Julia Donaldson Books- Level Guide with Title Recommendations

I am sure you are not new to Julia Donaldson and if my guess is right you must have at least 2 of her books on your bookshelf already.

If you are hearing about JD for the first time, don’t sweat- you will find the details here.

The thing with JD books is that, you know they are most sought after and that it is easy to find (both new and preloved) but how do you know which one to pick?

To make it easy, we are going to classify her books based on the word count, illustrations and concept spoken in the book.

However, I will be using my short curated personal favorite here.

Level 1:

Board books/ Lift the flap books for toddlers. They do have fun rhyming sentences and are good to start with toddlers and preschoolers. My favts are covered under the series Acorn Wood lift-the-flap books

Title Recommendations:

1.  Rabbit’s Nap

2.  Hide-and-Seek Pig

3.  Fox’s Socks

4.  Postman Bear

5. Also Animal Actions

Level 2:

One line per page. This one takes just a couple of minutes for a read aloud session. I would recommend these if you are just transitioning to paperbacks or if you are new to read alouds.

Hippo has a Hat

Chocolate Moose for Greedy Goose

Toddle Waddle

Goat Goes to Playgroup

One Mole Digging a Hole

One Ted Falls Out of Bed

Level 3:

With slightly more word count but the stories are short reads . Children are introduced to repetitive text which gives them a chance to chime in when you read. Also makes for good re-reads.

The Gruffalo

The Smartest Giant in Town

A Squash and a Squeeze

Sharing a Shell

What the Ladybird Heard

Night Monkey Day Monkey

Level 4:

Repetition and rhyming words continue but now the books take more than a few minutes to complete. These books usually cover a solid 7-10 minutes for a read.

The Snail and the Whale


Room on the Broom


The Rhyming Rabbit

The Detective Dog

Level 5:

JD has also authored a collection of Phonics books. We will discuss them later if needed.

The list is based on levels instead of age recommendations. You can assess the current reading phase and add books from the next level- one book at a time.

You can buy her books from Amazon and from TinyTod. 

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