Hope for children


Yesterday I read about a book called ‘Hopes’.

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

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


Completely free for all children and families, the 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 currently working in hospitals.

The Book of Hopes is currently available to read online only. Bloomsbury intends to publish a gift book based on the project in the autumn in support of NHS Charities Together. Please visit @KidsBloomsbury for further updates on this.

I would like to thank the authors and publishers for this wonderful book. I am going to get a copy for myself, because I feel it will uplift me.

Today I am reflecting on children and how they may feel in this pandemic. It is so imnportant to keep hope alive for our children and I look at the rainbows in people’s windows and think that children are often amazing carriers of hope.

For those teachers among our readers, I salute you. Thank you for what you are doing to reach the next generation. It is so important at this time to do what we all can, like the wonderful Colonel Tom Moore, who has inspired his grandchildren by his simple and beautiful action of walking to raise money (an our spirits).

For those parents among my readers, I celebrate you. You do the most amazing job in raising the next prime ministers, nurses, refuse collectors, care workers and teachers. Keep hoping forward.

And to any children who may be reading this;I encourage you to be the most amazing version of yourself. You can be an amazing adult, simply by being the best version of yourself.

So today’s recipe of hope is to reach out to the children we know and inspire hope in them. And if we don’t know any children, let’s inspire those around us who work with children.

May you all remain hopeful and build hopes in this testing time X

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