Julia Donaldson

Former Waterstones Children's Laureate...

Julia Donaldson

Biography

Date of birth: 16 September 1948

Children's author Julia Donaldson is one of the country's best-loved writers of picture books and rhyming stories for kids. Her list of published books features some of the bestselling stories for young children of the past decade, including The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom and Stick Man.

On 7th June 2011 Donaldson was named as the Waterstones Children's Laureate, succeeding Anthony Browne. The Laureate role is awarded once every two years to an eminent writer or illustrator of children's books to celebrate outstanding achievement in their field. Donaldson's focus was on encouraging children's performances, poetry and activities with the aim of promoting reading and the love of books - a task shared passionately with Waterstones children's booksellers across the country.

2014 marked the 15th anniversary of the publication of The Gruffalo--to celebrate, a new 15th anniversary edition of The Gruffalo was published.

Book and writing awards

Waterstones Children's Laureate 2011-2013, Nestle Smarties Book Prize (Gold Award) 1999 (The Gruffalo), Blue Peter Best Book to Read Aloud 2003 (Room on the Broom), Book Trust Early Years Award (The Snail and the Whale), British Book Awards 2005 (The Gruffalo's Child) and Galaxy Book Awards 2010 (Zog).

ePub eBooks

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Read more on the Waterstones blog

The Waterstones blog has book news, fun book quizzes, competitions and more. Find blog posts about Julia Donaldson below.

A poem about names - Julia Donaldson - 4th October 2013

Book Clinic: Books to encourage sharing - 21st July 2013

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Princess Mirror-Belle and the Dragon Pox

Princess Mirror-Belle and the Dragon Pox

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Ellen gets a big shock when her double appears out of the bathroom mirror, but Mirror-Belle is a double with a difference! She is a princess, and a mischievous one at that. She is sure that Ellen's chicken pox is actually dragon pox - and...
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Books by Julia Donaldson

The Further Adventures of the Owl and the Pussy-cat

The Further Adventures of the Owl and the Pussy-cat (Paperback)

by Julia Donaldson, et al.

Format: Paperback 32 pages
Published: 02/10/2014
Publisher: Puffin Books

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This is a paperback and CD edition of The Further Adventures of the Owl and the Pussy-cat by Julia Donaldson and Charlotte Voake The Owl and the... Read more

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The Scarecrows' Wedding

The Scarecrows' Wedding (Hardback)

by Julia Donaldson, et al.

Format: Hardback 32 pages
Published: 17/07/2014
Publisher: Alison Green Books

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THE SCARECROWS' WEDDING is the eagerly awaited new picture book from the creators of THE GRUFFALO and STICK MAN. Written in Julia... Read more

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Freddie and the Fairy

Freddie and the Fairy (Paperback)

by Julia Donaldson, et al.

Format: Paperback 32 pages
Published: 23/09/2010
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

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Freddie found a fairy, tangled in a tree... Freddie is desperate for a pet, so when he rescues Bessie-Belle and she offers to grant his wishes he... Read more

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The Highway Rat

The Highway Rat (Paperback)

by Julia Donaldson, et al.

Format: Paperback 32 pages
Published: 06/09/2012
Publisher: Alison Green Books

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'Give me your buns and your biscuits! Give me your chocolate eclairs! For I am the Rat of the highway, and the Rat Thief never shares!' Life... Read more

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Animal Music

Animal Music (Paperback)

by Julia Donaldson, et al.

Format: Paperback 24 pages
Published: 27/03/2014
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

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There's harmony in the air when the animals get together to make music and put on a concert with a difference! Koala's playing his flute,... Read more

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Goat Goes to Playgroup

Goat Goes to Playgroup (Paperback)

by Julia Donaldson, et al.

Format: Paperback 24 pages
Published: 28/02/2013
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

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There's a commotion in the classroom as Goat and the other animals spend the day at playgroup. The musical instruments and the dressing up box... Read more

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Tabby McTat

Tabby McTat (Paperback)

by Julia Donaldson, et al.

Format: Paperback 32 pages
Published: 06/09/2010
Publisher: Alison Green Books

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Tabby McTat is purr-fectly happy, singing along all day with Fred the busker. But when Fred gives chase to a thief, the two are sparated. Will they... Read more

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What The Ladybird Heard

What The Ladybird Heard (Paperback)

by Julia Donaldson, et al.

Format: Paperback 32 pages
Published: 05/03/2010
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

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'Oink!' said the cats ...With all the MOOing and HISSing and BAAAing and CLUCKing, the farmyard is full of noise. But when Hefty Hugh and... Read more

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Cave Baby

Cave Baby (Paperback)

by Julia Donaldson, et al.

Format: Paperback 32 pages
Published: 06/05/2011
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

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A hairy mammoth takes a cheeky little baby on a thrilling ride through a moonlit landscape populated by a sabre-toothed tiger, a leaping hare, a... Read more

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Zog

Zog (Paperback)

by Julia Donaldson, et al.

Format: Paperback 32 pages
Published: 01/09/2011
Publisher: Alison Green Books

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Zog is the keenest dragon in school. He's also the most accident-prone. Luckily, a mysterious little girl always comes by and patches up his... Read more

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The Troll

The Troll (Paperback)

by Julia Donaldson, et al.

Format: Paperback 32 pages
Published: 02/07/2010
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

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The Troll longs for a juicy goat to eat -- but he's stuck with boring old fish for supper. Bother! Meanwhile, Hank Chief and his pirate crew... Read more

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Stick Man

Stick Man (Paperback)

by Julia Donaldson, et al.

Format: Paperback 32 pages
Published: 07/09/2009
Publisher: Alison Green Books

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'Stick Man lives in the family tree With his Stick Lady Love and their stick children three'. But it's dangerous being a Stick Man. A... Read more

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The Snail and the Whale

The Snail and the Whale (Paperback)

by Axel Scheffler, et al.

Format: Paperback 32 pages
Published: 03/09/2004
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

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One tiny snail longs to see the world and hitches a lift on the tail of a whale. Together they go on an amazing journey, past icebergs and... Read more

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The Gruffalo's Child (Paperback)

by Julia Donaldson, et al.

Format: Paperback 32 pages
Published: 02/09/2005
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

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One dark night the Gruffalo's child disobeys her father's warnings and ventures out into the snow. After all, the Big Bad Mouse doesn't... Read more

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Tiddler

Tiddler (Paperback)

by Julia Donaldson, et al.

Format: Paperback 32 pages
Published: 01/09/2008
Publisher: Alison Green Books

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The smallest fish can tell the tallest tales..."Sorry I'm late, Miss. I set off really early but on the way to school I was captured by a... Read more

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The Gruffalo Activity Book

The Gruffalo Activity Book (Paperback)

by Julia Donaldson, et al.

Format: Paperback 16 pages
Published: 01/06/2007
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

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A fantastic activity book packed with exciting puzzles, games and colouring-in featuring all the characters from the much-loved picture book... Read more

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Room on the Broom

Room on the Broom (Paperback)

by Julia Donaldson, et al.

Format: Paperback 32 pages
Published: 20/09/2002
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

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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... Read more

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The Smartest Giant in Town

The Smartest Giant in Town (Paperback)

by Julia Donaldson, et al.

Format: Paperback 32 pages
Published: 05/09/2003
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

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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... Read more

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Superworm

Superworm (Paperback)

by Julia Donaldson, et al.

Format: Paperback 32 pages
Published: 05/09/2013
Publisher: Alison Green Books

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The wiggly, squiggly superhero is now available in paperback. Never fear, Superworm's here! He can fish Spider out of a well, and rescue Toad... Read more

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The Gruffalo: 15th Anniversary Edition

The Gruffalo: 15th Anniversary Edition (Paperback)

by Julia Donaldson, et al.

Format: Paperback 32 pages
Published: 02/01/2014
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

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A new, limited edition of The Gruffalo, the nation's favourite picture book. Fifteen years after it was first published, the award-winning... Read more

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Princess Mirror-Belle and the Dragon Pox

Princess Mirror-Belle and the Dragon Pox (Hardback)

by Julia Donaldson, et al.

Format: Hardback 32 pages
Published: 11/09/2014
Publisher: Macmillan

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Ellen gets a big shock when her double appears out of the bathroom mirror, but Mirror-Belle is a double with a difference! She is a princess, and a... Read more

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