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Publication Order of Gruffalo Books

with Axel Scheffler
The Gruffalo (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Gruffalo Song and Other Songs (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Gruffalo's Child (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Gruffalo's Child Activity Book (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Gruffalo Magnet Book (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Gruffalo Red Nose Day Book (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Gruffalo's Child Song and Other Songs (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
My First Gruffalo: Touch-and-feel book (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Gruffalo Colouring Book (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Gruffalo Explorers: The Gruffalo Nature Trail (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Gruffalo Explorers: The Gruffalo Spring Nature Trail (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Gruffalo Explorers: The Gruffalo Summer Nature Trail (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Gruffalo Explorers: The Gruffalo Autumn Nature Trail (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Gruffalo Explorers: The Gruffalo Winter Nature Trail (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Gruffalo Crumble and Other Recipes (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Gruffalo Annual 2016 (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Gruffalo and Friends Annual 2017 (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Gruffalo and Friends Annual 2018 (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Say Hello to the Gruffalo (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of My First Gruffalo Books

Colours (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Opposites (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Animal Actions (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Numbers (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Gruffalo, What Can You See? (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hello Gruffalo! (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Gruffalo Play (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Can You See? Jigsaw book (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Can You Count? Jigsaw book (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Spot and Say (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Lives Here? Lift-the-Flap Book (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Gruffalo Growl (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Gruffalo Puppet Book (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Gruffalo and Friends Activity Case (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Princess Mirror-Belle Books

Princess Mirror-Belle (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Princess Mirror-Belle and the Magic Shoes (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Princess Mirror-Belle and the Flying Horse (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Princess Mirror-Belle and the Dragon Pox (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Princess Mirror-Belle and the Party Hoppers (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Princess Mirror-Belle and Prince Precious Paws (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Princess Mirror-Belle and the Sea Monster's Cave (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Christmas with Princess Mirror-Belle (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Princess Mirror-Belle and Snow White (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Tales from Acorn Wood Books

Hide-and-Seek Pig (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Rabbit's Nap (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fox's Socks (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Postman Bear (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tales from Acorn Wood: Three Lift-The-Flap Stories. Julia Donaldson (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tales from Acorn Wood Activity Book (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Rabbit's Nap and Fox's Socks (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hide-And-Seek Pig and Postman Bear (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Opposites (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Friends (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Counting (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Colours (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of What the Ladybird Heard Books

What the Ladybug Heard (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
What the Ladybird Heard Next (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who's on the Farm? (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Zog Books

Zog (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Roar with Zog (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Zog and the Flying Doctors (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Dinosaur's Diary (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Giants and the Joneses (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Jungle House (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Running on the Cracks (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mr Birdsnest and the House Next Door (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Snake Who Came to Stay (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Chapter Books

Bricks for Breakfast (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Picture Books

A Squash and a Squeeze (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Town Mouse and Country Mouse (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tara's Party (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Giant Jumperee (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The King's Ears (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Where's My Mom? (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Room on the Broom (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Highway Rat (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Follow the Swallow (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Spinderella (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Night Monkey Day Monkey (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Smartest Giant in Town (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Snail and the Whale (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Magic Paintbrush (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Conjuror Cow (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sharing a Shell (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Wrong Kind of Bark (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
One Ted Falls Out of Bed (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Chocolate Mousse for Greedy Goose (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Charlie Cook's Favorite Book (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Quick Brown Fox Cub (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Worm Looks for Lunch (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Rosie's Hat (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The False Tooth Fairy (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Odd Pet (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Scrap Rocket (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dig, Dig, Dig! (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sam's Pot (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mum Bug's Bag (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Singing Dad (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Paula the Vet (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Miss, Miss! (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Doctor Duck (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
This and That (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Shopping List (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Clare and the Fair (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hippo Has a Hat (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Snake and the Drake (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Queen Aneena's Feast (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Wrong Kind Of Knight (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Spike Says (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tadpoles (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Room on the Broom and Other Songs (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Top Cat (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Zak And The Vet (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Pot of Gold (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Princess and the Wizard (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tiddler (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Red Man and the Green Man (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tyrannosaurus Drip (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Pirates (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bob Bug and the Insect Club (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ron Rabbit's Big Day (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tim's Bad Mood (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Wishing Elf (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Pen-Pals (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bob Bug (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fish and Chips (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Splash and Squelch (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Deer and the Earwig (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Upside Down Browns (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Gran Is Cross (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Where Were You, Bert? (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Big Match (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Trunk and the Skunk (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
No Milk Today (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sue Kangaroo (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Leroy (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Songbirds (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
One Mole Digging A Hole (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Stick Man (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tabby McTat (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ron Rabbit's Egg (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Smartest Giant in Town Activity Book (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cat Naps (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mix, Mix, Mix (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Pins and the Pegs (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Pen Fun (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Is It? (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Doll in the Bin (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mr Zed (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Big Cod (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Seven Kids (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Toddle Waddle (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tyrannosaurus Drip. Activity Book (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Troll (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cave Baby (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Freddie and the Fairy (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Rhyming Rabbit (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Jack and the Flumflum Tree (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Goat Goes to Playgroup (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Swallows and Spiders (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Animals in School (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Singing Mermaid (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Moan, Moan, Moan! (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Jack and the Giants (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Back to Bed (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
My Cat (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tails (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Stop Chatting, Bill (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Paper Dolls (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Room on the Broom Colouring Book (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Animal Music (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sugarlump and the Unicorn (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Wake Up Do, Lydia Lou! (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Best Friends (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Planet Emerald (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Stick Man's First Words (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Further Adventures of the Owl and the Pussy-Cat (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Flying Bath (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Scarecrows' Wedding (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Highway Rat Activity Book (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
What the Jackdaw Saw (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Detective Dog (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
There's an Owl in My Towel (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Everywhere Bear (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Ugly Five (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Whoosh! Went the Witch (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Cook and the King (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Animalphabet (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cereal Superfan: A Bloomsbury Young Reader (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Go-Away Bird (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Snail and the Whale Seaside Nature Trail (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Smeds and the Smoos (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Teeny Weeny Genie (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Room on the Broom Push-Pull-Slide (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Hospital Dog (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
It's a Little Baby (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Room on the Broom Jigsaw Book (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Counting Creatures (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Christmas Pine (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Plays

The Head in the Sand: A Roman Play (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Cinderella Play (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Fish in the Tree: A Play (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Billy Goats Gruff: A Play (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Hare and the Tortoise: A Play (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Emperor's Head: A Roman Play (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The What the Ladybird Heard Play (With: Lydia Monks) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The What the Ladybird Heard Next Play (With: Lydia Monks) (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Room on the Broom Play (With: Axel Scheffler) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of's Songbirds Collections Books

The Trunk and The Skunk and Other Stories (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bob Bug and Other Stories (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
My Phonics Activity Book (With: ) (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ron Rabbit's Egg and Other Stories (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Singing Dad and Other Stories (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Collections

Tim's Bad Mood and Other Stories (1970)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Twist of Tales (With: ) (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Wriggle and Roar!: Rhymes to Join in With (With: ) (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Crazy Mayonnaisy Mum (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Play Time (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Ox and the Yak and Other Stories (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
My Cat and Other Stories (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Where Is the Snail and Other Stories (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tadpoles and Other Stories (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Where Were You Bert and Other Stories (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Leroy and Other Stories (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Poems to Perform: A Classic Collection Chosen by the Children's Laureate (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Shuffle and Squelch (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Treasury of Songs (With: Axel Scheffler) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Spike Says and Other Stories (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

The Room on the Broom Cookbook (With: Axel Scheffler) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Julia Donaldson
Author Julia Donaldson (born in 1948) grew up in a tall Victorian London house with her grandmother, parents, uncle, aunt, younger sister Mary, and kitty Geoffrey (really a prince in disguise). Her and Mary argued over which of them would marry him.

She and her sister were always busy creating imaginary characters and mimicking the real ones, and Julia would write shows and choreograph ballets for the both of them. A wind-up gramophone wafted out Chopin waltzes.

For her fifth birthday, her dad gave her a very fat book titled “The Book of a Thousand Poems”. She loved this book. She read the poems, recited and learned them, and made up some of her own. Even though she wanted to be a poet starting back then, she later decided she would rather go on stage. This didn’t quite work out, so she worked other jobs in publishing and teaching. Somehow she has been able to do what she wanted to when she was just five years old. She has a theory this happens to quite a few people.

She studied both French and Drama at Bristol University, where she met a guitar-playing medic named Malcolm that she’s now married to.

Before she and Malcolm had their family, they used to go busking together, and she’d write special songs for each country. The best one she did was about pasta. This busking led to a career in singing and songwriting, primarily for children’s television. She was an expert at writing to order on subjects like window-cleaning, guinea pigs, and awful smells. She would be asked to write songs about throwing crumpled-up wrapping paper into the bin, something she says was a typical request from the BBC.

Julia continued writing “grown-up” songs and performing them in folk clubs and on the radio, and has released them on CD. One such song, sung by Malcolm and titled “Cochon Blues” was played as one of her picks when she was on a Radio 4 program called Desert Island Discs.

“A Squash and A Squeeze”, one of her television songs, was turned into a book in the year 1993, with illustrations by Axel Scheffler. It was fantastic for Julia to hold the book in her hand without it disappearing into the air the same way the songs would. It prompted her to unearth some plays that she’d written for a school reading group, and since then she has had over forty plays published. Most kids love acting and it is a fantastic way to improve their reading skills.

Her real breakthrough was her book “The Gruffalo”, once again illustrated by Axel. They work separately, with her in Glasgow and him in London, but he sends her letters with lovely and funny pictures on the envelopes.

Julia enjoys writing verse a lot, despite it being incredibly difficult at times. In her younger years, she used to memorize poems and it means a lot to her when parents will tell her their kid is able to recite one of her books.

Oddly enough, she finds it even harder to write not in verse, though has gotten the hang of it and has written stories for teenagers, and older kids.

When she writes a rhyming book, she begins with a pen or a pencil, writing it down in a huge exercise book and doing a bunch of doodles along the way. If the book isn’t going to rhyme, she will write it on the computer.

It can take months or even years for the idea to grow inside her mind and for her to plan the book out. This is a very important part of the process. Then, when she’s ready it could take anywhere between a week (for a picture book) and six months (for a chapter book) to actually write it. It took her a year to plan and get all her ideas together for “The Gruffalo”, obviously she was working on other things as well. The actual writing took her only about two weeks.

Julia finds that the actual writing process is hard work. She often gets stuck, or feel that she’s plodding along in an uninspired way. When she realizes that the story is working, it can be quite an exciting feeling and she loves doing all of the polishing touches at the very end. It is lovely when the first rough illustrations show up and she’s able to get a glimpse at how her characters will look.

She writes in her head while out for a walk or in the bath. She has her own study and sometimes she writes in the library or on trains.

When she isn’t busy writing, she’s often performing, in theaters and book festivals. She really enjoys getting the kids in the audience to help her act out the stories and sing all the songs. Malcolm almost always accompanies her too, with his guitar. It feels to Julia as though they have come full circle, back to busking.

Her hobbies include singing, walking, playing the piano, and cycling. Julia is also interested in fungi and wild flowers.

From 2011-2013, she was the UK Children’s Laureate and has been honored with an MBE for Services to Literature.

“Princess Mirror-Belle” is the first novel in the “Princess Mirror-Belle” series and was released in the year 2003. Ellen gets a huge shock when her exact double appears out of the mirror in the bathroom. Only Mirror-Belle is a double with a difference!

She is a princess, and quite a mischievous one. Whether she is riding the ghost train at the fair, wreaking havoc in some department store, or seeing off bullies in the playground, she is a princess with a purpose. She is out to cause as much trouble as she can.

“Princess Mirror-Belle and the Flying Horse” is the third novel in the “Princess Mirror-Belle” series and was released in the year 2006. Princess Mirror-Belle has returned! Once more, the magically mischievous Mirror-Belle pops out of mirrors to lead Ellen into five funny adventures.

Whether she is telling tall tales about her winged pony, turning herself into the strangest Sleeping Beauty, or hunting for a sea monster’s treasure, her magical mayhem is packed full of fun!

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