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Julia Donaldson.

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Julia Donaldson is a very popular children’s author. She continues to write new books and her latest book, ‘Princess Mirror-Belle and the Dragon Pox’ was released on February 26th and we have a copy of it in class already!

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Here are some interesting facts about Julia Donaldson –

  • Julia Donaldson was born on 16th September 1948, in Hampstead, London, England.
  • She was brought up in a three-storey Victorian house near Hampstead Heath.
  • As a child, Julia Donaldson loved poetry. She read The Book of a Thousand Poems and the nonsense poems by Edward Lear.
  • She was good at learning languages at school, and she has a good understanding of French, German and Italian.
  • Julia Donaldson went to Bristol University, studying French and Drama.
  • She wrote songs for the children’s TV shows, Play AwayPlay School and Play Board.
  • In the 1970s, Julia Donaldson trained as a teacher, and she taught English at St Mary’s Hall in Brighton.
  • In 1993, one of her songs, Squash and a Squeeze, was made into a picture book.
  • The Gruffalo, Donaldson’s most famous book, was published in 1999. It has sold more than 10 million copies.
  • Her other books inlcude: Monkey PuzzleRoom on the BroomThe Smartest Giant in TownThe Snail and the WhaleThe Gruffalo’s Child and Superworm.
  • In 2011 Julia Donaldson received an MBE.
  • Julia Donaldson has a black cat called Goblin.
  • The Gruffalo was turned into a short animated film. It featured the voices of Helena Bonham Carter, Rob Brydon, Robbie Coltrane, John Hurt, Tom Wilkinson and James Corden. The sequel to The Gruffalo, the The Gruffalo’s Child was also filmed.

Here is a link to Julia Donaldson’s website, where you can find lots of interesting information about her.

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Here are videos of some of Julia Donaldson’s most popular stories. In Guided Reading we will be practising reading with expression and will try to create some videos of us reading the stories to share with the children in Year 1 and Reception.

If you have enjoyed a Julia Donaldson book, why don’t you write a book review of the story as a comment below? If you make a video of you reading a Julia Donaldson book, you can upload it to Youtube and send me the web address so that we can post it on this page too.  Julia Donaldson has written 193 books, and the number keeps on increasing! How many of her books have you read?

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