Goodnight, Starry Night

Bedtime poems inspired by works of art


This book is not yet published, but will be available from September 2024.

ISBN: 9780500653333 Category:

Joseph Coelho


Snuggle up and ease your child off to sleep reading Joseph Coelho’s lullaby-like poems. Lyrical, calming and beautifully illustrated, these peaceful poems are a magical way to end the day.

Written by award-winning performance poet Joseph Coelho, Goodnight, Starry Night is a collection of 14 poems that takes readers on a gentle journey into dreamland. Each poem is inspired by a calming work of art, reproduced in the book alongside the heart-warming illustrations of Allison Colpoys.

The book takes its title from Van Gogh’s painting The Starry Night, which inspired Coelho’s evocative poem River Sky:

I gaze upon the starry night
It twists into a river-sky
my every breath, a swirling light
I gaze upon the starry night.

It features poems inspired by David Hockney’s Sleeping Dogs, Vivian Maier’s Woman with Baby and Faith Ringgold’s quilted artwork of Cassie Lightfoot flying against a night sky.

Joseph Coelho’s lyrical poems calm the mind, relax the body and are soothing to the soul, and are guaranteed to inspire the sweetest of dreams.

Additional information

Weight 300 g
Dimensions 21.5 x 25 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 19 September 2024
Number of pages 128
Format Hardback
Contributors Contributions by Mary Rose Brady, Illustrated by Allison Colpoys
Dimensions 21.5 x 25 cm
Weight 300 g


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Joseph Coelho is an award-winning children's author, performance poet and playwright based in London. He is the Waterstones Children's Laureate for 2022-24. Consultant Art Psychotherapist Mary Rose Brady has over thirty years' experience treating children and young people's mental health. Her expertise informed Goodnight, Starry Night which includes her advice for parents on how to facilitate a good night's sleep. Allison Colpoys is an award-winning illustrator based in Melbourne.