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Julia Donaldson

Julia Donaldson

  • Julia Donaldson Story Collection 10 Books In Blue Bag - Paperback - Age 5-7 5-7 Pan Macmillan
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    Julia Donaldson Picture Book Story Collection 10 Books In Blue Bag - Age 5-7 - Paperback

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    Julia Donaldson has left a great and significant mark in the world of children books, her personality and style has entertained children throughou...

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  • What the Ladybird Heard Play: World Book Day 2021 By Julia Donaldson- Paperback -Age 0-5 0-5 Macmillan Childrens Books
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    What the Ladybird Heard Play: World Book Day 2021 By Julia Donaldson- Paperback -Age 0-5

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    Description:Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len are two crafty robbers with a cunning plan to steal the farmer’s fine prize cow. But little do they know that ...

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  • Julia Donaldson 10 Books Collection by Julia Donaldson - Ages 5-7 - Paperback 5-7 Pan Macmillan
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    Julia Donaldson 10 Books Collection by Julia Donaldson - Ages 5-7 - Paperback

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    Titles in This set: 1. The Snail and the Whale2. Room on the Broom3. The Gruffalo's Child4. The Gruffalo5. The Paper Dolls6. Tyrannosaurus Drip7. C...

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  • Julia Donaldson Collection 10 CD Set - Ages 7-9 - Paperback 7-9 Macmillan
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    Julia Donaldson Collection 10 CD Set - Ages 7-9 - Paperback

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    This 10 disc set of Julia Donaldson's best loved stories and song is perfect for sharing on journeys, at bedtime, or any time at all. Titles in the...

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  • Spinderella and Night Monkey Day Monkey 2 Books Set Ages -0-5 - By Julia Donaldson 0-5 Egmont
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    Spinderella and Night Monkey Day Monkey 2 Books Set Ages -0-5 - By Julia Donaldson

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      Titles in this Set Spinderella  Night Monkey Day Monkey    Spinderella  A fantastic new picture book all about a football-playing spider, writt...

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  • What the Ladybird Heard by Julia Donaldson - Paperback - Age 0-5 0-5 Macmillan Children's Books
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    What the Ladybird Heard by Julia Donaldson - Paperback - Age 0-5

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    Description: The ladybird said never a word.But the ladybird saw,And the ladybird heard . . .Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len are two crafty robbers with a...

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  • The Snail and the Whale Popular Titles Pan Macmillan
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    The Snail and the Whale

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    How I long to sail! said the tiny snail. The Snail and the Whale is a delightful tale of adventure and friendship by the unparalleled picture boo...

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  • A Squash and a Squeeze Popular Titles Pan Macmillan
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    A Squash and a Squeeze

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    Wise old man, won't you help me, please? My house is a squash and squeeze.Visit the farm in the brilliantly funny A Squash and a Squeeze, the first...

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  • The Gruffalo Popular Titles Pan Macmillan
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    The Gruffalo

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    A mouse took a stroll through the deep dark wood. A fox saw the mouse and the mouse looked good. Walk further into the deep dark wood, and discov...

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  • The Gruffalo's Child Popular Titles Pan Macmillan
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    The Gruffalo's Child

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    The Gruffalo said that no gruffalo shouldEver set foot in the deep dark wood. But one wild and windy night the Gruffalo's child disobeys her fath...

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  • The Gruffalo Popular Titles Pan Macmillan
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    The Gruffalo

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    A mouse took a stroll through the deep dark wood. A fox saw the mouse and the mouse looked good. Walk further into the deep dark wood, and disc...

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  • Room on the Broom Popular Titles Pan Macmillan
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    Room on the Broom

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    How the cat purred and how the witch grinned,As they sat on their broomstick and flew through the wind. A very funny story of quick wits and frie...

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  • Julia Donaldson The Ugly 5 Books Collection Set (Ugly, Stick, Tiddler, Scarecrow, Doctors) - Ages 5-7 - Paperback 5-7 Alison Green Books
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    Julia Donaldson The Ugly 5 Books Collection Set (Ugly, Stick, Tiddler, Scarecrow, Doctors) - Ages 5-7 - Paperback

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    Titles in this set:1) The Ugly Five 2) Stick Man3) Tiddler 4) The Scarecrows' Wedding5) Zog and the Flying DoctorsDescription:The Ugly FiveFrom the...

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  • The Highway Rat Early Reader Popular Titles Scholastic
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    The Highway Rat Early Reader

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    Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's bestselling picture book, THE HIGHWAY RAT, is now available in an appealing read-alone format. 'G...

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  • Princess Mirror-Belle and the Dragon Pox and other Stories 4 Books Set by Julia donaldson & Lydia Monks - Ages 0-5 - Paperback 0-5 Macmillan Children's Books
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    What the Ladybird Heard Next and other Stories 4 Books Set by Julia Donaldson & Lydia Monks - Ages 0-5 - Paperback

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    Title In This Set :1. Princess Mirror-Belle and the Dragon Pox2. Sugarlump and the Unicorn3. The Princess and the Wizard4. What the Ladybird Heard ...

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  • Julia Donaldson The Highway Rat 5 Books Collection Set - Ages 9-14 - Paperback 9-14 Alison Green Books
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    Julia Donaldson The Highway Rat 5 Books Collection Set - Ages 9-14 - Paperback

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    Titles In This Set :1. The Highway Rat2. Superworm3. Tiddler4. Zog5. Scarecrows' WeddingDescription :The Highway Rat'Give me your buns and your bis...

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  • Julia Donaldson Zog 5 Books Collection Set (Smoos, Superworm, Rat, Mctat, Zog) - Ages 9-14 - Paperback 9-14 Alison Green Books
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    Julia Donaldson Zog 5 Books Collection Set (Smoos, Superworm, Rat, Mctat, Zog) - Ages 9-14 - Paperback

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    Titile in this set:1) The Smeds and the Smoos2) Superworm3) The Highway Rat4) Tabby Mctat5) ZogDesciption:The Smeds and the SmoosThe Smeds (who are...

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  • Animalphabet Popular Titles Pan Macmillan
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    Animalphabet

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    A hugely entertaining animal ABC guessing game with peep-through pages and amazing fold-out flaps, by the bestselling Julia Donaldson, author of Th...

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  • Spinderella board book Popular Titles Egmont UK Ltd
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    Spinderella board book

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    A fantastic football story, perfect for children learning to count, from Julia Donaldson, author of The Gruffalo. Spinderella...

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  • The Gruffalo Spring and Summer Nature Trail Popular Titles Pan Macmillan
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    The Gruffalo Spring and Summer Nature Trail

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    Calling all nature explorers! Grab your wellies and learn all about the natural world around you with this colourful spotter guide. The Gruffalo Sp...

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  • Cave Baby Popular Titles Pan Macmillan
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    Cave Baby

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    A hairy mammoth takes a cheeky little baby on a thrilling ride through a moonlit landscape populated by a sabre-toothed tiger, a leaping hare, a la...

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  • What the Ladybird Heard at the Seaside Popular Titles Pan Macmillan
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    What the Ladybird Heard at the Seaside

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    With a cast of wonderful sea creatures, including a magical mermaid, and plenty of seaside fun, What the Ladybird Heard at the Seaside is a brillia...

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  • Cave Baby 10th Anniversary Edition Popular Titles Pan Macmillan
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    Cave Baby 10th Anniversary Edition

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    A special tenth anniversary edition of this glorious adventure story full of wonder and mischief, from the bestselling author Julia Donaldson and a...

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  • A Story Treasury (Zog, Tiddler, Tabby McTat, The Highway Rat & Activities) By Julia Donaldson - Ages 5-7 - Hardback 5-7 Scholastic
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    A Story Treasury (Zog, Tiddler, Tabby McTat, The Highway Rat & Activities) By Julia Donaldson - Ages 5-7 - Hardback

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    A story treasury is a bind up of the most famous books by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. The stories in this book include: zog, tiddler, Tabby...

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Julia Donaldson is one of our top-selling authors. With iconic books like The Gruffalo and Cave Baby, it’s not hard to see why. Her picture books with illustrators like Lydia Monks, Nick Sharrat, and particularly long-time collaborator Axel Scheffler have been bestsellers for over twenty years - and with good reason.

With their wonderful rhymes and delightful stories, Julia Donaldson’s books are a great choice if you want to read aloud with your child. The illustrations are always funny and imaginative and bring the fantastical characters to life. Once you’ve met Zog and The Highway Rat, you’ll never forget them. If you’ve watched the films, or gone to see the stage shows, you must get the books.

At Books2Door, we stock a wide range of Julia Donaldson’s books, essential for any picture book library. We’ve got everything from The Scarecrow’s Wedding to Tyrannosaurus Drip. Our comprehensive selection will ensure that you’ll be able to find the right Julia Donaldson book for your child.

 

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Picture books

Julia Donaldson’s most famous story is The Gruffalo. A mouse walking through the forest has to evade being eaten by some fearsome predators. To scare them off, he tells each in turn that he’s on his way to eat with his friend, the fearsome Gruffalo. The mouse doesn’t think the Gruffalo exists, or does it? Children across the world love this modern classic. It’s been made into a hit BBC One animated film, a stage play, and a ride at Chessington World of Adventures.

Find The Gruffalo and more in The Julia Donaldson Story Collection. It contains ten of her most famous books, including Room on the Broom, Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book, The Snail and the Whale and The Gruffalo’s Child. Seven of these are collaborations with Axel Scheffler, and there’s one book each with David Roberts, Emily Gravett and Rebecca Cobb.

The Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler 10 Book Collection includes their most recent collaborations. Remarkable stories like Stick Man, The Highway Rat, Superworm, The Smeeds and the Smoos, and Zog and the Flying Doctors feature in this great value pack. There’s no overlap between these two collections, so why not get both?

You can also get The Julia Donaldson Collection across 10 CDs. It features readings of some of her best-loved stories, as well as her album The Gruffalo Song and Other Songs. It’s a perfect accompaniment for car journeys, bedtimes, and many other occasions.

We stock many of her other picture books, either individually or in packs. What the Ladybird Heard, Sugarlump and the Unicorn, and her other collaborations with Lydia Monks are very popular with young readers. There’s Spinderella, the spider with a passion for football. Or how about Night Monkey Day Monkey, which is perfect for toddlers?

There’s Julia Donaldson’s Songbirds for children learning to read, part of the Read with Oxford line. Part of the bestselling reading scheme, these books will take children from phonics right up to becoming confident, independent readers. They’re the perfect accompaniment to the Biff, Chip & Kipper series.

There’s a Julia Donaldson book for every child aged 0-5. It’s not really a case of which one should you choose, but which one first?

 

About the author

Julia Donaldson was born Julia Shields in 1948 in Hampstead, London. It was a musical household - both of her parents were in the Hampstead Music Club. Her mother sang, and her father played the cello. During her childhood, Donaldson acted at the Old Vic, played the piano, and sang with the Children’s Opera Group. By the age of 19, she was conversant in French, German and Italian. During her studies in the 60s, she lived in Bristol and Paris and met her future husband, Malcolm Donaldson.

After graduating from Bristol University in 1970 with a 2:1 in Drama and French, Donaldson had various jobs throughout the 70s, sometimes simultaneously. Primarily she wrote songs for BBC Children’s Television, for shows such as Play Away, Play School and Watch With Mother. She also worked as an editor for publishers including Michael Joseph and Robert Tyndall. In 1974 she moved to Brighton and performed in the local folk club scene with Malcolm. She devised plays for children, ran a Saturday-morning workshop, and composed two children’s musicals. She worked for Radio Bristol and for two years as a teacher until 1978 - her last full-time employment. Their first son, Hamish, was born in 1978.

Work was slow during the 1980s. Alastair was born in 1981, and the family moved to Bristol in 1983. Donaldson wrote topical songs for the radio, did street theatre and amateur acting, and volunteered in Hamish’s primary school by devising plays for the reading group. Jerry came along in 1987, and they moved near Glasgow in 1989.

Julia Donaldson was commissioned for more songs for BBC programmes in the 1990s. More significantly, she was asked to adapt her 1975 song “A Squash and a Squeeze” as a picture book with illustrator Axel Scheffler. It was published in 1993 and led to Donaldson’s writing career. She published her plays for children from the 80s and wrote extensively for educational publishers.

In 1999 Donaldson and Scheffler published The Gruffalo, which was an overnight success. The duo has since published over 25 books together, some of which have been made into films, plays, and musicals. The Gruffalo was a life-changing success and completely altered the course of Donaldson’s career. She has since won multiple awards, served as children’s laureate, and written many more books for her legion of fans worldwide.

Donaldson has also published CDs, plays, picture books, books for older children and teenagers, poetry books, and educational books. She’s written over 200 books - over half for educational use in schools and at home. Donaldson often performs her work at book festivals and theatres, encouraging children to join in with the storytelling. New books are coming out every year, and Donaldson is as enthusiastic as ever about children’s literacy and the value of a good story. So we’ll hopefully be enjoying her singular creative talent for some time yet.