FOR CHILDREN


1. Sad Isn't Bad : A Good-Grief Guidebook for Kids Dealing With Loss

by Michaelene Mundy, R. W. Alley (Illustrator)

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Powerful, touching insights for children mourning a loss.


2. The Next Place
by Warren Hanson

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An inspirational journey of light and hope to a place where earthly hurts are left behind.


3. Love You Forever
by Robert N. Munsch

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A young woman holds her newborn son and looks at him lovingly. Softly she sings to him "I'll love you forever, /I'll like you for always/ As long as I'm living/my baby you'll be". This is the story of how that little boy goes through the stages of childhood and becomes a man.


4. What's Heaven?
by Maria Shriver, Sandra Speidel (Illustrator)

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After her great-grandmother's death, a young girl learns about heaven by asking her mother all kinds of questions.


5. The Fall of Freddie the Leaf
by Leo F. Buscaglia

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As Freddie experiences the changing seasons along with his companion leaves, he learns about the delicate balance between life and death.


6. Help Me Say Goodbye : Activities for Helping Kids Cope When a Special Person Dies
by Janis Silverman

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An art therapy and activity book for children coping with the death of someone they love. Sensitive exercises address all the questions children may have during this emotional and troubling crisis. Children are encouraged to express in pictures what they are often incapable of expressing in words.


7. What on Earth Do You Do When Someone Dies?
by Trevor Romain, Elizabeth Verdick

Amazon.com Price: $7.95 Paperback - 72 pages





Describes the overwhelming emotions involved in dealing with the death of a loved one and discusses how to cope with such a situation.


8. Lifetimes : The Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children
by Bryan Mellonie, Robert R. Ingpen (Contributor)

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A pet . . . a friend . . . or a relative dies, and it must be explained to a child. This sensitive book is a useful tool in explaining to children that death is a part of life and that, eventually, all living things reach the end of their own special lifetimes.


9. When Dinosaurs Die : A Guide to Understanding Death
by Marc Tolon Brown(Illustrator), et al

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Explains in simple language the feelings people may have regarding the death of a loved one and the ways to honor the memory of someone who has died.


10. Grandad's Prayers of the Earth
by Douglas Wood, et al

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Because Grandad has explained how all things in the natural world pray and make a gift to the beauty of life, his grandson is comforted when Grandad dies.


11. Missing May
by Cynthia Rylant

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After the death of the beloved aunt who has raised her, twelve-year-old Summer and her uncle Ob leave their West Virginia trailer in search of the strength to go on living.


12. The Rag Coat
by Lauren A. Mills

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Minna proudly wears her new coat made of clothing scraps to school, where the other children laugh at her until she tells them the stories behind the scraps.


13. All I See Is Part of Me
by Chara M. Curtis

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A little boy discovers that all of creation is a part of him and he is a part of all creation.


14. Sophie
by Mem Fox, Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson (Illustrator)

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Sophie loves her Grandpa--and her Grandpa, of course, loves Sophie. They are best friends. Then one day there is no Grandpa. . . . Family love and the natural cycle of birth, life, and death are tenderly portrayed in this moving story.


15. After the Funeral
by Jane Loretta Winsch, et al

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Discusses the various feelings accompanying the death of a loved one, including sadness, grief, and the fear of death itself.


16. The Tenth Good Thing About Barney
by Judith Viorst, Erik Blegvad (Illustrator)

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In an attempt to overcome his grief, a boy tries to think of the ten best things about his dead cat.


17. Mick Harte Was Here
by Barbara Park

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Thirteen-year-old Phoebe recalls her younger brother Mick and his death in a bicycle accident.


18. Daddy's Promise
by Cindy Klein Cohen, et al

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Daddy's Promise is about a little boy's journey of discovery after the death of his father. Jesse is angry and filled with questions. Why did his daddy have to die? What happens when someone dies? Where do they go? Jesse's questions are answered both by his mother, and in a series of dreams where Jesse visits his father and learns about life, death and life after death.


19. Badger's Parting Gifts
by Susan Varley

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Badger's friends are sad when he dies, but they treasure the legacies he left them.


20. 'I Wish I Could Hold Your Hand--' : A Child's Guide to Grief and Loss
by Pat Palmer, Dianne O'Quinn Burke (Illustrator)

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A best friend has moved away, Dad no longer lives with the family, or a favorite pet has died. This warm, comforting book gently helps grieving children identify their feelings and learn to accept and deal with them. Wonderful heart-warming illustrations and simple, direct writing help children discover that it is normal and natural to feel the pain of loss.


21. Gentle Willow : A Story for Children About Dying

by Joyce C. Mills, Michael Chesworth (Illustrator)

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Amanda is upset that she is going to lose her friend Gentle Willow, but the Tree Wizards help her understand that her memories are gifts from her friend and that there are special ways of saying goodbye.


22. Annie and the Old One
by Miska Miles, Peter Parnall, Peter Darnall

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When Annie's Navajo grandmother says that when Annie's mother's rug is completely woven that the grandmother will die, Annie tries to hold back time by unweaving the rug in secret.


23. Sun & Spoon
by Kevin Henkes

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After the death of his grandmother, ten-year-old Spoon observes the changes in his grandfather and tries to find the perfect artifact to preserve his memories of her.


24. How It Feels When a Parent Dies
by Jill Krementz

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18 children from age 7-17 speak openly of their experiences and feelings. As they speak we see them in the midst of their everyday lives.


25. Everett Anderson's Goodbye (Reading Rainbow)
by Lucille Clifton, Ann Grifalconi (Illustrator)

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Everett Anderson has a difficult time coming to terms with his grief after his father dies.


26. Balloons for Trevor : Understanding Death (Comforting Little Hearts Series)
by Anne Good Cave, Janice Skivington (Illustrator)

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Help and hope for parents and children facing a difficult life circumstance. The interactive pages help parents and children work through issues together.


27. I'll Always Love You
by Hans Wilhelm

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School & Library Binding - 31 pages



A child's sadness at the death of a beloved dog is tempered by the remembrance of saying to it every nignt, "I'll always love you."


28. Nana Upstairs & Nana Downstairs
by Tomie dePaola(Illustrator)

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A small boy enjoys his relationship with his grandmother and his great-grandmother, but he learns to face their inevitable death.


29. Aarvy Aardvark Finds Hope : A Read Aloud Story for People of All Ages About Loving and Losing, Friendship and Hope
by Donna R. O'Toole

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Aarvy Aardvark's family have all been taken far, far away to a place called "Zoo". Aarvy is so sad and upset that he can't eat or sleep. In fact, he is so full of despair and hopelessness that he just wants to die. Ralphy Rabbit, who befriends Aarvy, helps Aarvy learn about the strengths within himself. This story goes so deeply into your heart that it will help you heal and grow.


30. Remember the Secret
by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, et al

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Because she has already discovered the wonders of God, Suzy understands the true meaning of her friend's death.


  31. The Dead Bird

by Margaret Wise Brown, Remy Charlip (Illustrator)

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When they find a dead bird, a group of children bury it in the woods, sing a song to it, and put flowers on the grave.


32. Lost and Found : A Kid's Book for Living Through Loss
by Marc Gellman, et al

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In this compassionately written book, the TV and radio personalities known as the God Squad offer guidance to kids for coping with all kinds of loss: from losing a toy or a game to losing a friend, a pet, or a parent. Each chapter emphasizes the opportunities for personal and spiratual growth that life's hardships can reveal. Blending cheerful common sense and profound sensitivity, their insights -- drawn from years of counseling experience as clerics -- speak to all ages and religious traditions. Excerpts from children's literarture and other favorite texts extend the healing process in prose and verse.


33. When a Pet Dies (Rogers, Fred. First Experiences.)
by Fred Rogers, Jim Judkis (Photographer)

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Explores the feelings of frustration, sadness, and loneliness that a youngster may feel when a pet dies.


34. Beyond the Ridge
by Paul Goble(Illustrator)

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In an exquisite melding of story and art, Paul Goble takes readers on a spiritual journey that carries an ailing Indian grandmother from this life to the next.


35. A Song for Lena
by Hilary Horder Hippely

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Lena's grandmother tells about the time when her mother in Hungary shared some freshly made strudel with a beggar who repaid her hospitality with a beautiful song. Includes a recipe for apple strudel.


36. Gran-Gran's Best Trick : A Story for Children Who Have Lost Someone They Love
by L. Dwight Holden, Michael Chesworth (Illustrator)

Amazon.com Price: $8.95 Paperback - 48 pages





This story was written to help children deal with the loss of someone they love, and to help parents help children with the grieving process.


37. A Gift for Abuelita/Un Regalo Para Abuelita : Celebrating the Day of the Dead, En Celebracion Del Dia De Los Muertos
by Nancy Luenn, Robert Chapman (Illustrator)

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After her beloved grandmother dies, Rosita hopes to be reunited with Abuelita as she prepares a gift to give her when her family celebrates the Day of the Dead.


38. When Someone Dies
by Sharon Greenlee, Bill Drath (Illustrator)

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Provides guidance and comfort for those recovering from the death of someone they know, offering suggestions for how to survive the grief and remember the good times.


39. Angel Stacey/Daddy in Heaven
by Bernadette A. Moyer, et al

Amazon.com Price: $20.95 Paperback - 96 pages





A book for all ages, a story of parents turned guardian angels. Pictures can tell the story, a great catalyst for communication and comfort on the loss of a loved one.


40. Finding Grandpa Everywhere : A Young Child Discovers Memories of a Grandparent
by John Hodge, Susan Aitken (Illustrator)

Amazon.com Price: $6.95 Paperback - 16 pages

After Grandpa dies, a young boy finds that the memories of him and his love live on everywhere he looks. Includes a discussion of the importance of allowing children to understand death and undergo the process of grieving.


41. Blackberries in the Dark

by Mavis Jukes, Thomas B. Allen (Illustrator)

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Nine-year-old Austin visits his grandmother the summer after his grandfather dies and together they try to come to terms with their loss.


42. Thanksgiving Wish
by Michael J. Rosen, John Thompson (Illustrator)

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When Amanda's grandmother dies and the extended family tries to recreate her famous Thanksgiving meal, friends and neighbors pitch in to help carry on Bubbe's traditions.


43. Where Is Grandpa?
by T. A. Barron, Chris K. Soentpiet (Illustrator)

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As his family reminisces after his beloved grandfather's death, a boy realizes that his grandfather is still with him in all the special places they shared.


44. Psalm Twenty-Three
by Tim Ladwig (Illustrator)

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The text of the familiar psalm comparing God to a loving shepherd accompanies illustrations which shows the world of love and fear faced by an urban African-American family.


45. Someone I Love Died
by Christine Harder Tangveld, et al

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Discusses death from a Christian perspective, explaining God's plan for everlasting life.


46. After Charlotte's Mom Died
by Cornelia Spelman, Judith Friedman (Illustrator)

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Because her mom's death causes six-year-old Charlotte to feel sad, mad, and scared, she and her dad visit a therapist who helps them acknowledge and express their feelings.


47. Saying Goodbye to Daddy
by Judith Vigna, Abby Levine (Editor)

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Frightened, lonely, and angry after her father is killed in a car accident, Clare is helped through the grieving process by her mother and grandfather.


48. The Goodbye Boat
by Mary Joslin, et al

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Presents the phenomena of grief and loss and the concept that death is not the end.


49. Cherry Blossom Tree : A Grandfather Talks About Life and Death
by Jan Godfrey, Jane Cope (Illustrator)

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Five-year-old Harriet's grandfather explains that everything that is born has to die sometime, but that God's love makes all things new.


50. For Heaven's Sake
by Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, Kathryn Kunz Finney (Illustrator)

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After being told his grandfather went to heaven, Isaiah tries to find out what heaven is.


51. Molly's Rosebush

by Gail Owens(Illustrator), et al

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When the new baby they've been expecting isn't strong enough to be born, Molly and her family find different ways to express their feelings and comfort each other.


52. Sky Memories
by Pat Brisson

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When ten-year-old Emily learns that her mother has cancer, the two of them begin a ritual that will help Emily remember her mother after she is dead.


53. What Happened When Grandma Died?
by Peggy Barker, Patricia Mattozzi (Illustrator)

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When her grandmother dies, a young girl feels better after her mother reads Bible verses describing God's plan for everlasting life.


54. No New Baby : For Siblings Who Have a Brother or Sister Die Before Birth (Nnc)
by Marilyn Gryte, Kristi McClendon (Illustrator)

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After her unborn sibling dies, a young child tells how she feels about the baby's death and how her grandmother explains it.


55. The Great Change
by White Deer of Autumn, Carol Grigg

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A Native American grandmother explains the meaning of death, or the Great Change, to her questioning granddaughter.


56. The Spirit of Tio Fernando: A Day of the Dead Story/El Espiritu De Tio Fernando : Una Historia Del Dia De Los Muertos
by Janice Levy

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As he prepares to celebrate the Day of the Dead, a young boy remembers all the things he liked about his favorite uncle.


57. Saying Good-Bye to Grandma
by Jane Resh Thomas, Marcia Sewall (Illustrator)

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Seven-year-old Suzie is curious and fearful about what Grandma's funeral will be like.


58. The Saddest Time (An Albert Whitman Prairie Book)
by Norma Simon, Jacqueline Rogers (Illustrator)

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Explains death as the inevitable end of life and provides three situations in which children experience powerful emotions when someone close has died.


59. Saying Goodbye
by Jim Boulden, Joan Boulden

Amazon.com Price: $3.95 Mass Market Paperback - 32 pages

This award winning book is widely used by hospices, schools, hospitals and mortuaries as well as by parents and therapists. It is a gentle, non-threatening presentation of death with a healing discussion of emotional issues. (Grades K-4)


60. A Birthday Present for Daniel : A Child's Story of Loss
by Louise Gish(Illustrator), Juliet Cassuto Rothman

Amazon.com Price: $18.00 Hardcover - 41 pages

Appropriate for: Patients' Families.


61. The Brightest Star

by Kathleen Maresh Hemery

Amazon.com Price: $6.95 Paperback - 10 pages

A father helps his grieving daughter, following the death of her mother, by pointing out a twinkling star that seems to be smiling down at them.


62. My Pet Died ( Let's Make a Book About It)
by Rachel Biale

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This book is designed to help children come to terms with the death of a pet. More than half the book is devoted to the child making a scrap book of memories about their pet.


63. Stacy Had a Little Sister (A Concept Book)
by Wendie C. Old, et al

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Stacy has mixed feelings about her new sister Ashley, but when the baby dies of sudden infant death syndrome, Stacy is sad and misses her.


64. Lifetimes: Beginnings and endings with Lifetimes in Between
by Bryan Mellonie

Amazon.com Price: $10.00 Paperback - 40 pages





There is a beginning and an ending to everything that is alive. In between is a lifetime. It is the same for people as it is for plants and animals, even for the tiniest insects. Lifetimes helps both children and parents to remember, to understand and to explain that dying is as much a part of living as being born. A moving and beautiful book. In Samoan, Tongan, and English.


65. A Child Remembers
by Enid S. Traisman

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A Write in memory book for bereaved children ages 8-12. This is a unique tool for children who are grieving the loss of someone they love. There are pages for writing about the person's life and death, a goodbye letter, pages to draw the service and more. Keeps memories safely preserved.


66. Sweet Memories
by Catherine Olsen(Illustrator), et al

Amazon.com Price: $3.95 Mass Market Paperback - 20 pages

Presents craft ideas designed to preserve memories of loved ones who have died.


67. The Best Gift for Mom
by Lee Klein

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After learning more about his father, who had died when he was a baby, Jonathan decides that he will sing a special song for his mother in the school Christmas pagent.


68. Dad! Why'd You Leave Me?
by Dorothy R. Frost, Sherry Neidigh (Illustrator)

Amazon.com Price: $5.99 Paperback - 96 pages

Although ten-year-old Ronnie feels anger, sorrow, and confusion over the sudden death of his father, his life slowly returns to normal as he experiences the support of his loving family and God.


69. My Grandfather's House
by Bruce Coville, Henri Sorensen (Illustrator)

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When the child feels the cool, smooth fingers of his dead grandfather, he finally understands that Grandpa no longer lives in the house which was his body.


70. Tell Me Papa : A Family Book for Children's Questions About Death and Funerals
by Joy Johnson, Marvin Johnson

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Explains what death is, what happens at a funeral, and how a funeral service is a way of saying goodbye to a dead person.


71. You Hold Me and I'll Hold You

by Jo Carson, Annie Cannon (Illustrator)

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When a great-aunt dies, a young child finds comfort in being held and in holding, too.


72. A Little Bit of Rob
by Barbara J. Turner

Amazon.com Price: $14.95 School & Library Binding

After Rob's death, his parents and younger sister finally take their boat out crabbing again in an effort to get their lives back to normal.


73. Barklay and Eve: Sitting Shiva
by Karen L. Carney

Amazon.com Price: $7.95 Mass Market Paperback - 32 pages





This selection describes the Jewish tradition of burial and mourning. It includes an explanation of the term "Sitting Shiva" and of the rich symbolism of mourning ribbons, covering mirrors, memorial candles, the meal of consolation, unveiling and other practices of the Jewish Heritage.


74. When Someone You Love Dies
by William L. Coleman

Amazon.com Price: $6.99 Paperback - 124 pages





William Coleman discusses the fears and questions that young people have when someone they love dies, perhaps a parent, sibling, or close friend. He supports them as they struggle to understand death and helps them work through their grief.


75. Honoring our Loved Ones: Going to a Funeral
by Karen L. Carney

Amazon.com Price: $7.95 Mass Market Paperback - 24 pages





This book guides children through the death, calling hours and funeral of a loved one. It helps to allay fears about death brought on by inadequate explanation. It addresses common questions such as "What does the word 'dead' mean?" "Why does the body look and feel different?" The story reflects the characteristics most often observed in the practice of Christian funeral rituals.


76. Losing Uncle Tim
by Marykate Jordan, et al

Amazon.com Price: $14.95 School & Library Binding - 32 pages





When his beloved Uncle Tim dies of AIDS, Daniel struggles to find reassurance and understanding and finds that his favorite grown-up has left him a legacy of joy and courage.


77. Reactions
by Alison Salloum

Amazon.com Price: $8.95 Paperback - 40 pages

Intended to help children and youth understand grief and how trauma effects them physically and emotionally. Includes body reactions, family reactions, behavior reactions, life events and moving into the future. For children who have a violent death in the family or have witnessed a crime.


78. Journey's End : Death and Mourning (Life Times)
by Anita Ganeri

Amazon.com Price: $15.95 Library Binding - 32 pages





Introduces the rites and rituals surrounding death in the six major world religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.


79. This One's For You
by Zach Dillon

Amazon.com Price: $15.95 School & Library Binding





After the death of his mother, Joey resents his father, who has made the difficult decision of having her life-support systems turned off and who has always been too busy to pay attention to him.

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