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The Book of Hopes: Words and Pictures to Comfort, Inspire and Entertain Children


Edited by Katherine Rundell, with contributions from more than 100 children’s writers and illustrators

This extraordinary collection of short stories, poems, essays and pictures has contributions from more than 110 children’s writers and illustrators, including Lauren Child, Anthony Horowitz, Greg James and Chris Smith, Michael Morpurgo, Liz Pichon, Axel Scheffler, Francesca Simon and Jacqueline Wilson.

The collection, published by Bloomsbury, is dedicated to the doctors, nurses, carers, porters, cleaners and everyone working in hospitals.

Read the book

When schools were closed during the COVID-19 pandemic in both 2020 and 2021 Bloomsbury generously permitted us to share The Book of Hopes as an ebook freely accessible to schools and families.

As part of our Education Recovery support for schools and children we worked with partners to develop a range of supporting resources, that you can find linked below.

The Book of Hopes is now available as a beautiful hardback gift edition, with 23 never-seen-before stories, poems and illustrations, providing an ongoing wealth of discovery, comfort and inspiration for children.

The Book of Hopes is available to buy from all good book retailers. 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. Learn more and purchase your own copy.

Book of Hopes resources for teachers

Reading Tree Challenge

Promote reading for pleasure and share pupils' book recommendations with our Reading Tree Challenge. Cover the bare branches and trunk of your Reading Tree with leaves showcasing all the books your pupils have read.

Explore the Reading Tree Challenge

Activities for families

Words for Life provides a fabulous range of activities for parents, children and young people supporting the development of language, literacy and communication skills from home.