Children Also Grieve: Talking About Death and Healing by Linda Goldman (2006) The death of a grandfather is told from the family pet’s point of view. Particularly focuses on sharing emotions through talking and suggests a number of activities to “break the ice.” A picture book for children ages 8-12. [NHCPL]
Don’t Despair on Thursdays! The Children’s Grief-Management Book by Adolph Moser, Ed. D., illus. by David Melton (1996) Examines in simple text how to deal with feelings of grief when people or pets die or when friends move away. [NHCPL]
*** Michael Rosen’s Sad Book by Michael Rosen, illus. by Quentin Blake (2005) With unmitigated honesty, a touch of humor, and sensitive illustrations by Quentin Blake, Michael Rosen explores the experience of sadness in a way that resonates with us all. [NHCPL]
Sad Isn’t Bad: A Good-Grief Guidebook for Kids Dealing with Loss by Michaelene Mundy (1998) Loaded with positive, life-affirming advice for coping with loss as a child, this guide tells children what they need to know after a loss — that the world is still safe; life is good; and hurting hearts do mend. [NHCPL]
The Secret Places by Dr. James Campbell (1992) The story of Ryan and his journey through grief allows children and adults to gain an in-depth understanding of childhood grief.
Sometimes Bad Things Happen by Ellen B. Jackson, photos by Shelley Rotner (2002) Mentions some of the bad things that happen in the world and presents some positive ways to respond to them. [NHCPL]
A Terrible Thing Happened by Margaret M. Holmes, illus. by Cary Pillo (2000) After Sherman sees something terrible happen, he becomes anxious and then angry, but when a counselor helps him talk about these emotions he feels better. [NHCPL]
*** Timothy Duck by Lynn Blackburn (1987) Timothy Duck talks about all the feelings he has after his favorite boy gets ill and dies. He discovers the importance of saying goodbye. He also discovers that even though he will miss his friend and remember him, life at the pond goes on.
Together, We’ll Get Through This: Learning to Cope with Transition and Loss by Karen Carney (1997) This book recognizes and validates all kinds of losses that children may have including divorce, moving to a different neighborhood, and illness or death of pets and other loved ones.
Always and Forever by Alan Durant, illus. by Debi Gliori (2003) When Fox dies, Mole, Hare, and Otter are devastated. Then one day, Squirrel come to visit and reminds them of the funny things Fox used to do. As the friends share dinner and tell stories, they realize at last that in their hearts and memories, Fox is still with them. [NHCPL]
Chester Raccoon and the Acorn Full of Memories by Audrey Penn, Illus. by Barbara L. Gibson (2009) Chester and his friends celebrate the life of a friend who will not be returning to play. [NHCPL]
In the Piney Woods by Roni Schotter, illus. by Kimberly Bulcken Root (2003) Grandpa and his granddaughter spend his last summer visiting and enjoying the pine woods near their house. [NHCPL]
Lighthouse: A Story of Remembrance by Robert N. Munsch, illus. by Janet Wilson (2003) Thispoignant story is about a little girl and how she begins to heal after the loss of her grandfather. [NHCPL]
Thank you, Grandpa by Lynn Plourde (2003) On her many walks with her grandfather, a young girl learns to appreciate life and deal with death. [NHCPL]
*** 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