Julia Donaldson is a bestselling author of children’s books whose many works include the modern children’s classics THE GRUFFALO, STICK MAN and ROOM ON THE BROOM (illustrated by Axel Scheffler) and the WHAT THE LADYBIRD HEARD series (illustrated by Lydia Monks). Her books have sold more than 90 million copies worldwide and won numerous major awards including the Nation’s Favourite Bedtime Story Award, the Scottish Book Trust Award, the Red House Children’s Book Award, and The Booksellers Association Books Are My Bag Readers Award. Her work has been translated into 99 languages. Julia is also the author of songs, plays and novels, including the award-winning teen novel RUNNING ON THE CRACKS and the PRINCESS MIRROR-BELLE stories for 7–9 year olds.
Seven of Julia Donaldson’s books have been turned into award-winning animated films shown on the BBC, and her work is widely adapted for children’s theatre in the UK and abroad. She is also famous for her theatrical performances based on her books which she has performed with music and song in the theatre, at literary festivals and other events. Julia, together with her husband Malcolm, founded their own theatre company to perform two medleys of her work at the Edinburgh Fringe and other venues.
In 2011 Julia was appointed the UK’s Children’s Laureate. During her laureateship she undertook a tour of libraries from John O’Groats to Lands’ End to publicise the state of libraries in the UK.
Julia Donaldson received an MBE in 2011 for her services to literature and a CBE in 2018.
Julia and Malcolm live in the UK and divide their time between Sussex and Edinburgh.
Her latest picture book THE HOSPITAL DOG, illustrated by Sara Ogilvie, is published by Macmillan Children’s Books.
Magic Light Pictures will release the animated special of her book ZOG AND THE FLYING DOCTORS, illustrated by Axel Scheffler, as a highlight of BBC One’s Christmas scheduling this year.