Children's books that make you weep

We challenge you to get through these books without welling up. Just in time for Bookfest, here are the children's books that will move you to tears

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Dogger - Shirley Hughes

"I bought Dogger by Shirley Hughes for my granddaughter, and couldn't manage to read it to her without sobbing."

Goodnight Mister Tom - Michelle Magorian

"I cried in front of my class while reading Goodnight Mister Tom to them. So embarrassing."

My Henry - Judith Kerr

"Every time I read Judith Kerr's My Henry I have to have a little sob. It's the bit where they talk about their life together and how lovely it was. So poignant."

The Paper Dolls - Julia Donaldson

"Paper Dolls gets me every time... It's the line '...and a kind grandma'. I'm welling up now!"

Love You Forever - Robert Munsch

"I tear up just thinking about it."

Goodbye Mog - Judith Kerr

"We all loved the Mog books, being a daft cat family, but I bought it, read it once... and can't do it again."

Guess How Much I Love You - Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram

"I used to be a hardass before I had the children, but now I can't even get to the end of 'Guess How Much I Love You?' without wailing."

The Velveteen Rabbit - Margery Williams

"It's sitting on my son's bookshelf and I can't bring myself to open it because it made me so sad as a child!"

Owl Babies - Martin Waddell

"Those poor baby owls, all alone, waiting for their mother. My daughter once asked me what would happen if the mummy owl didn't come back. I started to sob."


There'll be exciting events for kids at Mumsnet Bookfest on Saturday 25 June at King's Cross. Meet best-selling authors including Tom Gates creator Liz Pichon, Holly Webb, and Mr Gum's Andy Stanton, and join the fun with Wimpy Kid and Harry Potter shows! Tickets start at just £7.00 - find out more and book tickets.

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