Picture Books and Books to Read Aloud with Children

Beyond the RidgeBeyond the Ridge by Paul Goble (1993) At her death an elderly Plains Indian woman experiences the afterlife, believed in by her people, while the surviving family members prepare her body according to their customs. [NHCPL]

 Charlotte’s Web

*** Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White (1952) E. B. White’s Newbery Honor Book, a tender novel of friendship, love, life, and death, may be the first encounter with death for many American school children. [NHCPL]

 Emma Says Goodbye

Emma Says Goodbye by Carolyn Nystrom, illus. by Annabel Large (1994) Here the author helps reassure children undergoing the stress that a death in the family causes.

Everything Changes, but Love Endures Explaining Hospice to Children

*** Everything Changes, but Love Endures: Explaining Hospice to Children by Karen Carney and William Pilkington (1995) The hospice philosophy of care and its team members are introduced. Virginia, the main character, explains that she hopes that she doesn’t die, but if she does, the hospice team will be there to support her family.

I Miss You A First Look at Death

I Miss You: A First Look at Death by Pat Thomas, illlus. by Lesley Harker (2001) Aimed at very young children, ages 4 to 8, this book is straightforward, simple and reassuring without resorting to vague allegories. Definitely a first choice for people ready to address young children’s questions and concerns.

What Do You Know about Death and Dying

What Do You Know about Death and Dying by Pete Sanders (1998) Explores the feelings and issues that may arise after the death of a loved one and the importance of confronting such issues. [NHCPL]

When Dinosaurs Die

When Dinosaurs Die by Laurie Krasny Brown and Marc Brown (1996) A thoughtful and helpful picture book aimed at children ages 5-10, it will help explain what death is and what customs we use to honor a life. Read it with a child and help them with their questions. [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