Joseph Coelho to helm National Shelf Service's World Book Night event

Joseph Coelho to helm National Shelf Service's World Book Night event

YouTube book recommendation series the National Shelf Service has announced a series of World Book Night broadcasts, to feature a bedtime reading hour with poet and author Joseph Coelho.

Ten broadcasts will be scheduled throughout the day on 23rd April, beginning at 11 a.m. with e-book recommendations for children and young adults from librarians. Coelho will read a bedtime story.

Coelho won the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education Poetry Award in 2015, for his first poetry collection Werewolf Club Rules!.

He said: "In all uncertain time books provide not only an escape but also a means to find hope, companionship and comfort. As always, libraries are essential in providing much needed access.

"The National Shelf Service is a wonderful reminder that during the current difficulties books can still be borrowed from your local library digitally and, with them, access to a universe of comfort, companionship and hope.”  

The YouTube series is run by CILIP, the librarians' professional association, and the Youth Libraries Group.

Jake Hope, children's librarian and chair of the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Awards, commented: “We are delighted to have Joseph Coelho on board for the World Book Night celebrations, he has been an incredible supporter of libraries for a number of years now, both through his library joining marathon last year and his commitment to young people and literacy.

"World Book Night is an amazing national celebration of books and reading and we are very proud to able to mark it in this way.”

Coelho's bedtime story and all other broadcasts can be accessed here.