Books on dementia

Sundae Girl

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.

  • Heartbeat

    Author: Sharon Creech
    Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books
    Interest age: 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-year-old: as her mother is about to give birth, her beloved grandfather is sliding slowly into dementia.

  • The Lotterys Plus One

    Author: Emma Donoghue Illustrator: Caroline Hadilaksono
    Publisher: MacMillan
    Interest age: 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 never met moves in. Told with utter charm and a lightness of touch, ultimately The Lotterys Plus One is about acceptance.

  • Sundae Girl

    Author: Cathy Cassidy
    Publisher: Penguin
    Interest age: 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 public.

  • Clarice Bean, That's Me

    Author: Lauren Child
    Publisher: Orchard Books
    Interest age: 6+
    Reading age: 7+

    Clarice Bean gives us a snapshot of her life and family in the book that launched a bestselling series.

  • The Memory Cage

    Author: Ruth Eastham
    Publisher: Scholastic
    Interest age: 9+
    Reading age: 9+

    Alex needs to act fast or his family will be torn apart

  • Back to Blackbrick

    Author: Sarah Moore Fitzgerald
    Publisher: Orion Children's Books
    Interest age: 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 man.

  • Stonebird

    Author: Mike Revell
    Publisher: Quercus
    Interest age: 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.

  • Grandma

    Author: Jessica Shepherd
    Publisher: Child's Play
    Interest age: 3+
    Reading age: 4+

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