Some topics are hard to address with children especially young children when they have no personal experience of the situation, death and what it means, how the feel about it and what happens are all things that we don’t really want to talk to our children about, and then when they experience death for the first time it’s usually with a family member and we are in a situation ourselves where the questions that children ask and how we feel make it difficult to express.
Finding books that you can read together with your child about death that are age appropriate and speak about it in a gentle and sympathetic manner are important. The author Holly Webb has just released a book A Tiger Tale which addresses death, aimed at children who are starting to read chapter books and will listen along whilst you read aloud it is “a moving story about coping with loss”.
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Join Kate in the journey as she learns to cope with the loss of her Granddad in A Tiger Tale from Scholastic.
I am very excited to welcome Holly Webb to Rainy Day Mum to share with us a selection of 7 books that talk about death with children, so I hand over to Holly.
The following are such amazing books, and I feel so strongly about them all. Writing this list has made realise that what I love about these books is the way they talk about death as something that can be awful, and shocking, but in all of them the person who dies leaves their family and friends changed, and remembering them with enormous amounts of love (but not afraid to feel anger, fear and all the other natural reactions to a death).
Goodnight Mister Tom, Michelle Magorian
Bridge to Terabithia, Katherine Paterson
Goodbye Mog, Judith Kerr
No Matter What
I read this picture book long before I had children, and thought it was so beautiful that I made my husband read it – in Waterstones, where it made him cry… No Matter What is about love, going on for ever, even after we’re gone. As an adult, particularly if you have young children, do not read it in public if you don’t want to be seen crying!
The Velveteen Rabbit
The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett
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About Holly Webb
Holly was born and grew up in south-east London, but spent a lot of time on the Suffolk coast. As a child, she had two dogs, a cat, and at one point, nine gerbils (an accident). At about ten, Holly fell in love with stories from Ancient Greek myths, which led to studying Latin and Greek, and eventually to reading Classics at university. She worked for five years as a children’s fiction editor, before deciding that writing was more fun, and easier to do from a sofa. Now living in Reading with her husband, three sons and one cat, Holly runs a Girl Guide group.
This post forms part of a blog hop for the launch for A Tiger Tale by Holly Webb – check out the other sites on the Hop and pop on over to read more.