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Eight Books to Help Early Years with Grief

1. The Invisible String

Age: 4-8 years

A mother tells her children about the invisible string, made of love, that binds us to our loved ones. A story about how, even if we can’t see it, we’re always connected to those we love, wherever they are.

2. The Grandpa Tree

Age: 3+ years

The story of the life cycle of a tree, from its beginnings as a sapling to its demise on the forest floor, where it decomposes and becomes "a home for rabbits, and food for flowers", gently depicting that everything must come to an end.

3. Old pig

Age: 4-8 years

When Old Pig is coming to the end of her life, she and Grandaughter go on a late, long walk to say their goodbyes. A story about enjoying life while we can and celebrating the world around us.

4. Rabbityness

Age: 5+ years

When Rabbit vanishes, his friends are very sad. But they soon learn he has left them all they need to emulate his life – painting and making music – so they can find the essence of his Rabbityness for themselves, showing the legacy our loved ones leave behind.

5. Missing Mummy

Age: 3-6 years

From anger and guilt to sadness and bewilderment, Missing Mummy works through the emotions of losing a parent, showing that it’s ok to feel a multitude of things, and reminding children to treasure the memory of their loved one.

6. Leo’s Book of Memories

Age: 4-7 years

When his class are all making gifts for Mother’s Day, Leo is upset that his mum isn’t alive to enjoy it. With the help of a memory book and his dad, he works through remembering his mum.

7. The Goodbye Book

Age: 3-6 years

Seen through the eyes of a pet fish who has lost his companion, The Goodbye Book works through the emotions children might feel when they experience loss, and reminds them it’s ok to feel sad.

8. Wherever You Are

Age: 4-8 years

A beautiful book about love being the greatest gift we can give children, and how it will be with them no matter where they are.