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"You have been my friend, that in itself is a tremendous thing. I wove my web for you because I liked you. After all, what's a life, anyway? We're born, we live a while, we die.... By helping you, perhaps I was trying to lift up my life a trifle, Heaven knows anyone's life can stand a little of that!" [Tell Me!]

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Children's Books About Death     View List as Printable PDF

Introducing the Concept of a Lifetime

Children also grieve: talking about death and healing

Children also grieve: talking about death and healing
by Goldman, Linda
J 155.937 GOL
An illustrated, interactive storybook for bereaved children and those who care for them that follows Henry's progress through the different stages of bereavement and healing. (Told from the family pet's perspective)

Death and dying

Death and dying
by Sanders, Pete
J 155.937 SAN
Explores the feelings and issues that may arise after the death of a loved one and the importance of confronting such issues.

Lifetimes : a beautiful way to explain death to children

Lifetimes : a beautiful way to explain death to children
by Mellonie, Bryan
J 306.9 MEL
Tells about beginnings and endings, and about living in between for plants, animals and people.

Ricky and the squirrel

Ricky and the squirrel
by Genechten, Guido van
JEASY GEN
While looking for chestnuts in the woods, Ricky finds a squirrel lying on the ground. Is he sleeping? Is he ill? Ricky's mother and father know the answer.

The fall of Freddie the leaf : a story of life for all ages

The fall of Freddie the leaf : a story of life for all ages
by Buscaglia, Leo
JEASY BUS
An allegory explaining the endless cycle of life describes how Freddie and the other leaves change with the seasons.

When dinosaurs die: a guide to understanding death

When dinosaurs die: a guide to understanding death
by Brown, Laurie Krasny
J 155.937 BRO
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.

 

Death of a Pet or Other Animal

Alfie and the birthday surprise

Alfie and the birthday surprise
by Hughes, Shirley
JEASY HUG
The death of Bob's cat prompts his friends and family to give Bob a surprise birthday party and a very special present.

Desser the best ever cat

Desser the best ever cat
by Smith, Maggie
JEASY SMI
A child describes how Desser the Cat had always been part of the family and how much he was loved even after he died.

Goodbye, Mousie

Goodbye, Mousie
by Harris, Robie H
JEASY HAR
A boy grieves for his dead pet Mousie, helps to bury him, and begins to come to terms with his loss.

Harry & Hopper

Harry & Hopper
by Wild, Margaret
JEASY WIL
One day when Harry comes home from school, his faithful companion Hopper isn't there to greet him, in a touching story about the loss of a beloved pet.

I'll always love you

I'll always love you
by Wilhelm, Hans
JEASY WIL
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 you."

Saying goodbye to Lulu

Saying goodbye to Lulu
by Demas, Corinne
JEASY DEM
When her dog Lulu dies, a girl grieves but then continues with her life.

The Best cat in the world

The Best cat in the world
by Newman, Leslea
JEASY NEW
A young boy deals with the loss of his beloved cat Charlie, eventually accepting the arrival of another, very different cat.

The Forever dog

The Forever dog
by Cochran, Bill
JEASY COC
Mike and his dog Corky plan to be best friends forever, so when Corky becomes sick and dies, Mike is angry about the broken promise.

The Old dog

The Old dog
by Zolotow, Charlotte
JEASY ZOL
When a young boy finds his old dog dead one morning, he spends the rest of the day thinking about all the good times they had together.

The Tenth good thing about Barney

The Tenth good thing about Barney
by Viorst, Judith
JEASY VIO
In an attempt to overcome his grief, a boy tries to think of the ten best things about his dead cat.

Toby

Toby
by Wild, Margaret
JEASY WIL
Sara's brothers think she doesn't love Toby anymore because he is old and smelly, but when it comes to the end of his life, the boys realize that she did love him as much as ever.

Tough Boris

Tough Boris
by Fox, Mem
JEASY
Although he is a very tough pirate, Boris von der Borch cries when his parrots dies.



Up in heaven

Up in heaven
by Chichester Clark, Emma
JEASY CHI
When Arthur's dog Daisy dies, she watches over him from heaven and eventually helps him find a new puppy.

When a pet dies

When a pet dies
by Rogers, Fred
J 155.937 ROG
Explores the feelings of frustration, sadness, and loneliness that a youngster may feel when a pet dies.

 

Death of a Friend

A Story for Hippo: a book about loss

A Story for Hippo: a book about loss
by Puttock, Simon
JEASY PUT
Hippo and Monkey are best, best, best friends and when the wise old Hippo dies, Monkey is very sad until Chameleon helps him remember the stories he and Hippo shared.

Always and forever

Always and forever
by Durant, Alan
JEASY DUR
Mole, Hare, and Otter are devastated when their beloved friend Fox dies. Squirrel helps them to realize that Fox will always and forever be in their hearts and memories.

Badger's parting gifts

Badger's parting gifts
by Varley, Susan
JEASY VAR
Badger's friends are sad when he dies, but they treasure the legacies he left them.

City dog, country frog

City dog, country frog
by Willems, Mo
JEASY WIL
Through the seasons, whenever City Dog visits the country, he runs straight for Country Frog's rock to play games with him, but during the winter things change for them both.

 

Death of a Grandparent

A Campfire for Cowboy Billy

A Campfire for Cowboy Billy
by Ulmer, Wendy K.
JEASY ULM
After a day of riding his stick horse, Splinter, across an imaginary landscape, Billy returns to the rooftop of his apartment to sit beneath the stars and remember Grandpa.

Ghost wings

Ghost wings
by Joosse, Barbara M.
JEASY
While celebrating the Days of the Dead, a young Mexican girl remembers her wonderful grandmother who sang songs, made tortillas, chased monsters away, and loved butterflies.

Grandma's purple flowers

Grandma's purple flowers
by Burrowes, Adjoa J.
JEASY BUR
Hyacinth's grandmother explains that leaves fall and die because "everything has its time." After her grandmother becomes ill and dies during the winter, Hyacinth finds a way to cope in the spring, thanks to grandma's purple flowers.

Grandma's shoes

Grandma's shoes
by Hathorn, Libby
JEASY HAT
The grandmother's stories and her magic shoes help a young girl cope with the old woman's death.

Grandpa Abe

Grandpa Abe
by Russo, Marisabina
JEASY RUS
Her grandmother's boyfriend becomes Sarah's grandfather by marriage. Until his death when she is nine, Sarah and Grandpa Abe share many favorite things, like spaghetti.

Kaddish for Grandpa in Jesus' name, amen

Kaddish for Grandpa in Jesus' name, amen
by Howe, James
JEASY HOW
Five-year-old Emily tries to understand her grandfather's death by exploring the Christian and Jewish rituals that her family practices during and after his death.

Liplap's wish

Liplap's wish
by London, Jonathan
JEASY LON
As he builds a snowman, Liplap feels something is missing and wishes his grandmother, who recently died, was with him.

Nana Upstairs & Nana Downstairs

Nana Upstairs & Nana Downstairs
by De Paola, Tomie
JEASY DEP
A small boy enjoys his relationship with his grandmother and his great-grandmother, but he learns to face their inevitable death.

Old Pig

Old Pig
by Wild, Margaret
JEASY WIL
Old Pig spends special time with her granddaughter because she knows that her time to die is near.

Remembering Grandma = Recordando a Abuela

Remembering Grandma = Recordando a Abuela
by Armas, Teresa
JEASY SP ARM
Lorena, who also misses her grandmother, hopes that the keepsakes in Grandma's carved chest will help ease Mama and Grandpa's grief.

The Goodbye boat

The Goodbye boat
by Joslin, Mary
JEASY JOS
The author wrote this book to help her children cope with saying goodbye when their grandfather dies and to provide them with a message of hope.

The Grandad tree

The Grandad tree
by Cooke, Trish
JEASY COO
The changing nature of their apple tree, as it grows and goes through the seasons, reminds Leigh and Vin of their grandfather, who is gone, but lives on in their memories.

The Language of doves

The Language of doves
by Wells, Rosemary
JEASY WEL
Through her grandfather's stories, Julietta finds that she is linked to her beloved grandfather forever.

The Two of them

The Two of them
by Aliki
JEASY ALI
Describes the relationship of a grandfather and his granddaughter from her birth to his death.

What's heaven

What's heaven
by Shriver, Maria
JEASY SHR
After her great-grandmother's death, a young girl learns about heaven by asking her mother all kinds of questions.

Where is Grandpa?

Where is Grandpa?
by Barron, T. A.
JEASY BAR
As his family reminisces after his beloved grandfather's death, a boy realizes that his grandfather is still with him in all the special places they shared.

 

Death of a Parent

Everett Anderson's goodbye

Everett Anderson's goodbye
by Clifton, Lucille
JEASY CLI
Everett Anderson has a difficult time coming to terms with his grief after his father dies.

Flamingo dream

Flamingo dream
by Napoli, Donna Jo
J PIC+ NAP
Grieving over her father's death from cancer, a young girl celebrates their last year together by making a book that includes mementos and a story.

 

Death of an Uncle

Tiger flowers

Tiger flowers
by Quinlan, Patricia
JEASY QUI
Joel is heartsick when his uncle Michael dies with AIDS, until he learns to comfort himself with good memories, like his uncle's favorite flowers, the tiger flowers.

 

Failing Health or Terminal Illness

I'll see you in my dreams

I'll see you in my dreams
by Jukes, Mavis
JEASY JUK
A young girl imagines skywriting a loving message to her uncle while she travels to the hospital for a last visit.

Swan sky

Swan sky
by Tejima, Keizaburo
JEASY TEJ
Too ill to fly with her family to their summer home, a young swan must remain behind despite their attention and encouragement.

The Purple balloon

The Purple balloon
by Raschka, Chris
JEASY RAS
Easy to read text reveals that dying is hard work, for the old and especially for the young, and how good it is that so many people help when a person dies