Julia Donaldson facts

One of the most popular authors of picture books around, we can’t recommend Julia Donaldson’s books enough. Perfect for sharing, her books inevitably become bedtime favourites and our great value collections are always up among our top sellers. We can think of no better author for you and your children to delve into this Children’s Book Week and thought you might like to know a little more about the author who created the Gruffalo with these 10 Facts:

  • Julia Donaldson was born on 16 September, 1948
  • She studied Drama and French at Bristol University
  • Her first book – A Squash and a Squeeze – was published in 1993
  • Since being published in 1999, the Gruffalo has sold over 10 million copies
  • Donaldson has written many educational books in her career, including the 60 that comprise the phonics reading scheme Songbirds
  • She received an MBE in 2011
  • Julia Donaldson was the Children’s Laureate between 2011 and 2013
  • A portrait of Julia hangs proudly in the National Portrait Gallery
  • At her author events, Julia will often bring musical instruments and sing songs about her books and characters
  • She has written 193 books – and counting!