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

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

Completely free for everyone to read online, 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.

The Book of Hopes is also available as a beautiful hardback gift edition, with 23 never-seen-before stories, poems and illustrations. The Book of Hopes is available to buy now 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.

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Book of Hopes resources for teachers

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    Book of Hopes - recovery curriculum resources

    A collection of primary resource packs inspired by The Book of Hopes
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    Wellbeing and literacy: Hope

    Resources to support children's wellbeing and literacy developed in partnership with Place2Be.
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    The Book of Hopes teaching sequences for Year 6 and 7

    Our free teaching sequences based on The Book of Hopes will help teachers support students in the transition to secondary school.
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