The Book of Hopes: Words and Pictures to Comfort, Inspire and Entertain (Hardback)Katherine Rundell (editor)
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.
Shortlisted for the British Book Awards Children's Illustrated & Non-Fiction Book of the Year 2021
Shortlisted for Waterstones Book of the Year 2020
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. Rauf.
Proceeds from this book will be donated to NHS Charities Together, in gratitude for the incredible efforts of all those who worked in hospitals over the quarantine period. In respect of UK sales, this will be GBP2.10 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).
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 588 g
Dimensions: 216 x 153 mm
'An anthology on the theme of hope ... it includes a rich range of images, poetry, stories and non-fiction.' - Sunday Times
'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
'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
'It has something for almost every young reader.' - The Herald
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This is a beautiful book, very touching , I just love it and and have only read a couple of entries.
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“A beautiful, powerful and timely book about the strength of hope and the magic of storytelling.”
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“A stunning collection”
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