LOSS & BEREAVEMENT BOOKS
Topic books about dealing with love after loss & sharing memories for children in Early Years & KS1
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.
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.
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.
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.
by Nicola Davies
A touching picture book for children about a young boy and his family overcoming the loss of his father. This colourful, emotional book is filled with natural imagery, centring on a small pond in the garden, and will teach children not only about death and loss, but the importance of the natural world.
by Julia Donaldson
A string of paper dolls go on a fantastical adventure through the house and out into the garden. A simple, touching story and a great way of helping young children understand that memories live on long after physical things - or people - are no longer with us.
When Mia mother dies, all the colour in her world changes to grey. She feels guilty, angry, sad and lost (sometimes all at once!). Little by little, with the help of her Dad, Mia learns how to cope with her difficult feelings. When she feels sad or lonely, she looks up to the stars.
The Dragonfly Story
by Kelly Owen
The Dragonfly Story is a tale of hope. It provides a view of death that captures something of what heaven might be like. It is also suitable for anyone with or without a particular faith. The story allows you to discuss death and what you might believe happens when we die.
by Michael Rosen
Very occasionally the term non-fiction has to stretch to accommodate a book that fits into no category. This is such a book. It chronicles Michael's grief at the death of his son. A moving combination of sincerity and simplicity, it acknowledges that sadness is not always avoidable or reasonable.
The Memory Box
Follow as the child in the story creates a memory box to keep mementos and written memories of the loved one, to help in the grieving process. Heartfelt and comforting, The Memory Box will help children and adults talk about this very difficult topic together.
This honest, sensitive and beautifully illustrated picture book is designed to help explain the concept of death to children aged 3+. Written in Alex's own words, it is based on the real-life conversations that Elke Barber had with her then three-year-old son, Alex, after the sudden death of his father.
Badger's Parting Gifts
by Susan Varley
Badger is so old that he knows he will soon die, so he does his best to prepare his friends. When he finally passes, they are grief-stricken, but soon they remember the special things he taught them. By sharing their memories, they realise that although Badger is no longer there, he lives on through them.