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By Elisabeth Sophia, Illustrated by Anita Bagdi

If You Were Here

  • $29.95

If You Were Here is a beautiful rhyming story for little ones who have lost someone important to them. Through a little boy’s journey of loss to hope, If You Were Here shows us how we are always and forever connected to those we cherish.

A moving story with universal themes of love, loss, resilience and family, written from the unique viewpoint of a child for a touching and relatable perspective.

This story is for children, their parents and loved ones, but is also suitable to be used in educational and therapeutic settings to teach children about the feelings surrounding loss by navigating through the process together with the child narrator.

This tender story is brought to life with magical illustrations that take the reader into the child narrator’s imagination and on his emotional journey of healing with him - from sadness, to hope and light.

"If you were here I’d hug you tight,
If you were here I’d say,
‘You are my very bestest friend.’
I wish you could have stayed."

Written by Elisabeth Sophia

Illustrated by Anita Bagdi



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Anita Bagdi is a self-taught freelance children’s book illustrator, a mum of two wonderful girls and a worried warrior of climate change. With her quirky, whimsical book illustrations she loves creating mood, capturing everyday feelings and telling a story with a twist or a sparkle of magic. In her spare time, she shares powerful illustrations about our relationship with the natural world and explores folk art from her Hungarian cultural heritage. Anita lives with her family in the sunny Bournemouth, UK. 


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Based on 21 reviews
Dianna Boyd

I thought it would be a book on a family member that had died, but this concentrated on Yiayia. My friend lost her son.

Donna Kenneally
A beautiful book.

This book is so well written for young children experiencing the loss of someone close. I wish I'd had something like this when I, as a young child, lost my sister.

The illustrations are gorgeous.

Jane Windeyer
Beautiful book on loss and connection

This is beautiful written and illustrated and easy for children to follow and understand.

Elizabeth Sophia

Beautifully written work. I highly recommend this book by Elizabeth Sophia. It explains death to children in a gorgeous way


This book was a beautiful read for the family, especially for my niece's as we lost our beloved mum/Baba over Christmas. Thank you 💓