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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 Audio Collection - 10 CDs - Collection - 9781447253235 - Julia Donaldson
    GFCD 3 years +
    Julia Donaldson
    3 years +
    (23)
    • £9.99
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    • Just £1.00 per book
    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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    • £16.99
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    • Just 47.00p per book
    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.
  • Julia Donaldson Picture Book Collection - 10 Books - Collection - 9781509801251 - Julia Donaldson
    JDZB 3 years +
    3 years +
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    This collection will be available to buy from early-March onwards. Please keep checking back.

    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!

    Please note that this is our bestselling collection in a new and refreshed carry bag.
  • Bedtime Fun For Everyone Collection - 10 Books - Collection - 9781509829064 - Julia Donaldson et al
    BFUN 3 years +
    Julia Donaldson et al
    3 years +
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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.
  • EBJD 3 years +
    Julia Donaldson
    3 years +
    • £4.99
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    Julia Donaldson, the author of The Gruffalo, teams up once more with the incredible illustrator of Paper Dolls, Rebecca Cobb, in this stunning picture book about the adventurous Everywhere Bear.

    Told in flowing, rhyming text this story explains how the Everywhere Bear has a home on a shelf but how he also doesn't spend much time by himself; every weekend he's taken home by a different child from Class One.

    However, when he falls out of a backpack, he braces himself for an even bigger adventure. He's washed down a drain, whooshed out to sea and rescued by a fishing boat. He's then loaded onto a lorry and carried off by a seagull. Will he ever get back to Class One?
  • JDST 3 years +
    3 years +
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    Not only has Julia Donaldson brought us The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom and many other picture book favourites, but she's also an extremely talented songwriter whose rhymes are sure to bring a smile to the face of any toddler.

    Illustrated by her regular collaborator Axel Scheffler, this is a treasury of her 25 best songs, rhymes and fables - all inspired by her bestselling books. The book even comes with a CD of Julia performing all the songs - perfect for long journeys and entertaining the kids at home.

    The beautiful foiled jacket and high-quality paper make this a wonderful gift for birthdays and christenings, too!.
  • SNJ2 3 years +
    Julia Donaldson
    3 years +
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    A fantastic football story, perfect for children learning to count and read. Written by Julia Donaldson, author of The Gruffalo. Spinderella the spider has a passion for football!

    She tries to play a match with her brothers and sisters but she doesn't know how many spiders should be on each team. Even worse, she can't count the goals! Luckily for Spinderella, her Hairy Godmother has a plan...
  • Acorn Wood Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781447270928 - Julia Donaldson
    AWSC 3 years +
    Julia Donaldson
    3 years +
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    • Just £1.66 per book
    The team behind the Gruffalo, author Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler, are responsible for some of the most popular children's books around. This set of three tiny board books, displayed in a beautiful slipcase, is perfect for sharing with children aged 1 and over as the books introduce the joys of reading and some soon-to-be familiar characters.

    All the books have flaps to lift, while the eye-catching artwork and rhyming text will be enjoyed as parent and child read through them together. Set in and around the joyous surroundings of Acorn Wood, Rabbit's Nap finds Rabbit determined to find out who is keeping him awake, while Hide-and-Seek Pig finds Pig trying to discover where Hen is hiding - will your child be able to help him?

    Fox's Socks is another fine, funny story and this time Fox just can't find his socks anywhere - are they under the rug or inside the clock? By lifting the flaps, you'll be able to find out... A delightfully interactive treat from a very talented duo.
  • GFUN 3 years +
    Julia Donaldson
    3 years +
    • £3.99
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    Head into the deep, dark wood and enjoy games, puzzles, colouring-in activities and so much more with The Gruffalo Big Book of Fun.

    Created by author Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler, the Gruffalo is now fully established as one of the greatest children's characters around and this bumper activity book promises facts, quizzes and plenty of Gruffalo giggles!

    Ideal for children aged 3+ who have read and loved the picture books and now want to get their teeth into something more interactive, the puzzles featured in this annual-format book will provide hours of fun.
  • MFAC 3 years +
    Julia Donaldson et al
    3 years +
    • £9.99
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    With over eight hours' running time, this audiobook collection is bursting with children's favourites including The Velveteen Rabbit, Hairy Maclary and Elmer the Patchwork Elephant.

    Suitable for children aged 3 and over, the stories are read in a fun way that will delight little ears and put a smile on their faces and are just great for long journeys.

    Box size 128 x 127mm, 10 CDs. Running time: approx 8 hours
    Audiobooks in this collection:
    The Elmer Treasury
    The Julia Donaldson Collection
    Miffy's Adventures Big and Small
    Hairy Maclary From Donaldsons Diary
    Hairy Maclary and Friends
    The Velveteen Rabbit
    The Berenstain Bears Collection
    The Johnny Duddle Extravaganza
    The Little Grey Rabbit Treasury
    The Sue Hendra Collection
  • Pirate Picture Book Collection - 5 Books - Collection - 9781509829170 - Julia Donaldson et al
    PIRT 3 years +
    Julia Donaldson et al
    3 years +
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    Ahoy there! Sail the seven seas with these five pirate-themed picture books. Full of adventure and mystery, they'll prove to be a treasure chest of reading pleasure.

    Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, the team behind The Gruffalo, combine to bring you Charlie Cook's Favourite Book. This classic has a boy reading a story that features pirates, ghosts, crocodiles and more crazy characters; while in Jack and the Flumflum Tree, Julia's flowing text complements David Roberts' eye-catching illustrations.

    The Pirate House has some surprising people moving in next door to Sam Turner; while Cats Ahoy has some pirate cats who are feline lucky; and Peter Bently's Polly Parrot Picks a Pirate is all about a bird who is sick of her tree and wants to fly away for a life on the sea.
  • PBZ2 Babies
    Julia Donaldson
    Babies
    • £2.99
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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!
  • 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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    Featuring a cast of rabbits, bears and giraffes (on bicycles, no less), 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.
  • 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 wind 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • SJA2 3 years +
    Julia Donaldson
    3 years +
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    Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler combine once more to magical effect with the unforgettable The Snail and the Whale.

    Full of adventure and friendship, the rhyming story follows a tiny snail who wishes to sail. To do this, he hitches a ride on an enormous whale and the duo head on an amazing journey past icebergs, volcanoes, sharks and penguins. Bu then disaster strikes and the whale finds itself beached in a bay... can the snail save the day?

    This special edition of the Gruffalo team's classic has a stunning, redesigned cover and a beautiful finish.
  • 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.
  • 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?
  • TACW 3 years +
    Julia Donaldson
    3 years +
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    From Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, the team behind The Gruffalo, the Tales from Acorn Wood books are toddler favourites and this large-format gift book contains three of the most popular stories.

    Very young children will be highly entertained as they read Postman Bear, Hide-and-Seek Pig and Rabbit's Nap. Every spread in this bind-up has flaps to lift to add extra interaction, while the rhyming text is flowing and very satisfying to read aloud.
  • LRPF
    Julia Donaldson
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    A very special edition of a classic book from author Julia Donaldson and illustrator Lydia Monks, this version of What the Ladybird Heard not only has a foiled cover, beautiful illustrations and a flowing, rhyming text, but also a chance for young children to bring the story to life in brilliantly interactive fashion.

    Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len have a cunning plan to steal the farmer's fine prize cow, but the tiniest creature on the farm also has a plan of her own... A funny story that has a ladybird to spot on every page, children will love the story so much before they even get to the extras.

    Young children will have hours of fun reading this beloved - and very funny - rhyming story and then pulling out the play mat and acting it out using the press-out characters. No cutting or gluing required!
  • UFF2 Toddlers
    Julia Donaldson
    Toddlers
    (2)
    • £3.99
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    The Gruffalo's Child is the sequel to Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's award-winning book, The Gruffalo. This board book version of the rhyming classic will captivate the attention of babies and toddlers from 1+.

    The Gruffalo's child is a naughty mini-version of her dad, who is tempted into the deep, dark woods in search of the big, bad mouse she's heard so much about. This story is a treat both to read and listen to!

    This children's book has been hand-picked for you by Red House.
  • The Best Christmas Ever Collection - 5 Books - Collection - 9781509829187 - Julia Donaldson et al
    TNBC 3 years +
    Julia Donaldson et al
    3 years +
    • £5.99
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    Christmas is coming and what better way is there to raise your child's excitement levels in the build-up to the big day than by reading through some truly magical stories?

    This five-book collection features five books that all have a Christmassy feel. There's the famous story of The Night Before Christmas; the children are getting set to put on quite a performance in The Christmas Show; and The Gruffalo's Child is now widely considered one of the classic picture books of recent times.

    Children will also like meeting a little mouse called William as he makes a winter wish; and there's Bear, who's very excited to be receiving The Best Christmas Present Ever!