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Joseph Coelho is an award winning poet and performer from London, although he now lives by the sea. In 2019 he won the Independent Bookshop Week Picture Book Award for If All the World Were. He has been long-listed for The Carnegie Childrens Award with his poetry collection Overheard In A Tower Block, which was also shortlisted for the CLPE CLiPPA Poetry Award and Longlisted for the UKLA Book Awards. He won the 2015 CLPE CLiPPA Poetry Award with his debut poetry collection Werewolf Club Rules. His debut Picture Book, Luna Loves Library Day was voted one of the nations favourite picture books by a survey led by World Book Day. His other poetry books include How To Write Poems and A Year Of Nature Poems . He has written plays for companies including: Soho Theatre, Polka Theatre, The Unicorn Theatre, Theatre Royal York, Oily Cart and The Spark Childrens Festival to name a few. Joseph has been a guest poet on Cbeebies Rhyme Rocket, Radio 4s Poetry Playtime and Front Row. He is the presenter of BBCs Teach Poetry (Oct 2018) and features in DiscoveryEDUKs Poetry CurriculumRichard Johnson is an illustrator whos picture books are published by Penguin, Faber & Faber, Macmillan, DK and many other publishers. His work has also been seen in M&S, Liberty of London as well as The Times newspaper and BBC Worldwide and the Radio Times. His work is deeply thoughtful and conjures powerful atmospheres with detailed, delicate pencil strokes.

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"Coelho draws on his own experience growing up in a tower block on the edge of Richmond Park in London in this title."
*The Bookseller*

"Coelho drew upon his own experiences to tell this story about three children who leave their tower block and tumble into a strange world underneath a tree. There, a “tree-grown man” helps them understand the power of nature and, when they resurface, their tower block is transformed into a place of colour and light. Gorgeously illustrated by Johnson, this modern-day fable is a celebration of high-rise living and its ties to the ancient, natural world"
*The Bookseller*

Fresh to the post of children’s laureate, Joseph Coelho is releasing Our Tower […] Coelho, who was inspired by his experience growing up in London, has said “I wanted to bring the magic of Narnia to the tower block” — which seems the perfect mission statement […] books can’t fill tummies but they can provide hope and escape.
*The Guardian*

‘The new children’s laureate has written a poem about living in a tower block and a magical journey into the forest to rediscover our connection to nature. Richard Johnson’s gentle illustrations capture the magic in this picture book for older children.’
*The Sunday Times*

“Gorgeously illustrated by Richard Johnson, this picture book is a love letter to high-rise living and its connection to the ancient, natural world.” 
*The Sunday Post*

“The new Children’s Laureate draws on his own experiences for this fantastical nature-based fable which encourages three children to see their tower block home in a new light.”
*i-newspaper*

‘Fresh to the post of children’s laureate, Joseph Coelho is releasing Our Tower […] Coelho, who was inspired by his experience growing up in London, has said “I wanted to bring the magic of Narnia to the tower block” — which seems the perfect mission statement […] books can’t fill tummies but they can provide hope and escape’ 
*The Observer*

“This glowing, poetic picture book from the new children’s laureate celebrates the joys of community in urban spaces while quietly affirming that the natural world belongs to everyone.”
*The Guardian*

“Our Tower celebrates the joys of community in urban spaces while quietly affirming that the natural world belongs to everyone”. 
*The Guardian*

"A surprising metropolitan fantasy...Coelho writes with evocative language."
*Publishers Weekly*

“The narrative, with its lyrical prose and playful take on typography, will encourage young readers to look for the imagination and beauty hidden right at home and to cherish their bonds with neighbors, friends, and loved ones during everyday life.”
*Booklist Reviews*

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