Bryant, Donna

Bryant, Donna


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In Brief

Donna Bryant is the author of 50 books which have sold over a million copies worldwide. As a scriptwriter she has written hundreds of hours of children's television. She also writes natural history documentaries, songs, and poetry. She wrote the interpretive material at the Bush City outdoor area of the Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa.


BRYANT, Donna (1955 - ) began her writing career as script writer for Play School in 1975. For many years she worked in London as a script writer of comedy and children's programmes for the BBC and then as a publishing editor of children's books and magazines. She returned to New Zealand to write children's books. She is perhaps best known for her One Day and Animal Friends series and her activity books based on the popular television programmes Play School and Wildtrack. She has also illustrated many of her books including Child's Play and Dinosaur Fun.

In recent years she has been a script writer for most children's television programmes made in New Zealand, enabling her to use her songwriting skills.

Bryant says: 'Words and pictures are my greatest pleasure'. She works as a communications writer for a web company.


Updated June 2022.