Dementia books for children

You can now order free copies of our children’s books ‘Grandad’s Hat’ and ‘When Grandma Came to Stay’ via the ‘Information about dementia’ section of our materials and literature page.

Princesses, monkeys and dragons

Last year we launched Dementia Explained, a website to help children and young people better understand dementia. The site features information pages, personal accounts, videos and games specifically tailored for children of different ages. The whole site was developed with the help of children and families with experience of a loved one with dementia, providing valuable input at every stage of its development.

When we originally asked children what kind of resources they would find useful for helping them learn about dementia, storybooks appeared at the top of their lists. They had lots of creative ideas for different storylines (one involving a princess whose memory was stolen by a monkey and found by a dragon) and we passed these on to Matt Elliott, an award-winning children’s author who kindly agreed to write the books for us.

While ultimately Matt didn’t include any dragons, he was able to draw on the children’s ideas and experiences to produce two wonderful stories that explore some of the symptoms of dementia through engaging storytelling suitable for children of different ages. The stories formed a key part of Dementia Explained where they are available as interactive eBooks narrated by radio and television presenter Edith Bowman.


Grandad’s Hat

For younger children, we enlisted the help of talented illustrator James M Threadgold to produce a colourful picture book called Grandad’s Hat. The story has a simple, rhyming structure and centres on two children, Luke and Lucy, who are helping their grandad find his missing hat. grandads-hat In the course of the story the children talk about some of the ways their grandad is changing and most of the pictures have an out-of-place item for readers to spot along the way. The story is an engaging introduction to the concept of dementia for young children and can support parents talking to their children about dementia. Read ‘Grandad’s Hat’ online, or order your free copy.

When Grandma Came to Stay

When grandma came to stayWith illustrations by David William Nunn, this story is about a girl who experiences unusual situations and changing circumstances when her grandmother with dementia comes to stay in her family home. ‘When Grandma Came to Stay’ begins to deal with some of the difficult feelings that can be a part and parcel of having a loved one with dementia but also focuses on the happier moments and some ways people can help support a family member with dementia. Read ‘When Grandma Came to Stay’ online, or order your free copy.

Thanks to fundraising carried out by staff at the pharmaceutical company Eisai Ltd and the support of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, you can now order free, beautifully-printed copies of the books through our online ordering system. The story books appear alongside our free health information under the ‘Information about dementia’ tab. We are also sending copies out to libraries around the country and to primary schools that would like to have copies for their pupils.

Order your free copies here

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About Sebastian Müller

Sebastian Müller was born and raised in Leipzig/Germany and moved to England as an adolescent. He is a trained research chemist and geneticist and is currently working as a postdoctoral researcher at the Institut Curie in Paris/ France working in cancer research. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge and is still actively involved at the university today. He is fluent in English, German and French and has many fortés and interests including science, philosophy, linguistics, history, competitive sports such as rowing, fitness and nutrition. He is a freelance writer also drawing from his experience as an author in peer-reviewed scientific journals. "I love writing and putting my thoughts down on paper. The written word to me is one of the most powerful ways of conveying thoughts and initiating discussions."
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