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Children’s books that make you cry

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BikeRunSki Sun 18-Mar-18 20:25:57

When DD (now 6) was younger I could never finish The Paper Dolls without shedding a tear.

Tonight, we’be just finished the Sophie series (Dick King-Smith). The last 2 or 3 chapters had me crying my eyes out. DD was hmm “but Mummy, it’s only a book’”.

Rulerruler Sun 18-Mar-18 20:34:26

Dear Daddy - every time!

HeyMicky Sun 18-Mar-18 20:36:08

Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge - Oz book about a little boy helping an elderly neighbours regain her lost memory. DH flatly refused to read it

catsmother Sun 18-Mar-18 20:37:35

Goodbye Mog ..... I cried the first time I read it, and every time since .

SunnySomer Sun 18-Mar-18 20:37:48

The Railway Children. Can’t even talk about the ending without crying.

JoyceDivision Sun 18-Mar-18 20:38:18

Church mice at christmas, for the sherr innocent joy of santa appearing. Thinking back to my childhood reading it, and then sharing it with dc.

EmmaGrundyForPM Sun 18-Mar-18 20:39:45

I remember at primary school sobbing my eyes out at 'I Am David'. I read it to my dc when they were younger and sobbed again.

IsAnyoneElseMissingCheese Sun 18-Mar-18 20:40:55

Grandads Island. Picture book, sooooo sad!

PlayingForKittens Sun 18-Mar-18 20:42:12

Gosh lots. My dc are older now so it has been things like goodnight Mr Tom, Back Home, His Dark Materials and such with children looking at me like I'm mad. I have a stash of Robin Jarvis books that I want to introduce the dc to but I can't bring myself to read them out loud because I still remember the trauma of reading them the first time.

purplehaze24 Sun 18-Mar-18 20:42:21

Little match girl so sad

ShatnersBassoon Sun 18-Mar-18 20:42:50

Dogger. It choked me up every single time - "Mummy, why have you stopped reading?" blush

Bananasandchocolatecustard Sun 18-Mar-18 20:43:32

The Little Princess, the description of her in the attic.
Also, description of Dobbi dying, cried as I read to my son.

Mallowmarshmallow Sun 18-Mar-18 20:44:02

Puff the magic dragon

Paper dolls

Both for their themes of the end of childhood.

EATmum Sun 18-Mar-18 20:48:09

Dogger. Gets me every time.

MadeinBelfast Sun 18-Mar-18 20:48:59

I came to say Grandad's Island too. Lovely book but I cry every time we read it.

dontticklethetoad Sun 18-Mar-18 20:50:03

Oh yeah, definitely Dogger. "and then Bella did something very kind". Blub.

And 'Once there were giants', Shirley Hughes.

Waitingforsherlock Sun 18-Mar-18 20:50:43

Charlotte's Web, read it for the second time to my daughters, so knew what was coming... We were all bawling by the last page. The Ugly Duckling, Ladybird edition. To this day I cannot read it without crying. So many books and films give me a lump in my throat, not sure why.

TossDaily Sun 18-Mar-18 20:51:19

Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs. Far too many sweet memories of bedtime stories for this new empty-nester.

See also Dogger ('and then Bella did something very kind'), Peepo, Pumpkin Soup, The Baby Who Wouldn't Go To Bed...

But worst of all is Goodbye Mog. Jeez Louise...sad

Allgirlskidsanddogs Sun 18-Mar-18 20:52:35

Love you forever

Brittanyspears Sun 18-Mar-18 20:54:06

Clicked your post to say Paper Dolls!

fridacakehole Sun 18-Mar-18 20:54:16

Love You Forever makes me cry just thinking about it!

TheBrilloPad Sun 18-Mar-18 20:54:23

Dogger & Goodbye mog just made it into my amazon basket, hadn't heard of them before!

"No matter what" by Debi Gliori ("and still they shine in the evening skies, love, like starlight, never dies") sob

Paper dolls

And all the lovely Nancy Tillman books for tiny ones. Used to read them to my babies every night.

DearMrDilkington Sun 18-Mar-18 20:54:46

Oh The Places You'll Go - always gives me a lump in my throat. Dr Seuss books are wonderful.

EyeDrops Sun 18-Mar-18 20:55:22

On The Night You Were Born makes me weep without fail - I'm sobbing the words out by the end!

buckbeak Sun 18-Mar-18 20:57:07

Can't remember the name of it but..

I'll love you forever,
I'll like you for always,
As long as I'm living,
My baby you'll be. 😭

I still can't read it without crying, especially the end.

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