Death and Grief Books for Young Children

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Picture Books (JE)

Bley And What Comes After a Thousand?    (elderly friend)
Brisson I Remember Miss Perry    (teacher)
Brown The Dead Bird    (pet)
Buscaglia The Fall of Freddie the Leaf: A Story of Life for All Ages
Carrick The Accident    (pet)
Castellucci Grandma's Gloves    (grandmother)
Chichester Clark Up in Heaven    (pet)
DiSalvo-Ryan A Dog Like Jack    (pet)
Fox Sophie    (grandfather)
Fraustino The Hickory Chair    (grandmother)
Henley Gram's Song    (grandmother)
Joosse Ghost Wings    (grandmother)
Krishnaswami Remembering Grandpa    (grandfather)
Luenn A Gift for Abuelita: Celebrating the Day of the Dead    (grandmother)
Monk Blackberry Stew    (grandfather)
Newman The Best Cat in the World    (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)
Varley Badger's Parting Gifts    (friend)
Viorst The Tenth Good Thing About Barney    (pet)
Walsh Sammy in the Sky    (pet)
Wood Old Coyote    (animal)
Zolotow The Old Dog    (pet)

Parent/Teacher Collection

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

Last Updated: 4/15


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