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  Books & Reading  |  Booklists  |  Books About Death

Books About Death

Booklists
Books About Death
Books that may help a child understand the death of a pet or relative.
 
Farolitos for Abuelo When Luz's beloved grandfather dies, she places luminaria around his grave on Christmas Eve as a way of remembering him.
Anaya, Rudolfo A.
E  ANA

When Dinosaurs Die:
A Guide to Understanding
Death
Explains in simple language the feelings people may have regarding death of a loved one and the ways to honor the memory of someone who has died.
Brown, Laurene Krasny
E  BRO

Fox Song After the death of her Indian great-grandmother, Jamie remembers the many special things the old woman shared with her about the natural world.
Bruchac, Joseph
E  BRU

I Had a Friend Named Peter:
Talking to Children About
the Death of a Friend
When Betsy learns about the death of a friend, her parents and kindergarten teacher answer questions about dying, funerals and the burial process.
Cohn, Janice
J  Fic  COH

La Abuelita de Arriba y
La Abuelita de Abajo
A small boy enjoys his relationship with his grandmother and his great-grandmother, but he learns to face their inevitable death.
De Paola, Tomie
S  E  DEP

A Dog Like Jack After a long life of chasing squirrels, licking ice cream cones, and loving his adoptive family, an old dog come to the end of his days.
DiSalvo, DyAnne
E  DIS

The Grieving Child:
A Parent's Guide
Provides guidance in such areas as visiting the seriously ill or dying, difficult situations
such as suicide or murder and going to a funeral.
Fitzgerald, Helen
155.937  F4764g

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

The Bug Cemetery Neighborhood children imaginatively stage funerals for dead bugs, but they experience real sadness following the death of a pet.
Hill, Frances
J  155.937  KID

Ghost Wings 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.
Joosse, Barbara M.
E  JOO

The Goodbye Boat Presents the phenomena of grief and loss and the concept that death is not the end.
Joslin, Mary
E  JOS

Fireflies, Peach Pies, & Lullabies When Francie's Great-Granny Annabel dies of Alzheimer's disease, Francie finds a way to help people remember the real person rather than the shell she had become as the disease ran its course.
Kroll, Virginia L.
E  KRO

A Gift for Abuelita:
Celebrating the Day of
the Dead
After her beloved grandmother dies, Rosita hopes to be reunited with Anuelita as she prepares a gift to give her when her family celebrates the Day of the Dead.  (Bilingual)
Luenn, Nancy
J  Fic  LUE

Dinah Forever As she tries to cope with her thoughts about death by writing poems and talking with her elderly friend, Mrs. Briscoe, Dinah Seabrook wonders about the importance of the seventh-grade elections, the school play, and even her relationship with Nick Tribble.
Mills, Claudia
J  Fic MIL

Gentle Willow:  A Story for
Children About Dying
Amanda is upset that she is going to lose her friend Gentle Willow but the Tree Wizards help her understand that her memories are gifts from her friend and that there are special ways of saying goodbye.
Mills, Joyce C.
E  MIL

Abuelita's Paradise Although her grandmother has died, Marita sits in Abuelita's rocking chair and remembers the stories Abuelita told of life in Puerto Rico.
Nodar, Carmen Santiago
E  NOD

Jasper's Day Jasper the dog is dying from cancer and Riley's family must take him to the veterinarian to have him put to sleep. Before they go they take a day to celebrate his life.
Parker, Marjorie Blain
E  PAR

A Story for Hippo:
A Book About Loss
Hippo and Monkey are best, best, best friends and when the old Hippo dies, Monkey is very sad until Chameleon helps him remember the stories he and Hippo shared.
Puttock, Simon
E  PUT

The Kid's Book About Death
and Dying
By and For Kids
Written in a loose conversational style with children, a wide range of topics are covered such as the death of a pet and euthanasia. 
Edited by Eric E. Rofus
J  155.937  KID

Are You Sad Too?
Helping Children Deal
With Loss and Death
Well suited for educating children about death through suggested activities and the use of children's literature.
Seibert, Dinah
155.937  SEI

¿Mamá qué es el Cielo? After her great-grandmother's death, a young girl learns about heaven by asking her mother all kinds of questions.
Shriver, Maria
S  E  SHI

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

Bear's Last Journey When bear becomes ill and dies, the animals gather to close up his home and decorate it with flowers.
Weigelt, Udo
E  WEI

Nana Vieja Because Old Pig knows that her time to die is near, she puts her affairs in order and takes a slow walk with Granddaughter to savor the beauty for one last time.
Wild, Margaret
S  E  WIL

Old Pig Because Old Pig knows that her time to die is near, she puts her affairs in order and takes a slow walk with Granddaughter to savor the beauty for one last time.
Wild, Margaret
E  WIL

I'll Always Love You A child's sadness at the death of a beloved dog is tempered by the remembrance of saying every night, "I'll always love you."
Wilhelm, Hans
E  WIL

Yo siempre te querré A child's sadness at the death of a beloved dog is tempered by the remembrance of saying every night, "I'll always love you."
Wilhelm, Hans
S  E  WIL