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Joseph Coelho's Top Book Recommendations

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Julián Is a Mermaid

In an exuberant picture book, a glimpse of costumed mermaids leaves one boy flooded with wonder and ready to dazzle the world.

While riding the subway home from the pool with his abuela one day, Julián notices three women spectacularly dressed up. Their hair billows in brilliant hues, their dresses end in fishtails, and their joy fills the train car. When Julián gets home, daydreaming of the magic he's seen, all he can think about is dressing up just like the ladies in his own fabulous mermaid costume: a periwinkle curtain for his tail, the fronds of a potted fern for his...
Recommended by Joseph Coelho, and 1 others.

Joseph CoelhoThis book celebrates the importance of allowing people to be themselves without judgment, without fear. Especially across generations. (Source)

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Into the Forest

An atmospheric exploration of a child's anxiety by the 2000 Hans Christian Andersen Medal Winner. One night a boy is woken by a terrible sound. A storm is breaking, lightning flashing across the sky. In the morning Dad is gone and Mum doesn't seem to know when he'll be back. The next day Mum asks her son to take a cake to his sick grandma. Don't go into the forest, she warns. Go the long way round. But, for the first time, the boy chooses to take the path into the forest, where he meets a variety of fairy tale characters and discovers the fate of his father. less
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Joseph CoelhoI think this is the essence of this book is that it’s all about that role of grandparents to kind of be the other parents, to be there in times of need. (Source)

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A boy and his grandad set off on a scorching adventure in this companion to Snow and Rain.

It's the hottest day of the year, hotter than broccoli soup, hotter than the Atacama Desert, hotter than the surface of the sun. It's just the right kind of day for a boy and his granddad to go for a picnic. But as the sun beats down, Granddad keeps having to stop for a rest, and by the time they find the perfect picnic spot, some pirates have beaten them to it. Good thing they have enough food to share!
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Joseph CoelhoThis story focuses on the relationship between a little boy and his grandfather and the simple adventures that they share. (Source)

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Fern’s Nanna has not been herself of late. And when Mum remarks that all the joy seems to have gone out of her life, Fern decides to fetch the joy back. With her catching-kit at the ready, she goes to the park and finds joy in all sorts of unusual places. Whooooshh!

But Fern soon realises that joy doesn’t fit in a bag, or a box or a tin! How will she manage to bring some back to Nanna?

Emotional, funny and uplifting, this beautiful picture book has a strong message about empathy and maintaining loving relationships with our grandparents. Guaranteed to bring a bit of...
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Joseph CoelhoAn empowering book about a child helping her grandmother feel better by gathering joyful moments to share with her. (Source)

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15 Things Not to Do with a Granny

This fun, friendly follow-up to 15 Things Not to Do With a Baby is packed with humorous scenes that explore the special relationship between grandparent and child. less
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Joseph CoelhoPresented like a rule book this is a book dedicated to active grannies. (Source)

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