In the autumn term, the NLT teamed up with Bupa Foundation to gift copies of The Book of Hopes (Bloomsbury Publishing) to 5000 primary schools across the country, providing an essential boost of hope to thousands of children during the second national lockdown, and every Middlesbrough primary school received 3 copies

The Book of Hopes is Bloomsbury’s collection of inspiring short stories, artwork and poems from more than 130 much-loved children’s authors, illustrators and poets. It was launched and curated by author Katherine Rundell in response to the first national lockdown in April. Middlesbrough Schools were subsequently invited to join in with the Scrapbook of Hopes Challenge, where teachers and their pupils were asked to take inspiration from The Book of Hopes and show how they were spreading hope, optimism and a love of reading in their school and community.  Fifteen winning schools were selected from across the country and we had 3 winners, North Ormesby, Beech Grove and St Joseph’s, all receiving prizes kindly donated by Bloomsbury Publishing including a beautiful signed ‘Bird’ print illustrated by Sam Usher which features in The Book of Hopes as well as a set of Katherine Rundell’s children’s books including Rooftoppers, The Good Thieves and the hardback edition of The Book of Hopes.

One school was also drawn at random to win a special virtual visit from Katherine Rundell and we were delighted that the school chosen was St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School! Katherine Rundell will be ‘visiting’ on 26th April.