Swapna Haddow's debut series, Dave Pigeon (Faber & Faber), illustrated by Sheena Dempsey, follows the hilarious antics of two pigeons as they advise pigeonkind on how to survive in the world. While the world’s scariest, baddest and definitely-not-cutest panda is back for a third outing in Bad Panda: Mites, Camera, Action (Faber & Faber, March 2024).

In 2024 Swapna has a brand new series coming out with illustrator Becka Moor featuring Reggie Rabbit (OUP, June 2024). Little Dinosaurs, Big Feelings (Magic Cat, Jan 2024), is a delightful collection of mindful stories.

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.

Over 400,000 books Swapna Haddow books sold

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
  • World Book Day 2023 - No 1 bestseller
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