Mr Donovan Bixley, ONZM, of Taupo, for services to children's fiction and as an illustrator
Mr Donovan Bixley, of Taupo, for services to children's fiction and as an illustrator
Donovan Bixley is an author and illustrator who has illustrated more than 100 children’s books. His books have been published in 31 countries and as many as 18 languages.
He created the best-selling ‘Flying Furballs’ junior ﬁction series and co-created ‘Dinosaur Rescue’. He is the writer and illustrator of ‘Faithfully Mozart’, ‘Much Ado About Shakespeare’, ‘The Looky Book’, and ‘Monkey Boy’. He has worked with some of New Zealand’s top authors, illustrating books such as ‘Dashing Dog’, 'Fuzzy Doodle’, and ‘Three Bears Sort Of’.
He has promoted te reo Māori through his bi-lingual Māui picture books and a ‘My First Board Book’ collection for pre-schoolers. Mr Bixley has given seminars for young illustrators at international book festivals and is a regular presenter and mentor to children and young adults.