Posted: Friday 5th May 2017
More and more children are encountering dementia and its effects on their families.
Below is a selection of picture books, available from Hertfordshire Libraries, which can help explain dementia to young children.
Really and truly: a story about dementia by Emilie Rivard
This simple picture book explores the relationship between Charlie and his grandfather who has developed Alzheimer's and dementia. Charlie used to love his grandfather's stories but now Grandpa has changed and he doesn't tell them anymore. But Charlie still remembers the stories and he has a great idea - he can tell them back to Grandpa. And, just occasionally, he can make Grandpa smile. This book doesn't give you lots of background information about Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia or offer any hope that Grandpa will get better but it gives a child whose grandparent suffers from dementia a way into discussing the changes that are taking place and how they might deal with these
Mile-high apple pie by Laura Langston
Grandma's not the wrinkled kind, she's the special kind instead. She wears trainers with yellow laces and she laughs very loud. She remembers lots of things like milk carts and special songs. But some days, her remembering is not so good. This is a moving account of a girl's relationship with her grandmother.
Grandma by Jessica Shepherd
Oscar loves Grandma, and their time together is always lots of fun. As she becomes less able to look after herself, she has to go into a care home. This touching story, told in Oscar's own words, is a positive and practical tale about the experience. The factual page about dementia helps children talk about their feelings and find new ways to enjoy the changing relationship
Grandma's box of memories: helping Grandma to remember by Jean Demetris
When Grandma starts to become forgetful, Alice and her family create a box of memories to remind her of all the good times they have shared together. Alice puts some pretty packets of seeds in the box, to remind Grandma of their happy times planting seeds and watching them grow into beautiful flowers. Her brother Harry puts some toy animals in the box, to remind Grandma of their fun trips to the zoo when the chimpanzees made them laugh. Grandpa puts some photos from their wedding day in the box, when Grandma looked so beautiful and happy. What a lot of wonderful memories in Grandma's box! What would you put in?
Lovely Old Lion by Julia Jarman
Lenny the lion loves his grandpa, King Lion. But when King Lion starts to forget things, Lenny begins to worry. He can't understand why grandpa keeps getting muddled and doesn't want to play anymore. Lenny doesn't know what to do, but with a little help from grandpa's old friends, perhaps he can find a way to help him remember