Go Live With Julia Donaldson And Friends

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Subjects: Art & Design

What to expect

Creator of iconic children's books like Zog and The Gruffalo, award-winning storyteller Julia Donaldson is spreading joy during lockdown with hilarious reenactments, original songs and more in a new ten-minute storytelling broadcast.

Have you been looking for engaging online storytelling sessions? Do your children love Julia Donaldson stories? From The Gruffalo to Room on the Broom and Zog, there's no doubt you've enjoyed at least one of her wonderful children's picture books. Every Thursday Julia is doing a live video broadcast on The Gruffalo's official Facebook page. It's ten minutes of storytelling, singing and so much fun. Typically she or a guest will read one of her books aloud, but sometimes she joins forces with her husband Malcolm and they turn the story into a song. Often, Axel Scheffler lends his drawing talents to show the audience how to draw the famous characters, and other times, other famous children's authors come along to read for you. It's not live but it is uploaded at the same time every week, so you can make friends in the comments as you watch!

What you’ll need

  • A strong WiFi connection.
  • A love of everything Julia Donaldson!

What you’ll do

  • The sessions are uploaded at 4pm every Thursday.
  • The structure is slightly different each week, but you can usually expect a short storytelling segment (often acted out), an illustration section, a brilliant song, a guest appearance and footage pulled from the archives.
  • It's not an interactive class, so all you need to do is get cosy and enjoy ten minutes of jam-packed fun.
  • If you can't get enough of live storytelling, Sally's Super Sessions and Mondays With Michelle Obama are a great way to continue exploring the magical world of books.




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Posted by The Gruffalo on Thursday, 2 April 2020
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It's the second week of our 'Julia Donaldson and Friends' broadcast! This week Julia Donaldson is sharing a performance of the 'What the Ladybird Heard' song, and illustrator Lydia Monks will be reading the brand new Ladybird Heard story, 'What the Ladybird Heard at the Seaside.'

Posted by The Gruffalo on Thursday, 9 April 2020
Julia Donaldson and Friends: Crazy Mayonnaisy Mum

Welcome to week three of the 'Julia Donaldson and Friends' broadcast! This week we're sharing three wonderful poems from Crazy Mayonnaisy Mum - with some drawings from illustrator Nick Sharratt! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXJY0coIkxpDLJWitVhMmRw

Posted by The Gruffalo on Thursday, 16 April 2020
Julia Donaldson and Friends: Stick Man

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Posted by The Gruffalo on Thursday, 23 April 2020
Julia Donaldson and Friends: The Cook and the King

This week's episode of 'Julia Donaldson and Friends' is all about The Cook and the King! Tune in now for a performance by Julia and her husband Malcolm, as well as some drawing from illustrator David Roberts.

Posted by The Gruffalo on Thursday, 30 April 2020
Julia Donaldson and Friends: Zog and the Flying Doctors

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Posted by The Gruffalo on Thursday, 7 May 2020
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Award-winning Julia Donaldson is the author of all your favourite children's picture books, from The Gruffalo and Stick Man to Zog and Room on the Broom and everything in between. Usually teaming up with longtime illustrator friend Axel Scheffler, her stories are childhood classics.

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