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An outstanding anthology with contributions from over 100 contemporary children’s authors and illustrators, The Book of Hopes should be on bookshelves in every home and school
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month October 2020
Katherine Rundell’s brief introduction which explains why hope is so important and why we should look for it in stories and illustrations sets a context for the wonderful range of very short stories, poems, thoughts and illustrations which will certainly give hope as well as laughs and surprises to readers of all ages. Perfect for dipping into, the anthology is a treasure trove of story treats starting with Michael Morpurgo’s uplifting ‘A Song of Gladness’ and ending with Rundell’s own ‘The Young Bird-Catcher’. Lauren Child, Axel Scheffler, Chris Riddell and Jackie Morris are just some of the wonderful artists whose black and white illustrations light up the pages of this hand this handsome volume. Dedicated to all the workers in the NHS and with proceeds going to NHS Charities Together, The Book of Hopes will certainly bring hope to all.
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.'
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The Book of Hopes by Katherine Rundell
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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.
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.
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, The Sunday Times
|Publication date:||1st October 2020|
|Publisher:||Bloomsbury Childrens Books an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC|
|Suitable for:||5+ readers, 7+ readers, 9+ readers|
|Genres:||Family / Home Stories, General Fiction, Personal Social Health Economic , Poetry, Short Stories|
|Recommendations:||Julia Eccleshare's Picks|
|Collections:||30 Children's Books to Improve Self-Esteem and Build Confidence, Our favourite children's books of 2020, 20 Books Celebrating our Love of Poetry,|
Katherine Rundell spent her childhood in Africa and Europe and is now a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, where she works on Renaissance literature. She is the bestselling author of The Girl Savage, Rooftoppers, The Wolf Wilder and The Explorer. She won the Waterstones Children's Book Prize and the Blue Peter Book Award in 2014, and the Costa Children's Book Award in 2018. Her writing – mostly on books, but also on climbing, on art and on wolves – has appeared in the London Review of Books, The New York Times, the Telegraph and Intelligent ...More About Katherine Rundell