Browse by tag: sadness


Badger's Parting Gifts
Author: Susan Varley
Illustrator: Susan Varley
How this book may help: Providing comfort to children who have been bereaved. Explaining that grief can eventually give way to happy memories.
Badger is very old, and he knows that sometime soon he will die. He is not afraid, and is only... read more

Tags: serious illness, sadness, love, loss, death, comfort, bereavement, terminal illness

Average reader rating:

 5 out of 5


No Matter What
Author: Debi Gliori
Illustrator: Debi Gliori
How this book may help: May provide reassurance for an insecure or anxious child that their parents' love for them is unconditional and constant, despite the circumstances. It sensitively reinforces the message that love carries on, even after someone dies.
The key message behind this simple and beautiful book for small children is that the love a parent... read more

Tags: comfort, bereavement, anxiety, death, divorce, emotions, family, father, fears, loss, love, mother, sadness, separation anxiety, serious illness, terminal illness

Average reader rating:

 5 out of 5


Is It Because...?
Author: Tony Ross
Illustrator: Tony Ross
How this book may help: A good starting point to introduce the subject of bullying and why it happens. It may encourage children to explore the feelings of the bully as well as the victim.
This skilfully written book handles the subject of bullying in a refreshing and thought-provoking... read more

Tags: sadness, hitting, emotions, bullying

Average reader rating: No readers have reviewed this book yet.


Funny Face
Author: Nicola Smee
Illustrator: Nicola Smee
How this book may help: A good starting point to chat to a very young child about emotions, for example, how they feel during a tantrum.
A lovely example of a first picture book, Nicola Smee's appealing illustrations shows a little... read more

Tags: anger, emotions, fears, sadness, sharing

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Harry and Hopper
Author: Margaret Wild
Illustrator: Freya Blackwood
How this book may help: To comfort a child who has lost a loved one. It may be a good starting point for a discussion about bereavement and grief.
Harry and his dog Hopper have done everything together, ever since Hopper was a jumpy little puppy.... read more

Tags: loss, loneliness, imaginary friend, emotions, dog, death, bereavement, sadness

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Muddles, Puddles and Sunshine (Winstons Wish)
Author: Diana Crossley
Illustrator: Kate Sheppard
How this book may help: This activity book was devised to help bereaved children by offering a structure and an outlet for the many difficult feelings that inevitably follow the death of a loved one.
This beautifully illustrated book helps a child through the grieving process and allows them to... read more

Tags: bereavement, death, emotions, family, loss, love, sadness, terminal illness

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The Happy Book
Author: Malachy Doyle
Illustrator: Caroline Uff
How this book may help: A great starting point for talking about both positive and negative feelings with very young children. This book may gently encourage co-operation and good behaviour.
This charming book contains simply written messages encouraging children to spread happiness to... read more

Tags: anger, anxiety, behaviour, bullying, emotions, environment, exercise, fears, sadness, sharing, tantrums

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The Scar
Author: Charlotte Moundlic
Illustrator: Olivier Tallec
How this book may help: This supportive and compassionate book would be an ideal tool to explain grief and loss to young children. A child who has lost a parent or other loved one may identify with the emotions felt by the boy in the story.
A beautiful and moving story about a boy whose mother dies after a long illness. It tenderly... read more

Tags: mother, loss, grandparent, death, bereavement, sadness, serious illness

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The Copper Tree
Author: Hilary Robinson
Illustrator: Mandy Stanley
How this book may help: This book approaches the difficult subject of grief with sensitivity and sound judgement. The perfect story for children who have lost a much-loved figure in their life.
The story begins with a class of young children being told that their teacher, Miss Evans, is ill.... read more

Tags: bereavement, cancer, death, emotions, illness, sadness, treatment, wheelchair

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The Bear and the Wildcat
Author: Kazumi Yumoto
Illustrator: Komako Sakai
How this book may help: This book covers themes of grief, loneliness and loss in a clear and touching way.
When Bear finds his best friend Bird lying dead one morning he is devastated. He shuts himself away... read more

Tags: bereavement, death, depression, emotions, friends, loss, love, sadness

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The Great Big Book of Feelings
Author: Mary Hoffman
Illustrator: Ros Asquith
How this book may help: A child struggling with negative emotions may find great comfort in this sympathetic, entertaining and reassuring book which explores many different feelings: happy, sad, excited, bored, interested, angry, upset, calm, silly, lonely, scared, safe, embarrassed, shy, confident, worried, jealous and satisfied.
The book is presented in bite-size chunks of information which should hold the attention of a child... read more

Tags: anger, anxiety, bullying, comfort, death, depression, emotions, fears, friends, hitting, jealousy, loneliness, loss, persistence, phobias, prejudice, sadness, shyness, violence

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Missing Mummy
Author: Rebecca Cobb
Illustrator: Rebecca Cobb
How this book may help: This touching and beautiful picture book perfectly reflects the grief of a young child who has lost a parent.
"Some time ago we said goodbye to Mummy. I am not sure where she has gone." Written and... read more

Tags: bereavement, death, family, loss, love, mother, sadness, terminal illness

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Cry Heart, But Never Break
Author: Glenn Ringtved
Illustrator: Charlotte Pardi
How this book may help: A sensitive and honest portrayal of the death of a cherished grandparent, the book carries important messages about coping with the grieving process.
Four children live with their grandmother. One night, a black-cloaked stranger arrives at the door:... read more

Tags: bereavement, comfort, death, grandparent, loss, sadness, terminal illness

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Goodbye Mog
Author: Judith Kerr
Illustrator:
How this book may help: Comforting children who have lost a much-loved pet, and suggesting that grief can ease over time.
Mog the pet cat is very old and 'dead tired'. She dies, but a little bit of her stays behind... read more

Tags: cat, loss, pet, sadness

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The Heart and the Bottle
Author: Oliver Jeffers
Illustrator: Oliver Jeffers
How this book may help: Children who have experienced bereavement or other loss may identify with the little girl in the book.
A moving book about love and losing someone you love. A little girl spends a lot of time with her... read more

Tags: bereavement, death, emotions, family, grandparent, loss, love, sadness

Average reader rating: No readers have reviewed this book yet.

Frog is Sad
Author: Max Velthuijs
Illustrator: Max Velthuijs
How this book may help: This book, which simply reflects how negative emotions can sometimes be turned into positive ones, may be useful to explore emotions with very young children.
Frog wakes up one morning feeling sad, but he is not sure why. His animal friends are worried about... read more

Tags: depression, emotions, friends, sadness

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Chill
Author: Carol Thompson
Illustrator: Carol Thompson
How this book may help: Acknowledges that everyday situations may give rise to negative emotions in young children. The story offers some practical suggestions that young children can use to ease anxiety and frustration, such as deep breathing.
Dolly the young pig sometimes like to play alone and sometimes play with her best friend Jack... read more

Tags: sharing, sadness, friends, emotions, co-operation, behaviour, anxiety, anger, stubbornness, tantrums

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Happy Hector
Author: Polly Dunbar
Illustrator: Polly Dunbar
How this book may help: Helping children deal with sibling rivalry and sharing parental affections.
Hector is one of Tilly's toy friends, and loves being close to her. When Tilly's other toys decide... read more

Tags: co-operation, family, friends, sadness, sharing, sibling

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Why Are You So Sad: A Child's Book About Parental Depression
Author: Beth Andrews
Illustrator: Nicole Wong
How this book may help: This book is written especially for a child who has a parent suffering from depression.
The book explains how depression is a problem with the way you feel, and that mums and dads don't... read more

Tags: mother, mental illness, illness, hospital, father, family, depression, anxiety, sadness

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Moonshadow
Author: Gillian Lobel
Illustrator: Karin Littlewood
How this book may help: To understand the loss of a loved one and that although life will carry on, they will not be forgotten.
Moonshadow is a young swan about to set off no his first migration. He is nervous and his... read more

Tags: bereavement, comfort, death, emotions, family, grandparent, love, relationships, sadness

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Smudge's Grumpy Day
Author: Miriam Moss
Illustrator: Lynne Chapman
How this book may help: May help a child deal with a bad mood understanding that running away does not help and how important home is.
Smudge is a little mouse who wakes up in a bad mood; plenty of adults know what that is like! It... read more

Tags: emotions, behaviour, friends, sadness

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Giraffes Can't Dance
Author: Giles Andreae
Illustrator: Guy Parker-Rees
How this book may help: The story would be a good starting point for a discussion on self-esteem and persistence, or the positive side of being different. It also has an anti-bullying/acceptance message.
Gerald was a very self-conscious giraffe; he was painfully aware of his gangly legs which made him... read more

Tags: anxiety, being different, bullying, confidence, diversity, emotions, loneliness, persistence, prejudice, sadness, shyness

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Grandma and Grandpa's Garden
Author: Neil Griffiths
Illustrator: Gabriella Buckingham
How this book may help: A well-written and touching book about the death of a grandparent. This would be a good choice for a child who has lost a loved one.
Grandma and Grandpa loved their beautiful garden and spent many happy hours together tending it.... read more

Tags: bereavement, death, emotions, family, grandparent, illness, loneliness, loss, love, sadness

Average reader rating: No readers have reviewed this book yet.

Beegu
Author: Alexis Deacon
Illustrator:
How this book may help: A story for anyone who has ever felt lonely, lost and unloved
Beegu's spaceship is stranded on earth and she is lost and alone. She meets lots of strange... read more

Tags: anxiety, being different, diversity, friends, loneliness, sadness, separation anxiety

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The Cloud
Author: Hannah Cumming
Illustrator:
One of the children in art class never draws and is always surrounded by a big black cloud. She is... read more

Tags: emotions, friends, persistence, sadness, shyness

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Let My Colors Out
Author: Courtney Filigenzi
Illustrator: Shennan Persani
How this book may help: This book is published by the American Cancer Society to help young children of cancer patients
When his mother is diagnosed with cancer, a little boy uses colours to express his emotions. He... read more

Tags: anxiety, cancer, emotions, sadness, serious illness

Average reader rating: No readers have reviewed this book yet.

Samantha Jane's Missing Smile
Author: Julie Kaplow
Illustrator: Donna Pincus
How this book may help: For children who have lost a parent
Samantha-Jane's dad has died and she is very sad and seems to have lost her smile. She worries... read more

Tags: bereavement, death, sadness

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Dennis Duckling
Author: Paul Sambrooks
Illustrator: Tommaso Loverte Tani
How this book may help: Fostering/Adoption
Dennis Duckling and his little sister can no longer be looked after by their own parents and need... read more

Tags: adoption, anxiety, family, fears, foster, friends, sadness, separation anxiety

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Ladder To The Moon
Author: Maya Soetoro-Ng
Illustrator: Yuyi Morales
How this book may help: For children who feel saddened by the loss of a grand-parent and for strengthening family links
Suhailo wishes she could have known her grandma and one night her wish comes true. A golden ladder... read more

Tags: absence, bereavement, death, family, grandparent, loss, sadness

Average reader rating: No readers have reviewed this book yet.

Sammy In The Sky
Author: Barbara Walsh
Illustrator: Jamie Wyeth
How this book may help: For children who have lost a pet
Sammy, the 'best hound dog ever', becomes ill and eventually dies. The family keep his memory... read more

Tags: bereavement, death, dog, pet, sadness

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Mr Big
Author: Ed Vere
Illustrator: Ed Vere
Mr Big is strong and tough and scares people, but in his heart he's just a big softy. Can he get... read more

Tags: being different, confidence, friends, loneliness, sadness

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Leave Me Alone
Author: Kes Gray
Illustrator: Lee Wildish
How this book may help: This picture book shows how a group of friends can stand together to stop bullying. It accurately reflects how sad and lonely a child can feel who is being bullied.
Friendly animals try to help a sad boy sitting alone but his response to them is "leave me alone".... read more

Tags: anxiety, bullying, emotions, fears, friends, sadness

Average reader rating: No readers have reviewed this book yet.

It's Not Fair (Your Feelings)
Author: Brian Moses
Illustrator: Mike Gordon
How this book may help: Explores the concept of unfairness in a child-friendly way and encourages children to come to terms with this emotion. Also touches upon the subject of anger and violence as the child in the story feels like 'hitting out' when she considers things to be unfair.
A little girl tells the reader about some of the things that happen to her which she considers to... read more

Tags: relationships, jealousy, hitting, gratitude, friends, emotions, behaviour, anger, sadness

Average reader rating: No readers have reviewed this book yet.

Little Home Bird
Author: Jo Empson
Illustrator: Jo Empson
How this book may help: Encourages a child to appreciate that moving home, even if only temporarily, can be a pleasant experience, and subtly suggests some coping strategies for being happy wherever home may be at any one time.
Little Bird loves his home. He is happy there, and has all of his favourite things around him. But... read more

Tags: family, moving house, sadness

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On The Wings Of A Butterfly
Author: Belinda Messer
Illustrator: Jessica Smith
How this book may help: A colourful and heart-warming approach to tackling the loss of a loved one, with practical suggestions for coping with loss.
On The Wings of a Butterfly discusses feelings that a child may encounter when a loved one passes... read more

Tags: bereavement, death, emotions, loss, sadness, terminal illness

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All Kinds of Feelings: a Lift-the-Flap Book
Author: Emma Brownjohn
Illustrator: Emma Brownjohn
Publisher's summary: "Everyone has different feelings all of the time. One minute you may feel happy - and the next..." read more

Tags: anger, anxiety, behaviour, emotions, fear of the dark, fears, phobias, sadness

Average reader rating: No readers have reviewed this book yet.

Michael Rosen's Sad Book
Author: Michael Rosen
Illustrator: Quentin Blake
Publisher's summary: "A heartbreakingly honest account of a father’s grief for his son from the illustrious pairing of..." read more

Tags: mental illness, love, loss, father, family, emotions, depression, comfort, relationships, sadness

Average reader rating:

 5 out of 5

The Saddest King
Author: Chris Wormell
Illustrator: Chris Wormell
How this book may help: This is a book about feelings that lets children know it's alright to be sad sometimes

Tags: emotions, sadness

Average reader rating: No readers have reviewed this book yet.

Let's Talk: Have you got a Secret?
Author: Jennifer Moore-Mallinos
Illustrator: Marta Fabrega
How this book may help: The situations explained in this book help children to distinguish between good and bad secrets and encourage communication between the child reader and an adult.
Publisher's summary: "Every child has secrets, and many secrets are fun to keep, for example a surprise birthday gift for..." read more

Tags: anxiety, bullying, emotions, fears, sadness, violence

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