The Best Julia Donaldson Books for Your (and Your Child's) Collection

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Julia Donaldson is one of the internationally acclaimed and bestselling English authors when it comes to children’s books. Although at the age of 30, she was diagnosed with “cookie bite” hearing loss, her love for writing children’s stories with astounding rhyming texts has never wavered. In fact, she had received several awards already, including the 2011-2013 Children Laureate.

Collaborating with some of the best internationally glorified illustrators such as Axel Scheffler and Sharon King-Chai, Julia Donaldson’s writing career has reached its peak and maintains it. With her knack for wonderful rhyming stories, she had already published 184 books, 64 of which are available in bookstores, and 120 were published for school use.

How to Introduce Children to the Works of Julia Donaldson?

Introducing children to the works of Julia Donaldson is about the most delightful way to introduce them to reading. The words are simple, the pictures are captivating, and they tell stories that kids love.

The child who loves being read to will also enjoy reading her books. The more they read, the more they love being read to. If you want to maintain your child’s love of reading, have them introduced to the delightfully magical world of Julia Donaldson.

Julia Donaldson’s books are perfect for parents who want to introduce their children to literature at an early age, but also for people who want to read something light and enjoyable while not sacrificing the joys of reading great literature.

The Best of the Best of Julia Donaldson - The Books You Need to Read

Julia Donaldson’s 100+ books are loved by both children and adults alike because she makes it so easy for anyone to enjoy her stories. Some of her best books are The Gruffalo: one of the most loved and well-known children’s stories that teaches children about rhyming, blending words, and counting. Room on the Broom: a story about a witch who sets out to find her friends with her cat in tow. This is an excellent book for teaching children about sequencing. Monkey Puzzle: a series of five stories about monkeys, each with its own distinctive personality. This is a perfect book for teaching children about empathy and accepting different personalities.

Here are some of the best books by Julia Donaldson that your 3 to 6 year old should not miss.

If you are looking for an awesome gift to your kids, have a look at this box set.

It’s Julia Donaldson’s essential collection and includes 17 books: Spinderella, Night Monkey, Day Monkey, The Snail and the Whale, Room on the Broom, The Gruffalo’s Child, The Gruffalo, The Paper Dolls, Tyrannosaurus Drip, Cave Baby, Monkey Puzzle, What the Ladybird Heard, The Troll.

Title: The Gruffalo

Author: Julia Donaldson

About the book

The Gruffalo is one of the top-selling best books by Julia Donaldson, which earned her the Smarties Prize-Winning Modern Classic Award. This is one of the best-loved children’s storybooks by many and one of our personal favorites.

This humorous book talks about a clever mouse who outsmarted a hungry fox, an owl, and a snake while taking a stroll in the deep and dark wood. The mouse did this by telling them about a terrifying creature named Gruffalo who has selective taste with his meals. In this case, the three mentioned animals that the mouse encountered. However, the engrossing story does not only end there. Read the whole story and join the clever mouse as he outsmarted each and one of his predators.

What We Like Less

In all honesty, there is nothing to be disliked with this book by Julia Donaldson. However, just be careful reading aloud the features of the Gruffalo, or it may frighten your kid a little bit.

Why You Are Going to Like it

The Gruffalo is one of the best books by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. The colorful illustrations, together with the absorbing story of the mouse, will keep your children at the edge of their seats.

If your kids loves The Gruffalo, there are more Books And Activities related to it. In addition there is a Gruffalo Animation and a more in-depth review.

Title: Charlie Cook’s Favorite Book

Author: Julia Donaldson

About the book

This book is a circular tale and a read-aloud story about a boy who loves reading books. It begins with Charlie Cook reading his favorite pirate book. In it, the pirate character has found a treasure chest with a book telling a story about a girl named Goldilocks. The story goes on with princesses, knights, ghosts, dragons, and other interesting fairy tale characters that any child loves to imagine.

What We Like Less

While the story has a lot of interesting characters to keep the children awake through the entire story, the book, however, lacks a protagonist and a focused plot that a traditional storybook features.

Why You Are Going to Like it

Although it may not have a plot to focus on, the colorful characters of the story plus the fantastic illustrations of Axel Scheffler, our kids will still love the book. Aside from that, we also enjoyed reading out loud the rhythmic text of the stories, which every kid will love listening to.

Title: Room On The Broom

Author: Julia Donaldson

About the book​

Just by the title of the book, you can be sure that this is one of the best books Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. This book talks about a kind witch who flew on her broom with her cat. However, the wind blew away her hat, bow, and her wand. Thankfully, three helpful animals found the blown away items and asked to ride her broom in return. As the story starts to unfold, the plot becomes more exciting.

What We Like Less

Just like Julia Donaldson’s The Gruffalo, this book is also flawless, and we love everything about it.

Why You Are Going to Like it

Aside from the great story plot, the astounding illustrations, and its amazing read-aloud features, this book will teach our children the importance of sharing, loyalty, and true friendship.

Title: The Snail and the Whale

Author: Julia Donaldson

About the book​

The brilliant teamwork of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler has yet again resurfaced in this book.

The Snail and the Whale is one of the best books by Julia Donaldson, the author of the Gruffalo, which tells about the adventure of the snail and a whale in the vast ocean. It started with the wistful longing of a snail to see the world. This was made possible by the kindhearted whale who offered the snail his tail to sail the sea.

What We Like Less

Just like any other Julia Donaldson children’s book, The Snail and a Whale are flawless.

Why You Are Going to Like it

This book is one of the best-recommended books that Julia Donaldson’s early readers will find hard to forget. Aside from the heartwarming story, it also has moral lessons that are related to friendship and the environment.

Title: The Smartest Giant in Town

Author: Julia Donaldson

About the book​

This book talks about a bighearted scruffy giant who decides to dress himself up to make him look smart. However, he found out afterward the real reason why he is always scruffy looking, and that is his knack for sharing his things to those who need them more.

What We Like Less

For children with ages ranging from 3 to 7 years old, this book will be fun to read. However, if compared to other Julia Donaldson children’s books such as The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom, they might find this a bit less exciting.

Why You Are Going to Like it

With the colorful arts and vibrant illustrations, this will definitely hook your children’s attention. What is more interesting is that it is also available in the activity book, which is full of engrossing games as well as puzzles.

Title: Stick Man

Author: Julia Donaldson

About the book​

Julia Donaldson, and author of this book, has never failed to mesmerize her target readers with her immersing picture storybooks. One of these books is the Stick Man, which is about the unexpected journey of the protagonist. It all started with a Stick Man who goes for a jog but was suddenly picked up by a dog. This separated him from his Stick Lady Love and their Stick children. This fascinating book will surely leave your kids wondering if the Stick Man will ever come back home to his family.

What We Like Less

Stick Man is a Christmas-themed picture book by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler, and everyone loves Christmas. Who doesn’t? Thus, it is impossible to look for something not likable about this book.

Why You Are Going to Like it

Aside from it being a Christmas-themed book, the story of the Stick Man will definitely teach your kids how to value family and to do the best you can to achieve what your heart truly wants.

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Title: The Smeds and the Smoos

Author: Julia Donaldson

About the book​

The Smeds and the Smoos is a touching love story between two aliens who are not supposed to be together. Since this is a Julia Donaldson children’s book, you will have no worries about a sad ending. This is another book by Julia Donaldson which shows that love conquers all in the simplest manner possible.

What We Like Less

Some had a hard time reading aloud this book since some of the names are a bit tongue-tying. However, with repetitive reading, you will get the hang of it and eventually enjoy the story it tells.

Why You Are Going to Like it

Just like the other picture books by Julia Donaldson and Axel Schuffler, this book teaches a valuable lesson of inclusion as well as diversity. This is a great way to instill significant learning to our kids’ hearts and minds.

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Title: Counting Creatures

Author: Julia Donaldson

About the book​

Counting Creatures is one of the most beautifully crafted books by Julia Donaldson and Sharon King-Chai. It is generally a counting book with various amazing animals. Children will be sure to enjoy counting the babies of each creature and knowing their names, and even learning their scientific names.

What We Like Less

Since it is more of an informative and counting book, this will be outgrown immediately by our kids. However, the extremely detailed lift-the-flap informative counting book artistically illustrated by Sharon King-Chai, together with Julia Donaldson’s fun rhyming skills with words definitely makes up for that flaw.

Why You Are Going to Like it

This book is the very definition of fun for preschool kids. It is jam-packed with peekaboo holes, search-and-find elements, and many more surprising book activities for our young ones.

Title: Animalphabet

Author: Julia Donaldson

About the book​

Animalphabet is a creative and full of surprises lift-the-flap book that generally teaches our kids the alphabet with the use of animals. Just like any other book by Julia Donaldson, this book also has rhymes in it, which the kids will surely love to hear over and over again.

What We Like Less

Well, in this book, some of the phrases used to describe animals are a bit off and may cause confusion to our little ones.

Why You Are Going to Like it

Aside from the fact that our little ones will have fun learning the alphabet and animals, this book is packed with exciting surprises and guessing games, which will surely make your kids turn to the next page until the very last.

Title: The Dinosaur’s Diary

Author: Julia Donaldson

About the book​

The Dinosaur’s Diary is a captivating story about a mother dinosaur named Hypsilophodon who tries her best to protect her babies from terrifying Tyrannosaurus Rex roaming their world. This is a wonderful book to read for children seven years and above as their imagination will take them to Hypsilophodon’s adventure to find a safe place for her young ones.

What We Like Less

Some of the words may be tongue-tying, which may make it hard for you to read it aloud the first time. However, this will get easier as you find the story more exciting at every turning of the page.

Why You Are Going to Like it

Julia Donaldson has yet again captivated the hearts of her young readers with this book. The story is very exciting and will surely make reading enjoyable for you and your kids.

Title: The Detective Dog

Author: Julia Donaldson

About the book​

This book tells a story about a dog named Nell who has an extremely useful gift of smell. She uses this to aid her in solving different mysteries and problems as well as finding lost things. The plot gets more interesting as a problem arises in the school of her human, where her smelling abilities are put to the test.

What We Like Less

This is one of the books by Julia Donaldson, which is hard to find any faults or flaws. The story, together with its wonderful illustrations, is just enthralling.

Why You Are Going to Like it

This book does not only have one of the best children’s stories plot, but it also has lessons to teach to its readers. This book is definitely worth every penny.

Title: What the Ladybird Heard

Author: Julia Donaldson

About the book​

Julia Donaldson never disappoints her readers. Thus, a funny and a page-turner read-aloud picture book about what the ladybird heard was published. This book is about two robbers who devised an evil plan against a farmer and his prized cow. However, they are in for a great shock and trouble since the most unexpected tiniest and quietest creature has heard them. Be fascinated as the ladybird devises her own plan to counter the robbers.

You may also have a look at What the Ladybird Heard at the Seaside and What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday as well.

What We Like Less

This is one of the best books by Julia Donaldson, which is worth reading and has nothing to criticize.

Why You Are Going to Like it

You may have observed that just by reading its summary, your curiosity will be extremely piqued. What more when you read the whole story. Once again, Julia Donaldson will take you and your kids’ imagination to the world of wonders with this book.

Well, that’s it! I hope you like this collection of books. Which one will you read first?

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