Dementia Books For Children

Dementia books for children. Dementia is a difficult subject to understand for adults. So just imagine what it’s like for children to comprehend all the changes in their grandparents and loved ones.


Below is a listing of my recommended reads for children and the tough topic dementia.

Weeds in Nana’s Garden:

A heartfelt story of love that helps explain Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias

Kathryn Harrison (Author)

Age Range: 3 – 9 years

A young girl and her Nana hold a special bond that blooms in the surroundings of Nana’s magical garden. Then one day, the girl finds many weeds in the garden. She soon discovers that her beloved Nana has Alzheimer’s Disease; an illness that affects an adult brain with tangles that get in the way of thoughts, kind of like how weeds arrive in the form of flowers. As time passes, the weeds grow thicker, and her Nana declines, but the girl accepts the problematic changes with love, learning to take-over as the garden’s caregiver. Extending from the experience of caring for her mother, artist Kathryn Harrison has created this poignant children’s story with vibrant illustrations to candidly explore dementia diseases, while demonstrating the power of love. It is a journey that will cultivate understanding and touch your heart. After the story, a useful Question and Answer section included. $1 from the purchase of this book will be donated to the Alzheimer Society of Canada. The Alzheimer Society is Canada’s leading health charity for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

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What’s Happening to Grandpa?

By Maria Shriver

Age Range: 5 – 8 years

Maria Shriver presents a timely, touching story that inspires, guides, and educates–and encourages readers to open their eyes to the memories and the love that our elderly loved ones have to offer. 

Kate has always adored her grandpa’s storytelling, but lately, he’s been repeating the same stories again and again. One day, he even forgets Kate’s name. Her mother’s patient explanations open Kate’s eyes to what so many of the elderly must confront: Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of memory loss. Determined to support her grandfather, Kate explores ways to help him–and herself–cope by creating a photo album of their times together, memories that will remain in their hearts forever.

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Striped Shirts and Flowered Pants:

A Story About Alzheimer’s Disease for Young Children

by Barbara Schnurbush (Author)

Age Range: 4 – 8 years

A young girl is worried when she notices that her grandmother is having trouble reading and remembering simple things until her parents explain to her that her grandmother is suffering from a disorder known as Alzheimer’s disease.

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Why Did Grandma Put Her Underwear in the Refrigerator?

An Explanation of Alzheimer’s Disease for Children Large Print

Max Wallack (Author)

Grade Level: 2 – 3

On some days, seven-year-old Julie feels like she’s living in a Fun House. Hers is a topsy-turvy world where the toaster sprouts a toothbrush, and a watermelon gets dressed up in pink underpants for Fourth of July! But on other days, Julie struggles with understanding why her Halloween trick-or-treating got canceled, or why Grandma can’t remember her name. Julie is struggling with understanding her grandmother’s Alzheimer’s disease. Authors Max Wallack and Carolyn Given believe that no child is too young to learn about this disease, or how to participate in providing safe care for their loved one. Why Did Grandma Put Her Underwear in the Refrigerator? is a sensitive, light-hearted children’s story that seamlessly provides its young readers with a toolbox to help them overcome their fears and frustrations. It shares easy-to-understand explanations of what happens inside the brains of Alzheimer’s patients, how to cope with gradual memory loss, with a missed holiday, or even a missing Grandma! This 40-page fully illustrated children’s book is told from a second grader’s perspective in her own style and vocabulary, but it lovingly shares real strategies, scientific insights, and lessons of dignity from which adult caregivers may also benefit.

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Always My Grandpa:

A Story for Children About Alzheimer’s Disease

by Scacco, Linda, Ph.D. and Nicole E. Wong

Age Range: 5 and up


Daniel and his mom spend every summer at Grandpa’s beach house. This year, his mother reminds her son that Grandpa will seem different because he has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Over the course of the visit, his symptoms worsen. Daniel, his mom, and his grandfather share their feelings and concerns in a healthy, open manner. At the end of the summer, Grandpa comes to live at Daniel’s house. This is a gentle but straightforward portrayal of the early effects of Alzheimer’s on patient and family.

Gentle narration and easy-to-understand explanations follow Daniel and his family as they experience the gradual, debilitating effects of his grandfather’s Alzheimer’s Disease.


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Let me know what you think about these dementia books for children. Did they help?

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Here are some games for kids to play and understand dementia better at


Here a few Tips for Talking with Children about Dementia

1- Be honest

2- Be open

3- Include kids in the routine

4- Go with the flow – try your best not to stress out.

5- Let the children know they aren’t to blame.

6- Take care of yourself.  5 self-care tips for caregivers – taking care of yourself 





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