Death and Dying Books for Children

Therapist recommended books on loss, grief, and dying.

The Tenth Good Thing about Barney Cover Image
By Judith Viorst, Erik Blegvad (Illustrator)
$7.19
ISBN: 9780689712036
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Published: Aladdin Paperbacks - September 30th, 1987

My cat Barney died this Friday. I was very sad. My mother said we could have a funeral for him, and I should think of ten good things about Barney so I could tell them...
But the small boy who loved Barney can only think of nine. Later, while talking with his father, he discovers the tenth -- and begins to understand.


When Something Terrible Happens: Children Can Learn to Cope with Grief Cover Image
$8.96
ISBN: 9780962050237
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Published: Woodland Press (MN) - July 23rd, 1996

Creates ways for children to explore the fright, confusion, and insecurity caused by traumatic events in their lives.


When Dinosaurs Die: A Guide to Understanding Death Cover Image
By Laurie Krasny Brown, Marc Brown (Illustrator)
$8.09
ISBN: 9780316119559
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 1st, 1998

Straightforward and compassionate, When Dinosaurs Die explains death, dying, and coping with grief and loss in simple and accessible language for young kids and families.


The Best Cat in the World Cover Image
By Leslea Newman, Ronald Himler (Illustrator)
$7.20
ISBN: 9780802852946
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Published: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers - January 26th, 2006

Even the best cat in the world doesn't live forever, and Victor is very sad when his beloved cat, Charlie, dies. His mother suggests getting a new cat, but Victor isn't so sure. Finally, when the vet tells Victor she has another cat that really needs a home, Victor agrees to give the new cat a chance.

But the new cat, Shelley, isn't like Charlie.


Cat Heaven Cover Image
By Cynthia Rylant (Illustrator), Cynthia Rylant
$16.19
ISBN: 9780590100540
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Published: Blue Sky Press - September 1st, 1997

"The way to Cat Heaven is a field of sweet grass, where crickets and butterflies play "


Dog Heaven Cover Image
$16.19
ISBN: 9780590417013
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Published: Scholastic - September 1st, 1995

In Newbery Medalist Cynthia Rylant's classic bestseller, the author comforts readers young and old who have lost a dog, as she did for cats in the bestselling companion book, CAT HEAVEN. Recommended highly by pet lovers around the world, DOG HEAVEN not only comforts but also brings a tear to anyone who is devoted to a pet.


Healing Your Grieving Heart for Kids 100 Practical Ideas Cover Image
$10.76
ISBN: 9781879651272
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Published: Companion Press (CO) - April 1st, 2001

With sensitivity and insight, this series offers suggestions for healing activities that can help survivors learn to express their grief and mourn naturally. Acknowledging that death is a painful, ongoing part of life, they explain how people need to slow down, turn inward, embrace their feelings of loss, and seek and accept support when a loved one dies.


The Next Place Cover Image
By Warren Hanson, Warren Hanson (Illustrator)
$15.26
ISBN: 9780931674327
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Published: Waldman House Press - August 5th, 2002

A classic, "The Next Place" brings gentle verse revealing a safe and welcome destination free from earthly hurts and filled with wonder and peace. A comforting message of hope and a gift of compassion for the bereaved. Exquisite, color illustrations.


Samantha Jane's Missing Smile: A Story about Coping with the Loss of a Parent Cover Image
$8.96
ISBN: 9781591478096
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Published: Magination Press - April 1st, 2007

Samantha Jane misses her father very much. Sometimes the sadness feels so big she is afraid to let herself feel it. Sammy Jane is also worried about her mother, and whether they are all going to be happy again someday. And then she feels guilty. Is it right to feel happy when her father can't be here to enjoy life too? Losing a parent is a profoundly life-changing event for a child.


Talking about Death: A Dialogue Between Parent and Child Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780807023617
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Published: Beacon Press - September 6th, 2011

Why do people die? How do you explain the loss of a loved one to a child? This book is a compassionate guide for adults and children to read together, featuring a read-along story and answers to questions children ask about death.


Tear Soup: A Recipe for Healing After Loss Cover Image
$17.96
ISBN: 9780961519766
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Published: Grief Watch - April 9th, 2007

In this modern-day fable, a woman who has suffered a terrible loss cooks up a special batch of "tear soup," blending the unique ingredients of her life into the grief process. Along the way she dispenses a recipe of sound advice for people who are in mourning.


When Someone Very Special Dies: Children Can Learn to Cope with Grief Cover Image
$8.96
ISBN: 9780962050206
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Published: Woodland Press (MN) - July 23rd, 1996

This book was designed to teach basic concepts of death and help children understand and express the many feelings they have when someone special dies. Communication is increased and coping skills are developed as they illustrate their books with their personal story.


Badger's Parting Gifts Cover Image
By Susan Varley, Susan Varley (Illustrator)
$7.19
ISBN: 9780688115180
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Published: HarperCollins - July 16th, 1992

Badger's friends are sad when he dies but treasure the memories he left them. "The gentle message holds particular validity for children and is conveyed in a tenderhearted. ..manner."-- Book1ist.


The Fall of Freddie the Leaf: A Story of Life for All Ages Cover Image
$16.45
ISBN: 9780943432892
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Published: Slack - June 1st, 1982

he Fall of Freddie the Leaf touches children and adults alike, illustrating the delicate balance between life and death. The Fall of Freddie the Leaf is a warm, thought-provoking story about how Freddie and his companion leaves change with the passing seasons and the coming of winter. This beautiful and engaging tale has also been made into a film narrated by Leo Buscaglia.


Good-Bye, Sheepie Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780761455981
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Published: Cavendish Square Publishing - April 1st, 2010

Owen and his dog, Sheepie, are best friends. They like to play, take long walks, and chase each other in the yard. But Sheepie is getting old. He can't fetch a stick as quickly as he used to, and sometimes Owen has to help him climb the stairs. Then one afternoon, Sheepie falls asleep by the big oak tree and doesn't wake up.


Chester Raccoon and the Acorn Full of Memories Cover Image
$15.26
ISBN: 9781933718293
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Published: Tanglewood Press - August 15th, 2009

Chester Raccoon's good friend Skiddel Squirrel has had an accident and will not be returning - ever. Chester is upset that he won't get to play with his friend anymore. Mrs. Raccoon suggests that Chester and his friends create some memories of Skiddel, so that they will have good memories when they miss him.


Not Forgotten Cover Image
$17.96
ISBN: 9781883211882
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Published: Laughing Elephant - February 1st, 2004

I Miss You: A First Look at Death Cover Image
$7.19
ISBN: 9780764117640
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Published: Barron's Educational Series - January 1st, 2001

When a close friend or family member dies, it can be difficult for children to express their feelings. This book helps boys and girls understand that death is a natural complement to life, and that grief and a sense of loss are normal feelings for them to have following a loved one's death.