The Fall of Freddie the Leaf by Leo Buscaglia, Ph.D. (1982) For a long time this was the only book from a mainstream publisher there was to read with younger children about death. Though somewhat removed from the topic, it could present a way to open the discussion on the cycle of life and hope after loss.
Grandmother, Have the Angels Come? By Denise Vega (2009) A grandmother and her granddaughter share a dialogue about aging in which the woman answers the child’s questions with reassurances about the physical changes that come with time. [NHCPL]
Lifetimes: The Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children by Bryan Mellonie and Robert Ingpen (1983) This simple book begins: “This is a beginning and an ending for everything that is alive. In between is living.” [NHCPL]
Love You Forever by Robert Munsch (1986) Traces the cycles of life and through generations in a simple picture story aimed at children ages 5-10. [NHCPL]
*** Mountains of Tibet by Mordicai Gerstein (1987) After dying, a Tibetan woodcutter is given the choice of going to heaven or to live another life anywhere in the universe. [NHCPL]
The Next Place by Warren Hanson (1999) A luminous journey through hope and love and life. Wonderful for reading aloud to children who are asking questions about death and what lies beyond. [NHCPL]
*** Tear Soup: A Recipe for Healing After Loss by Pat Schwiebert and Chuck DeKlyen, illus. by Taylor Bills (2004) A modern-day fable told in a richly illustrated children’s book format about a woman who has suffered a terrible loss. Gorgeous illustrations and a story that will appeal to all ages. [NHCPL]
Water Bugs and Dragonflies Doris Stickney, illus. by Gloria Ortiz Hernandez (1997) This little picture book tells an allegorical tale of life and rebirth that may help children ages 8-12 better understand an important person in their life’s passing.
*** Books I personally think are exceptional either in content or readability or both. Worth buying.
This bibliography was prepared by Rebecca Taylor, Funeral Consumers Alliance – Costal Carolina. Notation of “NHCPL” means the New Hanover County Public Library.
Please check your local public library, or request titles by Interlibrary Loan. Virtually all titles are also available from online bookstores, like amazon.com, often in “used” and other inexpensive editions.,
Questions or for more copies contact:
Rebecca Taylor, President
Funeral Consumers Alliance Coastal Carolina
P.O. Box 4262
Wilmington, NC 28406Email: BecTreks@aol.com