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Recommended books on loss, grief, and dying.

Dance Like a Leaf Cover Image
By Aj Irving, Claudia Navarro (Illustrator)
$8.09
ISBN: 9781646860586
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Published: Barefoot Books - August 14th, 2020

Death Is Stupid (Ordinary Terrible Things) Cover Image
$17.96
ISBN: 9781948340397
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Published: Dottir Press - August 4th, 2020

FEATURED IN THE NEW YORK TIMES

Part of the Ordinary Terrible Things series, the new and expanded edition of Death Is Stupid is an invaluable tool for discussing death, exploring grief, and honoring the life of our loved ones.


I'll Be the Water: A Story of a Grandparent's Love Cover Image
By Alec Aspinwall, Nicole Wong (Illustrator)
$16.16
ISBN: 9780884487760
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Published: Tilbury House Publishers - September 15th, 2020

Joshua and his grandfather love being together. More than anything else they love fishing. But Grandpa gets sick and is in the hospital a long time. When he gets out, he and Joshua share one more fishing adventure, and Grandpa promises Joshua that he will always be near.


The Goodbye Book Cover Image
By Todd Parr, Todd Parr (Illustrator)
$16.19
ISBN: 9780316404976
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - November 3rd, 2015

From bestselling author Todd Parr, a poignant and reassuring story about loss.


An Ordinary Day Cover Image
By Elana K. Arnold, Elizabet Vukovic (Illustrator)
$16.19
ISBN: 9781481472623
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Published: Beach Lane Books - March 10th, 2020

An ordinary day in an ordinary neighborhood turns out to be quite extraordinary in this moving story about the circle of life.

It’s an average day in the neighborhood—children play, roses are watered, and a crow watches over it all.


The Rabbit Listened Cover Image
By Cori Doerrfeld, Cori Doerrfeld (Illustrator)
$16.19
ISBN: 9780735229358
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Published: Dial Books - February 20th, 2018

A moving and universal picture book about empathy and kindness, sure to soothe heartaches big and small.


The Rough Patch Cover Image
By Brian Lies, Brian Lies (Illustrator)
$16.19
ISBN: 9780062671271
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Published: Greenwillow Books - August 14th, 2018

A Caldecott Honor Book

An ALA Notable Book

A breathtakingly beautiful and luminescent book that is pitch-perfect for anyone of any age who has experienced any type of loss or disappointment, from New York Times–bestselling picture book creator Brian Lies.


What Happens When a Loved One Dies?: Our First Talk about Death (Just Enough #2) Cover Image
By Jillian Roberts, Cindy Revell (Illustrator)
$17.96
ISBN: 9781459809451
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Published: Orca Book Publishers - April 5th, 2016

Whether children are experiencing grief and loss for the first time or simply curious, it can be difficult to know how to talk to them about death. Using questions posed in a child's voice and answers that start simply and become more in-depth, this book allows adults to guide the conversation to a natural and reassuring conclusion.


I Have a Question about Death: Clear Answers for All Kids, Including Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder or Other Special Needs Cover Image
$16.45
ISBN: 9781785927508
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Published: Jessica Kingsley Publishers - March 21st, 2017

Winner of a Moonbeam Children's Book Award 2017 Death is a difficult topic for any parent or educator to explain to a child, perhaps even more so when the child has Autism Spectrum Disorder or other Special Needs. This book is designed specifically to help children with these additional needs to understand what happens when someone dies.


The Dead Bird Cover Image
$16.19
ISBN: 9780060289317
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Published: HarperCollins - March 1st, 2016

A New York Times Best Illustrated Book

This heartwarming classic picture book by beloved children’s book author Margaret Wise Brown is gorgeously reillustrated for a contemporary audience by the critically acclaimed, award-winning illustrator Christian Robinson.


The Tenth Good Thing About Barney Cover Image
By Judith Viorst, Erik Blegvad (Illustrator)
$7.19
ISBN: 9780689712036
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - 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.


You'll Find Me Cover Image
$15.29
ISBN: 9781433831263
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Published: Magination Press - September 1st, 2020

Loss becomes remembrance in this book that offers tender ways to pay tribute to, and meaningfully incorporate, a loved one's lost presence into present and future life experiences. Be it departed friends, family, pets, and more, memories can carry us beyond the precious moments we have together to keep the ones we loved before in mind forever.


When Something Terrible Happens: Children Can Learn to Cope with Grief (Drawing Out Feelings) 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. The 'Drawing Out Feelings' series has been designed to provide parents, educators and counselors with an organized approach to helping children cope with grief, family loss and change. A workbook to help children work out feelings about a traumatic event.


When Dinosaurs Die: A Guide to Understanding Death (Dino Tales: Life Guides for Families) 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.


Grandmother's Visit Cover Image
By Betty Quan, Carmen Mok (Illustrator)
$16.16
ISBN: 9781554989546
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Published: Groundwood Books - September 4th, 2018

Grandmother lives with Grace's family. She teaches her how to measure water for rice. She tells her stories about growing up in China and together they savor the flavors of her childhood. Grandmother says goodbye when she drops Grace off at school every morning and hello when she picks her up at the end of the day.


Cry, Heart, But Never Break Cover Image
By Glenn Ringtved, Charlotte Pardi (Illustrator), Robert Moulthrop (Translator)
$15.26
ISBN: 9781592701872
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Published: Enchanted Lion Books - February 16th, 2016

Aware their grandmother is gravely ill, four siblings make a pact to keep death from taking her away. But Death does arrive all the same, as it must. He comes gently, naturally. And he comes with enough time to share a story with the children that helps them to realize the value of loss to life and the importance of being able to say goodbye.


Cat Heaven Cover Image
By Cynthia Rylant (Illustrator), Cynthia Rylant (Illustrator), Cynthia Rylant
$17.09
ISBN: 9780590100540
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Published: Blue Sky Press - August 1st, 1997

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


Dog Heaven Cover Image
$17.09
ISBN: 9780590417013
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Published: Blue Sky Press - August 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 (Healing Your Grieving Heart series) Cover Image
$10.76
ISBN: 9781879651272
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Published: Companion Press - 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.


Talking about Death: A Dialogue between Parent and Child Cover Image
$22.00
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.


A Map Into the World Cover Image
By Kao Kalia Yang, Seo Kim (Illustrator)
$16.19
ISBN: 9781541538368
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Published: Carolrhoda Books (R) - October 1st, 2019

Filled with wonder and sorrow and happiness.
--Alison McGhee, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Someday
A heartfelt story of a young girl seeking beauty and connection in a busy world.


Ida, Always Cover Image
By Caron Levis, Charles Santoso (Illustrator)
$17.09
ISBN: 9781481426404
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - February 23rd, 2016

A beautiful, honest portrait of loss and deep friendship told through the story of two iconic polar bears.

Gus lives in a big park in the middle of an even bigger city, and he spends his days with Ida. Ida is right there. Always.

Then one sad day, Gus learns that Ida is very sick, and she isn’t going to get better.


Tear Soup: A Recipe for Healing After Loss Cover Image
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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 (Drawing Out Feelings) 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

"The gentle message holds particular validity for children and is conveyed in a tenderhearted manner." Booklist

“Warm and sensitive.” Publishers Weekly


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 Incorporated - June 1st, 1982

This story by Leo Buscaglia is a warm, wonderfully wise and strikingly simple story about a leaf names Freddie.


I Miss You: A First Look at Death (First Look At...Series) Cover Image
By Pat Thomas, Leslie Harker (Illustrator)
$7.19
ISBN: 9780764117640
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Published: B.E.S. - 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.


The Funeral Cover Image
By Matt James (Illustrator)
$17.06
ISBN: 9781554989089
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Published: Groundwood Books - April 3rd, 2018

Norma and her parents are going to her great-uncle Frank's funeral, and Norma is more excited than sad. She is looking forward to playing with her favorite cousin, Ray, but when she arrives at the church, she is confronted with rituals and ideas that have never occurred to her before.