These are a selection of books that could be helpful for a child from pre-school to mid teens. They can be used to gently raise issues and allow conversations to begin about emotions, with a child who is grieving.
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Michael rosen’s sad book – walker, illustrated by quentin blake
Michael Rosen's Sad Book (Walker, illustrated by Quentin Blake)
“This is me being sad,” are the opening words, which appear alongside a drawing of a man smiling in a forced grimace. “Maybe you think I’m being happy in this picture,” it goes on. “Really I’m being sad but pretending I’m being happy.”
Rosen’s remarkable book, suitable for children from four or five upwards, is a memoir about the grief he experienced after the death of his 18-year-old son Eddie. It describes a series of complex feelings – from despondency to anger – in a beautifully simple way. And it suggests small things you can do to try to feel less bleak.
The scar by charlotte moundlic, illustrated by olivier tallec
The Scar by Charlotte Moundlic
Similar in tone, and almost as eloquent, is The Scar by Charlotte Moundlic, illustrated by Olivier Tallec (Walker), about a young boy whose mother has died. So concerned is he to preserve her smell that he won’t let his father open the window – and picks at a graze on his knee in an effort to summon her voice.
Always and forever by Alan Durant, illustrated by Debi Gliori (Corgi)
Always and Forever by Alan Durant, illustrated by Debi Gliori (Corgi)
Always and Forever by Alan Durant, illustrated by Debi Gliori (Corgi), is a lovely story about how a mole, an otter and a hare cope with the death of their friend Fox. They realise, in the end, that he lives on, in their hearts.