The following booklist was selected by Librarians for children and families
on death and dying. This sensitive topic can often be overwhelming for
families and children to address, and these resources have been gathered to
help open up conversations. The following books
should provide age-appropriate content on understanding this topic.
Brown, Laurene Krasny
Explains in simple language the feelings people
may have regarding the death of a loved one and the ways to honor the memory
of someone who has died.
Gives an overview of what a funeral is, why our
culture holds them, and what might happen at one.
Explains there is a beginning and an ending to every
thing that is alive and in between there is living .
Explores the feelings of frustration, sadness, and
loneliness that a youngster may feel when a pet dies.
This reassuring picture book explores the difficult issue
of death for young children. Children's feelings and questions about this
sensitive subject are looked at in a simple but realistic way. This book
helps them to understand their loss and to come to terms with their
Burrowes, Adjoa J.
The changing seasons help a young girl cope with the
death of her beloved grandmother.
De Paola, Tomie
A wonderful intergenerational story that tells of a
young boy's great love for his two nanas and the loss he feels when one
A journey of light and hope to a place where earthly
cares are left behind.
Harris, Robie H
A boy grieves for his dead pet Mousie, helps to bury
him, and begins to come to terms with his loss.
A child's sadness at the death of a beloved dog is
tempered by the remembrance of saying to it every night, "I'll always love
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