Katherine Rundell compiles free children's lockdown book

Katherine Rundell compiles free children's lockdown book

Katherine Rundell has put together The Book of Hopes: Words and Pictures to Comfort, Inspire and Encourage Children in Lockdown, and the collection is available to download free on the National Literacy Trust website.

The collection includes contributions from children's authors and illustrators, including Lauren Child, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Sophie Dahl, Emily Gravett, Anthony Horowitz, Greg James and Chris Smith, Catherine Johnson, Michael Morpurgo, Patrick Ness, Axel Scheffler, Danny Wallace and Jacqueline Wilson.

Rundell, who also contributed to the book, said: "A few weeks ago, I began a Hope Project; I emailed some of the children’s writers and artists whose work I love 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 in the hard months ahead and that The Book of Hopes might be useful in that, even if only a little," she added.

Bloomsbury intends to publish a book based on the project, to be released in the autumn in support of NHS Charities Together.