Illustrated by Laura Hughes
The Forgettery is a story about remembering and treasuring our strongest and most precious memories and making new ones together.
In an incredible adventure, Amelia and her Granny find themselves inside the magical world of The Forgettery, where they find everything they have ever forgotten. Amelia helps her Granny find her most treasured memories and they make more along the way.
"The World Health Organisation puts the number of people who have dementia at nearly 50 million worldwide so opening up conversations about this challenging topic has never been more important. The Forgettery can be enjoyed as an adventure story where a grandmother and granddaughter explore a fantastical world where memories can be rediscovered as well as newly made.”
Melissa Fairley, Publisher Director, Farshore
Winner: 2022 English Association Picture Book Awards: Fiction 4-7 years
Shortlist: 2022 SCBWI Crystal Kite Award, Middle East, India, Asia
"A tender, humorous look at the idea of dementia for very young children, it boasts some of the poignant sweetness of Julia Donaldson’s The Paper Dolls."
Imogen Russell Williams
The Irish Echo
"A Narnia-esque adventure in a magical world and a means to opening the door to discussions with a young child about the memory loss of someone dear to them."
The Irish Examiner
"Ip’s charismatic book is one of relevance and value that delicately explores the topic of memory loss and dementia."
Explore craft activities and brain games connected to themes of memories and dementia
The Forgettery gently explores themes of memory loss and dementia.
Perfect for EYFS & KS1, explore the classroom resources prepared by Teach Primary, which include lesson plans and activity sheets.
make a memory jar to treasure special moments and memories
create handprint butterflies like the ones in Granny's Forgettery
create fingerprint Forget-Me-Nots, beautiful flowers often associated with remembrance and love
write a memory haiku
Brain facts and brain games
Alzheimer's Research has lots of resources on their website to help explain dementia and Alzheimer's to children and young people.
It also has fun activities and brain games:
make a brain hat, showing where the brain stores memories