Julia Donaldson, the 2011-13 Waterstones Children's Laureate, is today's most popular picture book author and a multi award-winner. Her books include the modern classic THE GRUFFALO, WHAT THE LADYBIRD HEARD and ONE TED FALLS OUT OF BED. She also writes for older children and has performed her wonderful stage shows all over the world. Axel Scheffler is a star illustrator whose warm and funny illustrations have achieved world-wide acclaim and won numerous awards. In addition to his picture books, Axel is the illustrator of wonderful novelty and gift books, such as the bestselling THE BEDTIME BEAR and MOTHER GOOSE'S NURSERY RHYMES.