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Julia Donaldson - Author

About the Author

Julia Donaldson is the outrageously talented prize-winning author of some of the world's best-loved children's books, including modern classics The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo's Child, which together have sold over 17 million copies worldwide, and the hugely successful What the Ladybird Heard adventures. Julia also writes fiction, including the Princess Mirror-Belle books illustrated by Lydia Monks, as well as poems, plays and songs – and her brilliant live shows are always in demand. She was Children’s Laureate 2011-13 and has been honoured with an MBE for Services to Literature. Julia and her husband Malcolm divide their time between West Sussex and Edinburgh. She has collaborated with artists such as Sara Ogilvie, David Roberts, and on her book Animalphabet with Sharon King-Chai.

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Featured books by Julia Donaldson

The Ugly Five

The Ugly Five

3+ readers

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/09/2017

The Smartest Giant 15th Anniversary Edition

The Smartest Giant 15th Anniversary Edition

5+ readers

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/12/2016

A new, limited edition of the modern classic The Smartest Giant in Town. George wished he wasn't the scruffiest giant in town. So when he sees a new shop selling giant-sized clothes, he decides it's time for a new look: smart trousers, smart shirt, stripy tie, shiny shoes. Now he's the smartest giant in town...until he bumps into some animals who desperately need his help - and his clothes! Join George on his journey in this special anniversary edition. 

Spinderella

Spinderella

5+ readers

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/10/2016

A fantastic new picture book all about a football-playing spider, written by Julia Donaldson, author of The Gruffalo, with glorious full colour illustrations from the talented Sebastian Braun and a sparkling, glittery foiled cover. Spinderella the spider has a passion for football! She tries to play a match with her brothers and sisters but she doesn't know how many spiders should be on each team. Even worse, she can't count the goals! Luckily for Spinderella, her Hairy Godmother has a plan...Julia Donaldson does it again in this hugely engaging and funny story all about football, spiders and counting - what's not to love! The perfect picture book for children of all ages - boys and girls alike. Julia Donaldson is the internationally renowned author of the best-loved picture books in the world, including The Gruffalo, What the Ladybird Heard, Sugarlump and the Unicorn and Night Monkey, Day Monkey. Julia Donaldson's collaborations with Axel Scheffler have sold millions of copies, and Room on the Broom is now an Academy Award-nominated short film. Sebastian Braun studied fine and applied arts at Strasbourg University. He moved to London in 2000 and since then has been working exclusively on children's picture books, having been published by Orchard, Walker, Campbell, HarperCollins and Puffin.

Zog and the Flying Doctors

Zog and the Flying Doctors

3+ readers 5+ readers

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/09/2016

Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler are at their sparkling best in this fabulously original sequel to the bestselling ZOG.

The Scarecrows' Wedding

The Scarecrows' Wedding

Baby and Toddler 3+ readers

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/07/2016

THE SCARECROWS' WEDDING is the eagerly awaited new picture book from the creators of THE GRUFFALO and STICK MAN, now available in paperback. Written in Julia Donaldson's glorious rhyme and illustrated in glowing colour by Axel Scheffler, THE SCARECROWS' WEDDING is a fabulous love story, with drama, humour, originality - and a happy ending! Two scarecrows, Betty O'Barley and Harry O'Hay, are planning the perfect wedding. But wicked scarecrow, Reginald Rake, has other ideas and almost ruins their special day. Harry must become a hero before he and Betty can have the wedding of their dreams.

The Gruffalo Annual

The Gruffalo Annual

3+ readers

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/07/2015

The official Gruffalo Annual is bursting with fun stories, perfect puzzles and amazing activities, featuring all your favourite characters from the deep dark wood. With 64 pages filled with crafts, recipes, quizzes, games, drawing, writing and colouring-in, it's enough to keep Gruffalo fans busy all year round! From the award-winning duo Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, the creators of The Gruffalo.

The Flying Bath

The Flying Bath

3+ readers

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/06/2015

Fly across the world in the amazing Flying Bath!

Princess Mirror-Belle

Princess Mirror-Belle

7+ readers

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/06/2015

A collection of funny and exciting Princess Mirror-Belle adventures from the much-loved author of The Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson - perfect for newly independent readers.

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Princess Mirror-Belle and the Party Hoppers

Princess Mirror-Belle and the Party Hoppers

7+ readers

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/06/2015

Magically mischievous Mirror-Belle is back and ready to sweep Ellen off on more exciting and hilarious escapades. From the much-loved author of The Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson - perfect for newly independent readers.

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Stick Man Book & Floor Puzzle Gift Set

Stick Man Book & Floor Puzzle Gift Set

Baby and Toddler 3+ readers

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 02/10/2014

Creators of The Gruffalo, best selling author/ illustrator Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler are back with another bestseller on their hands. “Stick Man lives in the family tree/ with Stick Lady love/ And his children three”.But one day Stick Man is pounced on by a dog. Help! This is not what Stick Man wants….While others find many ignominious uses for Stick Man – a bat, a pen, a bow and a boomerang among others – Stick Man does all he can to find his way back home…And, happily, he does! A brilliant visual treat now available as a stunning gift set, containing a mini paperback of the book and a 24-piece floor puzzle.

Stick Man and Other Stories

Stick Man and Other Stories

Baby and Toddler 3+ readers

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/08/2014

Gorgeous mini gift editions of Stick Man, Tabby McTat and The Highway Rat, presented in an irresistible slipcase. All three stories are written in Julia Donaldson's fabulous rhyme and illustrated by the inimitable Axel Scheffler, of Gruffalo fame. A Review from Julia Eccleshare for The Highway Rat - Best-selling author/ illustrator combination Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler have teamed up for another great adventure. Many of the creatures that appear in The Gruffalo feature in this rollicking adventure of a greedy Highway Rat and how he is outwitted by a very clever duck. Axel Scheffler’s animals are as full of vivid expression as usual.

The Scarecrows' Wedding

The Scarecrows' Wedding

5+ readers

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/07/2014

Best-selling Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler have paired up again for a rollickingly good picture book. Scarecrows Betty O’Barley and Harry O’Hay have stood next to each other in a field for some time. Now they are planning to get married and they want to have ‘the best wedding yet’. But the rascally Reginald Rake looks set to scupper their good intentions. Can Betty and Harry save the day? Funny and touching and filled with some familiar looking creatures! ~ Julia Eccleshare

Poems to Perform A Classic Collection Chosen by the Children's Laureate

Poems to Perform A Classic Collection Chosen by the Children's Laureate

5+ readers 7+ readers

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/01/2014

In Poems to Perform, Julia Donaldson has chosen poems with performance by children in mind, and her notes and ideas on performing them are included in a special section at the end of the book. Julia's passionate belief that performance can help children enjoy reading and grow in confidence is informed by her own experience both as a child and now, working with groups of children to bring stories, poems and songs to life. The poems range from classics by Edward Lear, W H Auden and Eleanor Farjeon to contemporary work by Michael Rosen, John Agard and Clare Bevan. Illustrated throughout with exquisite, expressive lino-cuts by Clare Melinsky, this is a book for teachers, parents, children: anyone who loves great poetry.

Gruffalo's Child Sound Book

Gruffalo's Child Sound Book

3+ readers 5+ readers

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Novelty book Release Date: 12/09/2013

All the sounds of story can be played on the buttons attached to this version of the bestselling The Gruffalo’s Child. Readers will love being able to bring the different animals – and the weather! – to life as the Gruffalo’s Child steps out on an adventure.  The perfect Christmas gift!

Oxford Reading Tree Songbirds: Tadpoles and Other Stories

Oxford Reading Tree Songbirds: Tadpoles and Other Stories

3+ readers 5+ readers

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/03/2012

The Children's Laureate and bestselling author of The Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson has carefully created the Songbirds Phonics series to support parents and teachers in helping children learning to read. Julia Donaldson has captivated children all over the world with her lively and engaging stories. This series of books under the Songbirds name builds children's confidence through a clear phonics development with gradual progression to build reading confidence and success. This Stage 4 Songbirds collection contains 6 exciting phonics stories in 1!  These are perfect for parents to read at home with their kids to establish a really strong love of reading and to build confidence. Julia Donaldson says: "Creating the 'Songbirds' series was an enormous challenge of my favourite kind. Almost every word in every book had to be phonically decodable, and yet I wanted to write real stories which children would enjoy reading. I was determined also that the content and illustrations should be as varied as possible, as I know how children’s tastes differ and how monotonous some reading schemes can be. So some of the stories are in prose, some in rhyme, some are realistic and others fantastical." Click here to see more books by Julia Donaldson, including other Songbirds collections.

Oxford Reading Tree Songbirds: Where Is the Snail and Other Stories

Oxford Reading Tree Songbirds: Where Is the Snail and Other Stories

3+ readers 5+ readers

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/03/2012

The Children's Laureate and bestselling author of The Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson has carefully created the Songbirds Phonics series to support parents and teachers in helping children learning to read. Julia Donaldson has captivated children all over the world with her lively and engaging stories. This series of books under the Songbirds name builds children's confidence through a clear phonics development with gradual progression to build reading confidence and success. This Stage 3 Songbirds collection contains 6 exciting phonics stories in 1!  These are perfect for parents to read at home with their kids to establish a really strong love of reading and to build confidence. Julia Donaldson says: "Creating the 'Songbirds' series was an enormous challenge of my favourite kind. Almost every word in every book had to be phonically decodable, and yet I wanted to write real stories which children would enjoy reading. I was determined also that the content and illustrations should be as varied as possible, as I know how children’s tastes differ and how monotonous some reading schemes can be. So some of the stories are in prose, some in rhyme, some are realistic and others fantastical." Click here to see more books by Julia Donaldson, including other Songbirds collections.

Other books by Julia Donaldson

The Rhyming Rabbit Sticker Book

The Rhyming Rabbit Sticker Book

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/02/2021

Packed with sticker scenes, puzzles, games and over 400 stickers, The Rhyming Rabbit Sticker Book is perfect for Easter, school holidays, birthdays and rainy days - a great gift for any child. Join the rabbit with a talent for rhyme and his animal friends in this fun sticker activity book, based on the bestselling picture book, The Rhyming Rabbit by stellar picture-book partnership Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks, creators of What the Ladybird Heard. Collect other sticker books from Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks: What the Ladybird Heard Sticker Book, Sugarlump and the Unicorn Sticker Book and The Singing Mermaid Sticker Book.

The Tiddler Sticker Book

The Tiddler Sticker Book

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/02/2021

Tiddler the tale-telling fish is ready for more amazing adventures, and this time you get to be part of them! This fantastic new activity book is based on the bestselling book Tiddler, by the much-loved dynamic duo, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. With colouring-in activities, stickers, dot to dots, puzzles, spot the difference, mazes and even word searches, there's plenty to keep Tiddler fans busy for hours on end. And don't forget to add your personal touch to each page, with over 600 stickers to choose from!

The Rhyming Rabbit 10th Anniversary Edition

The Rhyming Rabbit 10th Anniversary Edition

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/02/2021

Celebrate ten years of rhyming fun with this special anniversary edition of The Rhyming Rabbit from the brilliant partnership of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks - the bestselling team behind the What the Ladybird Heard adventures. Featuring previously unseen artwork from illustrator Lydia Monks and a special letter from author Julia Donaldson, this celebratory edition with its shiny foiled cover is a perfect gift. And with brilliant rhyming verse and bright and distinctive illustrations, the story is as delightful to read aloud as ever. The Rhyming Rabbit loves to make up entertaining poems, inspired by everything he sees, but the other rabbits don't appreciate his talent for rhyme. Sad and lonely, the Rhyming Rabbit sets off one starry night all on his own - will he ever find someone to share his poems with? Enjoy more stories from Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks: Sharing a Shell, The Princess and the Wizard, The Singing Mermaid, Sugarlump and the Unicorn and the What the Ladybird Heard series.

Freddie and the Fairy

Freddie and the Fairy

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/01/2021

Written by Julia Donaldson, the author of The Gruffalo, and illustrated by Karen George, Freddie and the Fairy is a delightfully witty, rhyming tale. Freddie wants nothing more than a pet, so when the fairy Bessie-Belle offers to grant his wishes, he knows just what to ask for. But Bessie-Belle can't hear very well and Freddie tends to mumble, which means the wishes aren't turning out as planned! Whatever can they do? Luckily the Fairy Queen is on hand to help.

Wake Up Do, Lydia Lou!

Wake Up Do, Lydia Lou!

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/01/2021

Written by Julia Donaldson, the author of The Gruffalo, and illustrated by prize-winning Karen George, Wake Up Do, Lydia Lou! is a gentle and playful bedtime read - full of fun sounds to join in with time and time again. One night, a little ghost glides into Lydia Lou's room to scare her. But no matter how hard he tries, he just can't wake her up. He thinks perhaps some of his noisy animal friends could help but they have no luck either. Not even a noisy baby will do the trick! From ghosts booing to cats mewing, will anything wake up Lydia Lou?

Let's Find Zog

Let's Find Zog

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Board book Release Date: 07/01/2021

Where has Zog the dragon gone? Is he flying in the sky? No, those are birds! Is he hiding in the castle? No, that's the king! Lift the colourful felt flaps in this fun chunky board book, perfect for small hands, until you find Zog the dragon! There is so much fun to be had. Based on the bestselling book Zog and the Flying Doctors by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler, the creators of The Gruffalo and Stick Man. Zog and the Flying Doctors is the animated film for Christmas 2020.

Let's Find Stick Man

Let's Find Stick Man

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Board book Release Date: 07/01/2021

Where has Stick Man gone? Can you find him? Lift the colourful felt flaps in this fun chunky board book, perfect for small hands, until you find Stick Man! While there is so much fun to be had, this board book will also help increase hand-eye co-ordination, develop speech and aid learning through repetition. Based on the bestselling book Stick Man by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler, the creators of The Gruffalo.

The Gruffalo: A Push, Pull and Slide Book

The Gruffalo: A Push, Pull and Slide Book

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Board book Release Date: 31/12/2020

Push, pull and slide the moving mechanisms to meet all your favourite characters from the deep dark wood in this brilliant board book based on the bestselling classic picture book, The Gruffalo - and bring the story to life! Discover what happens when a quick-witted mouse comes face to face with a fox, an owl, a snake . . . and a hungry Gruffalo! Move the magical push, pull and slide mechanisms on every spread to join in the fun. The Gruffalo: A Push, Pull and Slide Book is the perfect introduction to the bestselling picture book The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, and a great gift for fans of the original story.

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