Books for Children About Death and Dying

Author

Title

Description

Date

Age

Pa-per?

Pg

Publisher

Aliki

The Two of Them

The relationship between a young girl and her grandfather.

1987

4-8

 

32

William Morrow

Astor, Cynthia

A Song For Cecilia Fantini

When her beloved music teacher dies Emmaline searches for ways to keep her memories alive. The adults she seeks out help her find ways to remember and assure her that the gifts she received from her teacher will never fade.

1997

6-12

H

34

H. J. Kramer

Barner, Bob

To Everything

Based on the book of Ecclesiastes, this book provides for a discussion of cycles and feelings.

1998

2-6

H

32

Chronicle Books

Bontzer, Etan

What Is Death?

Introduces children to the concept of death and gives examples of the customs and beliefs from different religions and cultures.

1999

4-9

H

32

Veronica Lane Books

Breebaart, Joeri and Piet

When I Die: Will I Get Better?

A five and a half year old boy tries to understand the death of his younger brother.

1993

All

H

30

Peter Bedrick Books

Brown, Laurene Krasny

When Dinosaurs Die: A Guide to Understanding Death

A forthright approach addressing children’s fears and curiosity about death.

1996

4-6

P

32

Life, Brown and Company

Brown, Margaret Wise

The Dead Bird

Children find a dead bird in the forest and decide to say good bye.

1979

4-8

P

48

Harper Collins

Buscaglia, Leo

The Fall of Freddie the Leaf

A gentle parable to explain the delicate balance of life and death.

 

All

H

32

Little Brown.

Eve Bunting.

Rudi's Pond

The young narrator's best friend, Rudi, is very ill and its hard for her to understand. When Rudi dies, the narrator and other children in school build a pond near a big oak tree to remember him. Based on a true story, this insightful book will help young readers deal with loss.

1999

5-8

H

32

Clarion Books

Gelman, Rabbi Marc and Hartman, Monsignor Thomas

Lost & Found: A Kid's Book for Living Through Loss

A heartening book that reminds us how to keep hope alive when times are rough and shows us how loss is a very important part of living.

1999

8+

H

176

William Morrow and Company

Gootman, Marilyn E.

When A Friend Dies: A Book for Teens about Grieving & Healing

This book provides understanding and advice for teens who are grieving the death of a friend.

1994

11+

p

120

Free Spirit Publishing

Joslin, Mary

The Goodbye Boat

With simple, thoughtful text, this book explores the pain and grief of saying goodbye to someone who has died and opens the door for discussion about what happens when someone dies.

1999

All

h

28

Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

Kadono, Eiko

Grandpa's Soup

After grandma dies, grandpa is too sad to do anything more than sit all day. Then one day he realizes he misses grandma’s soup. Though each batch he makes is bigger than the last, he hardly gets to taste it as he entertains unexpected visitors hungry for soup. Grandpa discovers that sharing with friends is the best cure for loneliness

1999

2-6

h

32

William J. Eerdman Publishers

Kay, Alan

The Red in My Father's Beard

 

1992

10-12

 

 

Tora Aura

Lanton, Sandy

Daddys Chair

A young boy learns to deal with the death of his father. Illustrates shiva.

1991

5–10

h

32

Kar-Ben Copies

Liss-Levinson, Nechama

When a Grandparent Dies

Part journal, part workbook, this book will help children deal with shiva and the year beyond.

1995

7-11

h

48

Jewish Lights

Mellonie, Bryan and Ingpen, Robert

Lifetimes: A Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children

Explains death to young children by talking about the lifetimes of plants, animals, and people.

1983

3-8

p

40

Bantam Books

Miles, Miska

Annie and the Old One

A story about a Navajo girl and her grandmother that explains death in a beautiful way.

1971

6+

p

44

Little, Brown

Newman, Leslea

Too Far Away to Touch

Zoe’s favorite uncle, Leonard, has AIDS. He takes her to the planetarium and explains that the stars are too far a way to touch but close enough to see. During a nighttime trip to the beach he reassures her that when he dies he will always be there for her in her memories. A special story of the enduring nature of love.

1995

5-9

p

40

Canon Books

Nye, Naomi Shihab

What have You Lost?

An anthology of exceptional insightful poetry that ponders the things we lose and find.

1999

12+

h

208

William Morrow

Pomerantz, Barbara

Bubby, Me and Memories

 

1983

 

 

 

UAHC Press.

Romain, Trevor

What On Earth Do You Do When Someone Dies?

A book that talks directly to kids about what death is and what it means.

1999

5–10

p

64

Free Spirit Publishing

Rosen, Michael

A Thanksgiving Wish

Thanksgiving is Bubbe’s special holiday, with food she begins cooking a month ahead of time. But for Amanda, the best part of the holiday is right before bedtime, when Bubbe lets her choose a wishbone for a Thanksgiving wish. When Bubbe passes away, Amanda wonders if Thanksgiving will ever be the same

1999

6-10

h

32

Scholastic, Inc

Sgouros, Charissa

A Pillow for My Mom

Unique in its simplicity but profound in its implications, this story allows readers to find their own level of meaning and provides reassurance to face what is beyond their control.

1998

4-6

h

32

Houghton Mifflin Company

Sofer, Batara

Shalom, Haver: Goodbye, Friend

A moving tribute to Yitzhak Rabin and a sensitive way to discuss loss.

1995

4-8

h

48

Kar-Ben Copies

Sonsino, Rifat and Syme, Daniel B.

What Happens After I Die? Jewish Views of Life After Death

Several different Jewish views to the question or whether there is life after death.

 

12+

p

148

UAHC Press.

Spero, Moshe Halevi

Saying Goodbye To Grandma. Saying Goodbye To Grandpa

Stories that help children explore the range of feelings that come up when a grandparent dies. Present a traditional view of Jewish death and bereavement rituals.

1997

5-10

h

64

Pitspopany Press

Stein, Sara Bonnett

About Dying; An Open Family Book for Parents and Children Together

A book that provides a shared experience for parents and children. Simple text to be read to children is accompanied by adult text for further explanations

1974

3-7

p

46

Walker and Company

Techner, David and Hirt-Manheimer, Judith.

A Candle for Grandpa: A Guide to the Jewish Funeral for Children and Parents

A thorough and sensitive explanation of the Jewish traditions surrounding death.

1993

5-10

h

32

 

Varley, Susan

Badger's Parting Gifts

When Badger dies his friends console themselves by remembering the gifts he gave them.

1984

5-8

p

32

Mulberry Books

Viorst, Judith

The Tenth Good Thing About Barney

When Barney the cat dies, a family tries to think of good things to say about him.

1971

6-10

p

32

Simon & Schuster

Wilhelm, Hans

I’ll Always Love You

A boy comes to terms with the death of his dog.

1988

4-8

p

32

Random House

Wood, Douglas

Grandad’s Prayers of the Earth

The author of' "Old Turtle" and the illustrator of "When Jessie Came Across the Sea" join together to create a very wise and touching book about prayer, loss and wisdom

1999

6+

h

32

Candlewick Press

Zalben, Jane Breskin

Pearl's Marigolds for Grandpa

Pearl learns about the traditions of Shiva when her grandfather dies.

1997

3-8

h

32

Simon & Schuster