Favorite Children’s Books: Julia Donaldson

Do you know about the children’s book author Julia Donaldson?  I was recently introduced to her work when a dear friend overseas sent a thoughtful package of books our way – via royal air mail no less!  Upon reading her books, several times through, I felt an enormous sense of relief that Julia Donaldson had found her way into our lives.  I’m only being a tiny bit melodramatic when I say that our lives are better because we have Julia Donaldson’s books to read!

I love to read with my girls, in fact it’s one of my favorite pastimes, but despite the large collection of books we have amassed, it can get tiresome reading children’s books every single day.   And then we found Julia Donaldson, and my approach to picture book reading time has been rejuvenated once again!  Her books are adorable, quirky, hilarious, and unpredictable – just when you think you’ve got the book’s main idea down, she throws in a delightful twist.  She reminds me of one of my favorite children’s authors, William Steig, in that her books are the perfect blend of absurdity and humor with intelligent writing that appeals to kids and adults.

These are some of our favorites so far, though we plan to find every book she’s ever written!  I hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

Children’s Books by Julia Donaldson

 The Snail and the Whale

What the Ladybird Heard  (Unfortunately the US version differs a bit from my UK version, but still delightful I’m sure)

Room on the Broom

The Gruffalo

The Highway Rat

Charlie Cook’s Favorite Book 

Who are your favorite children’s book authors?

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