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Dame Lynley Dodd is a true icon of New Zealand storytelling. Her most famous creation, the Hairy Maclary series, which features a scruffy dog from Donaldson’s Dairy, is a bestselling children’s classic not just in her home country but globally as well. Lynley is a passionate advocate of children’s reading and literacy, and has written more than thirty picture books. Lynley’s work is so beloved that Hairy Maclary and his rollicking gang have been immortalised in bronze in her hometown of Tauranga — a gorgeous example of how people of all ages identify with the little dog and his friends.

Books by Lynley Dodd

'Out of the gate and off for a walk went Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy . . .'  Dame Lynley Dodd, Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy
'Lynley’s passion for words and metre, wit and (if I may) oddity of all kinds, and her extraordinary artistic talent struck me when, as a young librarian working in a public library, Hairy Maclary fell into my hands.' Sue Esterman, Booksellers NZ
'Dodd holds a special place in children’s literature for her vivid wit in both word and illustration.' Oxford Companion to New Zealand Literature

Awards and Recognition

  • LIANZA Children's Book Awards
    1975
    Awarded
    Esther Glen Medal for My Cat Likes to Hide in Boxes with Eve Sutton
  • New Zealand Book Awards
    1981
    Winner
    Prize for Illustrations for Druscilla
  • New Zealand Book Awards
    1983
    Winner
    New Zealand Children's Picture Book of the Year for Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy
  • New Zealand Book Awards
    1985
    Shortlisted
    New Zealand Children's Picture Book of the Year for Hairy Maclary's Bone
  • New Zealand Book Awards
    1986
    Winner
    New Zealand Children's Picture Book of the Year for Hairy Maclary Scattercat
  • New Zealand Book Awards
    1987
    Shortlisted
    New Zealand Children's Picture Book of the Year for Wake Up, Bear
  • New Zealand Book Awards
    1988
    Winner
    New Zealand Children's Picture Book of the Year for Hairy Maclary's Caterwaul Caper
  • LIANZA Children's Book Awards
    1988
    Shortlisted
    Russell Clark Award for Illustration for Hairy Maclary's Caterwaul Caper
  • AIM Children's Book Awards
    1990
    Third place
    Picture Book of the Year for Hairy Maclary's Rumpus at the Vet
  • LIANZA Children's Book Awards
    1990
    Shortlisted
    Esther Glen Medal for Hairy Maclary's Rumpus at the Vet
  • AIM Children's Book Awards
    1991
    Third place
    Picture Book of the Year for Slinky Malinki
  • AIM Children's Book Awards
    1992
    Winner
    Picture Book of the Year for Hairy Maclary's Showbusiness
  • AIM Children's Book Awards
    1993
    Shortlisted
    Picture Book of the Year for The Minister's Cat ABC
  • LIANZA Children's Book Awards
    1994
    Shortlisted
    Russell Clark Award for Illustration for Slinky Malinki, Open the Door
  • AIM Children's Book Awards
    1995
    Shortlisted
    Picture Book of the Year Description5 for Schnitzel von Krumm's Basketwork
  • AIM Children's Book Awards
    1996
    Shortlisted
    Picture Book of the Year for Sniff-Snuff-Snap!
  • New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults
    1997
    Shortlisted
    Picture Book of the Year for Schnitzel von Krumm, Forget-Me-Not
  • New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults
    1998
    Shortlisted
    Picture Book of the Year for Hairy Maclary, Sit
  • Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal
    1999
    Awarded
    for lifetime achievement and distinguished contribution to New Zealand’s children’s literature
  • New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults
    1999
    Shortlisted
    Picture Book of the Year for Slinky Malinki Catflaps
  • New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults
    2000
    Winner
    Children's Choice Award for Hairy Maclary and Zachary Quack
  • Nielsen BookData Booksellers' Choice Award
    2000
    Shortlisted
    Bookseller's Choice Award Description6 for Hairy Maclary and Zachary Quack
  • New Zealand Order of Merit
    2002
    Awarded
    Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to children's literature and book illustration
  • New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults
    2002
    Shortlisted
    Picture Book of the Year for Scarface Claw
  • New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults
    2005
    Winner
    Children's Choice Award for The Other Ark
  • Storylines Gaelyn Gordon Award for a much-loved book
    2006
    Awarded
    for The Nickle Nackle Tree
  • Storylines Notable Picture Book Award
    2013
    Awarded
    for Slinky Malinki, Early Bird
  • Storylines Notable Picture Book Award
    2018
    Awarded
    for Scarface Claw, Hold Tight!