Addressing the Elephant - Talking About Death

Well, The Fix-It Man may have slipped through a few award nets recently but ... we still managed to MAKE A LIST. 😀

I am heartened and humbled beyond measure to be included in this very significant and important collection of picture books addressing the huge subject of death, loss and grief and ultimately ...hope.

Just check out who our wee book is sharing the same book shelf with: Wolf Elbruch, Oliver Jeffers Margaret Wise Brown, Debi Gliori, Joy Cowley, Margaret Wild, Freya Blackwood Michael Rosen and many other brilliant picture book creators.

Informative picture book blog, Picture Book Den, recently included The Fix-It Man on their comprehensive list of picture books from around the world that deal with the confronting topic of death and dying.

These books are often hard to write, harder to sell and sometimes, difficult to share but as Dr Sarah Mitchell GP states, they all share a few key common elements; they are stor(ies) of hope, that the pain experienced through a bereavement is normal, and that it can get better with time.

I truly believe picture books like those listed, can provide a safe and sensitive conduit through which discussion and understanding around these erstwhile taboo subjects can develop. Then maybe it will be possible to lessen the atmosphere of fear surrounding the notion and prospect of death for young people, thus normalising an inescapable reality of life.

View the entire list, here. 


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