Don't Be Scared

The purr-fect gift!Huff by Wendy Cope, illustrated by Sholto Walker

We are excited to announce the launch of our very special children's anthology, Don't Be Scared, that is raising funds for Bristol children's hospital.

With the support of over thirty of our best-loved Children’s Laureates and illustrators of the 20th and 21st centuries, including; Jacqueline Wilson, Roald Dahl, Michael Morpurgo, Geraldine McCaughrean, Quentin Blake, Tony Ross and Carol Ann Duffy, the new book is dedicated to all the children and families cared for at the hospital.

Filled with tales of thunder claps and walking chalk, dark nights, dare-devil sheep and huffy cats, the book shares the magic and fears of childhood for children and grown-ups to enjoy. Some are fables, some adventures, some are wickedly funny; all of them fizz with imagination and a child’s sense of wonder. 

It's the perfect gift your little ones! #BestRead #KidsLit

Buy your copy here

Image: Sholto Walker's illustration that accompanies Wendy Cope's, 'Huff'


Who features in Don't Be Scared?Get your copy of Don't Be Scared and help raise money for Bristol children's hospital

Don't Be Scared was the brainchild of Caro Ness who is also a contributor. We are very grateful to Caro for her passion for this project and for approaching so many contributors to maker her vision, a children's book to raise funds for the children's hospital, a reality.

When you buy a copy of Don't Be Scared you'll be enjoying the work of: Nicola Bayley, Ellen Beier, Quentin Blake, Herbie Brennan, Raymond Briggs, Mike Brownlow, Romi Caron, Emma Chichester Clark, Wendy Cope, Roald Dahl, Kate Daubney, Julia Donaldson, Carol Ann Duffy, Rose Fay, Anne Fine, Michael Foreman, Anthony Horowitz, Michael Jecks, Andrew Joyce, Satoshi Kitamura, Penelope Lively, Jacqui Mair, Alexander McCall Smith, Geraldine McCaughrean, Michael Morpurgo, Caro Ness, Hiawyn Oram, Michael Rosen, Tony Ross, Adrienne Salgado, Nick Sharratt, Yuliya Somina, Sam Usher, Martin Waddell, Sholto Walker and Jacqueline Wilson.


Buy the book 

Published by Redcliffe Press, Don't Be Scared is a limited print edition - so grab your copies today!Tony Ross's illustration accompanies Geraldine McCaughrean's story: Sidecar

In person

You can buy copies of Don't Be Scared at a special price of £12.50 from Above & Beyond's Fundraising Hub inside the Bristol Royal Infirmary's welcome centre (Upper Maudlin Street, Bristol, BS2 8HW). We are located in-between WHSmith and M&S and are open Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm. 

It is also available in Foyles Bookshop, Cabot Circus, Bristol. 

Purchase Don't Be Scared online from Redcliffe Press.

By phone

Please call Cressida at Above & Beyond on 0117 3700 486 to purchase a book over the phone. 

Image: Tony Ross's illustration that accompanies Geraldine McCaughrean's, 'Sidecar'


A word from the authors

“When children read they experience different lives, different times, different countries, even different worlds. They learn how to concentrate, to imagine, to empathise with others. Most importantly of all, they have a source of joy and enchantment that will last them all their lives.  When adults read to children they form such a warm close bond. My happiest memories are of reading aloud to my daughter when she was small.”

Award-winning contributor, Jacqueline WilsonGeraldine McCaughrean launches Above & Beyond's new children's anthology


“There are times when we just need to get out of ourselves – when we’re ill, when we’re miserable, when we’re stuck in one place for too long… Reading is one way.  Open the cover of a book and it’s like opening a door on to a bigger world full of possibilities.  So what better than to fill a book with a heap of different stories and pictures that transport you somewhere else and cheer you up? Above & Beyond is all about making people feel better: brightening the sky, pruning problems, planting some cheerfulness and generally making everything in the garden rosier.  Write a story for them?  Who wouldn’t?”

Award-winning contributor Geraldine McCaughrean (pictured, right), read an extract from her story ‘Sidecar’ at the anthology launch


“Every book you read takes you on a journey, to meet new people, to go to new places, new times. You become a mind traveller, an explorer, a discoverer. It can be fun, exciting, mass, joyful, but with every book you get to know and understand more, about yourself and others, about the world. When reading a story you love to a child or that the child loves - preferably both! - you hold hands through an adventure, have a tiger for tea, go for a walk in the woods together with a Gruffalo, find out together what the ugly duckling really is. You live the story together, imagine it together, but differently of course, because we are all different.”

Award-winning contributor, Michael Morpurgo