Author Julia Donaldson - books

Julia Donaldson

Julia Donaldson was Children's Laureate from 2011-2013. She was born in 1948 and grew up in London and studied Drama and French at Bristol University.

In 1993, one of her songs was made into a book, A Squash and a Squeeze. Since then she has written over a hundred books and plays for children and teenagers, including the award-winning rhyming stories The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom, The Snail and the Whale and Zog, all illustrated by Axel Scheffler, which are among "the UK's best-selling picture books".



Julia Donaldson Books

    Julia Donaldson Picture Book Collection - 10 Books - Collection - 9781509801251 - Julia Donaldson
    JDZB 3 years +
    3 years +
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    The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo's Child, Room on the Broom... When it comes to books for toddlers, Julia Donaldson can't be beaten and you'll find all these and more in this brilliant 10-book collection.

    Sure to quickly become bedtime favourites, our collection also includes Julia Donaldson stories that may not be as well known but are just as delightful. With flowing, rhyming copy and illustrations from the likes of Axel Scheffler, Rebecca Cobb and Emily Gravett, we just know your toddlers will love The Snail and the Whale, The Paper Dolls and Cave Baby.

    Stories to be returned to time and time again and perfect for shared reading, you will not find these amazing picture books at a lower price. A must for any toddler!
    Julia Donaldson Audio Collection - 10 CDs - Collection - 9781447253235 - Julia Donaldson
    GFCD 3 years +
    Julia Donaldson
    3 years +
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    The Gruffalo has become one of the most-loved children's characters of all time and this 10-CD collection brings him, and many of his equally brilliant friends from Julia Donaldson's collection of books, to life in audio format.

    Perfect for long journeys and for keeping children entertained whatever the weather, among those delivering the soothing, rhyming stories are Imelda Staunton, Alexander Armstrong and even Julia Donaldson herself!

    A Squash and a Squeeze is a charming story; while Room on the Broom is hilarious; and The Snail and the Whale is quite rightly regarded as a children's classic. There is even the Gruffalo Song and Other Songs included, a CD which contains some of Julia's very own fun-filled action songs for children aged 3 and over.
    Songbirds Phonics Collection - 36 Books - Collection - 9780198411093 - Julia Donaldson
    SONB 4 years +
    Julia Donaldson
    4 years +
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    Written by Julia Donaldson, the author of The Gruffalo, the 36 books in this Songbirds Phonics Collection are specially designed to help ease young children through the process of learning to read.

    From the Oxford Reading Tree, this collection combines playful rhythm-and-rhyme tales with vibrant and interesting illustrations sure to engage little ones.

    Great for encouraging gradual progress and for preparing children for studies in primary school or supplementing their early learning, these bite-sized tales will promote an early positive reading experience.
    RBAS 3 years +
    Julia Donaldson
    3 years +
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    Written by the picture book dream team of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, Room on the Broom is one of the most popular children's books of recent years - even inspiring a popular TV adaptation.

    The witch and her cat fly happily over forests, rivers and mountains but then a stormy win blows away the witch's hat, bow and wand. They are retrieved by a dog, a bird and a frog and each animal asks for a ride on the broom. Eventually it snaps in two, but what will they all do when they fall into a bog and come face-to-face with a hungry dragon?

    With its bright pictures, rhyming and funny text and much more, this is a must for every child's bookshelf.
    My First Gruffalo Collection - 4 Books - Collection - 9781447218500 - Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffl
    MFGB Toddlers
    Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffl
    Toddlers
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    Very young children will love joining in the fun and wriggling like a snake, scampering like a fox and growling like the Gruffalo in these bold, bright and chunky board books that are perfect for helping them develop a number of first skills.

    The four books in the My First Gruffalo Collection, written by the one and only Julia Donaldson and brilliantly illustrated by Axel Scheffler, cover topics such as numbers, animal actions, opposites and colours.

    This cute collection of mini board books also comes in a handy little bag so that they can be enjoyed anywhere.
    PSB2 Toddlers
    Julia Donaldson
    Toddlers
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    Fans of Gruffalo team Axel Scheffler and Julia Donaldson's Fox's Socks will enjoy peeking under the flaps in this interactive board book about Postman Bear.

    Sturdy and handily sized, Postman Bear has lots of surprises waiting to tickle your toddler's sense of humour. Bear has so many letters to deliver to his friends and the interactive elements lets young readers point out who will be next animal character to receive one!
    ANZ2 3 years +
    Julia Donaldson
    3 years +
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    From the award-winning author/illustrator talents of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler comes Stick Man, a wonderful rhyming romp for children 3+. There is a lovely Christmassy theme to this book, although it will be a popular year-round read as far as small children are concerned. Stick Man has some wild adventures, and narrowly escapes a "sticky" end when he's rescued by Father Christmas. If your youngster is a Gruffalo fan, they'll love this!

    This children's book has been hand-picked for you by Red House.
    PWSB 3 years +
    Julia Donaldson
    3 years +
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    Written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Lydia Monks - the dream team behind What the Ladybird Heard - this is a charming story about Princess Eliza and her fight with the wicked Wizard. The 10 interactive sound buttons add even more enjoyment to the story.

    The princess has seven chances to escape from the wizard and tries everything - she changes into a blue fish, a yellow chick, an orange fox and a black cat - and every time the wizard catches her and sets another horrible task...

    Can she outwit him and get back to the palace in time for some tasty birthday cake? Children aged 3 and over will love finding out.
    WLHN 3 years +
    Julia Donaldson
    3 years +
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    What the Ladybird Heard was a million-selling picture book from The Gruffalo author Julia Donaldson and The Singing Mermaid illustrator Lydia Monks. This sequel, What the Ladybird Heard Next, also makes for beautiful bedtime reading.

    Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len have decided to steal the fat red hen and have come up with a cunning plan, but our heroic ladybird has an even better one to stop them. There will be plenty of giggles as Hugh and Len's plans are foiled in the most hilarious ways.

    Julia's flowing and rhyming text and Lydia's bright and bold illustrations complement each other so well, while the glitter on every page gives the picture book some extra sparkle.
    FSO2 Babies
    Julia Donaldson
    Babies
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    Tales from Acorn Wood: Fox's Socks is a fun, lift-the-flap book written by former Children's Laureate Julia Donaldson.

    The story is a wild rhyming romp that your toddler will love. With stylish illustrations from Axel Scheffler, and a clueless fox who requires some help finding his socks, this book is lots of fun to read aloud.

    Bright and full of interest, Fox's Socks will appeal to little ones from 0+.
    RYR2 3 years +
    Julia Donaldson
    3 years +
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    Children's Laureate Julia Donaldson introduces a rabbit who is so busy making up poems, he fails to eat his tea, misses the warning call for a fox approaching and generally makes himself unpopular when he keeps his family awake reciting poetry. Full of humour and bouncy rhymes that are fun to read aloud, The Rhyming Rabbit is a brilliant bedtime story with glitter on every page and fabulous illustrations from Lydia Monks.

    This children's book has been hand-picked for you by Red House.
    FUM2 3 years +
    Julia Donaldson
    3 years +
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    Julia Donaldson's Jack and the Flumflum Tree is lots of fun to read aloud as well as great fun to listen to. Combining quirky illustrations by David Roberts and lots of crazy nonsense words that are sure to make your youngster chortle, Jack and the Flumflum Tree is another Julia Donaldson classic!

    This children's book has been hand-picked for you by Red House.
    AWA2 Toddlers
    Julia Donaldson
    Toddlers
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    Based on the bestselling toddler series from Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, the team behind the Gruffalo, this book can help kids learn all about colours with their favourite characters from Acorn Wood.

    Can they see Fox's blue socks? What about Bear's red waistcoat, or the yellow flowers in Rabbit's garden? This has plenty of things to spot and will help children identify colours with ease.
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    From Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, the award-winning creators of The Gruffalo, kids will love joining the fun in Acorn Wood in this little book!

    Pig and Hen are playing hide-and-seek. But where on earth could Hen be? Can you lift the flaps and help Pig find out where Hen is hiding?

    With sturdy flaps on every spread and rhyming stories that are a joy to read aloud, the Tales From Acorn Wood have been delighting both parents and toddlers for over fifteen years.
    JAD2A 5 years +
    Julia Donaldson
    5 years +
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    Fresh and funny illustrations from Hannah Shaw and a quirky tale written by The Gruffalo author, Julia Donaldson, give this Little Gems book tons of appeal for early readers.

    Carefully designed and written to support children learning to read independently, as well as those with dyslexia, Mr Birdsnest and the House Next Door tells the story of Elmo and his sister who set off on a rescue mission when their granny goes missing.
    JUL2 3 years +
    Julia Donaldson
    3 years +
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    Tabby McTat and Fred the busker lead a happy life singing for their suppers until Fred ends up in hospital and Tabby is distracted by his wife and kittens. Will the two friends ever meet up again? This wonderful picture book from Children's Laureate Julia Donaldson and best-loved illustrator Axel Scheffler will join the same "we know it off-by-heart genre" as The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom. Lots of fun to share aloud with toddlers and children 3+.
    AWB2 Toddlers
    Julia Donaldson
    Toddlers
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    The beloved characters from Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's Tales from Acorn Wood series can help toddlers learn how to count in this stunning book.

    One pig playing hide-and-seek; two socks that Fox has lost; three letters for Bear to deliver; and four mice keeping Rabbit awake... This book is perfect when it comes to providing an introduction to counting and numbers.
    RUF2 3 years +
    Julia Donaldson
    3 years +
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    This sturdy board book version of The Gruffalo will win even more fans for its canny hero and pimple-nosed enemy. With lively rhymes by Children's Laureate Julia Donaldson, and Axel Scheffler's enchanting illustrations, The Gruffalo will charm adult and toddler readers alike.

    The little mouse uses his quick wits to fool a predatory snake, owl and fox, but in doing so he conjures up a scary monster that doesn't just exist in his imagination!

    Young children from 1+ will love The Gruffalo!
    TUF2 3 years +
    Julia Donaldson
    3 years +
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    Julia Donaldson's The Gruffalo has become one of the most recognisable characters in children's picture books and on kids' TV, and this story is an essential addition to any child's bookshelf.

    Witty pictures from Axel Scheffler, a glorious rhyme that will soon be learned by heart, a brave mouse and the most lovable scary monster ever... what's not to love? Readers from 3+, not to mention Mum and Dad, will soon be hooked!
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    Toddlers will love heading over to Acorn Wood in this romping, rhyming riot of a book that finds Rabbit unable to get to sleep. With its familiar themes, we reckon Rabbit's Nap will quickly become a bedtime favourite for all the family.

    From Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, the award-winning author-and-illustrator team behind the Gruffalo, this anniversary edition lift-the-flap board book is full of funny, rhyming text.

    Children will love seeing who is responsible for each noise that is keeping Rabbit awake by lifting the flaps. The handy size makes this a book ideal for taking away on long journeys as well.
    TFZ2 3 years +
    Julia Donaldson
    3 years +
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    Sticker book fun in Acorn Wood!

    Join Fox, Pig, Rabbit, Bear and all their friends in this must-have sticker book based on the bestselling Tales from Acorn Wood.

    Packed with games, activities and hundreds of stickers, this book is perfect for birthdays, rainy days and school holidays - a great gift for any child.
    WBX2 3 years +
    Julia Donaldson
    3 years +
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    If your children love What the Ladybird Heard, they're sure to be excited to work their way through the games and activities in this sticker book.

    With hundreds of stickers included, you can trust this book to keep fans (aged 3 and over) of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks' bestseller happily entertained for hours at a time.
    RAQ2 Toddlers
    Julia Donaldson
    Toddlers
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    The Highway Rat rides along the road, stealing food from the other animals. Will he meet his comeuppance, in the form of a duck, or will he manage to get away? Julia Donaldson's rhyming text gallops along, while Axel Scheffler's exuberant illustrations provide lots of fun and jokes! From the bestselling team who created The Gruffalo, this is a classic picture book and an essential addition to every child's bookshelf!

    This children's book has been hand-picked for you by Red House.
    LER2 3 years +
    Julia Donaldson
    3 years +
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    Former Children's Laureate Julia Donaldson and popular illustrator Axel Scheffler, the team behind Room on the Broom and the Gruffalo, have together created another picture book masterpiece with Tiddler. Your toddler will love poring over the pictures and spotting tucked-away jokes such as the Gruffalo fish.

    The romping, rhyming text is great fun to read aloud and comes with a pantomime refrain that your youngster will love to join in with. Tiddler has an important message about the risky nature of telling tall tales, too.

    If your child loves the Tiddler, why not try Stick Man or The Highway Rat next!