Books for Children Who have Been Bereaved

This is a subject that I am asked about all too often, unfortunately. But we do all go through bereavement, and we have to acknowledge that even the youngest among us feel the pain of loss... and don't know what to do with it.
Lorna Bradbury has excellent suggestions on books for children undergoing bereavement (link below). The first on her list is the beautiful book Michael Rosen's Sad Book. This one I would say isn't just for children... it's for all of us. Written around the loss of his son, Eddie, Rosen explores the full range of what it means to be sad and that everyone is sad sometimes. It's okay to be sad. One to keep on your bookshelf always, and cherish.
A few of the others on Bradbury's list are; Missing Mummy by Rebecca Cobb (perfect for younger children), Always and Forever by Alan Durant, Sally Nichols' Ways To Live Forever... and of course, A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness.


  1. Just discovered this wonderful blog. I'm a big fan of Patrick Ness' A Monster Calls but haven't read Rosen's Sad Book. Thanks for the tip!

    1. Hello and welcome! Thank you for your kind comment.
      Do check out Michael Rosen's Sad Book.. it's very heart-warming and wonderful, as well as sad... and wise. (A Monster Calls is just perfect, in my opinion.)


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