Browse by tag: loss


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


The Lonely Tree
Author: Nicholas Halliday
Illustrator: Nicholas Halliday
How this book may help: This book may be useful to help a child how death is an inevitable part of ageing, and life continues after the sadness of bereavement. It also may be a good starting point to talk about how to cope with loneliness or isolation.
It's spring in the New Forest, bluebells bloom and birds return from Africa. A new tree begins to... read more

Tags: loneliness, emotions, loss

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Sophie's Masterpiece
Author: Eileen Spinelli
Illustrator: Jane Dyer
How this book may help: May encourage a child who is frightened of spiders to look more favourably upon these fascinating creatures. The book also reflects the ageing process, and may strike a chord with a child who has lost an elderly relative. Additionally, it has underlying themes of tolerance and acceptance.
Sophie is no ordinary house spider: she is an artist who can spin the most intricate and beautiful... read more

Tags: bereavement, fears, loss, persistence

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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 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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Rabbityness
Author: Jo Empson
Illustrator: Jo Empson
How this book may help: Celebrates individuality, encourages creativity in everyone and positively introduces children to dealing with loss of any kind
Rabbit loves doing 'rabbity' things like washing his whiskers and sleeping in his burrow but he... read more

Tags: friends, bereavement, being different, loss

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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

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


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

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

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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Grandpa's Boat
Author: Michael Catchpool
Illustrator: Sophy Williams
How this book may help: May comfort a child who has lost a grandparent. Gently reflects the ageing process and the passing of time.
After Grandpa's death, his beloved boat, The Periwinkle, is left unused by the quay. The boat is... read more

Tags: bereavement, emotions, family, grandparent, loss, love, terminal illness

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

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.

Granpa
Author: John Burningham
Illustrator: John Burningham
How this book may help: A child who has lost a grandparent may identify with the little girl in the story.
A touching portrayal of the relationship between a little girl and her 'granpa', this book contains... read more

Tags: bereavement, death, family, grandparent, illness, loss, love, relationships

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

Tommy's Dad
Author: Emma Randle-Caprez
Illustrator: Nick Sharratt
How this book may help: Informing and comforting children who have a loved one in prison
In this sensitive story, Tommy Puddle returns from school one day to find out that his Dad isn't at... read more

Tags: absence, anxiety, father, loss, separation

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

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.

The Grandad Tree
Author: Trich Cooke
Illustrator: Sharon Wilson
How this book may help: About the cycle of life and the endurance of love
When Vin and Leigh's grandad dies they remember how they used to play with him under the apple tree... read more

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

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

Up In Heaven
Author: Emma Chichester Clark
Illustrator:
How this book may help: A lovely book to help children with loss
Daisy, the dog, has grown old and can no longer keep up with her boy, Arthur. One day she wakes up... read more

Tags: bereavement, death, dog, emotions, loss, love, pet

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Little Bear's Grandad
Author: Nigel Gray
Illustrator: Vanessa Cabban
How this book may help: A gentle story explaining loss, death and remembering to very young children
Little Bear and his Grandad have a very close and loving relationship and then one day grandad is... read more

Tags: bereavement, death, grandparent, loss

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Vet (First Time)
Author:
Illustrator: Jess Stockham
How this book may help: A visually appealing book for young children which shows children bringing their pets to see a vet. The simple conversational text and lively illustrations may encourage them to talk about the experience and ask questions.
The book depicts children of various ethnic backgrounds bringing their pets to a vet's surgery.... read more

Tags: cat, dog, loss, mice, pet

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

Princess and the Castle
Author: Caroline Binch
Illustrator:
How this book may help: Step-Father Overcoming Fears
Genevieve, her mother and brother live in a little harbour-side house. Following her father's... read more

Tags: anxiety, bereavement, death, family, fears, loss

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

Heart and the Bottle
Author: Oliver Jeffers
Illustrator:
How this book may help: Long term grief and finding your emotions
When a little girl's grandfather dies, she is so overcome with grief that she takes out her heart... read more

Tags: bereavement, death, emotions, loss

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

Aunt Mary's Rose
Author: Douglas Wood
Illustrator: Leuyen Pham
How this book may help: An understanding of love and links across the generations, even when people are dead
Aunt Mary has a very special rosebush in her garden - she tells Douglas part of him can be found... read more

Tags: bereavement, death, family, grandparent, growing up, loss, love, sibling

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

Gentle Willow
Author: Joyce C Mills
Illustrator: Cary Pillo
How this book may help: This is a book for children with a terminal illness and it also offers support to families, siblings and friends of these children.
Amanda Squirrel and her friend live in the forest and are especially fond of the willow tree. But... read more

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

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

Where is Poppy's Panda?
Author: Michelle Bell
Illustrator: Rachel Fuller
How this book may help: Children coping with loss/transition/change and continuity
Poppy's Panda has gone missing - where can he be? Poppy remembers all the times her Panda has been... read more

Tags: anxiety, comfort object, loss

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

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.

Little Penguin Lost
Author: Tracey Corderoy
Illustrator: Gavin Scott
How this book may help: Providing comfort for children who have lost a favourite toy
Plip the Penguin loses his favourite toy and it seems like the end of the world. The little penguin... read more

Tags: fears, anxiety, loss

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

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

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

Dogger
Author: Shirley Hughes
Illustrator: Shirley Hughes

Tags: comfort object, comforter, loss

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

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