Project Description

Shelter for Sadness

Coming Fall 2021

A Shelter for Sadness

by Anne Booth
illustrated by David Litchfield

This poignant picture book explores the many faces of sadness and addresses the importance of mental health in a child-friendly way.

A small boy creates a shelter for his sadness where he can visit it whenever he needs to, and the two of them can cry, talk, or just sit. The boy knows that one day his sadness may come out of the shelter, and together they will look out at the world and see how beautiful it is.

In this timely consideration of sadness and mental health, Anne Booth offers a beautiful depiction of how children (and everyone) must care for their emotions and give attention to their grief on a regular basis. Stunning illustrations by David Litchfield bring the beautiful concept to life with a manifestation of sadness that the young boy protagonist interacts with throughout the story.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $17.99
ISBN: 978-1-68263-339-7
Publication Date: 9/1/2021
Page Count: 40
Size: 9 3/4″ x 11 1/4″
Age Range: 4 – 8
Language: English
Lexile: AD500L
Themes: Mental Health, Sadness, Depression, Grief
BISAC 1: JNF053230 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Social Topics / Depression & Mental Illness
BISAC 2: JUV039050 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Emotions & Feelings
BISAC 3: JUV039030 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Death, Grief, Bereavement

Meet the Author

Anne Booth

Anne Booth has always wanted to be a children’s writer, but on the way to becoming one has worked in many jobs. Anne lives in Kent in a lovely village with her husband and four children—and the children’s grandfather across the road. They have two hens called Poppy and Anastasia and two dogs called Timmy and Ben. Anne loves tea and once won a Blue Peter badge for writing a poem about two mice in a bucket of rice. Despite this, she does not own any mice.

Meet the Illustrator

David Litchfield

David Litchfield is a multi-award winning illustrator and author represented by the Bright Agency. David first started to draw when he was very young, creating Star Wars and Indiana Jones “mash up” comics for his older brother and sister. Since then David’s work has appeared in magazines, newspapers, books and on T-shirts. He has also exhibited his illustrations in both solo and group shows in the UK, Europe, and America.