Books on dementia

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Dementia is a difficult thing to deal with and it can be hard to talk about with your loved ones. 

If you're looking for some books for children and young teens to help start a difficult conversation, check out these books, which look at dementia and its impact on families in different ways.

  • I Remember

    Author: Jeanne Willis Illustrator: Raquel Catalina

    Interest level: 4-5

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  • I Remember

    Author: Jeanne Willis Illustrator: Raquel Catalina

    Interest level: 4-5

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    Sometimes Grandma forgets who George is, but he knows that her heart remembers – and loves him more than words can say. A beautifu…

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  • The Stickleback Catchers

    Author: Lisette Auton Illustrator: Valentina Toro

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8+

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  • The Stickleback Catchers

    Author: Lisette Auton Illustrator: Valentina Toro

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8+

    Can Mimi save her gran from losing her memories? An inclusive, searingly emotional story with magic realism elements.

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  • Elmer and the Gift

    Author: David McKee

    Interest level: 2-3

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  • Elmer and the Gift

    Author: David McKee

    Interest level: 2-3

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    Aunt Zelda has something to give Elmer, but she can’t remember where or what it is! A gentle story depicting life with elderly rel…

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  • Talking to the Moon

    Author: S.E. Durrant

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8+

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  • Talking to the Moon

    Author: S.E. Durrant

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8+

    Iris’ grandmother is losing her memory. While protecting her, Iris tracks down the secret behind a bracelet and develops a tentati…

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  • Toffee

    Author: Sarah Crossan

    Interest level: 13-18

    Reading age: 13+

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  • Toffee

    Author: Sarah Crossan

    Interest level: 13-18

    Reading age: 13+

    Allison befriends a woman with dementia, and an unusual friendship develops against the odds. This beautiful, profound verse …

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  • Hour of the Bees

    Author: Lindsay Eager

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 12+

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  • Hour of the Bees

    Author: Lindsay Eager

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 12+

    Carol's summer was supposed to be filled with pool parties and sleepovers - not helping move her dementia-wrecked grandfather from…

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  • Armistice Runner

    Author: Tom Palmer Illustrator: Tom Clohosy Cole

    Interest level: 10-12

    Reading age: 8+

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  • Armistice Runner

    Author: Tom Palmer Illustrator: Tom Clohosy Cole

    Interest level: 10-12

    Reading age: 8+

    Lily loves fell running. She’s good, but never quite good enough: she gets anxious and loses her focus and then that’s it. Out. Pl…

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  • Car Wash Wish

    Author: Sita Brahmachari

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 7+

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  • Car Wash Wish

    Author: Sita Brahmachari

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 7+

    Fourteen-year-old Hudson has Asperger's Syndrome, and knows his brain works differently. This entertaining and thought-provoking s…

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  • Heartbeat

    Author: Sharon Creech

    Interest level: 8+

    Reading age: 8+

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  • Heartbeat

    Author: Sharon Creech

    Interest level: 8+

    Reading age: 8+

    Annie loves drawing, running barefoot, her family, and possibly Max, her running partner. It’s an eventful time for the 12-y…

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  • The Lotterys Plus One

    Author: Emma Donoghue Illustrator: Caroline Hadilaksono

    Interest level: 9-13

    Reading age: 9+

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  • The Lotterys Plus One

    Author: Emma Donoghue Illustrator: Caroline Hadilaksono

    Interest level: 9-13

    Reading age: 9+

    Sumac lives with her huge and diverse family. All is chaotic, offbeat brilliance until the 82-year-old grandfather the kids have n…

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  • Sundae Girl

    Author: Cathy Cassidy

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Sundae Girl

    Author: Cathy Cassidy

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 9+

    All teenagers are embarrassed by their parents but Jude feels she has more reason than most to cringe when hers are around her in …

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  • Back to Blackbrick

    Author: Sarah Moore Fitzgerald

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 10+

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  • Back to Blackbrick

    Author: Sarah Moore Fitzgerald

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 10+

    When Cosmo steps through the crumbling gates of the mysterious Blackbrick Abbey, he comes face to face with his Grandad as a young…

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  • Stonebird

    Author: Mike Revell

    Interest level: 11-13

    Reading age: 9

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  • Stonebird

    Author: Mike Revell

    Interest level: 11-13

    Reading age: 9

    An accessible and engaging story about the sadness and joy of family life and the power of memory, magic and storytelling.

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  • Grandma

    Author: Jessica Shepherd

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 4+

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  • Grandma

    Author: Jessica Shepherd

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 4+

    This is a sensitive and touching picture book that helps young children understand dementia.

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