Suggested List of Books on Grief
A Terrible Thing Happened:
a story for children who have witnessed violence or trauma (such as abuse, school or gang violence, accidents, homicide, suicide,
and natural disasters such as floods or fire). By Margaret Holmes ( ages 4-8).
· Nana Upstairs and Nana Downstairs by Tomie De Paola A quiet story of the wonderful
times that Tommy shares with his great-grandmother and grandmother. Each dies but lives on in memories
· Last Week My Brother Anthony
Died A young girl talks about missing her brother, who died when
he was a month old. Especially for families who experience loss of an infant.
· Life and Death in the Third Grade by Maureen Burns and Cara Burns. A third grader’s abrupt
thrust into the world of death through the sudden accident of a close friend.
· The Accident by Carol Carrick An honest look at a young boy’s feelings
of anger, guilt, and depression after his dog is killed.
· Lifetimes: by Byron Mellonie and Robert Ingpen Plants, animals and people all have a lifetime,
so dying is as much a part of living as being born.
· A Taste of Blackberries by Doris Smith A boy struggles with his own grief when his best friend dies
as a result of an allergic reaction to a bee sting.
a Suicide: a workbook for grieving kids by The Dougy Center
Me Say Goodbye activities for helping kids
cope when a special person dies by Janis Silverman
· I Had a Friend Named Peter: talking to children about the death of a friend by Janice Cohn. A loving book which helps children
through the pain of losing a friend to death.
After the Funeral offers some real help to parents,
teachers and other caring adults in dealing with children’s grief. Great to read prior to a loss. By Jane Loretta Winsch
(reference to God and heaven)
Isn’t Bad: a good-grief guidebook for kids dealing with
loss by Michaelene Mundy for children of all ages
Tear Soup A recipe for healing after loss. A
book for all ages. by Pat Schwiebert and Chuck DeKlyen
· The Berenstain Bears Lose a Friend (Sister bear deals with the loss of her beloved goldfish) by
Stan and Jan Berenstain
a Pet Dies by Fred Rogers
· The Tenth Good Thing About Barney
a small boy’s cat dies and they have
a funeral for him. by Judith Viorst
It’s Not Your Fault Koko Bear: a
read along book for parents and young children during a divorce
· I Don’t Want to Talk About It. A story about divorce for young children 4-8. Shows how children
don’t want to “talk” about it but express their feelings through their behavior. by Jeanie
Talk About It: Divorce by Fred Rogers
Talk About it: Adoption by Fred Rogers
· Let’s Talk About it: Stepfamilies
by Fred Rogers
· Somebody Loves You Mr. Hatch:
a beautiful story showing the impact of love by
Family Has Cancer Too by Christine Clifford An opportunity for
children and parents to share feelings about cancer.
Our Mom Has Cancer by Abigail and Adrienne Ackerman
A wonderful picture book about a parent with cancer. Written by two sisters, it conveys what kids want to know. Excellent
for elementary and younger children.
Daddy’s Promise: story of a little boy’s
journey of discovery after the death of his father. He is angry and full of questions. His mother and a series of dreams where
he visits his father and learns about life, death and life after death answer these questions. By Cindy
Klein Cohen and John Heine
Dinosaurs Die: a guide to understanding death by
Laurie and Marc Brown. This book addresses children’s fears and curiosity head on. A primary grades standard on death.
An excellent resource for children and their families. A good book to read before an urgent need presents itself.
Secret Bully : the truth about bullying in friendships by Trudy
New Books that Lisa just discovered:
Have You Filled a Bucket Today? A Guide to
Daily Happiness for Kids by Carol McCloud (winner of 8 awards)
This sweet book encourages positive behavior as children see how easy and rewarding
it is to express kindness, appreciation and love on a daily basis.
are a Pain in the Brain written and illustrated by Trevor Romain (1997) Juvenile/non fiction/bullying
If you are sick of being picked on, pushed around,
threatened or teased, this book is for you. Trevor teaches great strategies for youngsters to "bully proof" themselves.
Free Spirit Publishing
What to Do When You 're Scared and Worried: a guide
for kids by James Christ, Ph.D 2004 This book explains many common worries that kids have and teaches
where they come from, how the body and mind work together, fear chasers and worry erasers, phobia information, panic attacks
and more. There are web sites, book and other helpful resources too.
How to be a Friend: A Guide to Making Friends and Keeping Them by
Laurie Krasny Brown and Marc Brown (1998)
My Family's Changing: A First Look at Family Break-up by Pat Thomas Explains divorce in simple
terms and addresses children's worries, fears and questions.
The Saddest Time by Norma Simon:
When someone dies it is sad. The person is no longer able to talk to us and play with us. 3 anecdotes deal with the deaths
of a young uncle with a terminal illness, a classmate killed in an accident and the death of a grandparent.
Big Ernie's New Home: A Story for Children
Who are Moving by Teresa and Whitney Martin (ages 2-6)
Talks about normal grief reactions in a child who is moving to a new place and leaving his old
to the Hospital: by Fred Rogers Great resource for young children who are having their first hospital
experience. Filled with warmth and reassurance.