Good news for England. Julia Donaldson has been named as the Children's Laureate for 2011-2013. With more than a hundred titles to her name, including The Gruffalo, The Snail and The Whale, What the Ladybird Heard, The Princess Mirror-Belle books, and Running on the Cracks. Donadson has written musicals, plays, poems and songs, and is a well known performer. The queen of rhyme is a welcome change, especially given her popularity with younger children. The Guardian reports that "