Julia Donaldson, Children's Laureate 2011-2013, is one of the UK's best-loved writers for children. Her books with artist Axel Scheffler have sold over 48 million copies, and other distinguished illustrators with whom she has worked include Rebecca Cobb, Emily Gravett, Lydia Monks, Helen Oxenbury, David Roberts, Nick Sharratt and Charlotte Voake.

Her latest two books are The Ugly Five (Scholastic), a joyful celebration of the ugly animals of the African savannah, and the next book in the bestselling Ladybird series, What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday (Macmillan). Julia also writes highly-acclaimed fiction. Running on the Cracks (Egmont) is an award-winning novel for 11-13-year-olds, whilst the hilarious Princess Mirror-Belle series (Macmillan) is a delight for middle grade readers.

Julia divides her time between West Sussex and Edinburgh. Her books have won many awards including the Blue Peter Award for Best Illustrated Book to Read Aloud for Room on the Broom (Macmillan), the WH Smith Children's Book of the Year for Zog (Scholastic) and Scottish Royal Mail Award for What the Ladybird Heard (Macmillan). The TV films of The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom have been nominated for Oscars.

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