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Joseph Coelho is the New Children’s Laureate!

Poems Aloud by Joseph Coelho, Illustrated by Daniel Gray-Barnett, Wide Eyed Editions.

The poet and author Joseph Coelho has been chosen as the new Waterstones children’s laureate – SUCH good news for children’s poetry, as he has vowed to celebrate its power. Here are his actual words:

‘Poetry is powerful, it is the medium we turn to at weddings, funerals and new births because it goes beyond mere words, poetry translates the soul.

‘I want to use the prestigious platform of the Waterstones Children’s Laureate to highlight and celebrate the power of poetry. To invite the nation, young and old, to write poems, to become poets’

Huge congratulations to Joseph, and wishes for a wonderful two year celebration of children’s poetry!


Award-Wining Children's Poet, Author, Wildlife and Climate enthusiast, NPD Ambassador, blogger and owner of Lola the retired alert dog and Paddy the alert dog in training. Books include CLiPPA shortlisted Being Me, Poems about Thoughts, Worries and Feelings, Editor of Shaping the World, Author of Be the Change, Apes to Zebras, The Same Inside, Reaching the Stars and Animal Magic. I visit schools, libraries, literary festivals via Zoom and give lessons on writing poetry for children. @Lizpoet

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