September is World Alzheimer's Month and today, 21st September is World Alzheimer's Day, a day when we need to raise awareness about Alzheimer's, the most common form of dementia, and the need for more education, support and research. While there are now a few books that overtly explain this disease to young children, some of the more subtle picture books which depict older people and memories give teachers the ideal way in to discuss ageing, dementia and what their students know about it and have experienced first-hand. Five books that come to mind are
• Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox and Julie Vivas
• Remember Me by Margaret Wild and Dee Huxley
• Mile -High Apple Pie by Laura Langston and Lindsey Gardiner
• Still My Grandma by Veroni Van den Abeele and Claude K. Dubois
• The Memory Box by Mary Bahr and David Cunningham
The Memory Box is particularly good and I was pleased to see that someone agrees with me here.