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Julia Donaldson

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    Julia Donaldson Biography

    Exciting news for Julia Donaldson, as she has just been made a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the New Year's Honours List 2018. This is after being made an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in 2011. 

    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
    27th December 2018

    The Gruffalo 20th Anniversary Edition

    This special 20th anniversary edition of The Gruffalo is a must-have addition to the bookshelves of all Julia Dona... More

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    1st September 2002

    Room on the Broom

    The witch and her cat fly happily over forests, rivers and mountains on their broomstick until a stormy wind blows away ... More

    (193 reviews)
    5th September 2003

    The Smartest Giant in Town

    George wished he wasn't the scruffiest giant in town. So when he sees a new shop selling giant-sized clothes, he decid... More

    (136 reviews)
    21st April 2016

    The Gruffalo's Child

    The Gruffalo said that no gruffalo should Ever set foot in the deep dark wood. But one wild and windy nigh... More

    (85 reviews)
    4th June 2004

    Squash and a Squeeze

    'Wise old man, won't you help me, please? My house is a squash and squeeze'. What can you do if your house is too small?... More

    (70 reviews)
    21st April 2016

    The Snail and the Whale

    "How I long to sail!" said the tiny snail. The Snail and the Whale is a delightful tale of adventure and ... More

    (64 reviews)
    1st January 2015

    Fox's Socks

    Join Fox and Mouse for lots of lift-the-flap fun in Acorn Wood with this bestselling story from the Tales from Acorn... More

    (58 reviews)
    12th September 2013

    The Paper Dolls

    Read aloud by broadcaster Lauren Laverne, The Paper Dolls book and CD is a stunning, rhythmical story of childho... More

    (52 reviews)
    6th September 2012


    Superworm is super-long. Superworm is super-strong. Watch him wiggle! See him squirm! There's no other... More

    (51 reviews)
    6th September 2010


    Zog is the keenest dragon in school. He's also the most accident-prone. Luckily, a mysterious little girl always c... More

    (50 reviews)
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