A Shelter for Sadness

Author(s): Anne Booth

Personal & Social Discussions

Sadness has come to live with me
and I am building it a shelter.
I am building a shelter for my sadness
and welcoming it inside.


A small boy creates a shelter for his sadness, a safe space where Sadness is welcome, where it can curl up small, or be as big as it can be, where it can be noisy or quiet, or anything in between. The boy can visit the shelter whenever he needs to, every day, sometimes every hour, and the two of them will cry and talk or just sit, saying nothing.


And the boy knows that one day Sadness may come out of the shelter, and together they will look out at the world, and see how beautiful it is.


A poignant and heart-warming picture book exploring the importance of making space and time for our own griefs, small or large, sensitively visualized with David Litchfield's stunning illustration.


Anne Booth was inspired to write this book by the words of Etty Hillesum, a Holocaust victim who wrote:
'Give your sorrow all the space and shelter in yourself that is its due, for if everyone bears grief honestly and courageously, the sorrow that now fills the world will abate. But if you do instead reserve most of the space inside you for hatred and thoughts of revenge-from which new sorrows will be born for others-then sorrow will never cease in this world. And if you have given sorrow the space it demands, then you may truly say: life is beautiful and so rich.' (Esther 'Etty' Hillesum (15 Jan 1914 - 30 Nov 1943)


Product Information

A poignant and heartwarming picture book exploring the nature of sadness, beautifully captured by David Litchfield's stunning illustrations.

Anne Booth writes highly acclaimed children's fiction and picture books and is known for the exceptional warmth and authenticity of her writing. Her picture books include Refuge, illustrated by Sam Usher, and Little Cloud, illustrated by Sarah Massini. She was inspired to write A Shelter for Sadness by the words of Etty Hillesum, a Jewish woman and victim of the Holocaust. This is Anne's first book for Templar.

David Litchfield is an award-winning illustrator and author. His work has appeared in magazines, newspapers, books and on T-shirts, and he has exhibited his illustrations in the UK, Europe and America. David is the author/illustrator of several picture books including The Bear & the Piano, winner of the Waterstones Children's Book Prize. This is David's first book for Templar.

General Fields

  • : 9781787417212
  • : Templar Publishing
  • : Templar Publishing
  • : February 2021
  • : {"length"=>["28.7"], "width"=>["24.7"], "units"=>["Centimeters"]}
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Anne Booth
  • : Hardback
  • : David Litchfield
  • : English
  • : 823.92
  • : 40