Julia Donaldson

Who knew the Tarantinoverse and the Deep Dark Wood had so much in common?
The stars of the story are presented together on a coin for the first time.
Before Christmas, my husband and I were bemoaning our cramped living quarters overrun with under-5s and the trail of destruction left in their wake. Sticker books, paint pots and glitter on the dining table, three (yes, three) buggies in the hall, a toddler scooting around the kitchen, puzzle pieces and items of plastic (and non plastic) food behind the sofa cushions, 150 ball pit balls upturned onto the carpet.
Given her musical and performance background, it is fitting that Donaldson is currently touring her stage show: a combination of stories and songs based on five of her best-loved books, enchanting packed houses of over-excited children around the UK.
With kids' books you have to find the age dependant sweet spot that's got story, but isn't too long, and isn't so annoying that reading it twice a day for months won't drive you to suicide. Luckily there's a fantastic range of publishers, and with picture books you're not dogged branded stuff (that hits later when they like Marvel, DC and Turtles.)
For Julia Donaldson, the Children's Laureate, whose term of office ends this week, has hit out at the pitifully low level of review space granted by the media to children's books. And her powerful passing shot is a launch of a campaign to secure much needed prominence for children's literature in the UK media.
Gruffalo author Julia Donaldson has urged the new Culture Secretary to "show some leadership" and prevent cuts to libraries
The Duchess of Cornwall has begged non-book lovers to begin a new chapter in their lives and start reading. Camilla, who
WORD games keep me awake at night. They are a much more exciting way of not being able to get to sleep than worrying about