Swapna Haddow's debut series, Dave Pigeon (Faber & Faber), illustrated by Sheena Dempsey, follows the antics of two pigeons as they advise pigeonkind on how to survive in the world. The second title in the Bad Panda series (Faber & Faber), also illustrated by Sheena Dempsey, will be published in August 2022. My Mum is a Lioness, Swapna's eagerly awaited follow up to My Dad is a Grizzly Bear (Macmillan) with illustrator Dapo Adeola is out now. She also writes young fiction for OUP as Swapna Reddy.

Swapna lives in New Zealand with her karate-chopping, swash-buckling son and her thirty-something, age-sensitive husband.  She spends her time writing, eating cake and making sure her son doesn’t flatten her husband as he attempts to master his human cannonball trick. Sometimes she does all three at the same time.

Accolades for Dave Pigeon

  • The Guardian's Best New Children’s Books 2016
  • Sainsbury's Children's Book Award 2016 - shortlisted
  • North Somerset Teachers' Book Award Read Aloud - winner
  • The Independent's 11 Best Books for 4 to 11-Year-Olds
  • Tom Fletcher Book Club 2018
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