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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 19 reviews
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 💓

Just beautiful

I heard about the book on a podcast and purchased for my new nephew who didn’t get to meet my Dad (his grandfather) my sister and I read it to him on Christmas Day and there wasn’t a dry eye.
So beautifully written and I hope whenever my nephew reads it he thinks of Dad 🩵

Rebecca Bassmann
A perfect gift in a tough time

I bought this book after hearing about it on a podcast. My friend lost her father unexpectedly and leaving young grandchildren behind too.
I gifted this book as a token of my thoughts and love and it was so appreciated.
My friend and her children have enjoyed reading the book together and thinking about their Poppy together.