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The Book of Hopes

In difficult times, what children really need is hope. And in that spirit, 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 is packed with short stories, poems and pictures  from over 100 children’s authors and illustrators — including my story ‘The Green Road’.

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.

Shortlisted for Waterstones Book of the Year 2020 and the British Book Awards Book of the Year - Children's Illustrated and Non-Fiction 2021

'This book will sustain you' – Nicolette Jones, The Sunday Times

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

'These joyful gobbets, all beautifully snappy, are perfect for a bus journey to school or a golly-is-that-the-time bedtime literary scamper' – Alex O’Connell, The 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'  – Books for Keeps

'Curated by the peerless Katherine Rundell and designed with style and grace, The Book of Hopes garners words of possibility and optimism from the finest children’s writers and artists around' – Waterstones

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