Before I forget

Original Title:

Before I forget










ISBN: n/a

48 (+end-pages) pages

8.5 x 11 inches (21,59 x 27,94 cm) - n/a€



From the same creators of the acclaimed picture books My Dad, My Rock (a Kirkus Best Book of 2022) and What Makes Us Human (a White Ravens 2023 selection already translated into over twenty languages) comes a a touching story about cherishing our memories, the present moment, and our loved ones before it is too late.

On Saturdays, Claire’s dad likes to take her to a special place. There are no toys or games there, so sometimes Claire prefers to stay home. Today, before it is time to leave, Claire finds a letter that could change everything…

With lyrical text and beautiful illustrations full of metaphors, Before I Forget deals with the heartbreaking experience for children of witnessing a grandparent who suffers from dementia lose, little by little, their memories and their ability to function normally.


unpublished project

original language: English


Rights sold: simplified Chinese & Korean language


Awards, special mentions & selections:

⭐ Selected for the dPICTUS Unpublished Picture Book Showcase 5 (2024).



“A beautifully sensitive, touching, and necessary book.”

— Joanna Concejo (illustrator)


“A touching celebration of family bonds and the resilience of the human spirit. A visual feast that resonates with readers of all ages.”

— illustrator Nahid Kazemi, nominated for the 2024 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and winner of the 2022 Governor General’s Literary Award for illustration for ‘The Sour Cherry Tree’ 


A wonderful book dealing with such an important topic. Beautifully written and illustrated.”

– author–illustrator Terry Fan (from The Fan Brothers), winner of the 2020 Governor General’s Award for You Literature – Illustrated Books, for ‘Barnabus’


“This book is a special place to spend some time. A delicate, sincere and engaging story. Anna Forlati’s illustrations will leave a mark in your memory. You will love it.”

— Luca Tortolini (author), winner of the 2021 Premio Andersen for Best Illustrated Book and of the 2016 Bologna Ragazzi Opera Prima Award


“Masterfully crafted and deeply moving.”

— Zeno Sworder, author–illustrator of ‘My Strange Shrinking Parents’ (winner of the Children’s Book Council of Australia Best Picture Book of 2023)

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