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Children's Books on Grief

Books Which Explain Death

Lifetimes by Bryan Mellonie & Robert Ingpen - Uses nature to explain the life cycle which naturally includes death. It is beautifully written and illustrated. 40 pages.

When Dinosaurs Die by L. Kramsny-Brown & M. Brown - Includes a glossary of words related to death and funeral rituals. 32 pages.

The Goodbye Boat by Mary Joslin - The message is that death is not the end of love. 28 pages.

The Fall of Freddie the Leaf by Leo Buscaglia - Once again, nature helps explain death as a natural part of living. 36 pages.


Badger’s Parting Gifts by Susan Varley - An animal story that provides a positive memories of a beloved friend who dies. The only flaw is that the euphemism “going down the dark tunnel” is the term used for death. 23 pages.

The Tenth Good Thing About Barney by Judith Viorst - Explores the death of a pet, but the book teaches the value of commemorating loved ones. 32 pages.

Sibling Death

Blue Eyes Better by Ruth Wallace-Brodeur - Tessa’s 11 year old brother dies in a drunk driving accident. Tessa receives help from a teacher and neighbors to help her through her grief. 106 pages.

Mick Harte Was Here by Barbara Park - Phoebe’s brother Mick is killed in a biking accident. 88 pages.

Lost and Found by Ellen Yeomans - A young girl finds comfort and meaning after the death of her little sister. 32 pages.

Stacey Had a Little Sister by Judith Friedman - Stacey’s baby sister dies. This book includes a parent guide. 32 pages.

Parent Death

After Charlotte’s Mom Died by Cornelia Spelman - A school counselor helps Charlotte and her father after her mother’s sudden death. 24 pages.

Molly’s  Mom Died by Margaret Holmes - Ages 5-11. 12 pages.

Sam’s Dad Died by Margaret Holmes - 12 pages.

When a Parent Dies by Fred Bratman - Information on emotions, hospitals, funerals, and changes. 64 pages.

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