Danny the Dragon Recognized in the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards

The multi-award-winning children’s author Tina Turbin has been recognized again for the first book of her children’s book series, Danny the Dragon Meets Jimmy. The illustrated children’s book, which is already the recipient of a number of awards, has been awarded in the Purple Dragon Book Awards.

The adventures of Danny the Dragon begin with Danny the Dragon Meets Jimmy, the story of how Jimmy comes across Danny and his little travelling buddy, Skipper, on a family outing. The book has been acclaimed for its portrayal of family values and togetherness.  The Mom’s Choice Awards®, according to its website, “recognizes authors, inventors, companies, parents and others for their efforts in creating quality family-friendly media, products and services.” Not surprisingly, this program has selected Danny the Dragon Meets Jimmy as an awards recipient.

The Annual Purple Dragonfly Book Awards announced its winners in Chandler, Arizona. It is one contest in a family of Five Star Dragonfly Book contests, such as the Green Dragonfly Book Awards, which honors books that raise awareness about the environment. The Purple Dragonfly Book Awards, which recognizes high-quality children’s literature, is highly competitive.

“Winning any place in the Purple Dragonfly Contest is a huge honor because in order to maintain the integrity of the Dragonfly Book Awards, a minimum score of 55 out of 80 must be earned for a place to be awarded to the entrant – even if it is the sole entry in a category,” explains Linda Radke, president of Five Star Publications, who sponsors the Dragonfly Book Awards. “Competition is steep, too, because there is no publication date limit as long as the book is still in print.”

“It’s such an honor to have been recognized by the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards,” Turbin said about the honor. “It’s so gratifying to see that Danny the Dragon has resonated so deeply among both children and adult readers.”

The announcement comes after Turbin launched an innovative application for deaf children with iStoryTime, the iPhone App Developer for DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon. The app features sign language interpretation for the first book in Turbin’s series, Danny the Dragon Meets Jimmy. The author, a renown humanitarian, is donating profits on behalf of literacy and other worthy causes.

Aside from her work as a children’s author, Turbin runs a non-profit gluten-free resource website, GlutenFreeHelp.info, which was selected as a finalist out of 6.7 million registered .info websites around the globe in the Best .Info Website Awards Program of 2010. Turbin suffered for years without an answer to her painful physical symptoms before finally, as the result of her own research, she was diagnosed with celiac disease, an autoimmune reaction caused by gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye. Turbin created her website in an effort to raise awareness for the autoimmune disease and to help the gluten-free community deal with the challenges of gluten-free living. The Gluten Free Help Blog shares news, tips, recipes, and Turbin’s reviews of gluten-free books and products. The author’s other advocacy efforts include supporting children’s literacy and health, family issues, and the food allergy community.

As far as what’s next for the author, she says she’s excited to get back to work in her studio on her Danny the Dragon series. With her busy West Coast book tour wrapped up, however pleased she is with all her recognition for Danny the Dragon Meets Jimmy and her gluten-free advocacy, Turbin says she wants nothing more than to do what she does best—write.


Kris Nickerson



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10 Responses to Danny the Dragon Recognized in the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards

  1. Janet Plining says:

    Yay! This is great news! It’s just one award after the other, isn’t it? I’d like to see your app win some app awards. Do they even have those yet? If they don’t, I’m sure they will soon! I really like the Purple Dragonfly Contest’s icon…really cool!

  2. Janet Plining says:

    By the way we really like the new website design so much. I can’t get over how well-illustrated Danny and Skipper is. We are really happy to hear you’re getting lots of awards for it and we can’t wait to see more Danny around.

  3. Flora Maggis says:

    All right! way to go, tina! You are my favorite children’s author because not only is Danny the Dragon such a beautifully illustrated pro-family book, but you also do so much more than the typical writer with your Gluten Free Help blog and radio shows and articles and blogs about things women and parents really care about. You are awesome and you totally deserve this award!

  4. Deedee says:

    Congrats on this honorable recognition! Your story is so imaginative and magical and it has inspired me to pursue my own dreams as a children’s book author. I have had these ideas in my head for so long, but I’m not an illustrator, but I see how you found the perfect illustrator for your book and now I’m confident that I can do the same thing too. Thanks so much for all that you do, Ms. Turbin!

  5. Issy says:

    Congratulations Ms. Turbin on your successes. You have won so many awards recently I am in awe of you! I am an aspiring illustrator myself and look forward to launching my first book soon. I can only hope it will be as successful as Danny the Dragon Meets Jimmy!

  6. Daniella says:

    Congratulations on your award! Our Danny the Dragon Meets Jimmy DVD arrived the other day and the kids were so excited that they were fighting over who could open it. I had them flip a coin and Mason called it right, so he was the lucky one to open it.:) Then he and their sister watched it over and over for the rest of the day!

  7. Isabelle Montgomery says:

    Hi Tina we are new to your children’s book series and really love Danny. We were so thrilled to find that Danny is active online and that you have won so many well-deserved awards for this fantastic book!

  8. Silvie says:

    Hi TIna congratulations to you. We are very excited to be subscribed now to your newsletter and look forward to getting some coloring pages from your website in the future. My kids absolutely love Danny!

  9. Nancy S. says:

    Wow I looked at their website! Seems like a very big deal!

  10. Sharon Magden says:

    Congratulations! I heard you even picked up another one this year too for Best Illustrations. When I saw that category, I was like, “Wow, Tina Turbin should win that!” Danny is illustrated so well!

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