Announced as the Waterstones Children’s Laureate 2022-2024, Joseph Coelho grew up on a council estate in Roehampton and started writing poems in secondary school. After studying archaeology at university, he spent some time in Peru and, returning to the UK, started doing performance poetry in schools. With extensive experience in running dynamic creative literacy sessions, Coelho’s work aims to inspire and empower children through stories and characters they can relate to, as well as help to explore feelings and celebrate inclusivity. His laureateship seeks to promote the power of poetry and build the nation’s library membership amongst other goals.
Coelho’s debut children’s poetry collection, Werewolf Club Rules, came out in 2014 and won the CLiPPA (Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award) the same year. Since then, he has written several further lyrical children’s stories and poetry collections including Overheard in a Tower Block (2017), If All the World Were... (2019) and My Beautiful Voice (2022).
Blending rich imagination with heartwarming tenderness, this gorgeously illustrated collection of poems from the acclaimed Joseph Coelho is perfect for reading aloud to little ones.
Exquisitely told and boasting beautifully evocative illustrations from Richard Johnson, Coelho's highly imaginative and deeply personal tale of a trio of children who discover the magic inside their tower block is a powerful call for integrating urban and natural spaces.
Children's Poetry by Joseph Coelho
Children's Stories by Joseph Coelho
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