These resources can be used when explaining death to young children or to help them grieve. Most of the links from the book titles below will lead you to Amazon.com, where you can learn more about the book, read reviews about it, and order it if you'd like. Most of these books can be purchased through other book sellers, as well, or found at your local library.
Aarvy Aardvark Finds Hope by Donna O'Toole; Compassion Books, 1988 Available from Compassion Books
A Bunch of Balloons: A Book - Workbook for Grieving Children by Dorothy Ferguson Wofford (Author), Dorothy Ferguson (Author), Joy Johnson (Editor), Susanna Pitzer (Illustrator), 2006. Compares loss of a loved one with the letting go of a helium balloon. It looks at not just what's been lost, but what sill is left. Available from Centering Corporation
The Dead Bird by Margaret Wise Brown; Harper & Row, 1938 This classic story about a funeral put on by a group of children continues to be republished.
The Fall of Freddie the Leaf: A Story of Life for All Ages by Leo Buscaglia; Charles B. Slack, Inc. 1982 Available from Compassion Books
Feelings by Aliki; Mulberry Press, 1984
The Healing Tree by Kathleen Maresh Hemery; The Centering Corporation, 2001
Helping Children Cope with the Loss of a Loved One: A Guide for Grown Ups by William C. Kroen, PhD; Free Spirit Publishing, 1996
How I feel by Alan Wolfelt, Ph.D., 1996 A coloring book for grieving children. Available from Centering Corporation
I Miss You: A First Look at Death by Pat Thomas; Barron's Educational Series, 2001 This book gently explains death to children, ages 4 to 8. Available from Compassion Books
Lifetimes: The Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children by Bryan Mellonie and Robert Ingpen; Bantam Books, 1987 This sensitive explanation describes death as part of nature: animals, birds, fish, insects and people.
The Next Place by Warren Hanson, 1997. A classic that brings gentle verse revealing a safe and welcome destination free from earthly hurts and filled with wonder and peace.
The Saddest Time by Norma Simon; Albert Whitman & Company, 1992
Sad Isn't Bad: A Good-Grief Handbook for Children by Michaelene Mundy; Abbey Press, 1998
Saying Goodbye by Jim and Joan Boulden; Jim Boulden Press, 1997 Available from Compassion Books
Tear Soup by Pat Schweibert, Chuck DeKlyen; Grief Watch; Second Rev edition, 2001.
Tell Me, Papa by Joy and Marv (Papa) Johnson, 2001 A gentle explanation for children about death and the funeral.
What is Death? by Etan Boritzer, 2000 Introduces children to the concept of death with examples of customs and beliefs from different religions and cultures.
What's Heaven? by Maria Shriver; Golden Books Adult Publishing, 1999 In this book, Kate, a little girls whose great-grandma has died, seeks this answer.
When Dinosaurs Die: A Guide to Understanding Death by Laurie Krasny Brown and Marc Brown; Little, Brown and Company, 1996 This book takes a multicultural look at dying and the customs that surround it.
When Someone Dies by Sharon Greenlee; Peachtree Publishers, 1992 Available from Compassion Books
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Always and Forever by Alan Durant and Debi Gilion; Harcourt Children's Books, 2004
Badger's Parting Gifts by Susan Varley; Harper Trophy, 1992
Bear's Last Journey by Udo Weigelt; Nord-Sud Verlag, 2003
If Nathan Were Here by Mary Bahr; Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2000 This gentle story is about children mourning their friend, Nathan. Available from Compassion Books
A Story for Hippo by Simon Puttock and Alison Bartlett; Scholastic Press, 2001
Finding Grandpa Everywhere by John Hodge; Centering Corporation, 1998 A young child discovers memories of grandpa. This beautifully illustrated book has a section for parents or teachers.
Grandma's Scrapbook by Josephine Nobisso; Gingerbread House, 2000 A scrapbook of memories reminds the reader of love and joy, as well as loss. Available from Compassion Books
Grandpa Loved by Josephine Nobisso; Gingerbread House, 2000 A grandson remembers all that Grandpa loved and realizes through memories that he loves many of the same things. Available from Compassion Books
Liplap's Wish by Jonathon London; Chronicle Books, 1997 Liplap builds a snow bunny and longs for Grandma.
Nana Upstairs, Nana Downstairs by Tomie dePaola; G.P. Putnam and Sons, 1973 Four year-old Tommy loves visiting his grandmother and his great-grandmother. But one day Tommy's mother tells him great-grandmother won't be there anymore.
Old Pig by Margaret Wild; Puffin, 1999 Grandmother pig puts her affairs in order, takes a special walk with her granddaughter before she dies.
Poppy's Chair by Karen Hesse; Macmillan, 1993 Leah visits Grandma after Grandpa's death.
Saying Goodbye to Grandma by Jane Resh Thomas; Clarion Books, 1988 In this book by a Minnesota author, Suzie tells what happened at grandma's funeral.
What Happened When Grandma Died by Peggy Barker; Concordia Publishing House, 1989 Written from a Christian perspective, this book is about a young girl whose grandma just died.
The Brightest Star by Kathleen Maresh Hemery; Centering Corporation, 1998 Molly was scared when her mother was ill and angry when she died. Molly is asked to draw her family and discovers the power of memories. Available from Compassion Books
Daddy's Promise by Cindy Klein Cohen; Promise Publishing Company, 1997 After Daddy's death, questions of where he is are answered by Mom's candor and dreams of seeing Dad in another place, then understanding car accident.
Everett Anderson's Goodbye by Lucille Clifton; Henry Holt and Company, 1988 An African American boy deals with his father's death.
Geranium Morning by E. Sandy Powell; Carolrhoda Books, 2001 A young boy's dad dies in an accident, plus his friend's mom is ill and dying.
I Heard Your Mommy Died by Mark Scrivani; Centering Corporation, 1994 Available from Compassion Books
A Quilt for Elizabeth by Bennette W. Tiffault; Centering Corporation, 1992 Grandmother and child make a quilt from Daddy's clothes.
Saying Goodbye to Daddy by Judith Vigna; Albert Whitman & Company, 1991 Clare is helped by Grandpa and Mom after the death of her father in a car accident. Available from Compassion Books
Sunflowers and Rainbows for Tia: Saying Goodbye to Daddy by Alesia Alexander Green; Centering Corporation, 1999 A girl in an African American family deals with her dad's sudden death.
Dribbles by Connie Heckert; Clarion Books, 1994 An old cat comes into a family and later dies. The remaining cats miss the old one and are very sad but realize that death is part of life.
I'll Always Love You by Hans Wilhelm; Dragonfly Books, 1988 A boy's dog dies, and the boy realizes that you never stop loving your dog -- or anyone -- even when they die.
The Tenth Good Thing about Barney by Judith Viorst; Aladdin, 1987 This is a classic tale of cat's funeral.
When a Pet Dies by Fred Rogers; G.P. Putnam and Sons, 1988 Available from Compassion Books
When Your Pet Dies by Diane Pomerance, PhD; Polaire Publications, 2001
Lost and Found: Remembering a Sister by Ellen Yeomans; Centering Corporation, 2000 A preschool girl expresses confusing feelings after the death of her sister.
Where's Jess? by Joy and Marv Johnson; Centering Corporation, 1982 This simple book is for young children who have lost a baby brother or sister. Available from Compassion Books
Allina Health Grief Resources
Judy Young, M Ed, manager of education and bereavement, Allina Health Home Care Services