The death of a loved one is difficult at any age. The whirlwind of emotions following a loss can be hard to navigate. And it is even harder as a child, when the feelings are just as big but the vocabulary for expressing those emotions is more limited.
Our children’s book Everywhere, Still is a companion on the grief journey—an exploration of what to do with the love we have for someone when they’re no longer here to give it to. With lyrical rhymes and hope-filled illustrations, Everywhere, Still makes intangible feelings tangible for a child while gently affirming that every emotion they are experiencing is valid and important.
“I was inspired to write a book about grief that encompasses a child’s point of view, because there are so few of them in existence,” says author M.H. Clark. “There are so many beautiful books about loss that offer a story about someone else, but I wanted to create a book with a narrator who can offer language that children can use for themselves, to describe what they’re experiencing.”
Everywhere, Still makes deep resonance possible for children by depicting the journey of a young girl who is missing someone dear. Warm, collage-style illustrations by Claire Lemp show the narrator reflecting on memory moments while Clark’s poetry offers kids phrases they can use to describe their own journey: