Danny the Dragon is Recognized by the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards


I’m happy to report that Danny the Dragon Meets Jimmy, the first book in my Danny the Dragon children’s book series, has been recognized by the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards. The Annual Purple Dragonfly Awards is a contest that seeks to award authors of books that appeal to children in all age groups. On their website, they say that they search for books that “inspire, inform, teach or entertain.” I’m honored that they have found those qualities in the story of Danny the Dragon and Jimmy.


This award comes after a series of awards, for which I am truly honored, in contests including the Mom’s Choice Awards, iParenting Book Awards, and the International Book Awards.  Danny the Dragon has been recognized for imparting messages about family togetherness and kindness, values which I strive to instill in others.  Clearly, people are listening to these messages and appreciating their value.


I actually began writing as a teenager and at a young age developed a lifelong passion for helping others. Having raised three bright and thriving children of my own, I hope to inspire parents and families to ensure their children are healthy, educated, and happy. As busy I am with my writing and book tours, it is important to me to work on behalf of my favorite causes, which include celiac disease, gluten-free living, and children’s literacy. For the gluten-free community, I founded GlutenFreeHelp.info, a non-profit website dedicated to offering information and tips and serving as a place for experts on the topic to share their research and views.


In addition to this, I have also developed a passion for improving children’s literacy with the release of a signed reading of Danny the Dragon Meets Jimmy on DVD and as an app for deaf children by iStoryTime, the iPhone App Developer for DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon. I am donating the profits from these products to support children’s literacy and other causes that I cherish.


I’m gratified that Danny the Dragon has resonated so deeply among the young and the young at heart. I am also grateful to have the opportunity to write books for young children as I continue the Danny the Dragon series. With this recognition from the prestigious Purple Dragonfly Book Awards, I can take pride in my work and I’m inspired to continue it.


Tina Turbin


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14 Responses to Danny the Dragon is Recognized by the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards

  1. Larissa Daniels says:

    Sweet! Way to go, Tina!

  2. Claire Dunham says:

    Congratulations! It’s just one award after the author. Go, Danny!

  3. Sally Jansen says:

    Hi Tina this is really quite an honor. Keep up the great work!

  4. Shirley says:

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! Way to go Danny and Tina!

  5. Sylvia Sylmar says:

    I’m so happy to hear about this award. Thanks for this wonderful blog. The kids love to see Danny the Dragon online!

  6. Chelsea Herrera says:

    Not only do you have an award-winning AMAZING series but you offer the deaf community literature for children. You are the best!!!

  7. Zoe says:

    Congratulations to our favorite children’s author!!!

  8. Sasha says:

    Hello Tina we just started reading Danny and are so pleased with you series. We look forward to getting to hear more about Danny’s adventures. -The Hartman Family

  9. Barbara Hogenson says:

    Hey Tina, totally digging the new website layout. Just wanted to say I’m so happy to hear that once again you’re receiving a well-deserved award and wanted to put something out there…How about an iPad/iPhone Apps Awards Program? Does anyone know anything about that? Because the Danny the Dragon Meets Jimmy iPad/iPhone app needs to be entered in that contest if such a contest exists.

  10. Vicky Dill says:

    I didn’t realize at first that said “Purple Dragonfly,” I thought it was “Purple Dragon.” I was like, “Of course Tina Turbin is going to win a dragon children’s book contest! Danny is the most memorable dragon since Puff himself!

  11. hailey giggams says:

    Hi Tina we’re really happy to hear about this. We are glad we came across Danny. Our kids are big reading fans and they have really connected in a special way with Danny the Dragon. Thanks so much for all you do.

  12. Deborah Griggers says:

    Congrats to you. Boy, it’s just one award after the other after the other after the other. It goes to show you that pro-family themes are still embraced by the society at large. I have read and heard about some really disturbing children’s books and I’m glad that there are still many (in fact most) children’s authors such as yourself who are giving children the wholesome stories they need and want at their young age.

  13. Missy says:

    Oh wow your app developer is a huge name in this field. That’s great! I’m so glad you were able to secure that deal and I’m sure your app will continue to be a huge success because of the care you took in producing it.

  14. Claire Dunham says:

    I know I already posted a comment but I just wanted to say what a great read your newsletter is and I have been visiting your gluten free website, GlutenFreeHelp.info, recently too. My husband and kids have been loving your recipes. I make recipes from your website sometimes as often as three times a week!

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