Thank you Child Bereavement UK for nominating me to be one of the 21 Champions to celebrate your twenty first birthday. I did not expect the award and am delighted to accept it. Writing books with you has been a privilege.
Jill Adams from Child Bereavement UK helped with the writing of Helping Children Think About Bereavement. The book is four lessons based round a story about a turtle. The same story is told in five different ways for three age groups – 5-7, 7-9, 9-11 – and also for children who speak English as a second language or have learning difficulties. There are activities to do and the difficult bits are fully scripted so the adult working through the story with children doesn’t have to worry about ‘getting it right’. The idea behind the book is to think about bereavement before it happens so children have the resilience and emotional literacy to cope if/when loss or bereavement happen. For more details, click here.
The characters in Us Minus Mum came to life as I worked on Helping Children Think About Bereavement. The narrative follows a family from the time when Mum is diagnosed with a brain tumour to her death. As well as being sad, it is also very funny and was nominated as one of Book Bag’s top ten readers, long listed for the Carnegie Book, UK Literacy Association Book and also Warwickshire County Book Awards. The theory and insights I gained from working on Helping Children Think About Bereavement were the foundation for Us Minus Mum. For more details, click here.
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