Death and Grief Books for Young Children

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Picture Books (JE)

Aliki The Two of Them    (grandfather)
Bley And What Comes After a Thousand?    (elderly friend)
Boyden The Blue Roses    (grandfather)
Brisson I Remember Miss Perry    (teacher)
Brown The Dead Bird    (pet)
Bunting Rudi's Pond    (friend)
Burleigh Good-bye, Sheepie    (pet)
Burningham Granpa    (grandfather)
Buscaglia The Fall of Freddie the Leaf: A Story of Life for All Ages
Carlstrom Blow Me a Kiss, Miss Lilly    (elderly friend)
Carrick The Accident    (pet)
Carson You Hold Me and I'll Hold You    (great-aunt)
Castellucci Grandma's Gloves    (grandmother)
Chichester Clark Up in Heaven    (pet)
Cochran The Forever Dog    (pet)
Cohen Jim's Dog Muffins    (pet)
Cooke The Grandad Tree    (grandfather)
De Paola Nana Upstairs & Nana Downstairs    (grandmother)
Demas Saying Goodbye to Lulu    (pet)
DiSalvo-Ryan A Dog Like Jack    (pet)
Doray One More Wednesday    (grandmother)
Durant Always and Forever    (friend)
Ehrlich Maggie and Silky and Joe    (pet)
Fox Sophie    (grandfather)
Fraustino The Hickory Chair    (grandmother)
Goble Beyond the Ridge    (grandmother)
Harris Goodbye, Mousie    (pet)
Henley Gram's Song    (grandmother)
Hill The Bug Cemetery    (pet)
Himler Six Is So Much Less Than Seven    (pet)
Howard Murphy and Kate    (pet)
Howe Kaddish for Grandpa in Jesus' Name, Amen    (grandfather)
Joosse Ghost Wings    (grandmother)
Kaplan Waiting to Sing    (mother)
Krishnaswami Remembering Grandpa    (grandfather)
Leiner Mama Does the Mambo    (father)
London Liplap's Wish    (grandmother)
Loth Remembering Crystal    (friend)
Luenn A Gift for Abuelita: Celebrating the Day of the Dead    (grandmother)
Monk Blackberry Stew    (grandfather)
Newman The Best Cat in the World    (pet)
Nielsen-Fernlund Mormor Moves In    (grandfather)
Pank Under the Blackberries    (pet)
Parker Jasper's Day    (pet)
Partridge Big Cat Pepper    (pet)
Penn Chester Raccoon and the Acorn Full of Memories    (friend)
Plourde Thank You, Grandpa    (grandfather)
Puttock A Story for Hippo: A Book About Loss    (friend)
Reagan Always My Brother    (brother)
Rylant Cat Heaven    (pet: also, Dog Heaven)
Santucci Anna's Corn    (grandfather)
Schneider Good-bye, Vivi!    (pet and grandmother)
Schotter In the Piney Woods    (grandfather)
Spalding Bottled Sunshine    (grandmother)
Varley Badger's Parting Gifts    (friend)
Viorst The Tenth Good Thing About Barney    (pet)
Wallace Mavis and Merna    (friend)
Walsh Sammy in the Sky    (pet)
Warfel The Blue Pearls    (mother)
Wells The Language of Doves    (grandfather)
Wild Harry & Hopper    (pet)
Wild Old Pig    (animal)
Wild Toby    (pet)
Williams The Long Silk Strand    (grandmother)
Wood Grandad's Prayers of the Earth    (grandfather)
Wood Old Coyote    (animal)
Woodson Sweet, Sweet Memory    (grandfather)
Zolotow The Old Dog    (pet)

Parent/Teacher Collection

PT/JE Clifton Everett Anderson's Goodbye    (father)
PT/JE Cohn Molly's Rosebush    (baby)
PT/JE Coville My Grandfather's House    (grandfather)
PT/JE Napoli Flamingo Dream    (father)
PT/JE Raschka The Purple Balloon
PT/JE Schick Mama    (mother)
PT/JE Sgouros A Pillow for My Mom    (mother)

Last Updated: 4/15


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