Books on: Bereavement

Books which tackle the difficult subjects of bereavement and loss. Grieving children may find comfort or answers to challenging questions in the pages of these books.

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

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


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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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.

Always and Forever
Author: Alan Durant
Illustrator: Debi Gliori
How this book may help: Comforting children who have experienced bereavement or other loss and providing gentle reassurance that over time their pain will ease.
Otter, Mole, Fox and Hare live happily together in their house in the woods. But soon Fox falls... read more

Tags: emotions, bereavement, anxiety, terminal illness

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

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.

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.

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

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.

Duck, Death and the Tulip
Author: Wolf Erlbruch
Illustrator:
Duck has felt a presence following her, always close at hand, and one day she turns round and finds... read more

Tags: bereavement, death, friends

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.

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

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.

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

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

My Henry
Author: Judith Kerr
Illustrator: Judith Kerr
How this book may help: This book may provide comfort to children who have lost a loved one.
"My Henry died and went to heaven, but now he's got wings they let him out from four till seven and... read more

Tags: bereavement, death, grandparent

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

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