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 books by Julia Donaldson and her amazing illustrators?

18/03/2019

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 and 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

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Illustrated by Axel Scheffler

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 Gruffalo. 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.

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Charlie Cook's Favourite Book 15th Anniversary Edition

by Julia Donaldson

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Illustrated by Axel Scheffler

Another Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler classic, Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book celebrates its 15th anniversary this year! A celebration of the magic of books and reading, in this fun rhyming picture book Charlie Cook meets dragons, knights, frogs and more between the pages of his favourite stories. This special new edition, complete with shiny foil, is a brilliant way to get kids enthusiastic and excited about reading together!

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The Smartest Giant in Town

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Illustrated by Axel Scheffler

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 . . .

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Room on the Broom

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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 -m and there’s a greedy dragon looking for a snack . . .

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The Snail and the Whale

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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.

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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.

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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 lift-the-flaps 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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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 moments peace to sleep. Rabbit’s Nap makes for an ideal bedtime story for little ones.

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Hide-and-Seek Pig

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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.

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Fox's Socks

by Julia Donaldson

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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.

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Postman Bear

by Julia Donaldson

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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! 

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Books by Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks

What the Ladybird Heard 10th Anniversary Edition

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.

View all the books in the What the Ladybird Heard series here. 

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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 (and glittery) adventure by Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks is a story you'll read together again and again.

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Princess Mirror-Belle

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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.

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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 . . .

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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, glittery illustrations on every page.

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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 . . .  

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Tyrannosaurus Drip

by Julia Donaldson

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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. 

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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. All Julia and David’s books have been reissued with beautiful new covers in 2019.

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Books by Julia Donaldson and other illustrators

The Detective Dog

by Julia Donaldson

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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.  

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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.

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Animalphabet

by Julia Donaldson

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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. 

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Get outside with the Gruffalo

The Gruffalo Spring and Summer Nature Trail

by Julia Donaldson

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Illustrated by Axel Scheffler

For something a little different, why not grab your wellies and head outside with The Gruffalo Spring and Summer Nature Trail. Packed with fun spring and summer themed activities, nature trails and over 400 stickers, this book is a fantastic resource to get the whole family outside and exploring the great outdoors.

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