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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


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 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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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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Owl Babies
Author: Martin Waddell
Illustrator: Patrick Benson
How this book may help: Reassuring children that loved ones do return after absence.
Sarah, Percy and Bill wake one night to discover that their Mummy has gone. Between them, they... read more

Tags: emotions, family, love, separation anxiety

Average reader rating:

 5 out of 5

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

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You're All My Favourite
Author: Sam McBratney
Illustrator: Anita Jeram
How this book may help: Reassuring a child their parents love them and their siblings equally.
Three sibling bears start to worry that they can't ALL be "the most wonderful baby bears in the... read more

Tags: brother, emotions, family, love, new baby, sharing, sister

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My Amazing Dad
Author: Ross Collins
Illustrator: Ross Collins
How this book may help: May be useful to explain to young children that all fathers are different and each one is good at different things. Introduces the concept of work and careers, and encourages fathers and sons to be proud of one another.
Snip the little crocodile has no idea what his dad does all day. All the other animals tell him... read more

Tags: comfort, father, growing up, love, relationships

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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.

I Wished for You: An Adoption Story
Author: Marianne Richmond
Illustrator: Marianne Richmond
How this book may help: Reflects the unconditional love felt between a parent and their adopted child. Explains common aspects of the adoption process. Reinforces the view that physical differences within a family are not important.
Barley the young bear snuggles up with his Mama and prompts her to tell him the story of how she... read more

Tags: love, foster, family, being different, adoption, relationships

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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.

Dan and Diesel
Author: Charlotte Hudson
Illustrator: Lindsey Gardiner
How this book may help: Gives a positive view of disability. The blind central character (Dan), in partnership with his faithful guide dog (Diesel), feels like he can 'conquer the world'. The book skilfully reflects the vulnerability Dan feels when he is separated from Diesel.
Dan's little brother narrates the tale of Diesel the 'wonder dog' and his relationship with his... read more

Tags: relationships, love, dog, blindness

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

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

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

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

I'll always love you
Author: Paeony Lewis
Illustrator: Penny Ives
How this book may help: Shows children that they are loved unconditionally by parents, even if they are naughty or things go wrong
When Alex Bear breaks his mum's favourite honey bowl he worries that she won't love him any more,... read more

Tags: love, mother

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.

Lamb-A-Roo
Author: Diana Kimpton
Illustrator: Rosalind Beardshaw
How this book may help: A comforting look at adoption and accepting that you don't have to look alike and be the same to be loved.
Lamb wants a Maa and Kangaroo wants a baby. Lamb may look nothing like the other baby kangaroos... read more

Tags: adoption, being different, family, love, relationships

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

Sometimes
Author: Rebecca Elliott
Illustrator: Rebecca Elliott
How this book may help: Children with siblings with long term illness
Toby's sister is very brave when she goes into hospital and Toby has to learn to be very brave as... read more

Tags: family, hospital, illness, love, serious illness, sibling, sister

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

My Grandpa
Author: Marta Altes
Illustrator: Marta Altes
Here is a picture book about that special relationship between a boy and his grandpa (though they... read more

Tags: grandparent, love

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A Mummy for Owen
Author: Marion Dane Bauer
Illustrator: John Butler
How this book may help: Children who have lost a parent or experienced a change in circumstances, such as fostering or adoption, will relate to orphaned Owen and find comfort in his loving relationship with his adoptive mother, Mzee, a 130-year-old male tortoise.
For baby hippo Owen his brownish grey mummy is his whole world until one day the rains come and... read more

Tags: being different, adoption, death, emotions, family, foster, love, mother

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 Cow That Laid an Egg
Author: Andy Cutbill
Illustrator: Russell Ayto
How this book may help: A great choice to cheer up a child going through difficult times - they will probably be giggling out loud by the end of the book! There's also an underlying theme of acceptance, and may even strike a chord with adopted children.
Publisher's summary: "A madcap, yet moving, story about having the courage of one’s convictions, even when others doubt..." read more

Tags: adoption, foster, love, prejudice

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

Just Because
Author: Rebecca Elliott
Illustrator: Rebecca Elliott
How this book may help: Promoting tolerance and celebrating diversity. May help children to realise that those with disabilities can achieve as much as those who are able-bodied.
Publisher's summary: "'My big sister Clemmie is my best friend. She can't walk, talk, move around much, cook macaroni,..." read more

Tags: brother, being different, disability, love, sister, wheelchair

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

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