Julia Donaldson: Children’s laureate to read tales at Leeds library

Children's laureate Julia Donaldson.
Children's laureate Julia Donaldson.
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The best-selling author of hit children’s book The Gruffalo will be in Leeds next week to pay a special visit to Holt Park Community Library.

Current children’s laureate Julia Donaldson, who is the author of more than 150 books including, What the Ladybird Heard, Zog and The Gruffalo, will be at the library on Tuesday morning for the invite-only event.

Schoolchildren from Adel Primary, Adel St John the Baptist, Cookridge, Holy Name, Holy Trinity, Iveson and Ireland Wood Schools will be at the visit, which will see Julia bringing some of her popular stories to life through special dramatisations.

Pupils will also be showing off their own acting and singing skills during a short performance inspired by children’s literature.

The visit is part of Mrs Donaldson’s autumn tour of libraries in England, Scotland and Wales.

Ahead of the start of the tour, she said: “Libraries are very close to my heart, and so is performance.

“This tour is my way of bringing the two together.

“By visiting fantastic libraries all over the country, enjoying children acting and singing, and sharing my stories with them.”

Mrs Donaldon’s book, The Gruffalo, which was illustrated by Axel Scheffler, has sold more than 10.5 million copies.

It has been developed into plays in the West End and on Broadway and even been adapted into a television film starring Robbie Coltrane and James Corden which was directed by Jakob Schuh and Max Lang.

Leeds City Council executive member for leisure and skills, Councillor Adam Ogilvie, told the YEP: “We are thrilled to be welcoming Julia Donaldson to the city of Leeds.

“It is a tremendous honour and a huge coup to have secured a visit by the current children’s laureate.

“Her works such as The Gruffalo have been fantastically successful.

“So we are looking forward to seeing her and listening to her hopefully inspire our young people to get involved in reading, writing and performing.”

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