‘Where is Uncle Al?’ by Eva Hibbs, illustrated by Sarah Harrison.

The loss of a family member or loved one isn’t something you can ever really prepare for, but sharing books which explore ideas around what happens when someone dies before the situation arises can be so helpful for young children.

After being told to avoid writing a picture book exploring beliefs about death, Eva Hibbs decided to go ahead and self-publish in order to help break down the taboos our culture has around talking about death.

Uncle Al passed away before six-year-old Lily was born but there were still lots of photos of him around the house. When she asked mum, she said Uncle Al was up in Heaven, dad said he had passed to the other side… everyone she asked had a different answer to where he was now. This left Lily even more confused so she decided to ask a different question instead…

This reassuring, inclusive title is the perfect way to introduce little ones to the idea of loss and what happens to people after they’ve passed away. It also shows how people’s lives should be celebrated and remembered even when they’re not there to help keep their memories alive for future generations.

An uplifting and thoughtful addition to anyone’s book collection. A portion of the profits will be donated to Action For Children who provide practical and emotional support for vulnerable young people.

Library Girl.

*Many thanks to the author and illustrator for sending me their title to review*

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