Julia Donaldson

It’s impossible to imagine a time before every child’s bookcase contained a sticky-finger-marked, lovingly well-read copy of The Gruffalo, so great has been the impact of former Children’s Laureate, author, poet and song-writer Julia Donaldson. Her extraordinary imagination has produced classics such as Stick Man and Room on the Broom amongst many others, making her undoubtedly the most popular author for very young children writing today.

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Julia Donaldson's Picture Books

The Ugly Five
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The Everywhere Bear
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What the Ladybird Heard
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Tabby McTat
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A Squash and a Squeeze
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What the Ladybird Heard Next
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Zog and the Flying Doctors
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Room on the Broom
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Zog
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Zog
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The Gruffalo
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The Gruffalo's Child
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Monkey Puzzle
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Stick Man
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The Paper Dolls
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The Snail and the Whale
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Night Monkey, Day Monkey
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The Smartest Giant in Town
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Sharing a Shell
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The Gruffalo

The Gruffalo
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The Gruffalo Book and CD Pack
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The Gruffalo
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The Gruffalo Sound Book
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Large Gruffalo
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Gruffalo Plush Toy 7"
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The Gruffalo's Child
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The Gruffalo's Child
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The Gruffalo's Child
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Gruffalo's Child 5" Sitting Plush Toy
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The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo's Child Gift Slipcase
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The Gruffalo
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My First Gruffalo Gift Set
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The Highway Rat

Meet the meanest, keenest highwayman in town, the dastardly Highway Rat, can anyone stand in his way?

The Highway Rat
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The Highway Rat
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The Highway Rat
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The Highway Rat
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The Highway Rat
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The Highway Rat Gift Edition
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Highway Rat Plush
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Highway Rat Card Game
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Highway Rat Floor Puzzle
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Highway Rat 4 In 1 Puzzle
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The Highway Rat Activity Book
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The Highway Rat Early Reader
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The Highway Rat
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The Highway Rat Sticker Book
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Zog

Zog
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Zog and the Flying Doctors
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Zog
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Roar with Zog
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Zog Christmas
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Zog Christmas
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The Zog Activity Book
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Zog Gift Edition Board Book
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Zog Sticker Activity Book
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The Zog Sticker Book
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Zog and the Flying Doctors
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What The Ladybird Heard

What the Ladybird Heard
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What the Ladybird Heard Next
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What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday
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What the Ladybird Heard Book and CD Pack
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What the Ladybird Heard Next
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What the Ladybird Heard Next
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What the Ladybird Heard
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What the Ladybird Heard and Other Stories CD
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What the Ladybird Heard
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Let's Read! What the Ladybird Heard
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What the Ladybird Heard Next
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The Stick Man

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Stick Man
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Stick Man
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Stick Man Gift Edition
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Stick Man
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Stick Man Anniversary Cased Board Book
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Stick Man's First Words
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The Stick Man Activity Book
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Stick Man Sticker Activity Book
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Stick Man Sticker Book
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Stick Man Sound Book
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Stick Man Early Reader
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Stick Man
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The Snail and the Whale

The Snail and the Whale
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The Snail and the Whale
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The Snail and the Whale
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Let's Read: The Snail and the Whale
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Room on the Broom

Room on the Broom
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Room on the Broom
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Room on the Broom
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The Room on the Broom Cookbook
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Room on the Broom in Scots
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Large Room On The Broom Witch
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Room on the Broom Activity Book
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Room on the Broom Sound Book
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Room on the Broom BIG Activity Book
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Room on the Broom Jigsaw Book
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Room on the Broom Sticker Book
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Room On The Broom 4 In 1 Puzzle
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Room On The Broom Floor Puzzle
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Room on the Broom
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Picture Books With CDs

A Treasury of Songs
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The Everywhere Bear
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The Highway Rat
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The Paper Dolls
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The Princess and the Wizard Book and CD Pack
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Tabby McTat
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Monkey Puzzle
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The Singing Mermaid
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The Scarecrows' Wedding
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Sharing a Shell Book and CD Pack
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Superworm
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The Smartest Giant in Town
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Tiddler
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Charlie Cook's Favourite Book
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Sugarlump and the Unicorn
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The Troll
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Tyrannosaurus Drip Book and CD Pack
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What the Jackdaw Saw
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Toys and Games

Highway Rat Plush
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Highway Rat Card Game
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Highway Rat 4 In 1 Puzzle
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Highway Rat Floor Puzzle
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Stickman 13" Plush
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Stickman Floor Puzzle
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Stickman 4 In 1 Puzzle
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Gruffalo Plush Toy 7"
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Large Gruffalo
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Gruffalo Mouse Plush Toy 5"
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Gruffalo's Child 5" Sitting Plush Toy
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Gruffalo 7" Snake Plush
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Gruffalo 7" Fox Plush
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Gruffalo 7" Owl Plush
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Gruffalo 7" Squirrel Plush
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Gruffalo's Child Skittles 9" Plush
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The Gruffalo Mini Memory
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The Gruffalo 4 In A Box
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Biography

It takes a very special sort of creative talent to come up with books as widely-appealing memorable and enduring as Julia Donaldson’s. The melodic quality of her verse (that adults and children alike know by heart) might stem from her early work as a song-writer, having spent many years writing songs for children’s programmes such as Playdays where she says she ‘became an expert at writing to order on such subjects as guinea pigs, window-cleaning and horrible smells.’

It was whilst working for the BBC that she decided to develop one of her stories, A Squash and a Squeeze, into a book, beginning her career-long collaborative partnership with German illustrator Axel Scheffler.


I’m Going to Have Tea With…

An instant bestseller, hailed as ‘a modern classic’ by The Observer upon publication, the story of The Gruffalo originated from Donaldson’s encounter with an old Chinese fairy tale which gave her the idea for an imaginary terrifying monster, dreamed up to scare but turning out to be real.

The book and its sequel The Gruffalo's Child, have gone on to become some of the most read children’s books in the world, translated into more than 40 languages, spawning television adaptations, outdoor adventure courses, toys and games.


Snails, Whales, Witches and a Wedding

Since writing The Gruffalo, Donaldson simply hasn’t stopped, publishing one bestseller after another in quick succession. Her most popular books, many of them introducing children to ideas through animal stories, have been working with Scheffler with whom she has created (amongst others) Monkey Puzzle, Stick Man (inspired by The Gruffalo’s Child’s toy) and The Scarecrow's Wedding as well as the ever-popular Room on the Broom.

Alongside her work with Scheffler, Donaldson has collaborated with other popular illustrators on projects including Sharing a Shell and What the Ladybird Heard with Lydia Monks and Tyrannosaurus Drip with David Roberts.

Donaldson doesn’t just write for very young children, her projects for older readers have often been inspired by her own children, including the popular Princess Mirror-Belle series (based on her son’s imaginary friend who lived behind the wardrobe door) and her first book for teenagers Running on the Cracks.


Laureateship and Beyond

Awarded the position of Children’s Laureate in 2011 Donaldson has been a tireless promoter of children’s literacy and public libraries and has taken The Gruffalo and other stories on tour but it is for her picture books she will be remembered, she says ‘the best thing about picture books is that they can be anything you like… they can be a joke, or help you come to terms with the death of a grandparent… there's no blueprint'.