Julia Donaldson

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My books on this page are grouped by their illustrators. Click an example cover or a name to see more, or just scroll down.

List of Picture Books (arranged in alphabetical order of illustrator)

The Paper Dolls

cover - One Ted Falls out of Bed illustrated by Rebecca Cob

Macmillan,
isbn 978-1447220145

A string of paper dolls go on a fantastical adventure through the house and out into the garden. They soon escape the clutches of the toy dinosaur and the snapping jaws of the oven-glove crocodile, but then a very real pair of scissors threatens...

Did you know that The Paper Dolls broke a Guinness World Record? Find out more here: http://www.panmacmillan.com/paperdollsworldrecord

Shortlisted for the Sheffield Book Awards 2013, the Scottish Children’s Book Awards 2014, the Kate Greenaway Medal 2014 and the Independent Booksellers Week Picture Book Award 2014

"A picturebook that seems simple but gets richer every time you look at it ...... Cobb’s illustrations capture the joy of childhood; between them she and the Children’s Laureate have made a book that works like magic." The Sunday Times

 

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One Ted Falls Out of Bed

cover - One Ted Falls out of Bed illustrated by Anna Currey

Macmillan,
isbn 978-0333947821

This is perhaps the picture book text which I feel most proud of, as I’d always wanted to write a simple yet exciting rhyming adventure which would also be a sort of counting book. I wrote it in 2000 but it was hard to find the right illustrator. It was worth waiting for Anna Currey, though – her pictures are so warm and humorous and perfectly capture the atmosphere of the night-time bedroom, and her teddy bear is adorable.

There is also a board book version, and a Book and CD edition , with Saskia Wickham .

"Another little miracle from Julia Donaldson… it has the robust feel of a classic."  The Bookseller


cover - Rosie's HatRosie's Hat

Illustrated by Anna Currey

Macmillan,
isbn 978-1405000079

One little girl, one smart hat, a sudden gust of wind . . . and we're off on a whole hatful of adventures!

A rhyming story with sound effects for children to join in with.

“The simple rhyming text is perfect for younger children whilst the older child will enjoy the adventure and twist to the tale.” Children's Buyers Guide

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Fly, Pigeon, Fly

cover - Fly, Pigeon, Fly(jointly with John Henderson)
Illustrated by Thomas Docherty

Little Tiger,
isbn 978-1845061876

John Henderson was one of my adult students when I was writer in residence in Easterhouse, Glasgow, and this story is based on a true event from John’s childhood.

When a boy finds a young pigeon, half-starved, in a derelict warehouse in Glasgow, he takes the bird home, looks after him and teaches him to fly. Da says that Percy the pigeon should be set free but the boy wants him to stay for ever . . . 

“A warm and thoughtful story that treats difficult issues with tact and subtlety”  The Guardian

“one of those books you want to press into the hands of passers-by, whatever their age”  The Herald

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cover - Wake Up Do, Lydia LouWake Up Do, Lydia Lou

illustrated by Karen George

Macmillan,
isbn 978-1447209577

A little ghost tries to give Lydia Lou a scare . . . but he can't even wake her up. So he fetches his noisy animal friends to help: Mew! Moo! Too-whit too-whoo! Wake up do, Lydia Lou! Will anything ever wake her? A gentle and playful bedtime read full of fun sounds for children to join in with.

 


cover - Freddie and the FairyFreddie and the Fairy

illustrated by Karen George

Macmillan,
isbn 978 0330511186

Freddie is desperate for a pet, so when he rescues Bessie-Belle and she offers to grant his wishes he knows just what to ask for. The only problem is that Bessie-Belle can't hear very well, and Freddie tends to mumble. Whatever can they do? Luckily the Fairy Queen is on hand to explain...

“A delightful tale full of Julia Donaldson’s trademark rhyme and wit, with a subtle message about hearing impairments" My child and me

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cover - Cave BabyCave Baby

illustrated by Emily Gravett

Macmillan,
isbn 978 0330522762

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 laughing hyena and even, just maybe, by a big brown bear . . . But where are they going? And what has it to do with the baby’s scribblings on the cave wall?

There is a book and CD edition with Imelda Staunton

Hear Julia singing the Cave Baby Song on Cave Baby's very own website

“An exuberant, rhyming text matched by equally lively illustrations makes this a romp of a bedtime story.”  The Guardian

“an appealing and sensitive fable about the uses of creativity and dreams.” The Telegraph

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cover - Princess Mirror Belle and the Dragon PoxPrincess Mirror-Belle and the Dragon Pox

illustrated by Lydia Monks

Macmillan,
isbn 978-0230771970

Ellen gets a big shock when her double appears out of the bathroom mirror, but Mirror-Belle is a double with a difference! She is a princess, and a mischievous one at that. She is sure that Ellen's chicken pox is actually dragon pox - and she is full of ideas about how to make the spots disappear.


cover - Sugarlump and the UnicornSugarlump and the Unicorn

illustrated by Lydia Monks

Macmillan,
isbn 978-1447240198

When Sugarlump the rocking horse wishes to see the world, a magical unicorn with a silver horn and sparkling blue eyes turns him into a real horse. But after trotting around the farm, galloping around a racetrack and even dancing at the circus, Sugarlump learns to be careful what he wishes for and realises how much he misses the children he left behind. Luckily the unicorn has one more wish to grant . . .

Shortlisted for the new Independent Booksellers Week Picture Book Award (2014).


cover - The Singing MermaidThe Singing Mermaid

illustrated by Lydia Monks

Macmillan,
isbn 978-1447240198

The singing mermaid is tempted away from her home shores to join the circus. The audiences love her but the poor mermaid, kept in a tank by the wicked circus owner Sam Sly, soon longs to return to the freedom of the sea. Will she ever escape?

"Donaldson's reliably entertaining rhymes and Monks's brilliantly bold illustrations - plus a sprinkling of sparking glitter - add up to a delightful rhyming adventure for pre-schoolers" Daily Mail

 

"This is a lovely story, gently told, about trust, betrayal, friendship and courage. Like the best children's books it invites children to experience the story in ways that appeal to them" The Guardian

Shortlisted for new Independent Booksellers Week Picture Book Award (2014)


cover - Rhyming RabbitThe Rhyming Rabbit

illustrated by Lydia Monks

Macmillan,
isbn 978 0230741034

Poor old Rhyming Rabbit is feeling lonely and left out. None of his fellow rabbits appreciate his carefully thought-out poems. And as for the other woodland animals? They just tell him to be quiet! Then one starry night he meets someone who shares his enthusiasm for poetry ...


"Picture book perfection" Sunday Telegraph

"Glittery and witty" Daily Telegraph


cover - What the Ladybird HeardWhat the Ladybird Heard

illustrated by Lydia Monks

Macmillan,
isbn 978-0230706507

Two crafty robbers, one tiny ladybird and a whole farmyard of fun!  Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len have a cunning plan to steal the farmer’s prize cow.  But they reckon without the tiniest, quietest creature of all: she has a plan of her own.

There is also a sound book, a Let’s Read edition, a read and play farm and a Book and CD edition, with Alexander Armstrong.

Winner of the Stockport Schools Book awards and the Royal Mail book awards
You can see me acting out the story as part of an author’s live webcast on the Scottish Booktrust site

 

“Classic Julia Donaldson rhyming text makes this farmyard tale bound along The Bookseller

... a terrific and witty adventure told in Julia Donaldson’s trademark rhyming couplets.  Lydia Monks’ original and stylised farmyard fits the story perfectly.”  The Guardian


cover - The Princess and the WizardThe Princess and the Wizard

illustrated by Lydia Monks

Macmillan,
isbn 978-0-230-52917-5

 

A fairy story about colours

By changing her colour and changing her shape
The princess may try seven times to escape
.


But each time Princess Eliza changes – into a blue fish, a yellow chick, a red fox or a black cat – the wicked wizard finds her and sets her another horrible task. Will this plucky princess be able to outwit him and escape back to the palace in time to cut her birthday cake?

There is also an activity book, a Big Book, a sound book, a Let's Read edition and a book and CD edition, with Imelda Staunton

"A sparkly princess and an equally sparkly, though somewhat darker, wizard battle it out across some glorious colour spreads. . . an exceptionally pleasing replay of a familiar story” – The Guardian


cover - Sharing a ShellSharing a Shell

illustrated by Lydia Monks, with glitter on every page

Macmillan,
isbn 978-1405020480

Look! A crab, a crab with no shell,

Running along by the sea . . .

When the little hermit crab finds a shiny new shell he doesn’t want to share it – not with a blobby purple anemone and a tickly bristleworm. Join Crab, Blob and Brush in the rock pool for a sparkly story of sea, shells and friendship.

There is also a board book edition, a Big Book version, a jigsaw book, a Book and CD edition and and an audio edition with Julian Clary.

Click to see Julia and Malcolm sing the Sharing a Shell song

"sunny glittery story…. clear characterful pictures and jolly verse for reading out loud"  The Independent

"Bright, bold and fun."  Publishing News (Book of the Month)

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Night Monkey Day Monkey

cover - Night Monkey, Day Monkeyillustrated by Lucy Richards

Egmont,
isbn 978 07497 48937

“Hey!” said Day Monkey. “There’s a banana!

How can it manage to fly?”

Night Monkey laughed and said, “Don’t be daft,

That banana’s the moon in the sky.”

Night Monkey and Day Monkey’s worlds are as different as . . . night and day! But in laughing at each other’s misunderstandings they learn to be the best of friends.

There is also a board book and an audio edition with Imelda Staunton, including book and CD with story, games and songs..

"A charmingly rhythmic poem… a clever way of reassuring small children about night-time." The Evening Standard

"Reassuring and funny, this is ideal bedtime reading for bright children."  The Independent on Sunday.

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cover - The Flying BathThe Flying Bath

illustrated by David Roberts

Macmillan,
isbn 978-0230742604

When everyone has left the house in the morning, the bath toys spring into action and head off on exciting adventures in their magical flying bath! From giving a muddy piglet a shower to putting out a fire for a frightened baboon, they have water at the ready for any emergency - but they're always home for the children's bath-time at the end of the day.


cover - Jack and the Flum Flum TreeJack and the Flumflum Tree

illustrated by David Roberts

Macmillan,
isbn 978-0330504065

Jack’s Granny is sick with a bad case of the moozles! And the only cure is the fruit of the fantastic flumflum tree which grows on the faraway Isle of Blowyernose. It’s a perilous journey, but Jack bravely sets sail, with a motley crew of only three – and a large patchwork sack that Granny has filled with an odd assortment of items from chewing-gum to tent pegs. But what use will they be against hungry sharks, a leaky boat and a thieving monkey . . .?

There is a book and CD edition with David Tennant.

Jack and the Flumflum Tree won the 2012 Oldham Schools' Book Awards and was shortlisted for the Scottish Children’s Book Awards.

"There are hints of Edward Lear’s verse in this funny, appealing and imaginative picture book. Julia Donaldson’s engaging text is perfectly accompanied by beautiful and quirky illustrations by David Roberts" Booktrust

"The rhythmic refrain . . . had my twin baby boys clapping their hands in merriment, and the gleeful-looking characters help the story deal with courage and altruism in the lightest of ways" Daily Telegraph


cover - The TrollThe Troll

illustrated by David Roberts

Macmillan,
isbn 978-0230017948

All the Troll wants is to catch a goat – but when a string of other creatures trip-trap over his bridge instead, he’s stuck with boring old fish for supper.  Bother!

Meanwhile, Hank Chief and his pirate crew love fish – but without a decent recipe or cook between them, their slimy supper is revolting. If only they could find the buried treasure and afford to pay a ship’s cook – but it seems they’ve sailed to the wrong island. Again. Watch the fun unfold as these two worlds collide.

There is also a book and CD edition with Alex Jennings

Winner of the Stockport Schools Book Awards

“An ingenious, lively creation, guaranteed not to get anybody's goat.” The Observer

 

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cover - Tyrannosaurus DripTyrannosaurus Drip

illustrated by David Roberts

Macmillan,
isbn 978-0-230-01550-0

Whoever heard of a vegetarian T Rex? When a baby Duckbill dinosaur ends up in the Tyrannosaurus nest, he feels very out of place, and his gruesome new family nickname him Drip. But this little dinosaur is not as weedy as he looks. In fact, he's a real hero!

There is also an activity book, a Let's Read edition and a Book and CD edition

Click here to see Julia and Malcolm singing the Tyrannosaurus Drip song

"A honking, hooting success"   The Bookseller

“The roaring, hooting, monster success of the season”  The Times

“rollicks along very engrossingly” Independent

“Comic, dynamic and charming” Sunday Times

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cover - The Scarecrow's WeddingThe Scarecrow's Wedding

illustrated by Axel Scheffler

Alison Green Books,
isb978-1407144412

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


cover - The GruffaloThe Gruffalo

illustrated by Axel Scheffler

Macmillan,
isbn 978-0333710937 

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 discover what happens when the quick-thinking mouse comes face to face with an owl, a snake and a hungry gruffalo . . .

"a modern classic"  The Observer

The Gruffalo won the Smarties prize, the Blue Peter prize for Best Book to Read Aloud and the Experian Big Three award. The audio version (which also includes The Gruffalo song) won the Spoken Book Award for Best Children’s Audio. The book has sold over 5 million copies and there are 45 foreign editions.

Also available is The Gruffalo Pop-up Theatre Book, which opens up into a stage set, and includes press-out characters and props, the complete story plus a playscript booklet with ideas for staging your own performance.

Also available is a gift book, a 10th Birthday edition and a 15th anniversary edition including some of Axel Scheffler’s original sketches, a Gruffalo activity book, a Red Nose Day activity book, a Gruffalo colouring book, a Gruffalo jigsaw book, a board book, a Big Book, a Let's Read edition, a party pack, a magnet book, a soundbook, and a series of “My First Gruffalo” books for babies. There is now also The Gruffalo Play and The Gruffalo Nature Trail sticker book. The Gruffalo has even appeared on Broadway, in the Tall Stories play based on the book, which frequently tours the UK. (For performing details visit, www.tallstories.org.uk.) The animation of the story, produced by Magic Light and shown on BBC1 on Christmas Day in 2009 and again in 2010, has won several awards and was nominated for a Bafta and an Oscar.

The Gruffalo has been translated into British sign language and you can
watch it by going to www.mybslbooks.com.

There is also an audio edition with Imelda Staunton.

The Gruffalo has his very own site at www.gruffalo.com! Here you can check out my diary, play games, join the Gruffalo Gang and see Julia and Malcolm singing some of their songs.


cover - The Gruffalo's ChildThe Gruffalo’s Child

illustrated by Axel Scheffler

Macmillan,
isbn 978-1405020466 

One snowy night when the Gruffalo snored

The Gruffalo’s Child was feeling bored.

The Gruffalo’s Child was feeling brave

So she tiptoed out of the gruffalo cave . . .

I had been resisting the idea of writing a sequel to The Gruffalo until I began to wonder how the Gruffalo would feel about the mouse five years later. Supposing in the Gruffalo’s mind he had become the Big Bad Mouse, to be avoided by all gruffalos big and small, what then?

The Gruffalo’s Child won the W.H. Smith Children’s Book of the Year award at the 2005 British Book Awards. It was also shortlisted for the Red House Childrens’ Book Award.

There is also a Gruffalo’s Child jigsaw book, board book, activity book, Big Book, special Gift Edition, a 10th anniversary edition with some of Axel Sheffler’s original sketches, a magnet book, a colouring book, a Let's Read edition, a sound book and an audio version with Imelda Staunton.

There is also an edition translated into Scots by James Robertson, called The Gruffalo’s Wean.

The Tall Stories play based on the book frequently tours the UK. For performing details visit, www.tallstories.org.uk. The animation of the story, produced my Magic Light, was shown on BBC1 on Christmas day 2011.

Click here to see Julia and Malcolm singing the Gruffalo’s Child Song

"A variation on the relationship between the canny mouse and the gentle but huge and ugly Gruffalo, so deliciously played out in The Gruffalo, is wittily recreated in this welcome encore."  The Guardian

"The Gruffalo’s Child achieves the impossible - an even more endearing, witty and delightful book than its parent."  The Bookseller

 


cover - SuperwormSuperworm

illustrated by Axel Scheffler

Alison Green Books,
isbn 978-1407132358

Meet the wriggliest, squiggliest superhero in the world!
Never fear! Superworm is here – and he’s wiggling to the rescue!  He can be a lasso, a fishing-line, even a skipping-rope.  But who will rescue Superworm  when he falls prey to a wicked Wizard Lizard?  Luckily, all of his insect friends have a cunning plan ...

Winner of the German Buxterhuder Kälbchen Picture Book Prize 2013 and winner of the Red House Children’s Book Award for Younger Children 2014.

There is also a book and CD edition with Imelda Staunton

“The energetic worm will keep audiences squirming with pleasure” The Observer

“A word lover’s delight in rousing, rhyming verse” The New York Times

“It’s the sheer imaginative tour de force of Donaldson’s jaunty rhyming narrative and Scheffler’s brilliantly funny illustrations that will have this book wriggling into your affections. Another winner” The Herald


The Highway Rat

cover - The Highway Ratillustrated by Axel Scheffler

Alison Green Books,
isbn 978 1407124384  

Give me your buns and your biscuits!
Give me your chocolate éclairs!
For I am the Rat of the highway,
and the Rat Thief never shares!

Life is not safe for the other animals, as the villainous Highway Rat gallops along the highway, stealing their food: clover from a rabbit, nuts from a squirrel - he even steals his own horse's hay. Will he finally meet his comeuppance, in the form of a cunning duck?

There is a board book and a book and CD edition with Imelda Staunton

"Donaldson’s ear for rhyme is unequalled, and Scheffler’s busy, funny illustrations make this ideal for reading aloud with lots of voices and chances to join in” Daily Mail

“Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler are both on top form here”  The Telegraph


Zog

cover - Zogillustrated by Axel Scheffler

Alison Green Books,
isbn 978 1407115597  

Zog is the keenest dragon in school. He’s also the most accident-prone, getting into one scrape after another as he learns to roar and fly and breathe fire.  But who is the mysterious little girl that keeps coming to his aid? And can she really help with his toughest test: capturing a princess?

Zog won the Galaxy Book Award in 2010 and the Oxfordshire Book Award 2011.

There is a board book, an activity book and a Book and CD edition with Imelda Staunton

"The Gruffalo duo do it again with this fable about a dragon, a knight and a damsel in distress, none of them the stock characters we know from fairytale. Donaldson’s rhymes and Scheffler’s illustrations mesh sublimely." Financial Times

"The Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler dream team returns with the tale of Zog, a keen yet accident-prone dragon… Look out for cameos from The Gruffalo in Scheffler’s rich illustrations." Independent on Sunday


cover - Stick ManTabby McTat

illustrated by Axel Scheffler

Alison Green Books,
isbn 978-1-407109-27-5

Tabby McTat is a busker’s cat. He loves his life with Fred, singing along as people throw coins in their hat.  Then one day Fred has an accident and the two are separated. How will they every find each other again?  A touching story of friendship, loyalty, singing - and kittens!

There is an Early Reader edition and a book and CD edition with Imelda Staunton

“The latest sure-fire bestseller from Julia & Axel is the story of Tabby McTat the busker’s cat. Can you feel the text tripping from your tongue already? Julia’s trademark rhythmic verse will entertain parent and child alike while Axel’s illustrations provide something to pore over time and time again.” The Bookseller

 


cover - Stick ManStick Man

illustrated by Axel Scheffler

Alison Green Books,
isbn 978-1407108827

Stick Man lives in the family tree With his Stick Lady Love and their stick children three

…. But the world is a dangerous place for a Stick Man. A dog wants to play with him. A swan builds her nest with him. He even ends up on a fire! Will he ever get back to the family tree?

There is a board book, a jigsaw book, an Early Readers edition, a First Words edition and also a Book and CD edition and an audio edition, both with Imelda Staunton. The Scamp play based on the book frequently tours the UK.  For performing details visit www.scamptheatre.com

 

An irresistibly jaunty picture book, spiced with the danger familiar to all those who love The Gruffalo.  Julia Donaldson’s rhyming text brings the tale to a satisfying conclusion.” The Guardian

“Another cracker of a book. Donaldson’s rhymes bound along, like vintage Dr Seuss, while Scheffler’s slyly witty illustrations are a pleasure. Stick Man’s dogged insistence on his own identity will resonate with children and grown-ups alike.” Financial Times


cover - TiddlerTiddler

illustrated by Axel Scheffler

Alison Green Books,
isbn 978-1-407106-21-2

Tiddler is a little fish who tells the tallest tales in the ocean. But did he really ride a seahorse? Did he really meet a mermaid? And what about the scariest story of them all – the one about the fishermen and the net?

There is a board book, a jigsaw book an Early Readers edition, an activity book and also a Book and CD edition and an audio edition with Imelda Staunton.

There is a Scamp play based on Tiddler, along with A Squash and a Squeeze, Monkey Puzzle and The Smartest Giant in Town.  The play is  called Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales and it frequently tours the UK.  For performing details visit www.scamptheatre.com

Shortlisted for the 2009 Independent Booksellers' Award

“A pleasing romp”  The Guardian

“Picture book perfection” Independent on Sunday


cover - Charlie Cook's Favourite BookCharlie Cook’s Favourite Book

illustrated by Axel Scheffler

Macmillan,
isbn 978-1405034708 

A book-within-a-book-within-a-book-within-a-book . . . complete with pirates, ghosts, knights and aliens.

There is also a board book and a Big Book version.

Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Awards and for the Scottish Royal Mail Book Awards.

“Younger readers will delight in the drama of Donaldson’s vivacious rhyming text and the panache of Scheffler’s illustrations.” Guardian

“a glorious celebration of books and reading” Scotsman


The Snail and the Whale

cover - The Snail and the Whaleillustrated by Axel Scheffler

Macmillan,
isbn 978-0333982242 

The sea snail slithered all over the rock

And gazed at the sea and the ships in the dock.

And as she gazed she sniffed and sighed.

“The sea is deep and the world is wide!

How I long to sail”

Said the tiny snail.

This is probably my favourite of all the books I have written for Axel Scheffler to illustrate, perhaps because I feel I have captured something of the soulful whimsy of the Edward Lear poems I enjoyed as a child.

There is also a board book, a Big Book version, a Let's Read edition, an activity book, a colouring book and an audio edition with Imelda Staunton.

The Snail and the Whale has been translated into British sign language and you can watch it by going to www.mybslbooks.com.

The Snail and the Whale won the 2004 Early Years award for the best pre-school book, the 2005 Blue Peter award for Best Book to Read Aloud, and the 2007 Giverny award for Best Science Picture Book. The audio version, which includes The Snail and the Whale song, won the Spoken Book gold award for best audio for 6 and under.

"Bold and brilliant, wise and wacky."  The Times

"A joy to read aloud"  The Guardian


The Smartest Giant in Town

cover - The Smartest Giant in Townillustrated by Axel Scheffler

Macmillan,
isbn 978-0333963968 

George wishes he wasn’t the scruffiest giant in town. So when he sees a new shop selling giant-size clothes he decides it’s time for a new look. But on his way home he meets various animals who desperately need his help . . . and his clothes!

There is also a board book, a Big Book version, an activity book and an audio edition with Imelda Staunton and Steven Pacey.

The Smartest Giant in Town features in a Scamp play called Tiddler and other Terrific Tales which frequently tours the UK. For performing details visit www.scamptheatre.com

The book was shortlisted for the Blue Peter, Red House, Sheffield and Portsmouth book awards. The audio version, which includes George’s song, won the Spoken Book gold award for best audio for 6 and under.

"My absolute favourite of this year’s picture books… Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler are a combination made in heaven."  The Independent on Sunday.

"Who could resist?"  The Sunday Times


cover - Room on the BroomRoom on the Broom

illustrated by Axel Scheffler

Macmillan,
isbn 978-0333903384 

How the cat purred and how the witch grinned

As they sat on their broomstick and flew through the wind.

But how many passengers will one broomstick take? And what about the dragon who fancies “witch and chips” for tea?

There is also a board book, a Big Book, an activity book, a colouring book, a sound book, A Let's Read edition, an interactive ebook as well as an audio edition with Josie Lawrence.

Room on the Broom has been translated into 22 languages including Scots and has won 6 book awards (Scottish, Sheffield, Stockport, Norfolk, Blue Peter and Mumsnet). The audio version, which includes the Room on the Broom song, won the Spoken Book Award for the best audio for 6 and under.

The animated film of Room on the Broom, produced by Magic Light, was shown on BBC TV at Christmas 2012.  It was awarded the Crystal for Best TV Production at the Annecy Animation Festival 2013 and was nominated for an Oscar in 2014.

Room on the Broom has been translated into British sign language and you can watch it by going to www.mybslbooks.com.

The Tall Stories play based on the book frequently tours the UK. For performing details visit www.tallstories.org.uk.

"Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler have come up with another gem… we loved it." The Independent


cover - Monkey PuzzleMonkey Puzzle

illustrated by Axel Scheffler

Macmillan,
isbn 978-0333720011 

“I’ve lost my mum!”

“Hush, little monkey, don’t you cry,

I’ll help you find her,” said Butterfly.

But somehow Butterfly keeps getting it wrong. Will Monkey ever find his mum?

As well as the book there is an audio edition with Imelda Staunton, including the Monkey Puzzle song, which won a silver award in the Spoken Book Awards. There is also a board book, a Big Book version and a Jigsaw book.

Monkey Puzzle has been tranlated into British sign language and you can watch it by going to www.mybslbooks.com.

Monkey Puzzle features in a Scamp play called Tiddler and other Terrific Tales which frequently tours the UK. For performing details visit www.scamptheatre.com

"The really outstanding new animal picture book for children over two… it will make you all laugh over and over again"  The Independent on Sunday


A Squash and a Squeeze

cover - A Squash and a Squeezeillustrated by Axel Scheffler

Macmillan,
isbn 978-1405004770 

“Wise old man, won’t you help me, please?

My house is a squash and a squeeze.”

This was my first book, published in 1993, but it started its life earlier still, as a song which I wrote for children’s television. There is also a Big Book, a board book, a Braille edition, a Let’s Read edition, a 20th anniversary edition with early drawings from Axel’s sketchbook and audio version with Imelda Staunton, Steven Pacey and Julia which includes both story and song (I sing the part of the little old lady!)

A Squash and a Squeeze features in a Scamp play called Tiddler and other Terrific Tales which frequently tours the UK. For performing details visit www.scamptheatre.com

"a bit of a classic… a goat on the bed and a cow on the table tapping out a jig? My readers collapsed in heaps, and then had to have it read again. And again."  Vivian French in The Guardian


cover - Fox's SocksFox’s Socks

illustrated by Axel Scheffler

Macmillan,
isbn 978 02307 53099  

Poor old Fox

Has lost his socks.

Readers can help him find them by lifting the flaps - but they will discover a lot of other clothes first. Printed on tough paper for young hands, this is one of the four books in the Acorn Wood series.

"Humorous lift-the-flap story book which uses clever rhyming text to introduce new words and encourage interaction."  Prima Baby


cover - Postman BearPostman Bear

illustrated by Axel Scheffler

Macmillan,
isbn 978 02307 53129

A rhyming lift-the-flap story about a bear delivering birthday invitations to his friends. Part of the Acorn Wood series, printed on extra sturdy paper suitable for toddlers.

"A lovely story and a perfect length for children to share."  Carousel


cover - Rabbit's NapRabbit’s Nap

illustrated by Axel Scheffler

Macmillan,
isbn 978 02307 53105

Rabbit’s feeling sleepy. She curls up in a chair.

Tap tap! Who’s there? Oh dear, it’s builder bear.

And then there’s the band of mice, the wood-chopping fox and the bell on Hedgehog’s bicycle – will Rabbit ever doze off?

One of the four lift-the-flap books in the Acorn Wood series, printed on tough paper for toddler’s hands.

"My one year old daughter is absolutely enchanted by this book and just loves lifting the cardboard flap and revealing the animals underneath… All her other books are sitting on the shelf gathering dust - she always just grabs this one!"  Amazon reader


cover - Hide and Seek PigHide-and-Seek Pig

illustrated by Axel Scheffler

Macmillan,
isbn 978 02307 53112

In this rhyming story for toddlers, hen hides from pig and readers can lift the flaps to help him find her. One of the four Acorn Wood books printed on extra sturdy paper.


cover - Tales from Acorn WoodTales from Acorn Wood

illustrated by Axel Scheffler

Macmillan,
isbn 978-14050590254

This is a compilation of three rhyming lift-the-flap books,  Rabbit’s Nap, Postman Bear and Hide-and-Seek Pig, which are all also published separately (see above). It has extra tough pages and is suitable for toddlers.

There is also an audiobook and an activity book


The Gruffalo Song and Other Songs

cover - The Gruffalo Sng and Other Songsillustrated by Axel Scheffler

Macmillan,
isbn 978-1405022347

I have always written songs, including over 80 for children’s television programmes. When I perform these in schools, teachers have often asked me if they can buy a tape or c.d. Well, now they can! This book and c.d. contains nine songs – some of the television ones alongside some newer ones based on my picture books. I sing them myself, with a great live band, and there is also an instrumental version, which provides an accompaniment for schools or families without an instrument-player. The book contains the words, guitar chords and the music arranged for piano.


cover - Room on the Broom and Other SongsRoom an the Broom and Other Songs

illustrated by Axel Scheffler

Macmillan,
isbn 978-1405053662

A second collection of songs, some of them based on my picture books, others with actions for children to join in at home or school. The book is accompanied by a CD in which my husband Malcolm and I sing the songs accompanied by some brilliant musicians. The book contains the words, guitar chords and music arranged for piano, and is wittily illustrated by Axel Scheffler.

Click here to see Julia and Malcolm singing one of the songs from the book


cover - Room on the Broom and Other SongsThe Gruffalo’s Child and Other Songs

illustrated by Axel Scheffler

Macmillan,
isbn 978-1447213741

A third collection of songs, some of them based on my picture books, including the Stick Man song, others with actions for children to join in at home or school. The book is accompanied by a CD in which my husband Malcolm and I sing the songs accompanied by some brilliant musicians.

"Your little one will love this fun book about a witty take on follow my leader. The colourful illustrations zing off the page and your tot will lap up the repetitive sounds as the journey unfolds." Practical Parenting

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cover - Animal MusicAnimal Music

illustrated by Nick Sharratt

Macmillan,
isbn 978-1447210955

There's harmony in the air when the animals get together for a concert with a difference! Koala's playing his flute, Badger's bashing away on the drums and Squirrel's strumming on the guitar. Sing and dance along – you’ve never seen a show like it!


cover - Goat Goes to PlaygroupGoat Goes to Playgroup

illustrated by Nick Sharratt

Macmillan,
isbn 978-0330512282

There’s a commotion in the classroom as Goat and the other animals spend the day at playgroup. The musical instruments and the dressing up box are lots of fun, but – oh dear! – Goat gets into a muddle or two. A comforting story for any child starting at, or already attending, a playgroup.

There is also a board book.

"A brilliant book for any little ones off to nursery for the first time. Bright, bold illustrations and a rhyiming story tell the tale of Goat's first day at playgroup. Comforting and fun." Practical Parenting


cover - Wriggle and RoarToddle Waddle

illustrated by Nick Sharratt

Macmillan,
isbn 978-0230706484

A wobbly toddler takes a walk and is soon joined by a joyful troop of human and animal friends. They wander happily along with a clip clop, hurry scurry, flip flop, toddle waddle, but where will they go and who else will they meet along the way?


cover - One Mole Digging a HoleOne Mole Digging a Hole

Illustrated by Nick Sharratt

Macmillan,
isbn 9780230706477

Two snakes with garden rakes
Three bears picking pears .....

A counting book with a gardening theme

There is also a board book and a Book and CD edition

"There are jokes aplenty: foxes tidily filling boxes - with tomatoes, of all unlikely things - and crows with a hose helpfully watering the cabbages. Sharratt's uncluttered use of the page gives room for the build up of the numbers to have a clear visual effect."  The Guardian


Chocolate Mousse for Greedy Goose

cover - Chocolate Mousse for Greedy Gooseillustrated by Nick Sharratt

Macmillan,
isbn 978-1405021906

“Chocolate mouse!” says greedy Goose.

“Don’t just grab it,” says angry Rabbit.

Good manners aren’t on the menu at this meal. Duck won’t eat his carrots, Moth is eating the cloth, and Sheep would rather sleep than wash the dishes.

A simple rhyming picture book with extra tough pages, suitable for toddlers.

There is also a board book, and a Book and CD edition , with Michael Fenton-Stevens

“A perfect marriage of words to pictures” The Independent on Sunday

“It's another winner” Evening Standard


cover - Hippo Has A HatHippo Has a Hat

Illustrated by Nick Sharratt

Macmillan,
isbn 978-1405021913

“Lots of clothes! Let’s try them.
Maybe we can buy them.”

There’s chaos in the clothes shop when the animals go on a glorious shopping spree.

A simple rhyming picture book with extra tough pages for toddlers.

There is also a board book and Book and CD edition , with Michael Fenton-Stevens


Wriggle and Roar
– Rhymes to Join in with

cover - Wriggle and Roarillustrated by Nick Sharratt

Macmillan,
isbn 978-1405021661

Whenever I’m tired of being me

I swing around like a chimpanzee.

Seventeen brightly illustrated rhymes which children can join in, either with noises or actions.

There is also a Big Book version and Book and CD edition , with Justin Fletcher

Shortlisted for the Early Years book award.

"This book will animate, engage and stimulate babies and have nursery classes jumping about with noisy enthusiasm."   The Sunday Times (Book of the Week)

"the perfect way to tire out lively toddlers… It’s timeless, irresistible and will encourage our youngest readers to be book-lovers for ever."  The Bookseller


cover Conjuror CowConjuror Cow

illustrated by Nick Sharratt

Puffin,
isbn 978-0140568486

Everyone’s waiting,

The lights have gone low.

So open the curtains

And on with the show!

Conjuror Cow is putting on a magnificent magic show – but can she make a white rabbit jump out of a hat? Turn the special novelty pages and find out.

"an instant hit. My children love its bold, primary colours and its simple – deliberately faulty - magic."  The Observer

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cover - Folloe the SwallowFollow the Swallow

illustrated by Pam Smy

Egmont,
isbn 978-1405217880

Chack the blackbird is trying to get a message to Apollo the swallow. We follow dolphins, camels and crocodiles, under oceans and through deserts to help get the message across.

"A charmer of a story . . . an enchanting picture book, this is genuinely gripping because of the well-crafted story and warm pictures.” Independent

 

(This title is also available as a Blue Banana book, with illustrations by Martin Ursell. See Early Readers.)

 

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cover - The Magic Paintbrush

The Magic Paintbrush

illustrated by Joel Stewart

Macmillan,
isbn 978-0333964439

I order you to paint a tree

And make it very big.

Instead of leaves, paint golden coins -

A hundred on each twig.

When the greedy emperor hears about Shen’s magic brush, all he can think about is gold. How can a little village girl stand up to him?

"A beautiful book"  The Observer

"The best recent picture book" The Daily Telegraph

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cover - The Magic Paintbrush

The Further Adventures of the Owl and the Pussy-cat

illustrated by Charlotte Voake

Puffin,
isbn 978-0141332888

This is a sequel to Edward Lear's favourite rhyme set in a nonsensical land full of adventure. When their beautiful golden ring is stolen, the Owl and the Pussy-cat must travel far from the safety of the Bong-tree glade as their search for the thief leads them across the Sea, to the Chankly Bore and beyond...

Shortlisted for 2014 Bishop’s Stortford Picture Book Award and for the 2013 Specsavers British Book Award

“Donaldson has created an entertaining addition to Lear’s work, while Charlotte Voake breathes new life into some of his best-loved and most original creations” The Guardian

“Donaldson’s rhythm imitates Lear perfectly and captures his zaniness” The Sunday Times

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