Benny's Hat (by Juliet Clare Bell and Dave Gray) is a picture book about sibling bereavement. It follows the fictional story of Friz, whose big brother gets sick and then dies. For more information, please go to Buy the book from (or gift a copy if you would like to), Amazon or selected bookshops (see website for details). "Somehow [they] have managed an impossible feat... and made a book that conveys all the pain, all the terrible grief of losing a child and yet offers comfort to the sibling(s) left behind. With a powerfully simple text and heartbreakingly lovely illustrations, this book is a small masterpiece of honesty and comfort for the darkest of times" Debi Gliori (Author and illustrator of international best-selling 'No Matter What') "Benny's Hat deals so quietly... with a huge subject of a sibling dying from the view point of the sister. It beautifully explains how children and young people might deal with serious illness and death differently to adults. The story gives adult readers examples of how to support children when a sibling is not expected to live not just via the notes at the back of the book but also by watching Friz’s parents’ reactions to her behaviour. I think this book will be extremely helpful for me in supporting families, children and young people through pre and post-bereavement" Jackie Grant, Bereavement Support Practitioner, Child Bereavement UK. "Picture books can have such power... and this one is exceptional. Sensitive, understated, compassionate and comforting, Juliet Clare Bell’s words and Dave Gray’s pictures tell the story of a little girl whose brother dies of cancer. I cried as I read, but I know this is an important book, an essential book for any child struggling in such a situation, or with grief in general. It is absolutely beautiful" Cathy Cassidy (best selling author). "The book and superb illustrations work on many levels breaking taboos yet without imposing anything on its readership. Instead this book thoughtfully and gently provides a vehicle to allow discussion and shared grief in a way younger children may participate and understand" Alan Kessedjian, Consultant Clinical Psychologist. "Silence and euphemism surround the topic of dying in our society and when it comes to the terminal illness of a child this is especially true. But this new children's picture book, Benny's Hat, tackles the devastation of debilitation and loss within a family from the sibling's perspective. This is, as so many others are attesting, a much-needed resource for those with similar experiences. It is also a fearless depiction of a tragic everyday that provides a much-needed addition to the tales we share of life and love. Congratulations, and gratitude, to the book's author Clare Juliet Clare Bell and its illustrator Dave Gray" Michele Aaron , author of 'Death and the Moving Image' "…such a lovely, touching story taking on a difficult subject whilst capturing the innocence and light-heartedness of childhood …a really useful book for all primary schools" Beki Stoiber, Primary school Special Educational Needs Coordinator

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“… I love this story! It’s beautifully told and I love the way it shows the power of the imagination to take you wherever you want to go….a great story [which] has something to say to all children…”

Malorie Blackman, Children’s Laureate 2013-2015 


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“a reassuring read that your child will relate to and love” Parents in Touch


“a fun read aloud… full of life” Books for Keeps


“the rhythmic text… and the imaginative illustrations make for a lovely read”           Primary Times


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