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Gillian Perdue

Gillian Perdue

Gillian Perdue is a children's writer and dancing teacher. She previously worked as a primary school teacher for over fifteen years, and has always had a deep love for children's books. Gillian acted as chairperson of the Bisto Book Awards 1999-2000, and she has written resource materials for the use of real books in the classroom.

Gillian's first book, Adam's Starling was written for older readers and won the Eilís Dillon Memorial Award 2002. The Irish Times described Adam's Starling as an impressive debut. Since then she has written three books in the successful O'Brien Panda Series - Conor's Cowboy Suit, Panda No. 23, Conor's Concert, Panda No. 25, and Conor's Canvas, Panda No. 35. The spirited and determined Conor, who loves to do things his way and his way only has proved to be extremely popular with younger readers. Gillian is married with two children, and lives in Dublin.

  • An Buachaill Bó
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An Buachaill Bó

Teaching Resources: free to view and download

Conor's Cowboy Suit

  • Download Activity sheets: Conor's Dream: activity sheet number 1

  • Download Activity sheets: Conor's Cowboy Crunch: activity sheet number 2

  • Download Activity sheets: A Cowboy's Clothes: activity sheet number 3

  • Download Activity sheets: Cowboy Songs: activity sheet number 4

Adam's Starling

  • Download RBFS: Teaching ideas for third class from the O'Brien Reading Programme Supplement

  • Download Activity sheets: Activity sheet 2: identifying birds

  • Download Activity sheets: Activity sheet 3: feelings and emotions

  • Download Activity sheets: Activity sheet 1: looking after birds

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Conor's Cowboy Suit

Written by Gillian Perdue, Illustrated by Michael Connor

When Conor's parents give him a present of a cowboy suit he wants to wear it all the time - even to school!
Panda 23

Conor's Concert

Written by Gillian Perdue, Illustrated by Michael Connor

Conor is learning the piano. He makes up his own very special music. But will it do for the concert?
Panda 26

Conor's Canvas

Written by Gillian Perdue, Illustrated by Michael Connor

Conor’s class are all painting special pictures for a show. Will Conor's painting be chosen to hang in a real gallery?
Panda 35

An Buachaill Bó

Written by Gillian Perdue, Illustrated by Michael Connor, Translated by Daire MacPháidín

Is breá le Conor a chulaith Buachalla Bó. 'Yee Haw!' a deir sé. 'Lámha in airde!' Ach an mbeidh sé ábalta í a chaitheamh ar scoil?
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Adam's Starling

Written by Gillian Perdue, Illustrated by Barry Reynolds

Winner of the Eilís Dillon Memorial Award. Adam's Starling tells the story of nine-year-old Adam who is finding life very diffficult. At home no-one has any time for him and at school bullies pick on him.