Death, Playfulness and Picture Books

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This chapter offers a brief overview of the ways in which death has been addressed in children’s picture books in playful or light hearted manner. The books here are a small purposive sample showing the ‘ordinary’ way in which death can be dealt with picture books rather than looking at books with a specific therapeutic intent. The concepts of ‘playfulness’ and also ‘carnival’ are explored before four books are analysed.
Key Words.
Picture Books; Playfulness, Death, Children, Carnival.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication: Death, Culture & Leisure: Playing Dead
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Ltd.
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 1 Jul 2020

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    Jackson, M. (Accepted/In press). Death, Playfulness and Picture Books. In : Death, Culture & Leisure: Playing Dead Emerald Group Publishing Ltd..