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Children’s Book Week: 10 Facts about Julia Donaldson

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!

Most popular children’s illustrators

From first picture books to modern classics, some of the finest children’s books of the last 40 years have not only comprised of the best stories or most compelling characters, but have also been filled with some of the most beautiful illustrations of our time – lifting the words from the page to bring the books to life.

With the new Penguin Modern Classics Charlie and the Chocolate Factory cover dividing opinion among fans (an argument we can see both sides of to be completely honest), we thought this would be an ideal time to discuss the best children’s illustrators of all time.


Axel Scheffler

Plying his talents to the books of a number of great children’s authors including Jon Blake, Paul Shipton and David Henry Wilson to name but a few, Axel Scheffler is one of the most respected children’s illustrators of the post-War era.

Known for his distinctive cartoon-like pictures, and of course the works he has created with Julia Donaldson including The Gruffalo, the Stick Man creator’s bright, soft and approachable illustrations make them some of the best for young children.

The Gruffalo | The Book People

Korky Paul

A children’s illustrator who needs no introduction, Korky Paul’s creative, lively and wild watercolour illustrations could be considered to be in a somewhat similar style to the illustrations of Quentin Blake, but Korky Paul stands alone as a tremendous illustrator of children’s books and has done so for over 25 years.

Providing anarchic yet detailed artwork for some of the best-loved children’s stories of a generation, including Valerie Thomas’s Winnie the Witch, the wild characterisations, visual jokes and clever details are what make illustrations by Korky Paul stand out amongst the rest.

Korky Paul | The Book People

Nick Sharratt

A fine illustrator, and also an author in his own right, Nick Sharratt – the illustrator for over 40 books by the award-winning Jacqueline Wilson – somehow manages to put highly animated characters to page whilst utilising a very shallow depth of field.

Simplistic, joy-filled and bold, the Tracy Beaker illustrator – whose book collaborations and independent release sales top over £39 million – has won multiple awards for his illustrative efforts – and we can most certainly see why!

Nick Sharratt | The Book People

Rod Campbell

No list of children’s illustrators would be complete without Dear Zoo author and illustrator Rod Campbell: a classic picture book that taught generations of young bookworms to fall in love with charming story of a child who keeps receiving the wrong pets from the zoo.

Approachable, clear and always happy, when you see illustrations by Rod Campbell you know exactly what you are going to get from the book: a absolute bedtime winner!

Dear Zoo | The Book People

Dr. Seuss

The rhymes and colourful characters of the Dr. Seuss universe have been entertaining young children for years. Quirky rhymes coupled with the very human features of the Doctor’s less-than-average children’s characters combine to great effect.

Penning such classics as The Cat in the Hat, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Lorax and many, many more, Dr. Seuss is sure to tickle the fancy of any reader who is yet to be entertained by the stark, minimally coloured illustrations.

Dr. Seuss | The Book People

Quentin Blake

Most famous for his work with the world’s best storyteller Roald Dahl, and with a Kate Greenway Medal and Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration to his name, Quentin Blake illustrations (or Sir Quentin Blake illustrations) are some of the most interesting you will find in children’s literature today; you can spot illustrations by Quentin Blake – a former Children’s Laureate – a mile off!

Charmingly imperfect and providing a child-like innocence to the dark undertones of Dahl’s books including Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The BFG, The Twits, George’s Marvellous Medicine and many, many more, Quentin Blake’s illustrations (including those in his own children’s books) ooze distinctive character, irresistible humour and create an meshing between the page and pictures that no other illustrator is able to replicate.

Quentin Blake | The Book People


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