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 young reader!
    Julia Donaldson Audio Collection - 10 CDs - Collection - 9781447253235 - Julia Donaldson
    GFCD 3 years +
    Julia Donaldson
    3 years +
    (19)
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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.
    Bedtime Fun For Everyone Collection - 10 Books - Collection - 9781509829064 - Julia Donaldson et al
    BFUN 3 years +
    Julia Donaldson et al
    3 years +
    (2)
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    Perfect for little sleepyheads, the Bedtime Fun for Everyone Collection includes 10 wonderful stories to share with your child as they drift off to sleep. It features books from acclaimed authors including Julia Donaldson, Ian Whybrow and Jill Murphy.

    Including just the right combination of soothing stories and exciting tales, this collection will leave you well prepared when it comes to tucking the little ones in for the night.

    With the work of some truly brilliant illustrators also on show, this is a collection of books that will be read over and over again.
    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 are written by the one and only Julia Donaldson and brilliantly illustrated by Axel Scheffler, and 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.
    Let's Read Collection - 12 Books - Collection - 9781509831265 - Julia Donaldson et al
    LTRD 5 years +
    Julia Donaldson et al
    5 years +
    (1)
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    This collection includes redesigned versions of famous picture books by the likes of Julia Donaldson, Julie Monks and Children's Laureate Chris Riddell. All 12 books have been adapted into early readers and are just perfect for children who are growing in reading confidence.

    With easy-to-read type and original artwork, the familiar stories have been redesigned to help children who are ready to progress from picture books and want to discover the joys of reading a 'real' book.

    Among the stories children will be able to enjoy reading by themselves are The Gruffalo, Marcello Mouse and the Masked Ball and Dinosaur Sleepover.
    The Scarecrows' Wedding - Hardback - 9781407144412 - Julia Donaldson
    WEDS 3 years +
    Julia Donaldson
    3 years +
    (2)
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    The brilliant picture book from the creators of the Gruffalo, The Scarecrows' Wedding is a must-have children's title for fans of the timeless Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler books.

    Betty O'Barley and Harry O'Hay are two scarecrows very much in love, so much so that they plan on having 'a wedding that no one will ever forget.' Everything is going according to plan until Harry sets off to fetch some flowers for the ceremony and a wicked scarecrow, Reginald Rake, tries to take Harry's place at the wedding. Can Harry get back in time, become a hero and save his scarecrow bride..?

    A fabulous love story with drama, laugh-out-loud moments and - of course - a happy ending all encompassed by the classically rhyming prose of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's glowing colour illustrations, The Scarecrows' Wedding will be returned to and enjoyed again and again!
    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 especially 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.
    PSB2 Toddlers
    Julia Donaldson
    Toddlers
    (4)
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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!
    DDOG 3 years +
    Julia Donaldson and Sara Ogilvie
    3 years +
    (1)
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    Peter's dog Nell has an amazing sense of smell. So amazing, in fact, that she can sniff out any crime case...

    Every Monday, she goes to school with Peter and listens to the children read books, but one morning the class arrives and the books have disappeared... can Nell use all her doggy senses to find the culprit?

    Written by Julia Donaldson, the author of The Gruffalo and Superworm, and illustrated by Sara Ogilvie, this is a barking brilliant picture book about a very special dog.
    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+.
    HDZ2 Toddlers
    Toddlers
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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.
    SKV2 5 years +
    Julia Donaldson
    5 years +
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    Part of the Little Gems series of first chapter books, this clever and funny story from The Gruffalo author Julia Donaldson is perfect for the younger end of the 5-8 age range.

    Fully illustrated, the former Children's Laureate's story follows Polly as she sets up a pets' holiday home for the summer. With a house full of greedy guinea pigs, pesky parrots and slithering snakes, Mum is getting more and more fed up - and then Doris the snake goes missing!

    Can Polly find Doris before the snake finds the guinea pigs?
    RAP2
    Julia Donaldson
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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.
    Say Boo To The Animals And Other Stories Collection - 10 Books - Collection - 9781509829118 - Julia Donaldson et al
    PF0096 3 years +
    3 years +
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    This 10-book collection brings together a selection of heart-warming stories starring some very friendly animals.

    Perfect for bedtime, this is a collection you'll enjoy sharing time and time again.
    YFG2 Babies
    Babies
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    Introduce your baby or little one to a much-loved character with this Gruffalo Buggy Book.

    Ideal to take with them on their many journeys, the book is perfect for little paws and features all the characters from the Deep Dark Wood!

    With Axel Scheffler's trademark illustrations featured throughout, this is a bright and bold introduction to Julia Donaldson's Gruffalo.
    AWA2 Toddlers
    Julia Donaldson
    Toddlers
    (1)
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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.
    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.
    TUF2 3 years +
    Julia Donaldson
    3 years +
    (3)
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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!
    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+.
    FLZ2 5 years +
    Julia Donaldson
    5 years +
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    Written by Julia Donaldson, the author of The Gruffalo, Follow the Swallow is a charming story all about friendship and exploration. It's been written especially for children starting to read by themselves.

    When Apollo the swallow flies to Africa, Chack the blackbird wants to send him a message. But Africa is far away. Can a jumpy dolphin, a grumpy camel, a greedy crocodile and a playful monkey help to deliver the message?

    Part of the Reading Ladder series, this book helps children enjoy learning to read. It features a well-loved author, classic characters and favourite topics, so that children will find something exciting and engaging.
    RBAS 3 years +
    Julia Donaldson
    3 years +
    (2)
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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.
    MHO2 5 years +
    Julia Donaldson
    5 years +
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    Part of the Little Gems series of first chapter books, this clever and funny story from The Gruffalo author Julia Donaldson is perfect for the younger end of the 5-8 age range.

    Designed in a chunky and friendly format and with colour illustrations, the story follows Elmo and his sister as they play in the jungle house next door.

    There's a tiger in the back garden and a bird-eating spider in the cupboard... but then old Mr Birdsnest moves in. What will the children do when it appears he's kidnapped their grandma?
    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.
    SRO2 3 years +
    Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffl
    3 years +
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    A brilliant picture book from the creators of the Gruffalo, The Scarecrows' Wedding is a must-have children's title for fans of the timeless Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler books.

    Betty O'Barley and Harry O'Hay are two scarecrows very much in love, so much so that they plan on having 'a wedding that no one will ever forget.' Everything is going according to plan until Harry sets off to fetch some flowers for the ceremony and a wicked scarecrow, Reginald Rake, tries to take Harry's place at the wedding. Can Harry get back in time, become a hero and save his scarecrow bride..?

    A fabulous love story with drama, laugh-out-loud moments and - of course - a happy ending all encompassed by the classically rhyming prose of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's glowing colour illustrations, The Scarecrows' Wedding will be returned to and enjoyed again and again!