Waterstones Children’s Laureate Joseph Coelho is an award-winning performance poet, playwright and children's author based in Kent. He aims to inspire young people through stories and characters they can recognise and explores themes including fear, courage, diversity, gratitude, empathy and loss. In addition to exploring emotional landscapes, Coelho is inspired by magic, the ancient world and often draws on his own experiences transforming them into something universal that can be shared. Throughout his career he has highlighted the power of poetry and reading, championing and campaigning for local libraries and spotlights new voices and diversity throughout his work.
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Everything you need to know about the laureateship and the current children's author in the role, Joseph Coelho.
Joseph Coelho is an award-winning performance poet, playwright, and children's author whose books include the Luna Loves... series, Werewolf Club Rules, and The Girl Who Became a Tree.
Would you like to see Joseph Coelho and the former Waterstones Children's Laureates? If so, why not head along to one of a number of events this year.
Take a look at our League of Laureates: eleven star authors and illustrators who have previously held the role.
Find out about everyone who supports the Waterstones Children's Laureate and makes the role possible.
In 2019, we reached a milestone: the 20th anniversary of the Waterstones Children's Laureate. Here's what we did to celebrate!
Celebrating 20 years of the Waterstones Children's Laureate
In 2019, we reached a milestone: the 20th anniversary of the Waterstones Children's Laureateship in the UK.
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Fun activity sheets to try
Luna loves art! Paint your own beautiful picture with this activity sheet.
Luna Loves Art! Make your own gallery masterpiece with this activity sheet.
Luna Loves Art! Colour in these beautiful sunflowers and hang your picture on the wall.
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Luna Loves Dance! Can you colour in Luna and help her become prima ballerina?
Luna needs a new dancing outfit, so colour in these clothes, cut them out and try them on!
Luna Loves Library Day! Can you help Luna find her way to the library through the maze?
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Luna Loves Library Day! When Luna visits the library she finds all sorts of books. Can ...