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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Our Bestselling Julia Donaldson Books

The Baddies
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Badger's Band
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The Smeds and the Smoos
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The Gruffalo
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The Gruffalo
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The Highway Rat
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The Snail and the Whale
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Stick Man
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Zog and the Flying Doctors
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The Gruffalo's Child
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Room on the Broom
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Mole's Spectacles
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Room on the Broom
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What the Ladybird Heard at Christmas
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Superworm Gift Edition Board Book
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Squirrel's Snowman
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Fox's Socks
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From picture book phenomenon Julia Donaldson and award-winning illustrator Catherine Rayner comes the adorable rhyming tale of Bert the bowerbird and his attempts to impress the bird of his dreams.

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STICKMAN 13" PLUSH
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GRUFFALO 7" PLUSH
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THE SNAIL AND THE WHALE PLUSH
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The Gruffalo Mini Memory
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ZOG PLUSH
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ROTB DRAGON 6" PLUSH
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The Gruffalo Card Game
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GRUFFALO KEYCLIP
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Gruffalo Dobble
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Zog My First Floor Puzzle
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ROTB WITCH 6" PLUSH
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The Gruffalo Deep Dark Wood Game
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Gruffalo Dominoes
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The Gruffalo My First Floor Puzzle
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GRUFFALO 7" FOX PLUSH
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GRUFFALO'S CHILD 7" PLUSH
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LARGE GRUFFALO
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The Smeds and the Smoos

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More adorable lift-the-flap fun from Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler as Badger and friends prepare a very special concert in Acorn Wood.

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Tales from Acorn Wood

Badger's Band
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Mole's Spectacles
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Postman Bear
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Hide-and-Seek Pig
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Cat's Cookbook
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Rabbit's Nap
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Tales from Acorn Wood Book and Card Game
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Tales From Acorn Wood Little Library
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Tales from Acorn Wood: Opposites
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Tales From Acorn Wood Treasury
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Julia Donaldson's Picture Books

The Baddies
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The Smeds and the Smoos
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The Gruffalo
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The Highway Rat
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The Snail and the Whale
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Stick Man
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Zog and the Flying Doctors
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Zog
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Superworm
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The Gruffalo's Child
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Room on the Broom
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Tiddler
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What the Ladybird Heard at Christmas
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The Scarecrows' Wedding
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Monkey Puzzle
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The Ugly Five
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A Squash and a Squeeze
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The Gruffalo

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The Gruffalo
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The Gruffalo
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The Gruffalo: A Read and Play Story
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The Gruffalo's Child
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The Gruffalo and the Gruffalo's Child Gift Slipcase
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The Gruffalo Play
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My First Gruffalo: Gruffalo Growl
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The Gruffalo
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The Gruffalo's Child
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Superworm

Superworm
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SUPERWORM
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Let's Find Superworm
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Superworm Sticker Activity Book
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Superworm Early Reader
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The Stick Man

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Stick Man Tenth Anniversary Edition
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STICKMAN 13" PLUSH
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Stick Man
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Stick Man Early Reader
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Zog

The keenest (and clumsiest) dragon in school, Zog is on a mission to get a gold star in this inspirational story of perseverance and following your dreams.

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Zog Gift Edition Board Book
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Roar with Zog
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Zog My First Floor Puzzle
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ZOG Early Reader
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Room on the Broom

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Who's on the Broom?
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The Snail and the Whale

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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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What The Ladybird Heard

What the Ladybird Heard
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Who's at the Seaside?
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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 on Holiday
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What the Ladybird Heard at the Seaside
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What the Ladybird Heard
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What the Ladybird Heard at Christmas
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Princess Mirror-Belle

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A Pocketful of Songs
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Rock-a-Bye Rumpus
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The Gruffalo's Child
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The Snail and the Whale
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The Smeds and the Smoos: Book and CD
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The Gruffalo
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Room on the Broom
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Tiddler book and CD
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The Gruffalo
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Sugarlump and the Unicorn
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Tabby McTat
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Room on the Broom
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Monkey Puzzle
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The Smartest Giant in Town
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The Highway Rat
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Charlie Cook's Favourite Book
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The Gruffalo's Child
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A Treasury of Songs
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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'.