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Julia Donaldson

English children's writer

1948   -  

country of citizenship: United Kingdom
native language: English
languages spoken, written or signed: English
educated at: University of Bristol, The Camden School for Girls
occupation: writer, playwright, author, children's writer
award received: Member of the Order of the British Empire, Nestlé Children's Book Prize, Kiddo Leespluim, Commander of the Order of the British Empire

Julia Donaldson (born Julia Catherine Shields; born (1948-09-16)16 September 1948) is an English writer and playwright, and the 2011–2013 Children's Laureate. She is best known for her popular rhyming stories for children, especially those illustrated by Axel Scheffler, which include The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom and Stick Man. She originally wrote songs for children's television but has concentrated on writing books since the words of one of her songs, "A Squash and a Squeeze", were made into a children's book in 1993. Of her 184 published works, 64 are widely available in bookshops. The remaining 120 are intended for school use and include her Songbirds phonic reading scheme, which is part of the Oxford University Press's Oxford Reading Tree.
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