Gabby book cover


Gabby reaches up, up, up, to put away her last book when suddenly, the book tumbles out of her hand and the letters inside scatter around her playroom! Before Gabby can collect them all, the letters take on a life of their own, "spelling" disaster! Will Gabby manage to tame her new "word-mates" and show them how letters can also make "f-r-i-e-n-d-s?"

Distinctions: OLA Best Bets List (2013)

Leaving the Trail June 30, 2022.

Gabby. Text © 2013 Joyce Grant Illustrations © 2013 Jan Dolby. Reproduced by permission of Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Toronto.

Gabby is a colourful and animated picture book that... functions as a creative lesson in how to spell and attach meaning to words.


Lesson Plan

The Lesson Plan for Gabby is available with purchase and sent to an email address provided by the school board. To view a sample Lesson Plan, click on the file below. It is based on “Trampoline Boy”.

Sample Lesson Plan
Gabby lesson plan cover

Book Creators

Joyce Grant

Joyce Grant portrait

Joyce Grant is the author of Gabby and Gabby – Drama Queen. Joyce is a freelance journalist and editor, living in Toronto. She is also a co-founder of the website Teaching Kids News (, which offers free daily kid-friendly news. She is a passionate advocate of children’s literacy through her blog Getting Kids Reading. You can reach her at

Jan Dolby

Jan Dolby portrait

Jan is a freelance illustrator. She creates her illustrations using acrylic paint, watercolour, graphite or marker mixed with the addition of Photoshop and Illustrator. The whimsicalness in her drawings and her use of bright colour stems from her love of animation and children’s literature. Jan was born in St. John’s, Newfoundland and raised in Ontario. She studied Fine Art and Business at the University of Guelph. Jan works out of her Pink Suitcase Studio located north of Toronto in the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville. Her favourite quote is: “All you need is faith, trust and a little pixie dust.” – Peter Pan