Julia Donaldson’s top tips

Julia Donaldson has written some of the most popular and best-loved children’s stories including The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child, Room on the Broom, The Highway Rat, Zog and Stick Man.

She is also the author of the popular phonic Songbirds series, part of Oxford Reading Tree published by Oxford University Press.

Watch these videos of Children’s Laureate Julia Donaldson talking about some simple and fun ways you can help your child with their reading at home. Guaranteed to make reading fun and help your child develop a love of reading.

More about Julia Donaldson …

Julia Donaldson was born in 1948. She grew up in London and studied Drama and French at Bristol University.

She worked for a few years in publishing and as a teacher, while also writing and performing songs and street theatre with her husband Malcolm, and writing and directing two musicals for children.

In 1993, one of her songs was made into a book, A Squash and a Squeeze. Since then she has written over a hundred books and plays for children and teenagers, including the award-winning rhyming stories which are among the UK’s best-selling picture books.

For three years she was writer in residence in Easterhouse, helping local children write and act. She is now patron of the charity Artlink Central which engages artists to work in hospitals, prisons and schools. She lives in Bearsden, Glasgow, with her husband Malcolm and two cats.

You can find out more about Julia Donaldson – www.juliadonaldson.co.uk and www.childrenslaureate.org.uk