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Davina Bell is an award-winning author of over twenty books for readers from babies to teens. Her much-loved picture books include Under the Love Umbrella, All of the Factors of Why I Love Tractors as well as All the Ways To Be Smart and What To Say When You’re Not Sure What To Say, both of which won the Australian Book Industry Awards Picture Book of the Year.
She has written junior fiction, middle grade novels, and her Young Adult title, The End of the World Is Bigger Than Love, won the Ethel Turner Prize at the NSW Premier’s Literary awards and the Book of the Year for Older Readers, Children’s Book Council of Australia in 2021, as well as being shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards.
Davina was previously an editor at Penguin Books Australia and a children’s book publisher at Allen and Unwin. She lives in Melbourne and frequently shares her passion and knowledge of books and publishing with children’s and adults across the country.
Books by Davina Bell
It might not be how you imagined . . . at first.
Find a you-shaped space.
Another warm and whimsical guide to negotiating life’s little and big moments, What to Do When You’re Not Sure What to Do focuses on situations outside a child’s home and domestic realm where they might feel unsure. It’s another gentle exploration of empathy, courage and confidence from award-winning and much-loved author Davina Bell and with beautiful, heartwarming illustrations by Hilary Jean Tapper.
I’m not brave enough today. Maybe next time.You’re hurting my feelings right now.Want to join in?A warm and whimsical guide to negotiating life’s little moments and big emotions with empathy, kindness and words from the heart.
Best Suited for 3-7 years
From this award-winning creative duo comes a stunning celebration of the joy and comfort that love can bring – wherever we roam in the big, wild world.
Best Suited for 4-7 years
Smart is not just ticks and crosses, smart is building boats from boxes.
Painting patterns, wheeling wagons, being mermaids, riding dragons . . .
The day before the underwater fancy-dress parade, Alfie got that feeling …
Sometimes it’s hard to be brave. Sometimes you get that feeling. Sometimes you’re just not ready . . . until, one day, you are.
Good or bad, the things you do are all a part of being you – of learning how to take your boat on stormy seas and stay afloat. From the creators of All the Ways To Be Smart comes a message of hope- hard days come and go, but love is with us always. A healing and uplifting tribute to learning and growing – to making mistakes and making amends.