SENSITIVE TOPICS

Books to help open sensitive discussions about depression, divorce, bereavement and other difficult topics ...

The Heart and the Bottle 

by Oliver Jeffers

Once there was a girl whose life was filled with wonder…then something happened that made her put her heart in a safe place. This deeply moving story deals with love and loss with an extraordinary lightness and shows us, ultimately, that there is always hope.

The Memory Tree

by Britta Teckentrup 

Fox has lived a long and happy life in the forest. One day, he lies down in his favourite clearing, takes a deep breath, and falls asleep for ever. This uplifting, lyrical story about the loss of a loved one is perfect for sharing and will bring comfort to both children and parents.

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Rabbityness by Jo Empson

When Rabbit suddenly disappears, no one knows where he has gone. His friends are desolate. But, as it turns out, Rabbit has left behind some special gifts for them to find. Rabbityness celebrates individuality and positively introduces children to dealing with loss of any kind.

Grandad's Island

by Benji Davies

Subtly told, this beautifully illustrated book tackles the topic of losing a grandparent with great sensitivity and depth. A beautiful reminder that our loved ones live on in our memories long after they’re gone.

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Always and Forever 

by Alan Durant

When Fox dies the rest of his family are distraught. How will Mole, Otter and Hare go on without their beloved friend? But, months later, Squirrel reminds them all of how funny Fox used to be, and they realise that Fox is still there in their hearts and memories.

The Invisible String 

by Patrice Karst

In this reassuring story, a mother tells her two children that they're all connected by an invisible string. "That's impossible!" the children insist, but still they want to know more: "What kind of string?" The answer is the simple truth that binds us all: An Invisible String made of love. 

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If All the World Were...

by Joseph Coelho

A moving, lyrical picture book about a young girl's love for her granddad and how she copes when he dies. This beautifully illustrated, powerful and ultimately uplifting text is the ideal way to introduce children to the concept of death and dying, particularly children who have lost a grandparent.