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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”.


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Julia Donaldson Books

  • Julia Donaldson Story Collection - 10 Books

    Julia Donaldson

    Product Code: JDSC
    Collection 3 years +
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    Can your children spot the Gruffalo? Do they want to meet a vegetarian T-rex? How about hitching a ride on a witch's already heaving broomstick?

    Julia Donaldson's picture books are rightly regarded as classics and this collection of 10 of her best gives you the chance to share some truly wonderful stories with your little readers. You can also share them out in party bags so all your little one's friends can delve into these perfect stories.

    Julia's fun, flowing and rhyming text is complemented by artwork from incredible illustrators including Axel Scheffler, David Roberts and Lydia Monks.

    Why should you buy this collection? Julia Donaldson's much-loved books are a must for every toddler's bookshelf.
    Format: paperback
    • £8.00
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  • Julia Donaldson Audio Collection - 10 CDs

    Julia Donaldson

    Product Code: GFCD
    Audio 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.

    CDs in this collection:
    What the Ladybird Heard, Charlie Cook's Favourite Book, The Troll, The Snail and the Whale, Room on the Broom, The Smartest Giant, A Squash and a Squeeze, The Gruffalo's Song, The Gruffalo's Child and The Gruffalo.

    Format: paperback
    • £6.00
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  • Night Monkey Day Monkey Magnet Book

    Julia Donaldson

    Product Code: NMDM
    Hardback 3 years +
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    This special mini edition of Julia Donaldson's Night Monkey Day Monkey comes with 10 chunky magnetic characters and four double-page spreads to add them to.

    The Day Monkey and Night Monkey couldn't be more different, but when they spend time in each other's worlds, they learn from each other and become best friends.

    The interactive, magnetic format is perfect for helping little Julia Donaldson fans develop their fine motor skills while having as much fun as a cheeky monkey.
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  • What the Ladybird Heard

    Julia Donaldson

    Product Code: YBI2
    Paperback 3 years +
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    The Gruffalo author Julia Donaldson's What the Ladybird Heard is a witty and noisy picture book that is perfect for parents and children who love to practise farmyard impressions.

    This picture book has bouncy, rhyming text and there are glittering ladybirds to spot on every page. Be prepared to moo, baa and cluck your way through the pages.

    A fantastic rhyming book about two crafty robbers and one crime-busting ladybird for children aged 3 and over.
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  • Bombs & Blackberries

    Julia Donaldson

    Product Code: BBJD
    Hardback 8 years +
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    Written by Julia Donaldson, this book contains a script for a World War II play for children to act out in class or at home.

    Published to coincide with the 75th anniversary of D-Day in 2019, the story follows the Chivers children as they are sent to the countryside and subsequently back home to Manchester when the threat dies down - but then the air-raid siren starts to go off...

    Poignant and dramatic, this play will help children explore both historical and literacy topics in an involving and creative setting.
    • £5.00
    • RRP £12.99
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  • Stick Man

    Julia Donaldson

    Product Code: ASYVH
    Paperback 3 years +
    (1)
    From the award-winning team of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler (The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom) comes Stick Man, a superb rhyming romp for children aged 3 and over.

    There is a lovely Christmassy theme to this book, although there's no reason why it can't be enjoyed all year round. Stick Man has some wild adventures - including a meeting with Father Christmas.
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  • Zog

    Julia Donaldson

    Product Code: ASYTT
    Paperback 3 years +
    Zog loves to learn but unfortunately he's rather clumsy: he keeps flying into trees and even has a habit of setting his own wings on fire.

    Luckily, there's a mysterious little girl to help him patch up all his bumps and bruises, but will she be able to help him capture a princess? This is a fun and funny story from Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, the team behind The Gruffalo.
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  • Gruffalo Crumble & Other Recipes: The Gruffalo Cookbook

    Julia Donaldson

    Product Code: GFCR
    Hardback 5 years +
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    Enjoy creating 24 recipes from the deep dark wood with this great little first cookbook inspired by The Gruffalo.

    Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's picture book is a modern classic and all the sweet treats, healthy snacks and simple meals featured in this book are inspired by it. If a child's tummy is starting to rumble, they'll love to fill it up with 'owl ice cream', 'scrambled snake' and 'roasted fox'.

    Every recipe is very simple and comes with step-by-step instructions for you to follow with your children. A perfect introduction to cooking and baking, these recipes give children and parents something to do together on holidays, rainy days and they're all ideal for a Gruffalo-themed party.
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  • The Highway Rat

    Julia Donaldson

    Product Code: ASYTU
    Paperback 3 years +
    The Gruffalo team Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's The Highway Rat is a rollocking and rhyming adventure story.

    The Highway Rat rides along the highway, stealing food from the other animals. But soon he meets his comeuppance in the form of a duck. This picture book is perfect for bedtime reading.
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  • The Smeds and the Smoos

    Julia Donaldson

    Product Code: BZIOJ
    Hardback 3 years +
    Soar into space with this glorious love story of alien folk, from the creators of The Gruffalo and Stick Man. The Smeds (who are red) never mix with the Smoos (who are blue). So when a young Smed and Smoo fall in love, their families strongly disapprove. But peace is restored and love conquers all in this happiest of love stories. There's even a gorgeous purple baby to celebrate! With fabulous rhymes and breathtaking illustrations, this book is literally out of this world!
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  • The Scarecrows' Wedding

    Julia Donaldson

    Product Code: ASYTX
    Paperback 3 years +
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    THE SCARECROWS' WEDDING is the eagerly awaited new picture book from the creators of THE GRUFFALO and STICK MAN. Written in Julia Donaldson's glorious rhyme and illustrated in glowing colour by Axel Scheffler, THE SCARECROWS' WEDDING is a fabulous love story, with drama, humour, originality - and a happy ending! Two scarecrows, Betty O'Barley and Harry O'Hay, are planning the perfect wedding. But wicked scarecrow, Reginald Rake, has other ideas and almost ruins their special day. Harry must become a hero before he and Betty can have the wedding of their dreams.
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  • Superworm

    Julia Donaldson

    Product Code: ASYTV
    Paperback 3 years +
    (1)
    The Gruffalo author Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler, the brilliant team behind The Gruffalo, have created a new exuberant character who is sure to delight young readers in Superworm.

    The funny and fantastically illustrated story is full of bouncy rhyming verses and has a fun chorus that is sure to have preschoolers joining in as they follow Superworm's adventures as he faces up to the wicked Wizard Lizard and his sinister servant Crow.
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  • My First Gruffalo Little Library

    Julia Donaldson

    Product Code: AHAQS
    Other Babies
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    More in the exciting Gruffalo baby and toddler series from the bestselling Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, featuring all your favourite characters from the deep dark wood.

    Learn about colours, numbers, opposites and animals with this fabulous set of four bold, bright board books, now available in a miniature slipcase.

    A perfect gift for young Gruffalo fans!
    • £5.99
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  • Tiddler

    Julia Donaldson

    Product Code: ASYTZ
    Paperback 3 years +
    Tiddler is a fine picture book from Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, the team behind Room on the Broom and The Gruffalo.

    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 - and there's an important morale to learn from.
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  • The Smartest Giant in Town

    Julia Donaldson

    Product Code: ASQFK
    Paperback 3 years +
    George wished he wasn't the scruffiest giant in town. So when he sees a new shop selling giant-sized clothes, he decides it's time for a new look: smart trousers, smart shirt, stripy tie, shiny shoes. Now he's the smartest giant in town ...until he bumps into some animals who desperately need his help - and his clothes! All children will love The Smartest Giant in Town, a funny and warm-hearted tale from the unparalleled picture-book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, creators of The Gruffalo. This edition features the classic story with a stunning redesigned cover and beautiful finish, making it a must-have addition to the bookshelves of all Donaldson and Scheffler fans - big and small! Also available with redesigned covers are The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo's Child, Room on the Broom, The Snail and the Whale, Monkey Puzzle, Charlie Cook's Favourite Book, and A Squash and a Squeeze.
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  • A Squash and a Squeeze

    Julia Donaldson

    Product Code: ASQFF
    Paperback 3 years +
    (1)
    "Wise old man, won't you help me, please? My house is a squash and squeeze." A little old lady lives all by herself in her house but she's not happy - it's just too small, even for one. Whatever can she do? The wise old man knows: bring in a flappy, scratchy, greedy, noisy crowd of farmyard animals. When she pushes them all out again, she'll be amazed at how big her house feels! The brilliantly funny A Squash and a Squeeze was the first ever picture book written and illustrated by the unparalleled picture-book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, creators of The Gruffalo. This edition features the classic story with a stunning, redesigned cover and beautiful finish, making it a must-have addition to the bookshelves of all Donaldson and Scheffler fans - big and small! Also available with redesigned covers are The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo's Child, Room on the Broom, The Snail and the Whale, The Smartest Giant in Town, Monkey Puzzle and Charlie Cook's Favourite Book.
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  • The Dinosaur's Diary

    Julia Donaldson

    Product Code: ADADX
    Paperback 5 years +
    (1)
    Surviving and finding a safe place to lay her eggs is difficult for Hypsilophodon with dinosaurs like Tyrannosaurus Rex around. When she falls into a mysterious pool and finds herself on a modern farm there are still problems. Finally she finds a safe place to hatch her babies, but how can she keep thirteen baby dinosaurs safe and secret? When the farmer catches one - Hector - and plans to take him to the vet, it's up to Hypsilophodon and her fiesty daughter, Henrietta, to get him back. After adaring rescue, Hypsilophodon takes all her youngsters back through the mysterious pool to her own world.
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  • Zog and the Flying Doctors

    Julia Donaldson

    Product Code: BHBAE
    Paperback 3 years +
    (1)
    Zog the dragon returns - and he's now an 'air ambulance' - in Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's high-flying and hilarious sequel.

    They fly around tending a sunburnt mermaid, a distressed unicorn and a sneezy lion. But should princesses really be doctors? Pearl's uncle, the King, doesn't think so - until he falls ill...
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  • Tiddler Sticker Activity Book

    Julia Donaldson

    Product Code: AZOVG
    Paperback
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    Tiddler the tale-telling fish is back and now you can join in his adventures! This fantastic new activity book is based on the bestselling book TIDDLER, by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. With colouring-in, stickers, dot-to-dots, puzzles, spot the difference, mazes and simple word searches, there's plenty to keep Tiddler fans busy for hours.
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  • The Gruffalo Sticker Book

    Julia Donaldson

    Product Code: AWLKC
    Paperback 3 years +
    (1)
    Join all your favourite characters from the deep dark wood in this must-have sticker book based on the bestselling picture book The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Packed with games, activities and over four hundred stickers, The Gruffalo Sticker Book is perfect for birthdays, rainy days and school holidays - a great gift for any child. Look out for: The Gruffalo's Child Sticker Book!
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  • Tabby McTat

    Julia Donaldson

    Product Code: ASYTY
    Paperback 3 years +
    Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's Tabby McTat is the purr-fect picture book...

    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?
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  • The Snail and the Whale Sticker Book

    Julia Donaldson

    Product Code: CDAYS
    Paperback
    Packed with games, activities and over 400 stickers, The Snail and the Whale Sticker Book is a great gift for any child -- ideal for journeys, rainy days and holidays. One little snail longs to see the world and hitches a lift on the tail of an enormous whale. Together they go on an amazing journey, past icebergs and volcanoes, sharks and penguins, and through sun, snow and stormy seas. Follow them on their adventures in this fun sticker activity book, based on the bestselling picture book, The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, creators of The Gruffalo. The Snail and the Whale is a brilliant story of unlikely friendship and life-changing adventure, brought to life on BBC One, starring Sally Hawkins, Rob Brydon, Cariad Lloyd and Dame Diana Rigg.
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  • What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday

    Julia Donaldson

    Product Code: BMKRK
    Paperback 3 years +
    Lanky Len and Hefty Hugh are back in this picture book from Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks - and this time they WILL steal a monkey!

    However, they haven't counted on a certain crime-busting ladybird visiting the same place as them at exactly the same time...
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  • Monkey Puzzle

    Julia Donaldson

    Product Code: AYENZ
    Other 3 years +
    "I've lost my mum!" It's not too much fun being lost in the jungle, and little monkey wants his mummy. A kindly butterfly is keen to help, but they don't seem to be having much luck as the well-meaning butterfly misunderstands monkey's descriptions and leads him to all sorts of unsuitable animals! But eventually, they find...Dad! It's just as well that he knows exactly where mum is, and she's waiting with a well-deserved cuddle. Monkey Puzzle is a clever, funny and charming tale from the unparalleled picture-book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, creators of The Gruffalo. This handy board book format is perfect for younger readers. It features the classic story with a stunning redesigned cover and beautiful finish, making it a must-have for even the smallest Donaldson and Scheffler fans! Also available in board book format and with striking redesigned covers are: The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo's Child, Room on the Broom, The Snail and the Whale, The Smartest Giant in Town, Charlie Cook's Favourite Book, and A Squash and a Squeeze.
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