THE DEMENTIA DIARIES
"The Dementia Diaries" is a book about Dementia for children touched by Dementia in their families. The book is available in most schools and libraries in South East England. It was presented to world leaders attending the G8 Summit on Dementia in 2013, and at least two British Prime Ministers have a copy. It won an NHS care award and was most recently nominated for the School Library book Awards in 2017 and is now published internationally.
I wrote and illustrated the Dementia Diaries and associated learning resources. The project was created in partnership with the NHS and KCC in the UK. This book follows four young people dealing with dementia in their grandparents. We follow their diaries as they hear of the diagnosis, all the way through to the end. It looks at dementia from the perspective of a young person, and as such is full of hope and fun and deep understanding. Adapted from interviews with young carers across Kent, the Dementia Diaries’ end goal, is to raise awareness of dementia among young people in a way that’s fun, shareable and life-affirming.
And I am exceedingly proud of it. Look for it in your local library, school or hospital, and on bookshelves worldwide, published through Hachette/Jessica Kingsley Publishing.