Author(s): Elizabeth Mary and Hughes Cummings
The Forever Kid is a powerful picture book tackling the complex subject of grief from a child’s perspective. The thoughtful, wise narrative and beautiful illustrations combine to sensitively explore the idea that loved ones are always connected even when relationships change. This story about the strength of family love is gently told and tenderly illustrated.
It’s Johnny’s birthday but he is no longer here. His family still gathers and lovingly celebrates him on his birthday. By continuing Johnny’s favourite party traditions, and sharing special memories, the family feel a sense of closeness and comfort on this day of remembrance. They will always cherish Johnny, their Forever Kid.
Elizabeth Mary Cummings has qualifications in psychology and a Masters of Education. She has had a number of successful picture books and junior fiction titles published, as well as award winning poetry. Her stories often take a child’s perspective to explain the world and reflect on important life experiences including themes of resilience, grief, empowerment, anti-bullying and mental health. She is a sought-after speaker on the subject of childhood well-being.
Cheri Hughes was born in Japan and raised in both the U.S. and Japan. She studied design in Japan and specialises in illustration. She has illustrated a number of gorgeous, soulful picture books and has also illustrated for publications such as Sydney’s Child, Destinations Victoria and Destinations Australia, and Period Home Renovator. She has also worked on theatre and TV set designs.