Daydreams and Jellybeans with Alex Wharton


Tuesday 22nd June 2021, 11am

Streamed live on Kirklees Libraries YouTube channelTwitter and Facebook pages.

From forgotten jellybeans to sparking daydreams, Alex’s poems, written for primary school age children, are both funny and thoughtful, and aim to spark familiarity and inclusion. Alex’s performances are always enticing and this lively session aims to nurture a love of language, reading, confidence and self-expression. Children are asked to bring pen, paper and their imaginations! 

If you’ve got questions for Alex, send them in advance to


This collection is most suitable for children aged 7-12 and is a celebration of life, love and diversity. 

We’re delighted that Alex Wharton, Katy Riddell and Firefly Press have shared the KS2 activity pack of teaching resources based on Daydreams and Jellybeans with us. We’d love to see any poems inspired by Alex’s Library Adventures Live! session so we can share them with Alex and publish them on our website. Please send them to

Download Daydreams and Jellybeans teaching resources 


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Daydreams and Jellybeans has poems for everyone. Perfect for giggling quietly (or loudly!) to yourself, for performing to your friends and family, or to spark your own creativity. And the illustrations from Katy Riddell focus on the fun and dreamlike quality of the poems’ engagement with the natural world. 

“Reveals a world rich with nature, colour and warmth. A collection to be enjoyed by children and adults alike.” Matt Goodfellow


Alex Wharton is an award-winning writer and performer of poetry. When he’s not running writing workshops and visiting schools he is busy with his family, their two dogs and two horses. Alex also enjoys exploring nature and is training to become a beekeeper.


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