Julia Donaldson, Children's Laureate 2011-2013, is one of the UK's best-loved writers for children. Her books with illustrator Axel Scheffler have sold over 65 million copies, and other distinguished illustrators with whom she has worked include Lydia Monks, Nick Sharratt, Rebecca Cobb, Emily Gravett, Helen Oxenbury, David Roberts and Charlotte Voake.
Her latest picture books are The Smeds & The Smoos (Scholastic) illustrated by Axel Scheffler, and What the Ladybird Heard at the Seaside (Macmillan, April 2020) illustrated by Lydia Monks. Julia also writes highly-acclaimed fiction: Running on the Cracks (Egmont) is an award-winning novel for 11-13-year-olds, while 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 the 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. She was awarded a CBE in the New Year's Honours List 2018.