Picture books can be a great tool to enable conversations with children about experiencing grief and loss. Whether it is the loss of a family member, friend, someone within their community, or even a beloved pet, picture books help children to explore the emotions and feelings that can accompany bereavement.

We have created this bookpack for parents and carers, as well as educators and other professionals working with children, to support children processing death or loss. The 7 picture books selected explore loss, sadness and grief with a focus on wellbeing and dealing with these very difficult situations in a positive way. The books included in the pack are:
  • Tibble and Grandpa by Wendy Meddour & Daniel Egneus (Oxford University Press)
  • Michael Rosen’s Sad Book by Michael Rosen & Quentin Blake (Walker Books)
  • The Rabbit Listened by Cori Doerrfeld (Scallywag Press)
  • If All the World Were … by Joseph Coelho & Allison Colpoys (Frances Lincoln Publishers)
  • Waiting for Wolf by Sandra Dieckmann (Hachette Children’s Group)
  • When Sadness Comes to Call by Eva Eland (Andersen Press)
  • The Garden of Hope by Isabel Otter and Katie Rewse (Little Tiger Press)
Along with seven picture books, our bookpack also comes with creative ideas and activities to help you to extend conversations and have meaningful book chat with children.
This selection of books can be used with children as young as 2-3 years-olds and up to 7-8 years old and is particularly suitable for children in EYFS & KS1.
The bookpack costs £50 and you can order it by emailing learning@sevenstories.org.uk.