"You are building a new world and that is truly magic": Joseph Coelho's letter to children this Christmas 28/11/2023
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Read letters from the Laureates
Quentin Blake, Waterstones Children's Laureate 1999-2001: 'I had the ambition to get illustration alongside works of fine art.'
Anne Fine, Waterstones Children's Laureate 2001-03: 'I would not have missed the opportunity the Laureateship offered me.'
Sir Michael Morpurgo, Waterstones Children's Laureate 2003-05: 'I tried to encourage [children] to read and write their own stories, to convince them that everyone has a story to tell.'
Jacqueline Wilson, Waterstones Children's Laureate 2005-07: 'I tried to go to some unusual venues to meet children who weren't necessarily keen readers.'
Michael Rosen, Waterstones Children's Laureate 2007-09: 'When I was Children's Laureate, my main focus was on fun and poetry.'
Anthony Browne, Waterstones Children's Laureate 2009-11: 'Wherever I went, I talked about being the Children's Laureate, and about the importance of creativity, visual literacy and picture books.'
Julia Donaldson, Waterstones Children's Laureate 2011-13: 'Performance, stories for deaf children, and libraries – these were all my "big things".'
Malorie Blackman, Waterstones Children's Laureate 2013-15: 'I was a spokesperson promoting reading for pleasure, especially for our teens.'
Chris Riddell, Waterstones Children's Laureate 2015-17: 'I visited as many libraries as I could and mentioned school libraries and librarians and the vital work they do whenever I was interviewed'.
Lauren Child, Waterstones Children's Laureate 2017-19: 'I believe that books, illustration and stories can profoundly change a child’s life.'
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Waterstones Children’s Laureate, the incredible authors and illustrators who held the title have made a magical anthology to help children’s imaginations soar.
Would you like to see Cressida Cowell and former Waterstones Children's Laureates? Why not head along to one of a number of events this year!
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Waterstones Children's Laureate: Joseph Coelho
Poet Joseph Coelho is the Waterstones Children's Laureate for 2022-24.
The role of Children's Laureate is awarded once every two years to an eminent writer or illustrator of children's books to celebrate outstanding achievement in their field. Find out what Joseph's been up to.