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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 Illustrator: Axel Scheffler Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/09/2017

The Smartest Giant 15th Anniversary Edition

The Smartest Giant 15th Anniversary Edition

5+ readers

Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Axel Scheffler 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 Illustrator: Sebastian Braun 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 Illustrator: Axel Scheffler 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 Illustrator: Axel Scheffler 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 Illustrator: Axel Scheffler 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 Illustrator: David Roberts 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 Illustrator: Lydia Monks 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 Illustrator: Axel Scheffler 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 Illustrator: Axel Scheffler 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 Illustrator: Axel Scheffler 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 Illustrator: Clare Melinsky 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 Illustrator: Axel Scheffler 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

Cat's Cookbook A new Tales from Acorn Wood story

Cat's Cookbook A new Tales from Acorn Wood story

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Board book Release Date: 29/04/2021

Lift the flaps and join in the fun with Cat's Cookbook, a new story in the Tales from Acorn Wood preschool series by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, creators of The Gruffalo. Cat wants to learn to cook. Will she find a book to help her in Acorn Library? Lift the flaps to find out, and then join Cat and all her friends for a special surprise! With sturdy flaps on every spread and rhyming stories that are a joy to read aloud, Cat's Cookbook joins the first four stories in the Tales from Acorn Wood series - Fox's Socks, Postman Bear, Rabbit's Nap and Hide-and-Seek Pig - which have been delighting parents and children for over twenty years.

What the Ladybird Heard

What the Ladybird Heard

Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Lydia Monks Format: Board book Release Date: 23/04/2021

The ladybird said never a word. But the ladybird saw, And the ladybird heard . . . Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len are two crafty robbers with a cunning plan to steal the farmer's fine prize cow. But little do they know that the tiniest, quietest creature of all has overhead their plot, and she has a plan of her own . . . What the Ladybird Heard is a fantastically funny story from the stellar picture book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks. With brilliant rhyming verse and bright distinctive illustrations, this much-loved modern classic is perfect for reading aloud. Enjoy all the stories from Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks: Sharing a Shell, The Princess and the Wizard, The Rhyming Rabbit, The Singing Mermaid, Sugarlump and the Unicorn, Princess Mirror-Belle and the Dragon Pox, What the Ladybird Heard, What the Ladybird Heard Next, What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday and The Girl, the Bear and the Magic Shoes.

Room on the Broom

Room on the Broom

Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Axel Scheffler Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/03/2021

How the cat purred and how the witch grinned, As they sat on their broomstick and flew through the wind. A very funny story of quick wits and friendship, Room on the Broom is another smash hit from the unparalleled picture book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, creators of The Gruffalo. The witch and her cat fly happily over forests, rivers and mountains on their broomstick until a stormy wind blows away the witch's hat, bow and wand. Luckily, they are retrieved by a dog, a bird and a frog, who are all keen for a ride on the broom. It's a case of the more, the merrier, but the broomstick isn't used to such a heavy load and it's not long before . . . SNAP! It breaks in two! And with a greedy dragon looking for a snack, the witch's animal pals better think fast! Children will be captivated by Julia Donaldson's irresistible verse and Axel Scheffler's spectacular illustrations.

Who's on the Farm? A What the Ladybird Heard Book

Who's on the Farm? A What the Ladybird Heard Book

Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Lydia Monks Format: Board book Release Date: 17/03/2021

Who can you find down on the farm? Based on Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks' bestselling picture books, What the Ladybird Heard and What the Ladybird Heard Next, children will love lifting the large flaps in this bright and cheery board book to find all their favourite characters. Lanky Len and Hefty Hugh have fallen into a heap of muck (yuk!) and the hairy hog is behind a haystack, but who could that be hiding behind a leaf? Might it be a certain ladybird . . . Full of farmyard fun and with a gorgeously glittery cover, Who's on the Farm? is sure to delight.

The Gruffalo Latin Edition

The Gruffalo Latin Edition

Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Axel Scheffler Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/03/2021

An ancient twist on the award-winning story of The Gruffalo, in which a clever little mouse outwits the creatures of the deep dark wood, is the perfect picture book, loved by children and adults the world over. This Latin edition of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's beloved tale is set in forty-six elegiac couplets, the translation drawing on the language and style of the classical poets to brilliantly capture the rhythm and mischievous spirit of the original story.

What the Ladybird Heard Next

What the Ladybird Heard Next

Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Lydia Monks Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/03/2021

Join everyone's favourite ladybird in this fantastically funny farmyard caper from the stellar picture book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks, creators of What the Ladybird Heard. Those crafty robbers Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len are out of jail, and they're heading back to the farm with another cunning plan to cause trouble. They've been stealing eggs from the fat red hen, but now they're setting their sights higher and are planning to steal the fat red hen herself! Fortunately the quiet, clever ladybird is on their trail, and she and her farm animal friends have a plan of their own. With slapstick action, animal noises and a mysterious Snuggly Snerd bird, What the Ladybird Heard Next is a story you'll be reading over and over again. Enjoy more adventures with the clever little ladybird in What the Ladybird Heard, What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday and What the Ladybird Heard at the Seaside.

Oxford Reading Tree Songbirds Phonics: Level 5: Sue Kangaroo

Oxford Reading Tree Songbirds Phonics: Level 5: Sue Kangaroo

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/03/2021

It is Sue Kangaroo's first day at school in Sue Kangaroo. Level 5 Songbirds Phonics books focus on different spelling patterns for the long vowel sounds oo as in moon, oo as in good, ow as in down, oi as in coin and soft c as in dice. The focus phonics in this book are oo as in moon. Oxford Reading Tree Songbirds Phonics are highly decodable, beautifully illustrated stories written by best-selling author Julia Donaldson. The series contains a variety of storylines, rhyme, rhythm and genre ensuring there is something for every child to enjoy. The rich, patterned language in the stories is decodable making them perfect for children to practise their phonics. Songbirds Phonics can be used as a complete phonics programme, or the individual books can be used for phonics practice alongside any other phonics programme. Each book contains inside cover notes to support parents/carers with their children's phonics practice and comprehension.

What the Ladybird Heard

What the Ladybird Heard

Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Lydia Monks Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 04/03/2021

With a cast of everyone's favourite farm animals, What the Ladybird Heard is a brilliant rhyming adventure from the stellar picture-book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks - includes an audio CD of the story read by Alexander Armstrong. Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len are two crafty robbers with a cunning plan to steal the farmer's fine prize cow. But little do they know that the tiniest, quietest creature of all has overhead their plot, and she has a plan of her own . . . With brilliant rhyming verse from Julia Donaldson, author of The Gruffalo, and bright, distinctive illustrations from award-winning illustrator, Lydia Monks, this much-loved modern classic is perfect for reading aloud. This paperback and CD edition includes an audio CD of the story for lots of readalong fun. Enjoy more adventures with the clever little ladybird in What the Ladybird Heard Next, What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday and What the Ladybird Heard at the Seaside.

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