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About Dying (non-fiction)
by Sara Bennett Stein
Walker and Co., 1974
by E.B. White
Harper & Row, 1952
(Classic story of animal's attachment, loss and grief)
Children Also Grieve
by Linda Goldman, 2005.
The combination of narrative and interactive memory book is designed to be read and worked through by children.
A Complete Book About Death for Kids
by Earl Grollman and Joy Johnson
This book includes information about death, dying and the feelings you have when someone you love dies. Also talks about burial, cremation, funerals and the cemetery.
Coping with Death & Grief (non-fiction)
by Marge Heegaard
Woodland Press, 1990
The Fall of Freddie the Leaf (metaphor)
by Leo Buscaglia
Holt Rinehart, 1982
Great Answers to Difficult Questions about Death What Children Need to Know
by Linda Goldman, 2009.
This book explores children's thoughts and feelings on the subject and provides parents and other caring adults with guidance on how to respond to difficult questions.
I Know I Made it Happen
by Lynn Blackburn, 1990.
Gives kids support and understanding during crises. It's nice to know, though, that my wishes, and my thoughts, and my words, don't make bad things happen.
by Liz Duckworthy.
Ragtail, a young mouse, has just lost his best friend, Tom the cat. As he tries to understand what has happened, Ragtail experiences many feelings. With the help of his new friend, he learns to deal with his feelings.
The Saddest Time
by Norma Simon
Whitman and Co., 1986
(Three scenarios: uncle, friend, grandparent deaths)
by Kathleen Maresh Hemery, Illustrated by Agusto Bordelois.
A new chapter book for children who are experienceing the death of someone close to them.
Time for Uncle Joe
by Nancy Jewell
(Memories through the seasons and belongings)
What is Death?
by Etan Broitzer, 2000.
Introduces children to the concept of death with examples of customs and beliefs from different religions and cultures.
What on Earth Do You Do When Someone Dies?
by Trevor Romain, 1999.
The author talks directly to kids about what death means and how to cope. He describes and discusses the overwhelming emotions involved in grieving-sadness, fear, anger, guilt- and offers practical strategies for dealing with them.
Why Did You Die?
by Erica Leeuwenburgh and Ellen Goldring.
When a loved one dies, children are faced with a kaleidoscope of feelings, thoughts, myths, and questions. This book will help children, parents and other adults communicate about death and the grieving process.
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Dusty Was My Friend
by Andrea Clardy
Human Science Press, 1984
The Empty Window
by Eve Bunting, 1980
(Impending death of friend)
A Taste of Blackberries
by Doris Smith, 1973
(Accidental death of friend, guilt, regret, funeral)
We Remember Philip
by Norma Simon
(Teacher's son's death, support, commemoration)
Annie and the Old One
by Miska Miles
Little Brown, 1971
(Navaho view of death from grandmother to granddaughter)
Blackberries in the Dark (also a video)
by Mavis Jukes, 1985
(Widow and grandson coping after grandfather's death)
Finding Grandpa Everywhere: A Young Child Discovers Memories of a Grandparent
John Hodge, Susan Aitken
(Beautifully illustrated story of finding Grandpa in memories, things left behind, a life lesson, and debunking the euphemism of "lost" for died.)
A Gift for Tia Rosa
by Karen Taha
(Before and after elderly neighbor's death, explores regret)
(A summer to observe grandparents deep love for each other and then grandma dies)
My Grandmother Died But I Won't Forget Her
by Bernice Hogan
(Visitors, funeral, loneliness, memories)
My Grandson Lew (also video)
by Charlotte Zoltow
Harper and Row, 1974
(Mom and child recall grandfather)
A Sunburned Prayer
by Marc Talbert, 1995
(Hispanic 11-year-old hopes for a miracle for grandmother's cancer)
What Happened When Grandma Died?
by Peggy Barker
(Christian explanation of death)
When Grandfather Journeys Into Winter
by Craig Strete and Hal Frenck
(Native American grandson)
Daddy's Climbing Tree
by C.S. Adler
Clarion Books, 1993
(Jessica, 11, takes her little brother Tycho to her grandparents' house to look for Daddy, who was struck and killed by a hit and run driver. But the grandparents don't live there anymore and Daddy isn't there either. She learns to look for his memory in her heart.)
Cynthia C. De felice
Avon Books, 1994
(12 year old Ben copes with father's death and mother's overprotectiveness during a fishing contest.)
Tom Moore, 1993
Boyhood in a Newfoundland outpost, mom dies, father remarries
How It Feels When A Parent Dies
by Jill Krementz
(Photo essays by children ages 7 -1 6)
Mama's Going To Heaven Soon
by Kathe Martin Copeland (Author), Elissa Hudson (Illustrator) (Illustrator), 2005.
A compassionate story to assist young children and their caregivers deal with the impending death of a parent.
The Rag Coat (fiction)
by Lauren Mills
(Love felt from dad even after death)
A Star for the Latecomer
by Paul Zindel and Bonnie Zindel, 1980
(Young teen, mother and daughter deal with mom's cancer)
Winter Holding Spring
by Crescent Dragonwagon
MacMillan Publishing, 1990
(Dad and daughter move through a year of seasons after mom's death)
A Dog like Jack
The Horn Book, Inc. 1999
(Jack's family adopts a dog, they have a life together, the dog grows old and dies. Warm watercolor, warm narrative, concludes with note to parents and teachers.)
Am I Still A Sister?
by Alicia Sims
(11-year-old author, baby brother's death)
Children Facing Grief
by Janis Loomis Romond
(Letters from siblings ages 6 - 15)
C. S. Adler
Wally's daring, carefree older brother is killed in an accident; Wally attempts to be less timid, enters skateboard competition and gains perspective on the loss.
Nadia, The Willful
by Sue Alexander and illustrated by Lloyd Bloom
Pantheon Books, 1983
(Healing power of talking about brother's death)
Allina Health Grief Resources
Judy Young, M Ed, manager of education and bereavement, Allina Health Home Care Services