Julia Donaldson

'A mouse took a stroll through the deep dark wood. A fox saw the mouse, and the mouse looked good.'

16/09/1948 -

Julia Donaldson biography and information

  • 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 GruffaloRoom on the Broom and Stick Man.

  • On 7th June 2011 Donaldson was named as the Waterstones Children's Laureate, succeeding Anthony Browne. 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 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).

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Posted on 18th Dec, 2013