Julia Donaldson Books

Charlie Cook's Favourite Book

Best known for The Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson has written over 120 books and plays for children and teenagers, including some of the UK's best-selling picture books.

Julia was the Children's Laureate from 2011-13.

  • The Gruffalo's Child

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Axel Scheffler
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's books
    Interest age: 3-6
    Reading age: 6+

    Five years after the publication of multi award-winning The Gruffalo, author Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler return with a much-awaited sequel.

  • The Smartest Giant in Town

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Axel Scheffler
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's books
    Interest age: 4-7
    Reading age: 5+

    George is the scruffiest giant in town, so he buys a new outfit to smarten himself up. On the way home, however, he meets others who are in greater need of his clothes than he is...

  • Tales from Acorn Wood: Opposites

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Axel Scheffler
    Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books
    Interest age: 0-3

    Donaldson and Scheffler are already household names for those with young children, and now even the very newest members of the family can enjoy their work in this lovely board book about opposites, full of traditional illustration.

  • Tales From Acorn Wood: Cat’s Cookbook

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Axel Scheffler
    Publisher: Macmillan
    Interest age: 2-3

    Part of the adorable Acorn Wood series, Cat’s Cookbook extols the importance of libraries in a fun way, reminding us how nice it is to browse for a book and also find exactly the one we wanted.

  • Stick Man

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Axel Scheffler
    Publisher: Scholastic
    Interest age: 4-6

    The award-winning creators of The Gruffalo now present us with a modern variation on a long-established folk tale theme, which details the perilous adventures of a stick.

  • Wriggle and Roar!

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Nick Sharratt
    Publisher: Macmillan Childrens Books
    Interest age: 2-4
    Reading age: 5+

    This super collection of 17 original rhymes for joining in with has appeal for the new toddler and well into the nursery years.

  • The Hospital Dog

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Sara Ogilvie
    Publisher: Macmillan
    Interest age: 2-5

    This is the charming story of Dot the dalmatian, a very special dog indeed, who finds out just how important her hospital visits are. The story is told in rhyming couplets which are delicious to read aloud and share with children, and the bright, inclusive illustrations are full of life, warmth and expression.

  • The Detective Dog

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Sara Ogilvie
    Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books
    Interest age: 4-7
    Reading age: 6+

    Detective Dog Nell is famed for her sleuthing skills in this witty detail-packed book, full of exuberant rhyming couplets - perfect for sharing and reading aloud.

  • Tiddler

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Axel Scheffler
    Publisher: Scholastic
    Interest age: 3-6

    Although he looks small and ordinary, Tiddler is a fish who loves to tell tall tales. But one day he is swept up in a fisherman's net and then thrown back in to an unfamiliar part of the sea.

  • Charlie Cook's Favourite Book

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Axel Scheffler
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
    Interest age: 4-6
    Reading age: 6+

    From pirates to dragons, aliens and ghosts, this book serves as a celebration of all stories, and a reminder of how one story can lead to another!

  • Princess Mirror-Belle

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Lydia Monks
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's books
    Interest age: 6+
    Reading age: 7+

    Ellen, off school with chicken pox, gets a big surprise one day while examining her spots in the mirror: her reflection starts talking back to her, and even comes out of the mirror!

  • Room on the Broom

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Axel Scheffler
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
    Interest age: 3-6
    Reading age: 6+

    From former Children's Laureate Julia Donaldson and longtime collaborator Axel Scheffler comes this much-loved tale about a witch and her gang of friends.

  • Spinderella

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Sebastien Braun
    Publisher: Farshore
    Interest age: 3-6
    Reading age: 6+

    Spinderella is a spider who lives with her spider mum and brothers and sisters on top of a ceiling light at a school. A story about numbers, football and family, Spinderella is an enjoyable read for young children just starting to learn maths.

  • One Mole Digging a Hole

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Nick Sharratt
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
    Interest age: 2-5
    Reading age: 5+

    In this vibrant counting book, one mole digging a hole is soon joined by a troupe of gardening friends, including nine doves in gardening gloves and ten bees pruning trees.

  • It’s A Little Baby

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Rebecca Cobb
    Publisher: MacMillan
    Interest age: 0-3

    This is a really simple and fun book to read, encouraging interaction between the book and the child, and the reader and little one. And there’s a bonus: the words are also a song, which can be downloaded or found on the It’s A Little Baby website.

  • The Smeds and the Smoos

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Axel Scheffler
    Publisher: Alison Green Books
    Interest age: 3-5

    On a far-off planet, a young red Smed called Janet falls in love with a young blue Smoo called Bill. The newest rhyming picture book from the stellar pairing of Donaldson and Scheffler provides all their usual invention, quirkiness and read-aloud expertise.

  • The Everywhere Bear

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Rebecca Cobb
    Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books
    Interest age: 4-5

    This picture book about a missing toy bear somehow seems like a classic already - with a lovely whiff of nostalgia about it all, while also feeling very current and gently inclusive.

  • What the Jackdaw Saw

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Nick Sharratt
    Publisher: Pan Macmillan
    Interest age: 5+
    Reading age: 6+

    A highly entertaining book with an inclusive cast of characters, providing an introduction to sign language to all children.

  • The Snail and the Whale

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Axel Scheffler
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's books
    Interest age: 3-6
    Reading age: 6+

    This book by the award-winning Gruffalo partnership is about a tiny snail who longs to see the world, and the enormous grey-blue humpback whale who gives him a lift on his tail.

  • Tabby McTat

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Axel Scheffler
    Publisher: Scholastic
    Interest age: 4-6
    Reading age: 6+

    A poetic story of love, adventure and music that demands to be read aloud or possibly sung, depending on the power of the reader's purr.

  • Chocolate Mousse for Greedy Goose

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Nick Sharratt
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
    Interest age: 2-5
    Reading age: 5+

    Join in the fun as all the animals come together for a chaotic dinner party! Tasty treats are on the menu - but unfortunately not all of the animals have very good table manners.

  • Toddle Waddle

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Nick Sharratt
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's books
    Interest age: 2+
    Reading age: 5+

    An ideal book for sharing - babies will love imitating the sounds in the text and pointing out details in the illustrations.

  • The Gruffalo

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Axel Scheffler
    Publisher: Macmillan
    Interest age: 1-5

    In this much-loved picture book, a little mouse walks through the woods and encounters a fox, an owl and a snake.

  • What the Ladybird Heard

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Lydia Monks
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
    Interest age: 3+
    Reading age: 6+

    The animals on the farm are always noisy, all except for the ladybird who never says a word. But when burglars plot to steal the farmer's fine prize cow, the ladybird has a plan...

  • Cave Baby

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Emily Gravett
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
    Interest age: 3+
    Reading age: 6+

    Cave Baby is restless and sets about amusing himself. But he is warned that being naughty will mean 'A mammoth's going to throw you to the big brown bear!'