Julia Donaldson

Julia Donaldson

Julia Donaldson started her career writing songs for children's television. In 1993, one of her songs was made into a book, A Squash and a Squeeze.

Julia is a frequent visitor to Scottish schools and libraries, where she talks, acts and sings with her audiences.

For three years she was writer in residence in Easterhouse, which culminated in the publication of an anthology of writing and pictures by local adults, All Write. Julia lives in Bearsden, Glasgow, with her husband Malcolm, their youngest son and three cats.

Since A Squash and a Squeeze, she has written more than 40 books and plays for children and teenagers, including the rhyming story The Gruffalo which won three major British book awards (the Smarties Prize, the Blue Peter award for 'The Best Book to Read Aloud' and the Experian 'Big Three award') and which is one of the UK's best-selling picture book.

The Gruffalo's Child, the sequel to The Gruffalo, was published in September 2004 and won the British Book Award: WH Smith Best Children's Book Award 2005 and was shortlisted for the Red House Children's Book Award. CHARLIE COOK'S FAVOURITE BOOK, a library within a book, was published in 2005.

Room on the Broom was the winner of the Best Book to Read Aloud category of the Blue Peter Awards 2003.

Other books written by Julia and illustrated by Axel Scheffler are: Stick Many; Tiddler; The Smartest Giant in Town; The Snail and the Whale; Monkey Puzzle; Fox's Socks; Postman Bear; Rabbit's Nap and Hide-and-Seek Pig.

Julia has worked with different illustrators. THE MAGIC PAINTBRUSH is a brilliant retelling of a classic folktale, which is illustrated by Joel Stewart. SHARING A SHELL, a rollicking story of sea, shells and friendship is was published in July 2004 and is illustrated by Lydia Monks whilst Anna Currey's soft, traditional illustrations feature in ONE TED FALLS OUT OF BED (PB, 2004, HB 2005) and ROSIE'S HAT (HB 2005, PB 2006). TYRANNOSAURUS DRIP was published in 2007 and is illustrated by Dave Roberts.

Julia has also published several novels. PRINCESS MIRROR-BELLE was published in August 2003 and the sequel, PRINCESS MIRROR-BELLE AND THE MAGIC SHOES published in February 2005 with PRINCESS MIRROR-BELLE AND THE FLYING HORSE followed in 2006.

In 2009, Julia moved into writing for young adults with 'Running on the Cracks', which follows Leo after she runs away from her aunt and uncle to discover her family's roots.


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