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Suggested Reading

Listed on this page are suggested child bereavement books to help with pre-bereavement, bereavement for children and young people and books for teachers and professionals.

If you would like a more detailed list please send an email to : info@simonsays.org.uk

SUGGESTED READING FOR PRE-BEREAVEMENT

  • Someone I love is sick by Kathleen McCue : 2-6 year olds
  • What About Me : When Brothers and Sisters get sick by Allan Peterkin  : 2-6 year olds
  • Gentle Willow by Joyce Mills : 2-6 year olds
  • Grandma by Jessica Shepherd : 4-7 year olds
  • My Brother and Me by Sarah Courtauld : 4-10 year olds
  • Saying Goodbye to Hare by Carol Lee : 5-9 year olds
  • Sometimes by Rebecca Elliott : 5-8 year olds
  • As Big as it Gets by Julie Stokes : 5-10 year olds
  • The Secret C by Julie Stokes : 6-10 year olds
  • Flamingo Dream by Donna Jo Napoli : 6-11 year olds
  • Because Someone I love has cancer : Kids activity book : by Terri Ades :  6-12 year olds
  • Help me Say goodbye by Janis Silverman : Janis Silverman : 11-14 years
  • My Parent has cancer and it really sucks by Maya & Marc Silva : 12-18 years

SUGGESTED READING FOR PRE-SCHOOL (UNDER 5s)

  • Honey Bear Died by Jennifer E Melvin
  • Goodbye Mousie by Robie H Harris
  • Missing Mummy by Rebecca Cobb
  • A Place in my Heart by Annette Aubry
  • Is Daddy Coming Back in a Minute by Elke & Alex Barber
  • Fred by Posy Simmonds
  • The Sunshine Cat by Miriam Moss
  • Are you sad Little Bear by Rachel Rivett
  • Beyond the Rough Rock (supporting a child who has been bereaved through suicide by Winston’s Wish

SUGGGESTED READING FOR 5-8 YEAR OLDS

Badger’s Parting Gift by Susan Varley

  • Sad isn’t Bad by Michaelene Mundy
  • When Uncle Bob Died by Althea
  • When Dinosaurs Die (a guide to understanding) by Laurie Krasnyed
  • The Heart and the Bottle by Oliver Jeffers
  • The Scar by Charlotte Moundlic
  • Muddles, Puddles and Sunshine by Diana Crossley
  • Daddy, Up and Down by Lila Stenson
  • I miss my sister by Sararh Courtauld
  • Beyond the Rough Rock (supporting a child who has been bereaved through suicide) by Winston’s Wish
  • The Elephant in the room by Amanda Edwards & Leslie Ponciano
  • The Invisible String by Patrice Karst
  • SUGGESTED READING FOR 9-12 YEAR OLDS
  • Death What’s Happening by Karen Bryan-Mole
  • Why do People Die by Cynthia MacGregor
  • Lifetimes by Bryan Mellonie
  • Milly’s Bug Nut by Jill Janney
  • When Someone very special dies by Marge Heegaard
  • Children also grieve by Linda Goldman
  • Her Mother’s Face by Roddy Doyle
  • The Frog Ballet by Amanda McCardie
  • Beyond the Rough Rock (supporting a child who has been bereaved through suicide) by Winston’s Wish

 

SUGGESTED READING FOR 11-18 YEAR OLDS

  • Straight Talk about Death for Teenagers by Earl Groltman
  • The Charlie Barber Treatment by Carole Lloyd
  • The Lost boy’s Appreciation Society by Alan Gibbons
  • The Spying Game by Michael Smith
  • Two Weeks with the Queen by Morris Gleitzman
  • Vicky Angel by Jacqueline Wilson
  • My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher
  • The Grieving Teen: A Guide for Teenagers and their Friends by Helen Fitzgerald
  • When a Friend Dies by Marilyn Gootman
  • Healing Your Grieving Heart for Teens by Alan Wolfelt
  • Beyond the Rough Rock (supporting a child who has been bereaved through suicide) by Winston’s Wish

READING AND RESOURCES FOR TEACHERS 

  • Good Grief : Exploring Feelings, Loss & Death with Under 11s by Barbara Ward
  • Grief in Children by Atle Dyregrove
  • Learn How to Cope with Death, Loss and Grief by Veronica Semenova
  • Giving Sorrow Words by Steve Killick
  • Saying Goodbye to Greg : KS1 & KS2 by Christine Chapman
  • The Little Book of Bereavement for Schools by Ian Gilbert
  • Effective Grief and Bereavement Support by Kari Dyregrov
  • Journeying through bereavement in schools by Ian Terry
  • Helping Children Think about bereavement by Heather Butler
  • Beyond the Rough Rock (supporting a child who has been bereaved through suicide) by Winston’s Wish
  • Finding your own way to grief  (A practical, informative and sensitive workbook that encourages constructive expression of grief for those children and adolescents who have Autism Spectrum Disorder) by Karla Helbert