Books for children and young people

The following links are to children's books on bereavement and grief available for sale from amazon. Click on the picture or the link to go to the amazon store for more information.

Cruse is not responsible for the content of these publications, and if you are buying for a child, you will need to check that the book is appropriate for the individual child or young person, taking into account factors such as age, who they have lost and whether they have a particular faith.

Don't forget to also check out Cruse publications, and our free booklets.

Picture books

Muddles, Puddles and Sunshine: Your Activity Book to Help When Someone Has Died, by Diana Crossley (Author) and Kate Sheppard (illustrator). This book can be used to help children make sense of their experience by reflecting on the different aspects of their grief, whilst finding a balance between remembering and having fun.



The Scar by Charlotte Moundlic tells the story of a little boy who wakes up to find that his mother has died, and how he is overwhelmed with sadness, anger and fear that he will forget her. With the help of his Grandma he finds a way to hold on to his mother's love. Illustrated by Olivier Tallec.





Michael Rosen's Sad Book tells of his struggles with sadness following the loss of his son Eddie at age 19. A powerful account of grief with illustrations by Quentin Blake. A book for all ages.





The Heart and the Bottle by Oliver Jeffers tells the story of a little girl who shuts her heart away in a bottle for safety after the loss of someone close. But after that it seemed that the world was emptier than before...




Books for older children and teens

Conor has the same dream every night, ever since his mother first fell ill, ever since she started the treatments that don't quite seem to be working. But tonight is different. Tonight, when he wakes, there's a visitor at his window. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor. It wants the truth. A Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness was the winner of the Carnegie medal in 2012. Also available in a version powerfully  illustrated by Jim Kay.




Jade is so used to living in the shadow of Vicky, her loud, confident best friend, that when a tragic accident occurs, she can hardly believe that Vicky's no longer around. But Vicky's a sparky girl who's not going to let a small thing like being dead stop her from living life to the full... In Vicky Angel beloved children's author Jacqueline Wilson deals sensitively with maintaining a connection to those who have died.




In My Sister Lives on the Mantlepiece Annabel Pitcher tells thestory of ten-year-old Jamie Matthews who has just moved to the Lake District with his Dad and his teenage sister, Jasmine for a 'Fresh New Start'. Five years ago his sister's twin, Rose, was blown up by a terrorist bomb. The family has fallen apart. But Jamie hasn't cried in all that time. To him Rose is just a distant memory.




Jenny Alexander's novel Drift is a novel for young adults dealing with the difficult subject of sibling suicide. Jess’s big brother Seb has killed himself and Jess isn’t talking. Her parents are angry, her teachers are worried and her best friend Lexi is looking around for a new best friend. And then there’s the business with fit, pushy Tris. Jess needs to find her voice and start to make her life feel better again, but where does she begin? The book was released on World Suicide Prevention Day and was inspired by the author's own loss of her older sister.