Dawn McMillan writes children's books and educational readers. She has published more than 140 educational readers which are used in schools in Australasia, the US and Canada. Many of her books have a focus on animals and New Zealand's natural environment. She works from her home on the Thames Coast, Coromandel. Her titles include Why do dogs sniff bottoms? and her latest Mister Spears and his hairy ears. With New Zealand children just back at school and new entrants learning to read, we're taking a look at how to engage kids in reading.