Writing Children's Picture Books

Julia Donaldson

Writing Children's Picture Books

Do you dream of writing children's picture books? Learn from the author of The Gruffalo, who's sold more than 100M books.

27 lessons, 6.25 hrs
Course notes
  • For new writers and professionals

  • Self-paced, no deadlines

  • One-off purchase, lifetime access

The Course

Julia's industry secrets and creative tips will guide you from initial idea to final manuscript and how to get your children's picture book published.

Your Maestro

You couldn’t ask for a more qualified teacher. Julia’s books have sold more than 100 million copies worldwide, won too many awards to list and been adapted into eight award-winning animated films. And she’s a former Children’s Laureate to boot. So soak up the wisdom and insight from this formidable writer and her frequent collaborators – including her agent, her editor and The Gruffalo illustrator, Axel Scheffler.


Course Notes

Course notes

110 pages

A downloadable PDF packed full of tricks, tips, and exercises to get you thinking and writing like Julia.

Course Notes

What people are saying

I loved Julia Donaldson's clear, no-nonsense approach. She was very generous in sharing her advice and expertise. She's definitely opened up the world of children's book writing for me. As a writer who had already written a non-fiction book, it was super helpful to learn the nuances in children's fiction writing. Julia's is a fascinating world to delve into and I loved 'meeting' her, her agent, her editor and illustrator too!

- Anon

I felt so motivated taking this course. It covers everything from initial idea inspiration, story development, language patterns and then finally on to the publishing processes. Knowledge from the best in the industry - it is fantastic!

- Kara Bee

I loved Julia’s presentation of the course. It was full of tips and ideas and gave a real insight into what it takes to be a successful writer of children’s picture books.

- Gabrielle Mccallion

Insightful and thorough. Very well delivered by Julia. Sparked lots of ideas. Very inspiring!

- Ruairidh Forde

Julia offers so many fascinating insights into her writing process. I could listen to her forever!

- Joanna

I absolutely love it! Thanks @bbcmaestro. Julia is super inspiring. The course is very clear and informative. I'm loving learning all about picture books from the Queen of rhythm and rhyme! Julia's books are firm favourites in our house and it's an honour to be her student.

- Sidra Ansari

Thinking of writing a children's picture book? Honestly, I can't praise this @bbcmaestro course highly enough. 25 modules, 6+ hours of learning from the very best in the business. I've learnt so much and come away with 3 exciting book ideas. Highly recommended.

- Tony Walsh

I'm really enjoying Julia Donaldson's @bbcmaestro course. I've re-imagined a fairy tale and I'm dreaming up a 'baddy'.

- Anna Chorlton

I'm enjoying the course. Lots of practical information with worksheets to print out to help with story-telling and characterisation and much more.

- Carol

I have almost finished the course would definitely recommend to anyone who is becoming a future illustrator or a children's book writer. Julia is such an inspiring coach and her voice is just music to my ears.

- Monika Kelly

I'm halfway through this course and it's been amazing so far. If you are at all interested in writing a children's picture book but can't seem to get going then this is definitely something to consider. It is money well spent in my opinion.

- Claire Lowe

Absolutely loved the videos. Easy to listen to, she is the perfect person to host this kind of presentation. Very informative and natural. Worth every penny.

- Keva Connolly

It's an unlimited access, do it at your own pace type of course. Brilliant as I'm a mum to a newborn and an almost three year old. Julia Donaldson is an excellent tutor, who does not hold back from sharing all her wonderful knowledge with a tad bit of humour as the cherry on top! Her online course is highly engaging and insightful. We are always given an exercise to complete at the end of each video. I love the fact that she also uses books from other authors as brilliant examples, as well as her own work. She's left me feeling even more inspired!

- Sofia Khan

Julia is a wonderful instructor, the course is informative and challenges me to think in different ways that I had never considered. I just wish I had more free time to focus on it!

- Homera Khan

It's broken into great segments and I loved the downloadable resource. It was also enriching to meet her team (editor, publisher, video team).

- Marisa C

I simply love it and most of all Julia is my inspiration since I became a children's author. Thanks for this amazing opportunity.

- Viviana Hutter

I really enjoyed this course and I was pleasantly surprised about the depth and usefulness of the content. Julia is a very engaging speaker and her experience and tips helped to round out a very informative course.

- Trevor Boyle

Julia was so generous with her tips and suggestions. She was absolutely brilliant, a pleasure to listen to. She gave me so many useful ideas for writing.

- Frances Mackay

I want to thank Julia Donaldson and BBC Maestro for such an amazing courses 🙏🙏🙏 as a parent, preschool teacher and fan I absolutely loved all your hard work on this course and program it was the best $100 I’ve EVER spent

- Kathleen Carbert

I am blown away by the amount of information and motivation the @bbcmaestro Julia Donaldson course has given me. No deadlines means that I can work on this little side project whilst I continue my journey to becoming a teacher.

- @_thelearningjourney

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