Julia Donaldson

Julia Donaldson (born in 1948) grew up in a tall Victorian London house with her grandmother, parents, uncle, aunt, younger sister Mary, and kitty Geoffrey (really a prince in disguise). Her and Mary argued over which of them would marry him.

She and her sister were always busy creating imaginary characters and mimicking the real ones, and Julia would write shows and choreograph ballets for the both. A wind-up gramophone wafted out Chopin waltzes.

For her fifth birthday, her dad gave her a very fat book titled “The Book of a Thousand Poems”. She loved this book. She read the poems, recited and learned them, and made up some of her own. Even though she wanted to be a poet starting back then, she later decided she would rather go on stage. This didn’t quite work out, so she worked other jobs in publishing and teaching. Somehow, she has been able to do what she wanted to when she was just five years old. She has a theory this happens to quite a few people.

She studied both French and Drama at Bristol University, where she met a guitar-playing medic named Malcolm that she’s now married to.

Books in order of publication:

Gruffalo Books

with Axel Scheffler

The Gruffalo(1999) 
The Gruffalo Song and Other Songs(2001) 
The Gruffalo’s Child(2004) 
The Gruffalo’s Child Activity Book(2009) 
The Gruffalo Magnet Book(2010) 
The Gruffalo Red Nose Day Book(2011) 
The Gruffalo’s Child Song and Other Songs(2011) 
My First Gruffalo: Touch-and-feel book(2011) 
The Gruffalo Colouring Book(2012) 
Gruffalo Explorers: The Gruffalo Nature Trail(2014) 
Gruffalo Explorers: The Gruffalo Spring Nature Trail(2015) 
Gruffalo Explorers: The Gruffalo Summer Nature Trail(2015) 
Gruffalo Explorers: The Gruffalo Autumn Nature Trail(2015) 
Gruffalo Explorers: The Gruffalo Winter Nature Trail(2015) 
Gruffalo Crumble and Other Recipes(2016) 
The Gruffalo Annual 2016(2016) 
The Gruffalo and Friends Annual 2017(2017) 
The Gruffalo and Friends Annual 2018(2018) 
Say Hello to the Gruffalo(2019) 
  My First Gruffalo Books Colours (2011)   Opposites (2011)   Animal Actions (2011)   Numbers (2011)   Gruffalo, What Can You See? (2011)   Hello Gruffalo! (2011)   The Gruffalo Play (2014)   Can You See? Jigsaw book (2014)   Can You Count? Jigsaw book (2014)   Spot and Say (2015)   Who Lives Here? Lift-the-Flap Book (2015)   Gruffalo Growl (2016)   The Gruffalo Puppet Book (2017)   The Gruffalo and Friends Activity Case (2020)            

Princess Mirror-Belle Books

Princess Mirror-Belle(2003) 
Princess Mirror-Belle and the Magic Shoes(2005) 
Princess Mirror-Belle and the Flying Horse(2006) 
Princess Mirror-Belle and the Dragon Pox(2014) 
Princess Mirror-Belle and the Party Hoppers(2015) 
Princess Mirror-Belle and Prince Precious Paws(2016) 
Princess Mirror-Belle and the Sea Monster’s Cave(2016) 
Christmas with Princess Mirror-Belle(2016) 
Princess Mirror-Belle and Snow White(2020)
  Tales from Acorn Wood Books Hide-and-Seek Pig (2000)   Rabbit’s Nap (2000)   Fox’s Socks (2000)   Postman Bear (2000)   Tales from Acorn Wood: Three Lift-The-Flap Stories. Julia Donaldson (2006)   Tales from Acorn Wood Activity Book (2011)   Rabbit’s Nap and Fox’s Socks (2015)   Hide-And-Seek Pig and Postman Bear (2015)   Opposites (2019)   Friends (2019)   Counting (2020)   Colours (2020)  
  What the Ladybird Heard Books What the Ladybug Heard (2009)   What the Ladybird Heard Next (2015)   What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday (2017)   Who’s on the Farm? (2017)  

Zog Books

Roar with Zog(2016) 
Zog and the Flying Doctors(2017) 

Standalone Novels

The Dinosaur’s Diary(2001) 
The Giants and the Joneses(2004) 
The Jungle House(2005) 
Running on the Cracks(2009) 
Mr Birdsnest and the House Next Door(2012) 
The Snake Who Came to Stay(2012) 

Chapter Books

Bricks for Breakfast(2004)

Picture Books

A Squash and a Squeeze(1993) 
Town Mouse and Country Mouse(1996) 
Tara’s Party(1998) 
The Giant Jumperee(2000) 
The King’s Ears(2000) 
Where’s My Mom?(2000) 
Room on the Broom(2001) 
The Highway Rat(2001) 
Follow the Swallow(2001) 
Night Monkey Day Monkey(2002) 
The Smartest Giant in Town(2002) 
The Snail and the Whale(2003) 
The Magic Paintbrush(2003) 
Conjuror Cow(2003) 
Sharing a Shell(2004) 
The Wrong Kind of Bark(2004) 
One Ted Falls Out of Bed(2004) 
Chocolate Mousse for Greedy Goose(2005) 
Charlie Cook’s Favorite Book(2005) 
The Quick Brown Fox Cub(2005) 
Worm Looks for Lunch(2005) 
Rosie’s Hat(2005) 
The False Tooth Fairy(2005) 
The Odd Pet(2006) 
The Scrap Rocket(2006) 
Dig, Dig, Dig!(2006) 
Sam’s Pot(2006) 
Mum Bug’s Bag(2006) 
Singing Dad(2006) 
Paula the Vet(2006) 
Miss, Miss!(2006) 
Doctor Duck(2006) 
This and That(2006) 
The Shopping List(2006) 
Clare and the Fair(2006) 
Hippo Has a Hat(2006) 
The Snake and the Drake(2006) 
Queen Aneena’s Feast(2006) 
The Wrong Kind Of Knight(2006) 
Spike Says(2006) 
Room on the Broom and Other Songs(2006) 
Top Cat(2006) 
Zak And The Vet(2006) 
The Pot of Gold(2006) 
The Princess and the Wizard(2006) 
The Red Man and the Green Man(2007) 
Tyrannosaurus Drip(2007) 
Bob Bug and the Insect Club(2007) 
Ron Rabbit’s Big Day(2007) 
Tim’s Bad Mood(2007) 
The Wishing Elf(2007) 
Bob Bug(2008) 
Fish and Chips(2008) 
Splash and Squelch(2008) 
The Deer and the Earwig(2008) 
The Upside Down Browns(2008) 
Gran Is Cross(2008) 
Where Were You, Bert?(2008) 
The Big Match(2008) 
The Trunk and the Skunk(2008) 
No Milk Today(2008) 
Sue Kangaroo(2008) 
One Mole Digging A Hole(2008) 
Stick Man(2008) 
Tabby McTat(2009) 
Ron Rabbit’s Egg(2009) 
The Smartest Giant in Town Activity Book(2009) 
Cat Naps(2009) 
Mix, Mix, Mix(2009) 
The Pins and the Pegs(2009) 
Pen Fun(2009) 
Is It?(2009) 
The Doll in the Bin(2009) 
Mr Zed(2009) 
The Big Cod(2009) 
The Seven Kids(2009) 
Toddle Waddle(2009) 
Tyrannosaurus Drip. Activity Book(2009) 
The Troll(2009) 
Cave Baby(2010) 
Freddie and the Fairy(2010) 
The Rhyming Rabbit(2011) 
Jack and the Flumflum Tree(2011) 
Goat Goes to Playgroup(2012) 
Swallows and Spiders(2012) 
Animals in School(2012) 
The Singing Mermaid(2012) 
Moan, Moan, Moan!(2012) 
Jack and the Giants(2012) 
Back to Bed(2012) 
My Cat(2012) 
Stop Chatting, Bill(2012) 
The Paper Dolls(2012) 
Room on the Broom Colouring Book(2012) 
Animal Music(2013) 
Sugarlump and the Unicorn(2013) 
Wake Up Do, Lydia Lou!(2013) 
Best Friends(2013) 
Planet Emerald(2013) 
Stick Man’s First Words(2013) 
The Further Adventures of the Owl and the Pussy-cat(2013) 
The Flying Bath(2014) 
The Scarecrows’ Wedding(2014) 
The Highway Rat Activity Book(2015) 
What the Jackdaw Saw(2015) 
The Detective Dog(2016) 
There’s an Owl in My Towel(2016) 
The Everywhere Bear(2017) 
The Ugly Five(2017) 
Whoosh! Went the Witch(2017) 
The Cook and the King(2018) 
Cereal Superfan: A Bloomsbury Young Reader(2018) 
The Go-Away Bird(2019) 
The Snail and the Whale Seaside Nature Trail(2019) 
The Smeds and the Smoos(2019) 
The Teeny Weeny Genie(2020) 
Room on the Broom Push-Pull-Slide(2020) 
The Hospital Dog(2020) 
It’s a Little Baby(2020) 
Room on the Broom Jigsaw Book(2020) 
Counting Creatures(2020) 
The Christmas Pine(2021)


The Head in the Sand: A Roman Play(2003) 
The Cinderella Play(2008) 
The Fish in the Tree: A Play(2013) 
The Billy Goats Gruff: A Play(2013) 
The Hare and the Tortoise: A Play(2013) 
The Emperor’s Head: A Roman Play(2014) 
The What the Ladybird Heard Play (With: Lydia Monks)(2016) 
The What the Ladybird Heard Next Play (With: Lydia Monks)(2017) 
The Room on the Broom Play (With: Axel Scheffler)(2018)

Songbirds Collections Books

The Trunk and The Skunk and Other Stories(2020) 
Bob Bug and Other Stories(2020) 
My Phonics Activity Book (With: )(2020) 
Ron Rabbit’s Egg and Other Stories(2020) 
Singing Dad and Other Stories(2020)


Tim’s Bad Mood and Other Stories(1970) 
A Twist of Tales (With: )(1999) 
Wriggle and Roar!: Rhymes to Join in With (With: )(2004) 
Crazy Mayonnaisy Mum(2005) 
Play Time(2006) 
The Ox and the Yak and Other Stories(2009) 
My Cat and Other Stories(2012) 
Where Is the Snail and Other Stories(2012) 
Tadpoles and Other Stories(2012) 
Where Were You Bert and Other Stories(2012) 
Leroy and Other Stories(2012) 
Poems to Perform: A Classic Collection Chosen by the Children’s Laureate(2013) 
Shuffle and Squelch(2015) 
A Treasury of Songs (With: Axel Scheffler)(2016) 
Spike Says and Other Stories(2020) 

Non-Fiction Book

The Room on the Broom Cookbook (With: Axel Scheffler) (2018)  

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