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. 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.
'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, Sunday Times
Proceeds from this book will be donated to NHS Charities Together. 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).
The Book of Hopes contributors (alphabetically by first name) are:
Abi Elphinstone, A.F. Harrold, Aisha Bushby, Alex T. Smith, Alex Wheatle, Andy Shepherd, Anna James, Annabel Pitcher, Anthony Horowitz, Anthony McGowan, Axel Scheffler, Ben Bailey Smith, Carim Nahaboo, Catherine Doyle, Catherine Johnson, Catherine Rayner, Cerrie Burnell, Chris Haughton, Chris Mould, Chris Riddell, Chris Smith, Clementine Beauvais, Daniel Egneus, Danny Wallace, David Almond, David Roberts, David Solomons, David Tazzyman, Ed Clarke, Ed Vere, Emily Fox, Emily Gravett, Emily Sutton, Emma Chichester Clark, Emma Yarlett, Fiona Woodcock, Fleur Hitchcock, Francesca Simon, Frank Cottrell-Boyce, Geraldine McCaughrean, Gillian Cross, Greg James, Harriet Muncaster, Hilary McKay, Isabel Thomas, Jack Noel, Jackie Morris, Jacqueline Wilson, James Campbell, Jane Ray, Jasbinder Bilan, Jenny McLachlan, Jessica Townsend, Jessie Burton, Jim Smith, Jo Cotterill, Jonny Duddle, Joseph Coelho, Joseph Elliott, Kate Pankhurst, Katherine Rundell, Katherine Woodfine, Katie Abey, Katie Tsang, Kevin Crossley-Holland, Kevin Tsang, Kiran Millwood Hargrave, Laura Ellen Anderson, Laura Hughes, Lauren Child, Lauren St John, L.D. Lapinski, Lisa Thompson, Lissa Evans, Liz Pichon, Lorraine Gregory, Louie Stowell, Lydia Monks, Marcia Williams, Marianne Levy, Marie-Alice Harel, Mark Haddon, Maz Evans, Melissa Castrillon, M. G. Leonard, Michael Morpurgo, Michelle Magorian, Michelle Paver, Nick Lake, Nicola Skinner, Nizrana Farook, Onjali Q. Rauf, Pamela Butchart, Patience Agbabi, Patrick Ness, Peter Bunzl, Petr Horacek, Philip Ardagh, Piers Torday, P.J. Lynch, Polly Dunbar, Polly Ho-Yen, Rebecca Cobb, Rikin Parekh, Rob Biddulph, Robin Stevens, Ross MacKenzie, Ross Montgomery, R.S. McKay, Rutendo Tavengerwei, Sally Gardner, Sally Nicholls, Sam Copeland, Sam Usher, Sara Ogilvie, Sarah Crossan, Sarah McIntyre, Sarah Massini, SF Said, Sharna Jackson, Sharon Davey, Sibeal Pounder, Sita Brahmachari, Sophie Anderson, Sophie Dahl, Stephanie Burgis, Steven Lenton, Susie Day, Swapna Haddow, Thomas Taylor, Tom Percival, Vashti Hardy, William Sutcliffe, Yasmeen Ismail, Zana Fraillon.