2017 edition)

2018 shortlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Small Publishers' Children's Book of the Year
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