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Books to help children understand depression in grown-ups

The Illustrated Mum

Reading can be a wonderful way to explore emotions or tricky situations.

If you're a parent or carer with depression, the fiction books below may help your child talk about their feelings and understand what's going on a bit better.

How to use books to talk about depression with your child

  • The Illustrated Mum

    Author: Jacqueline Wilson Illustrator: Nick Sharratt

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  • The Illustrated Mum

    Author: Jacqueline Wilson Illustrator: Nick Sharratt

    This is a moving yet unsentimental account of two children coming to terms with their mother’s depression, mental instability and …

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  • Lolly Luck

    Author: Ellie Daines

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  • Lolly Luck

    Author: Ellie Daines

    Lolly has always been lucky but a series of catastrophes at home threaten both her family life and her experience at school

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  • Brilliant

    Author: Roddy Doyle

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  • Brilliant

    Author: Roddy Doyle

    A high-speed, high-adrenaline and highly surreal adventure which deals with the difficult topic of depression with a sensitive, hu…

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  • Panther

    Author: David Owen

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  • Panther

    Author: David Owen

    This is a clever, compelling and very moving novel about the debilitating effects of depression on both the sufferer and those aro…

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  • The Colour Thief

    Author: Andrew Fusek Peters and Polly Peters Illustrator: Karin Littlewood

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  • The Colour Thief

    Author: Andrew Fusek Peters and Polly Peters Illustrator: Karin Littlewood

    Drawing on personal experiences of living in a family blighted by depression, this unusual, yet important, book may help youngster…

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  • Small Things

    Author: Mel Tregonning

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  • Small Things

    Author: Mel Tregonning

    This brilliant book manages to deal with bullying, fear of being different, frustration at underachieving, and the fact that while…

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  • Mike

    Author: Andrew Norriss

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  • Mike

    Author: Andrew Norriss

    Mike is a smart and humorous take on mental health and figuring out how to follow your own path in life. But it’s also so muc…

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  • Spooks and Scooters

    Author: Elen Caldecott Illustrator: Nathan Reed

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  • Spooks and Scooters

    Author: Elen Caldecott Illustrator: Nathan Reed

    When Flora and Sylvie's holiday with dad is cancelled, they are determined to discover who or what is responsible. Amid the excite…

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  • Joy

    Author: Corrinne Averiss Illustrator: Isabelle Follath

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  • Joy

    Author: Corrinne Averiss Illustrator: Isabelle Follath

    This uplifting tale, which explores the nature of happiness and celebrates the touching relationship between grandparent and child…

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