Julia Donaldson Biography
Julia Donaldson is a highly talented author of some of the best-loved children’s books in the world. Born in London in 1948 she grew up with her younger sister Mary who she loved to create imaginary characters with.
She started her career as a singer-songwriter, writing mainly for children’s television. One of these songs, A Squash and a Squeeze
, was made into her first book in 1993 after a publisher approached her. This was the first book that she wrote in collaboration with the illustrator, Axel Scheffler
and they have since gone on to produce a large number of very successful books together. Julia has also worked with other illustrators including Lydia Monks
and Nick Sharratt
Julia has written over 150 books, including the Songbird phonics reading scheme
(a part of the Oxford Reading Tree), which is used in schools. She is well known for her younger children’s books and poems (e.g. Crazy Mayonnaisy Mum
for ages 5-7; Wriggle and Roar
for pre-school and Poems to Perform
) but she has also written a few non-rhyming books for older children. These include the Princess Mirror-Belle books
aimed at 6-9 year olds, and Running on the Cracks
, a novel for teenagers. Julia Donaldson Facts
- Julia Donaldson was Children’s Laureate from 2011 – 2013.
- She decided she wanted to be a writer when her father gave her a big book of poems for her fifth birthday.
- The Gruffalo
, one of Julia Donaldson’s bestsellers has been translated into over 43 different languages, including Scottish Gaelic.
- She was awarded an MBE in 2011. Our Favourite Julia Donaldson Book Characters
Spike and Sue in Songbirds Phonic Readers
Stick Man in Stick Man
Mouse in The Gruffalo
The Witch in Room on the Broom Our Favourite Julia Donaldson Book Quotes
- "Stick Man lives in the family tree with his Stick Lady Love and their stick children three." (Stick Man
- “But who is this creature with terrible claws, and terrible teeth in his terrible jaws? He has knobbly knees, and turned-out toes, and a poisonous wart at the end of his nose. His eyes are orange, his tongue is black, he has purple prickles all over his back. "Oh help! Oh no! It's a Gruffalo!"” (The Gruffalo
- “The witch had a cat and a very tall hat, and long ginger hair which she wore in a plait. How the cat purred and how the witch grinned, as they sat on their broomstick and flew through the wind.” (Room on the Broom