John Stainer

The Gruffalo author Julia Donaldson shows her characters social distancing

The makers of the children's book The Gruffalo have drawn their characters practising social distancing to help children understand the regulations.

Author Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler created the panels as a "light-hearted" way of spreading the message.

They feature The Gruffalo, Stickman and The Smeds and The Smoos - all keeping a safe distance from one another.   As well as social distancing, the characters stress the importance of exercise, making video calls to their family members and helping the vulnerable with their shopping.

Donaldson hopes the images will emphasise best practices and help with home schooling. Find out more here.