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The Book of Hopes: Words and Pictures to Comfort, Inspire and Entertain - edited by Katherine Rundell (hardback)

£12.99

Shortlisted for Waterstones Book of the Year 2020

A beautiful anthology on the theme of hope, edited by our favourite children's author, Katherine Rundell.  A donation from the sale of each book will go to NHS Charities Together, in gratitude for the incredible efforts of all those who worked in hospitals over the quarantine period.

In difficult times, what children really need is hope. And in that spirit, bestselling author Katherine Rundell emailed some of the children's writers and artists whose work she loved most:

'I asked them to write something very short, fiction or non-fiction, or draw something that would make the children reading it feel like possibility-ists: something that would make them laugh or wonder or snort or smile. The response was magnificent, which shouldn't have surprised me, because children's writers and illustrators are professional hunters of hope … I hope that the imagination can be a place of shelter for children and that The Book of Hopes might be useful in that, even if only a little.'

This collection, packed with short stories, poems and pictures from the very best children's authors and illustrators, aims to provide just that. Within its pages you'll find animal friends from insects to elephants, high-flying grandmas, a homesick sprite, the tooth fairy, and even extra-terrestrial life.

There are 133 contributions from authors and illustrators, including Anthony Horowitz, Axel Scheffler, Catherine Johnson, Jacqueline Wilson, Katherine Rundell, Lauren Child, Michael Morpurgo and Onjali Q. Raúf.


'An anthology on the theme of hope … it includes a rich range of images, poetry, stories and non-fiction' Stories to charm on endless daysSunday Times

Proceeds from this book will be donated to NHS Charities Together. In respect of UK sales, this will be £2.10 and in respect of sales in other territories this will be 16% of net receipts (at least 62p).
NHS Charities Together is a charity registered in England and Wales (registered charity no. 1186569).

“We need happy endings now more than ever ... This book will sustain you” –  Sunday Times CHILDREN'S BOOK OF THE WEEK

“Rundell is as persuasive as she is talented ... These joyous gobbets, all beautifully snappy, are perfect for a bus journey to school or a golly-is-that-the-time bedtime literary scamper” –  The Times CHILDREN'S BOOK OF THE WEEK

“This is a tasting menu of small but sumptuous confections, all uplifting in simple or complex ways” –  TLS

“Hope is needed as never before so three cheers too for Katherine Rundell and the children's authors and artists who contributed to her anthology The Book of Hopes” –  Books for Keeps

“An anthology on the theme of hope … it includes a rich range of images, poetry, stories and non-fiction” –  Stories to charm on endless days, Sunday Times

“The stories and poems celebrate animals, nature, courage, kindness and books. They include tales about finding friends or overcoming fears, and many have surprising twists or jokes, with illustrations that suggest anticipation or happiness... This book will sustain you” –  Children's Book of the Week, The Sunday Times

“Hope is needed as never before so three cheers too for Katherine Rundell and the children's authors and artists who contributed to her anthology The Book of Hopes” –  Book For Keeps

“It has something for almost every young reader” –  The Herald

“a gorgeous collection of words and pictures that gifted many readers a ray of sunshine to move forward, to make sense of the world, or to get through the day” –  Waterstones

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC 
Number of pages: 400 
Weight: 588 g 
Dimensions: 216 x 153 mm