Julia Donaldson is the outrageously talented, prize-winning author of the world's best-loved children's books, and was the 2011-2013 Children's Laureate. Her picture books include the modern classic The Gruffalo, which has sold over 5 million copies worldwide.Julia also writes fiction, including the PRINCESS MIRROR-BELLE series illustrated by Lydia Monks, as well as poems, plays and songs -- and her brilliant live shows are always in demand. Julia and her husband Malcolm divide their time between West Sussex and Edinburgh.
Julia Donaldson has won many awards including the Smarties Prize, the British Book Awards, the Experian Big Three Award, the Sheffield Book Award, the Scottish Children's Book Award and the Book Trust Early Years Award. Axel Scheffler was born in Hamburg, Germany. His collaborations with Julia Donaldson also include The Gruffalo and The Snail and the Whale. He lives in London.