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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 Stick Man Family Tree Recipe Book (HB)

The Stick Man Family Tree Recipe Book (HB)

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/05/2020

Twenty-five recipes for the whole family to make and enjoy together, based on the best-selling picture book STICK MAN by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Learn how to make edible Christmas Tree Presents, Lettuce Sailing Boats, Sandcastle Cakes and much more! The recipes are specially designed for adults to use with children with step-by-step instructions and helpful hints - the perfect way to keep a child engaged and excited by cooking and baking.

The Girl, the Bear and the Magic Shoes

The Girl, the Bear and the Magic Shoes

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Board book Release Date: 02/04/2020

A magical adventure about a girl, a bear and some very special shoes from the bestselling creators of What the Ladybird Heard and Sugarlump and the Unicorn. When Josephine leaves the shoe shop after buying some new running shoes, she hears an unusual sound - Click-click! Click-click! A bear with a backpack is following her! Luckily for Josephine, her new shoes are anything but ordinary - these are magic shoes. But can they help her escape the bear when there's a mountain, a bog and even a lake in her way? The Girl, the Bear and the Magic Shoes is an exciting adventure from the stellar picture-book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks, creators of What the Ladybird Heard. Full of action and imagination, and with a delightfully unexpected ending, this gorgeously glittery book is one to enjoy over and over again. Enjoy more stories from Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks: The Princess and the Wizard, The Singing Mermaid, Sugarlump and the Unicorn, What the Ladybird Heard, What the Ladybird Heard Next and What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday.

The Superworm Sticker Book

The Superworm Sticker Book

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/04/2020

Discover SUPERWORM with this fantastic new activity book based on the bestselling book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Packed with over 350 stickers, colouring-in pages, dot-to-dots, puzzles, spot the difference, mazes, simple word searches, there's plenty to keep little hands busy for hours.

What the Ladybird Heard at the Seaside

What the Ladybird Heard at the Seaside

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/04/2020

With a cast of wonderful sea creatures, including a magical mermaid, and plenty of seaside fun, What the Ladybird Heard at the Seaside is a brilliant rhyming adventure from the stellar picture book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks, featuring glitter on every page. The clever little ladybird is off on a trip to the seaside, but those two bad men, Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len, are also back and they're up to their wicked ways again. This time they're planning to steal the mermaid's long, luscious hair and sell it to a famous star . . . luckily, the crime-busting ladybird has another cunning plan to stop the thieves! Enjoy other stories from Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks: The Singing Mermaid, Sugarlump and the Unicorn, The Girl, the Bear and the Magic Shoes, What the Ladybird Heard, What the Ladybird Heard Next and What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday.

The What the Ladybird Heard Sticker Book

The What the Ladybird Heard Sticker Book

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/04/2020

Packed with sticker scenes, puzzles, games and over 400 stickers, What the Ladybird Heard Sticker Book is perfect for birthdays, rainy days and school holidays - a great gift for any child. Join two crafty robbers, one crime-busting ladybird and a farmyard full of noisy animals in this fun sticker activity book, based on the bestselling picture book, What the Ladybird Heard by stellar picture-book partnership Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks, creators of Sugarlump and the Unicorn and The Singing Mermaid.

Tabby McTat

Tabby McTat

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/04/2020

Tabby McTat was a busker's cat With a miaow that was loud and strong. The two of them sang of this and that, And people threw coins in the old checked hat... Fred, the busker, and his cat, Tabby McTat, are purr-fectly happy, singing together all day long. But when Fred gives chase to a thief, the two are separated. Will they ever find each other again? A heart-warming story of friendship, loyalty - and kittens!

The Smartest Giant in Town

The Smartest Giant in Town

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/03/2020

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! All children will love The Smartest Giant in Town, a funny and warm-hearted tale from the creators of The Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

Animalphabet

Animalphabet

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/03/2020

A hugely entertaining animal ABC guessing game with peep-through pages and amazing fold-out flaps, by the bestselling Julia Donaldson, author of The Gruffalo, and award-winning illustrator Sharon King-Chai. Scroll right down for a video showing the book in action! With eye-catching artwork and an exotic array of animals to marvel over, this is a gorgeous book to treasure and read over and over again - can you guess who has more legs than a butterfly? And who is wrinklier than a hedgehog? Each page draws you further into a beautifully vibrant world of huge elephants, slithery snakes and growling tigers, inviting you to compare one animal to another and learn comparison words and adjectives from the natural world. Sharon King-Chai's brightly colourful art and the cleverly designed shaped pages make Animalphabet a rich delight, while Julia Donaldson's rhythmic words are a pleasure to read aloud. Shortlisted for the D&AD Awards 2019 and the winner of the Chen Bochui International Children's Literature Award.

The Ugly Five Early Reader

The Ugly Five Early Reader

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/03/2020

From the bestselling author and illustrator duo of The Gruffalo! Who's that singing on the savannah? It's the top-five ugly animals in Africa! The wildebeest, warthog, vulture, hyena and marabou stork swagger proudly across the savannah, rejoicing in their ugliness - and delighting their babies, who think they're perfect just the waythey are. Inspired by the real-life Ugly Five safari animals, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's gorgeous picture book is a jubilant celebration of animals who are often rather unloved. The funny, heart-warming rhyme is a joy to read aloud, while bold, comical illustrations bring the savannah spectacularly to life. From the ceators of The Gruffalo, Stick Man and ZOG, which have all been made into animated films shown on BBC1 This Early Reader edition contains the complete classic story and pictures, in a pocket-book format, and with an extra-clear font and layout, to support children who are gaining confidence in reading.

Gruffalo, Where Are You? A Felt Flaps Book

Gruffalo, Where Are You? A Felt Flaps Book

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Board book Release Date: 05/03/2020

You're never too young to meet a Gruffalo! Lift the soft felt flaps on every page to meet all your favourite characters from the deep dark wood. With soft fabric flaps which are easy to lift and help develop fine motor skills, this felt flaps book is perfect for sharing with babies. Designed to appeal to even the youngest child, simple patterns and bright colours combine with Axel Scheffler's instantly recognizable artwork to keep babies entertained for hours. Perfect for tiny Gruffalo fans, Gruffalo, Where Are You? is part of a charming range of books specially created for babies featuring Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's iconic creation, the Gruffalo. Also available in the Gruffalo Baby series: Say Hello to the Gruffalo and Gruffalo, What Can You Hear?

Tales From Acorn Wood Little Library

Tales From Acorn Wood Little Library

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 20/02/2020

Join Fox, Pig, Rabbit, Bear and all their friends in the Tales From Acorn Wood Little Library, including four early learning books based on the bestselling preschool series by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, creators of the modern classic The Gruffalo. Learn all about playing together and helping each other in Friends, spot Bear's red waistcoat, Fox's blue socks and the yellow flowers in Rabbit's garden in Colours, find out who's awake and who's asleep in Opposites - and then in Counting, count from one Pig playing hide-and-seek to ten friends enjoying a sunny picnic in Acorn Wood! These four fun and sturdy board books are brought together in a miniature box that is just right for little hands - the perfect gift for toddlers.

The Snail and the Whale Make and Do Book

The Snail and the Whale Make and Do Book

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/02/2020

Packed with make and do activities and over 200 stickers, The Snail and the Whale Make and Do book is a great gift for any child - ideal for rainy days and holidays. One little snail longs to see the world and hitches a lift on the tail of an enormous whale. Together they go on an amazing journey, past icebergs and volcanoes, sharks and penguins, and through sun, snow and stormy seas. Join in their adventures with this fun craft book - make a penguin pencil pot, create a tropical erupting volcano and find out how to turn an empty shoebox into your very own underwater world! Based on the bestselling picture book, The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, creators of The Gruffalo.

Monkey Puzzle Make and Do Book

Monkey Puzzle Make and Do Book

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/02/2020

Packed with craft activities and over 200 stickers, Monkey Puzzle Make and Do book is a great gift for any child - ideal for rainy days and holidays. Where is Monkey's mummy? It's not too much fun being lost in the jungle, and little monkey wants his mum. A kindly butterfly is keen to help, but they don't seem to be having much luck and keep finding the wrong animals! Join in their adventures with this fun craft book - make your own jungle card game, create a pair of brilliant butterfly wings to wear, and find out lots of clever and creative ways to turn your handprints into your favourite jungle animals! Based on the bestselling picture book, Monkey Puzzle by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, creators of The Gruffalo.

The Go-Away Bird

The Go-Away Bird

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/02/2020

A gorgeous story about friendship and working together from a star picture-book partnership, the inimitable Julia Donaldson and award-winning Catherine Rayner. 'The Go-Away bird sat up in her nest, With her fine grey wings and her fine grey crest.' One by one, the other birds fly into her tree, wanting to talk or to play, but the Go-Away bird just shakes her head and sends them all away. But then the dangerous Get-You bird comes along, and she soon realizes that she might need some friends after all . . . The Go-Away Bird combines brilliant rhyming verse from much-loved children's author Julia Donaldson, creator of the bestselling picture books The Gruffalo and What the Ladybird Heard, with stunning illustrations from the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal-winning Catherine Rayner. A charming story about the power of friendship from a thrilling creative partnership, this beautiful book is perfect for reading together.

My First Gruffalo Little Library

My First Gruffalo Little Library

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 31/01/2020

Join all your favourite characters from the deep dark wood and learn about colours, numbers, opposites and animals in these four fun board books based on the bestselling picture book, The Gruffalo. Perfect for small paws, The Gruffalo Little Library is part of the bestselling My First Gruffalo series for toddlers, featuring Mouse, Fox, Owl, Snake and the hungry Gruffalo! With bold, bright colours and simple text, this fabulous set of four board books in a miniature slipcase is the perfect gift for young Gruffalo fans.

The Gruffalo Song and Other Songs

The Gruffalo Song and Other Songs

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 31/01/2020

Created by star pairing Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, the Gruffalo is a familiar and much-loved figure in nurseries, schools and homes everywhere. Now he returns in his very own song to offer truly monster music sessions! As well as being the UK's most successful picture book author, Julia Donaldson is a gifted songwriter for children, and this volume contains ten of her best-loved songs, sung by the author herself. These include The Gruffalo, A Squash and a Squeeze, and Monkey Puzzle, as well as fun-filled action songs and energetic cumulative songs. Each score includes piano accompaniment and guitar chords. The songs will be familiar to anyone who has enjoyed one of Julia's hugely popular live performances. Now everyone can sing along with The Gruffalo Song and Other Songs!

The Gruffalo Jigsaw Book

The Gruffalo Jigsaw Book

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Novelty book Release Date: 20/01/2020

The Gruffalo Jigsaw Book is in a special novelty board book format, including six twelve-piece jigsaw puzzles which every Gruffalo fan will enjoy! Children will have hours of fun assembling six favourite scenes from the book, while they read the original story by Julia Donaldson with Axel Scheffler's instantly recognizable illustrations. A fun activity page completes a wonderful gift, bound to hit the spot with any young child.

The Snail and the Whale

The Snail and the Whale

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/01/2020

How I long to sail! said the tiny snail. The Snail and the Whale is a delightful tale of adventure and friendship by the unparalleled partnership of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, creators of The Gruffalo. One little snail longs to see the world and hitches a lift on the tail of an enormous whale. Together they go on an amazing journey, past icebergs and volcanoes, sharks and penguins, and the little snail feels so small in the vastness of the world. But when disaster strikes and the whale is beached in a bay, it's the tiny snail's big plan that saves the day!

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 Format: Board book Release Date: 10/01/2020

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.

Rabbit's Nap 20th Anniversary Edition

Rabbit's Nap 20th Anniversary Edition

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Board book Release Date: 09/01/2020

Lift the flaps and join in the fun with this special anniversary edition of the bestselling preschool classic, Rabbit's Nap by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, creators of The Gruffalo. Rabbit is trying to get to sleep, but everyone is being so noisy. Lift the flaps and find out who is keeping Rabbit awake! Will she ever have her nap? With sturdy flaps on every spread and rhyming stories that are a joy to read aloud, the Tales from Acorn Wood series has been delighting both parents and toddlers for over twenty years. Celebrate their unending appeal with Rabbit's Nap: 20th Anniversary Edition. Discover more stories in the Tales from Acorn Wood series: Fox's Socks, Hide-and-Seek Pig and Postman Bear.

The Snail and the Whale Sticker Book

The Snail and the Whale Sticker Book

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2020

Packed with games, activities and over 400 stickers, The Snail and the Whale Sticker Book is a great gift for any child -- ideal for journeys, rainy days and holidays. One little snail longs to see the world and hitches a lift on the tail of an enormous whale. Together they go on an amazing journey, past icebergs and volcanoes, sharks and penguins, and through sun, snow and stormy seas. Follow them on their adventures in this fun sticker activity book, based on the bestselling picture book, The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, creators of The Gruffalo. The Snail and the Whale is a brilliant story of unlikely friendship and life-changing adventure, brought to life on BBC One, starring Sally Hawkins, Rob Brydon, Cariad Lloyd and Dame Diana Rigg.

Fox's Socks 20th Anniversary Edition

Fox's Socks 20th Anniversary Edition

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Board book Release Date: 09/01/2020

Lift the flaps and join in the fun with this special anniversary edition of the bestselling preschool classic, Fox's Socks by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, creators of The Gruffalo. Poor old Fox has lost his socks - can you help him find them? Are they in the kitchen or under the stairs? Are they inside the clock or hidden in a chest? Lift the flaps and find out! With sturdy flaps on every spread and rhyming stories that are a joy to read aloud, the Tales from Acorn Wood series has been delighting both parents and toddlers for over twenty years. Celebrate their unending appeal with Fox's Socks: 20th Anniversary Edition. Discover more stories in the Tales from Acorn Wood series: Rabbit's Nap, Hide-and-Seek Pig and Postman Bear.

Postman Bear 20th Anniversary Edition

Postman Bear 20th Anniversary Edition

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Board book Release Date: 09/01/2020

Lift the flaps and join in the fun with this special anniversary edition of the bestselling preschool classic, Postman Bear by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, creators of The Gruffalo. Bear is writing letters to his friends. But what could his letters be about? Lift the flaps and join Frog, Squirrel and Mole for Bear's special surprise! With sturdy flaps on every spread and rhyming stories that are a joy to read aloud, the Tales from Acorn Wood series has been delighting both parents and toddlers for over twenty years. Celebrate their unending appeal with Postman Bear: 20th Anniversary Edition. Discover more stories in the Tales from Acorn Wood series: Fox's Socks, Rabbit's Nap and Hide-and-Seek Pig.

Hide-and-Seek Pig 20th Anniversary Edition

Hide-and-Seek Pig 20th Anniversary Edition

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Board book Release Date: 09/01/2020

Lift the flaps and join in the fun with this special anniversary edition of the bestselling preschool classic, Hide-and-Seek Pig by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, creators of The Gruffalo. Pig and Hen are playing hide-and-seek. But where on earth could Hen be? Can you lift the flaps and help Pig find out where Hen is hiding? With sturdy flaps on every spread and rhyming stories that are a joy to read aloud, the Tales from Acorn Wood series has been delighting both parents and toddlers for over twenty years. Celebrate their unending appeal with Hide-and-Seek Pig: 20th Anniversary Edition. Discover more stories in the Tales from Acorn Wood series: Fox's Socks, Rabbit's Nap and Postman Bear.

Charlie Cook's Favourite Book 15th Anniversary Edition

Charlie Cook's Favourite Book 15th Anniversary Edition

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2020

Celebrate fifteen years of Charlie Cook's Favourite Book with this special anniversary edition, featuring the much-loved original story plus additional bonus content and a new foiled cover. Charlie Cook is reading a book about a pirate captain, who is reading a book about Goldilocks, who is reading about a knight, who is reading about a frog . . . From kings and queens to aliens and ghosts, there's something for everyone in Charlie's amazing book of adventure! Charlie Cook's Favourite Book 15th Anniversary Edition features the classic story by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, creators of The Gruffalo, as well extra-special additional content, including a letter from the author and never-before-seen artwork from the illustrator.

The Zog and the Flying Doctors Sticker Book (PB)

The Zog and the Flying Doctors Sticker Book (PB)

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2020

Everyone's favourite accident-prone dragon, ZOG, isback, this time with STICKERS! This fantastic new activity book is based on the bestselling book ZOG AND THE FLYING DOCTORS, by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. This book is packed with: colouring-in, stickers, dot-to-dots, puzzles, spot the difference, mazes, simple word searches, So, there's plenty to keep ZOG fans busy for hours.

Chariots and Champions A Roman Play

Chariots and Champions A Roman Play

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/11/2019

A short, illustrated play set in ancient Rome, perfect for class reading as well as performance, written by Julia Donaldson, author of the modern classic, The Gruffalo. Arthur Godbold discovers a bronze head of the Roman Emperor Claudius. As he tries to figure out how the head ended up in a Suffolk river, the dramatic story of the Roman invasion of Britain unfolds in front of his very own eyes. Emperor Claudius, British Queen Boudicca, ordinary Roman soldiers and British slave girls all appear in this exciting play, providing a variety of opportunities for KS2 classes to explore both historical and literary topics in an involving and creative setting.

Bombs and Blackberries

Bombs and Blackberries

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/11/2019

A short illustrated play set in World War Two, perfect for class reading as well as performance, written by Julia Donaldson, author of the modern classic The Gruffalo. Perfect for the 75th Anniversary of D-Day in 2019. World War Two has been declared and the Chiver's children are sent to the safety of the countryside. They are delighted to be brought back home when it looks like the Germans aren't going to invade after all. But the air-raid siren goes off and this time it's frighteningly real. This dramatic and touching play brings Manchester during the Second World War and its people to life, and provides a variety of opportunities for school classes to explore both historical and literacy topics in an involving and creative setting. Also includes helpful tips on staging and costume. 'This touching play brings to life the Second World War in a very accessible way for junior children' - Books for Keeps

Zog and the Flying Doctors Early Reader

Zog and the Flying Doctors Early Reader

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/11/2019

Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler are at their sparkling best in this fabulously original sequel to the bestselling ZOG. Meet the Flying Doctors: Princess Pearl, Sir Gadabout and, of course, their trusty 'air ambulance', Zog the dragon, as they fly around the country, tending to a sunburnt mermaid, a distressed unicorn, and even a sneezy lion. This Early Reader edition contains the complete classic story and pictures, in a pocket-book format, and with an extra-clear font and layout, to support children who are gaining confidence in reading.

The Ugly Five (Gift Edition BB)

The Ugly Five (Gift Edition BB)

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Board book Release Date: 03/10/2019

Who's that singing on the savannah? It's the top-five ugly animals in Africa! The wildebeest, warthog, vulture, hyena and marabou stork swagger proudly across the savannah, rejoicing in their ugliness - and delighting their babies, who think they're perfect just the way they are. Inspired by the real-life Ugly Five safari animals, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's gorgeous picture book is a jubilant celebration of animals who are often rather unloved. The funny, heart-warming rhyme is a joy to read aloud, while bold, comical illustrations bring the savannah spectacularly to life.

The Snail and the Whale Festive Edition

The Snail and the Whale Festive Edition

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/10/2019

The Snail and the Whale is a delightful tale of adventure and friendship from the bestselling Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, creators of The Gruffalo. This special festive edition features the classic story with a gorgeous wintry cover design - perfect for sharing together with the whole family. This is the tale of a tiny snail And a great big grey-blue humpback whale . . . When one little snail longs to see the big wide world, she hitches a lift on the tail of an enormous whale. Together, they set sail on an amazing journey, past icebergs and volcanoes, sharks and penguins, and the little snail feels so small in the vastness of the world. But when disaster strikes and the whale is beached in a bay, it's up to the tiny snail to save the day. Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's brilliant story of unlikely friendship and life-changing adventure has been brought to life on BBC One in an animation starring Sally Hawkins, Rob Brydon, Cariad Lloyd and Dame Diana Rigg. With a gorgeous wintry cover design, The Snail and the Whale Festive Edition is perfect for reading together.

The Snail and the Whale Festive Edition

The Snail and the Whale Festive Edition

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Board book Release Date: 03/10/2019

The Snail and the Whale is a delightful tale of adventure and friendship from the bestselling Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, creators of The Gruffalo. This special festive edition features the classic story with a gorgeous wintry cover design - perfect for sharing together with the whole family. This is the tale of a tiny snail And a great big grey-blue humpback whale . . . When one little snail longs to see the big wide world, she hitches a lift on the tail of an enormous whale. Together, they set sail on an amazing journey, past icebergs and volcanoes, sharks and penguins, and the little snail feels so small in the vastness of the world. But when disaster strikes and the whale is beached in a bay, it's up to the tiny snail to save the day. Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's brilliant story of unlikely friendship and life-changing adventure has been brought to life on BBC One in an animation starring Sally Hawkins, Rob Brydon, Cariad Lloyd and Dame Diana Rigg. With a gorgeous wintry cover design, The Snail and the Whale Festive Edition is perfect for reading together.

The Gruffalo's Child 15th Anniversary Edition

The Gruffalo's Child 15th Anniversary Edition

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/09/2019

This special 15th anniversary edition of the bestselling modern classic The Gruffalo's Child is a must-have for all Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler fans. The Gruffalo's Child 15th Anniversary Edition features a wrap-around snowy wood play scene and press-out characters for an interactive reading experience, plus additional book content including material from author Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler, The Gruffalo's Child Song and tips for putting on a Gruffalo's Child show! The Gruffalo said that no gruffalo should Ever set foot in the deep dark wood. But one wild and windy night the Gruffalo's child disobeys her father's warnings and ventures out into the snow. After all, the Big Bad Mouse doesn't really exist . . . does he? The Gruffalo's Child is the number one bestselling, much-loved sequel to the worldwide picture book phenomenon that is The Gruffalo. Julia Donaldson's trademark rhyming text and Axel Scheffler's brilliant, characterful illustrations combine once more to ensure that the Gruffalo's Child has followed firmly in her father's footsteps and that her story is one that children will ask for again, and again . . . and again!

The Gruffalo and the Gruffalo's Child Board Book Gift Slipcase

The Gruffalo and the Gruffalo's Child Board Book Gift Slipcase

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 19/09/2019

A special gift for young Gruffalo fans, this beautiful foiled slipcase contains board book editions of the classic stories, The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo's Child - perfect for celebrating twenty years of everyone's favourite character. These two bestselling modern classics, from the unparalleled picture book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, are brought together in a beautiful slipcase edition with foil detailing, making The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo's Child Board Book Slipcase the perfect gift for Gruffalo fans, big and small! In The Gruffalo, wander into the deep dark wood, and discover what happens when a quick-witted mouse comes face to face with an owl, a snake . . . and a hungry Gruffalo! Then join the brave Gruffalo's child one wild and windy night as she ventures out into the snow on a night-time adventure in The Gruffalo's Child.

The Gruffalo and the Gruffalo's Child Gift Slipcase

The Gruffalo and the Gruffalo's Child Gift Slipcase

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 19/09/2019

A truly stunning gift to treasure, this limited edition set brings together the classic stories The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo's Child in a beautiful foiled case with exquisite cut-out detailing of the deep dark wood. The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo's Child Gift Slipcase includes the two bestselling modern classics as special hardback editions, printed on thick cream paper with new covers and gold and silver foil detailing. This ultimate gift edition of these beloved stories is a must-have for fans of the Gruffalo, big and small, and the perfect way to celebrate twenty years of everyone's favourite character from the unparalleled picture book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. In The Gruffalo, wander into the deep dark wood, and discover what happens when a quick-witted mouse comes face to face with an owl, a snake . . . and a hungry Gruffalo! Then join the brave Gruffalo's child one wild and windy night as she ventures out into the snow on a night-time adventure in The Gruffalo's Child.

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