I opened a book and in I strode. Now nobody can find me.

Julia Donaldson

Julia Donaldson (born September 16, 1948) is a British children’s author, playwright, and performer who has written nearly 200 books, including The Gruffalo, The Snail and the Whale, The Giants and the Joneses, and Room on the Broom. Rhyming stories are her specialty (she previously wrote songs for children’s television), and she’s been a tireless advocate for public libraries and the performing arts. She was named the U.K.’s Children’s Laureate from 2011 to 2013.


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