Celebrating 20 years of The Snail and the Whale!


Celebrating 20 years of The Snail and the Whale with new publishing and partnership activity

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The Snail and the Whale has been loved by families for 20 years. To celebrate this anniversary milestone we have released a special edition of this timeless classic, as well as a fun sticker activity book, perfect for fans of all ages!

The Books

Celebrate the anniversary of this bestselling classic, the delightful tale of adventure and friendship by the unparalleled picture book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. With a stunning foil cover and extra-special bonus content, including a letter from Julia and some early sketches from Axel, it's the perfect time to revisit this delightful tale. Available now

Celebrate 20 years of The Snail and the Whale with your favourite characters in this fun sticker book! Packed with games, activities and over 400 stickers, The Snail and the Whale Sticker Book is a great gift for any child – ideal for journeys, rainy days and holidays. Out in July


We are delighted that Whale and Dolphin Conservation and Macmillan Children’s Books are partnering together to mark the 20th anniversary of the award-winning children’s book The Snail and the Whale, written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler.

The anniversary is being celebrated with families throughout the summer, with a range of family-friendly activities at the Scottish Dolphin Centre. Activity will include storytelling sessions centred on The Snail and the Whale, as well as free family activity packs with lots of fun activities to enjoy together, raising awareness of the importance of protecting whales and dolphins so that children and families can better understand how these mammals can live safely and freely in the ocean. Storytelling is an incredible tool to inspire, spread hope, and promote understanding, which is why we want to commemorate the anniversary of this timeless book with a new hope that, like the snail, we can save whales and dolphins from harm.

Storytelling Sessions:  

Storytelling Sessions will be held at the Scottish Dolphin Centre at 11:15am on the following dates. Each session will include a reading of The Snail and the Whale, exploring how the book fits in with the work WDC do to protect whales, dolphins, and porpoises!

Join on any of the following days:

  • Saturday 8th July 2023
  • Monday 17th July 2023
  • Tuesday 25th July 2023
  • Tuesday 8th August 2023
  • Thursday 24th August 2023

Family Activity Pack:

Download our FREE celebratory Family Activity Pack.

This Family Activity Pack contains:

  • ‘Make a Whale’ activity sheet.
  • Colouring activity of a scene from The Snail and the Whale.
  • Axel Scheffler’s step-by-step ‘draw a whale’ exercise.
  • Ocean wordsearch.
  • Humpback whale factsheet.

We would love to see our Activity Pack pages come to life with your marvellous creations! Tag us @whales.org and @thegruffalo on Facebook to celebrate together!

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