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Julia Catherine Donaldson (1948-), Writer and playwright; Children's Laureate 2011-2013

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Author, playwright and performer; Donaldson wrote songs for BBC Children's Television before publishing her first book, A Squash and a Squeeze in 1993. German artist Axel Scheffler has illustrated many of her books including, most famously, The Gruffalo (1999). Donaldson was appointed Children's Laureate in 2011 and has campaigned against the closure of public libraries, participating in public readings and performances at locations across the UK.