A guide to Julia Donaldson’s books and series

You’ve journeyed into the deep dark wood with the Gruffalo and jumped on the broom with the witch, her cat and her very tall hat, but have you read these other brilliant Julia Donaldson books, illustrated by her amazing illustrators?

28/10/2020
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Julia Donaldson's modern classic The Gruffalo has been read and loved by children for over twenty years.  If your little one is a fan of the creature with terrible tusks and terrible claws, they're sure to love all the other Julia Donaldson characters. If you're looking for more books by Julia Donaldson and her illustrator partners, read on for our guide to her other bestselling stories. 


Books by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

The Gruffalo

by Julia Donaldson

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Illustrated by Axel Scheffler

Julia Donaldson's characters are loved around the world, and none more so than the Gruffalo. It has been more than two whole decades since the little mouse took a stroll through the deep dark wood, and millions of kids and adults around the world fell in love with the creature with terrible tusks and terrible claws. This new edition of the modern classic features a stunning redesigned cover and a beautiful finish. It’s the perfect gift for Gruffalo fans of all ages.

Discover more books and activities for children who love The Gruffalo.

Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book

by Julia Donaldson

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Illustrated by Axel Scheffler

A celebration of the joy of reading, Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book is a story about how anyone can find magic within the pages of a book. With Julia Donaldson’s trademark rhyming verse and Axel Scheffler’s illustrations, fans of The Snail and the Whale will love embarking on an adventure with Charlie Cook as he comes across aliens, frogs, monarchs and even Goldilocks!

The Smartest Giant in Town

by Julia Donaldson

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Illustrated by Axel Scheffler

This Julia Donaldson book is a classic tale of friendship with one very scruffy, but very kind and much-loved giant. George doesn’t want to be the scruffiest giant in town, so when he sees a giant-sized clothes shop he decides it’s time for a smart new look. His new clothes make him the smartest giant in town, until some new friends need his help . . .

Room on the Broom

by Julia Donaldson

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Illustrated by Axel Scheffler

This story of a witch and her cat, and the medley of creatures that hitch a ride on her broom isn’t just for Halloween! The witch loses her hat, bow and wand which are returned by a dog, a bird and a frog, all eager for a ride on her broom. It’s the more the merrier until the broom snaps under its heavy load - and there’s a greedy dragon looking for a snack . . .

Little fans of Room on the Broom will love these books and activities based on Axel Scheffler and Julia Donaldson's characters.

The Snail and the Whale

by Julia Donaldson

Book cover for 9781509812523

Illustrated by Axel Scheffler

Go on an adventure with this tiny snail and the great big grey-blue humpback whale. A little snail hitches a ride on the tail of a whale and feels so small in the vast world he sees. But when disaster strikes, it’s the tiny snail who saves the day. Julia Donaldson's characters will charm little ones in this story of friendship. 

Discover all The Snail and the Whale books featuring Axel Scheffler and Julia Donaldson's characters.

Zog

by Julia Donaldson

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Illustrated by Axel Scheffler

Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s most recent creation, Zog is a studious but very accident-prone dragon who forges an unlikely friendship with a mysterious princess.

Acorn Wood lift-the-flap books

Join the creatures of Acorn Wood on their adventures in these new editions of the classic stories by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. With bold, colourful illustrations, interactive flaps to lift for little hands to explore and fun rhyming verse, these books are perfect to read with toddlers and preschoolers.


Rabbit's Nap

by Julia Donaldson

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Illustrated by Axel Scheffler

Poor Rabbit is trying to get to sleep, but it is much too noisy! Follow the story together and lift the flaps to find out if she will ever get a moment's peace to sleep. This classic Julia Donaldson book makes for an ideal bedtime story for little ones.

Hide-and-Seek Pig

by Julia Donaldson

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Illustrated by Axel Scheffler

Join Pig and Hen for a game of hide-and-seek in Acorn Wood. Young readers will love lifting the flaps to help Pig search for Hen in this rhyming story of friendship and fun from Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

Fox's Socks

by Julia Donaldson

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Illustrated by Axel Scheffler

Guaranteed to make you and your little ones laugh out loud, this rhyming story about Fox’s hunt for his favourite socks is bound to become a firm favourite with kids and grown-ups alike.

Postman Bear

by Julia Donaldson

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Illustrated by Axel Scheffler

Learn about the joy of letter writing in this classic lift-the-flap story. Postman Bear is writing letters to his friends, but what could they be about? Read the story to discover what Bear’s big surprise is!

Books by Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks

What the Ladybird Heard

by Julia Donaldson

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Illustrated by Lydia Monks

Lydia Monks’ bright, bold illustrations and Julia Donaldson’s trademark rhymes combine in the What the Ladybird Heard picture book series. Following the story of a crime-fighting ladybird and her animal friends, these books would make an excellent gift for children who love The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom.

Fans of the Ladybird will love these books and activities based on What the Ladybird Heard

The Girl, the Bear and the Magic Shoes

by Julia Donaldson

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Illustrated by Lydia Monks

When Josephine leaves the shop after buying some new running shoes, she realises she’s being followed by a bear with a backpack. Luckily for Josephine, her new shoes are anything but ordinary – these are magic shoes! This magical adventure by Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks is a story you'll read together again and again.

Princess Mirror-Belle

by Julia Donaldson

Book cover for 9781509838721

Illustrated by Lydia Monks

Ideal for children aged 5–7 who are starting to read more independently, this chapter book series by Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks follows the adventures of the magically mischievous Princess Mirror-Belle. The Princess Mirror-Belle books are also available as audiobooks, narrated by Sophie Thompson. Younger readers can also enjoy the picture book, Princess Mirror-Belle and the Dragon Pox.

View all the books in the Princess Mirror-Belle series here.

Sugarlump and the Unicorn

by Julia Donaldson

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Illustrated by Lydia Monks

Sugarlump the rocking horse longs to explore the outside world, and his wish is granted with the arrival of a magical unicorn who turns him into a real horse. But, after trotting round the farm, galloping at the racetrack and dancing at the circus, Sugarlump learns that you should be careful what you wish for. Luckily the unicorn is there to grant him one last wish . . .

The Singing Mermaid

by Julia Donaldson

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Illustrated by Lydia Monks

Seeking fame and fortune, the Singing Mermaid joins the circus. But though the crowds love her, the wicked circus owner keeps her captive in a tank, and soon she longs for the freedom of her ocean home. This delightful rhyming story is full of colourful illustrations on every page.

Books by Julia Donaldson and David Roberts

The Troll

by Julia Donaldson

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Illustrated by David Roberts

This laugh-out-loud pirate adventure is perfect for fans of the much-loved Tyrannosaurus Drip. The Troll is dreaming of a tasty goat to eat, but all he's got for supper is boring old fish! Hank Chief and his pirate crew love fish, but without a decent recipe their dinner is just as slimy and soggy as The Troll's. If they could find their buried treasure they could pay for a ship's cook, but they've sailed to the wrong island. Again . . .

Tyrannosaurus Drip

by Julia Donaldson

Book cover for 9781509892433

Illustrated by David Roberts

This brilliantly funny story about accepting and celebrating difference is perfect for little dinosaur fans. When a placid duckbill dinosaur's egg ends up in a tyrannosaurus rex's nest, there's no end of confusion! Tyrannosauruses are supposed to be fierce, but the poor baby dinosaur just wants a peaceful life chomping on water weed. This fun rhyming adventure by Julia Donaldson is wonderfully illustrated by David Roberts.

If your little ones love Tyrannosaurus Drip, they'll adore these activities featuring David Roberts and Julia Donaldson's characters from the book.  

The Cook and the King

by Julia Donaldson

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Illustrated by David Roberts

A laugh-out-loud picture book from Julia Donaldson, illustrated by David Roberts, The Cook and the King is the story of a hungry, but very fussy king and his search for the perfect cook. This deliciously funny cooking adventure is sure to become a firm favourite with children and adults alike. 

Books by Julia Donaldson and Sara Ogilvie

The Detective Dog

by Julia Donaldson

Book cover for 9781509801602

Illustrated by Sara Ogilvie

Join detective dog Nell as she solves the mystery of the missing books in this bestselling story by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Sara Ogilvie. With bright, vibrant illustrations and lots of rhymes you can read together, The Detective Dog is guaranteed to become a firm favourite for children of all ages.

The Hospital Dog

by Julia Donaldson

Book cover for 9781509868315

Illustrated by Sarah Ogilvie.

The Hospital Dog is a big-hearted tale about a very special, very brave dog.

After their breakfast and a swim in the sea, Dot and her owner Rose jump on the bus to the hospital. Dot loves visiting the children of Wallaby Ward and they’re always pleased to see her too; from a crying baby to a bored teenager – a pat, a stroke and a cuddle with Dot cheers everyone up. But the work of the hospital dog doesn’t stop there and when one of her patients is in trouble, it’s up to Dot to save the day!


Books by Julia Donaldson and Sharon King-Chai

Counting Creatures

by Julia Donaldson

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Illustrated by Sharon King-Chai

This Julia Donaldson book is stunningly illustrated by Sharon King-Chai. It is a fun, interactive counting book with peep-through pages, fold-out flaps and bright, beautiful artwork. Little ones will love comparing the creatures, exploring their habitats and learning the proper names for all the baby animals.

Discover the beautiful illustrations inside Julia Donaldson and Sharon King-Chai's Counting Creatures:

Animalphabet

by Julia Donaldson

Book cover for 9781509801633

Illustrated by Sharon King-Chai

With Sharon King-Chai’s beautiful bold illustrations, peep-through pages and Julia Donaldson’s trademark rhythmic writing, this award-winning collaboration is a non-fiction children’s book to be treasured forever. Packed with facts about a huge array of animals, you’ll read Animalphabet together for years to come.


Books by Julia Donaldson and Catherine Rayner

The Go-Away Bird

by Julia Donaldson

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Illustrated by Catherine Rayner

A gorgeous picture book by Julia Donaldson and award-winning illustrator Catherine Rayner, The Go-Away Bird is a tale of friendship and working together, written in Julia’s trademark rhyming verse.


Get outside with the Gruffalo

The Gruffalo Spring and Summer Nature Trail

by Julia Donaldson

Book cover for 9781509836390

Grab your wellies and get outside with The Gruffalo Spring and Summer Trail. Full of fun spring and summer outdoor activities and hundreds of stickers, this is a brilliant book for all the family.