Howard B. Wigglebottom Listens to A Friend A Fable About Loss and HealingHoward Binkow and Reverend Ana, along with David Cutting
This organization provides books on over 20 subjects children deal with in daily life, and each book includes an animated version right on the website. The children can watch on their own or with the siblings and parents—even in school. griefHaven LOVES this site and wholeheartedly recommends it to any parent and those working with children. Visit the site to learn about the various subjects covered, including death of a loved one, bullying, parents fighting, trust, and so forth.
The Birthday Of An AngelZoey Leslie Hess
For Children – Written by a child after the death of her Papa, this book is simple and beautifully illustrated, explaining how Papa lives on in the wisdom he taught.
Breaking the SilenceLinda Goldman, 1996, Taylor & Francis
Provides a clear, concise and informative guide to helping children with complicated grief issues and provides strategies and referral resources for child grief issues. The text is understandable and user-friendly for parents and laypersons, as well as experienced clinicians.
Coping With the Death of a Brother or SisterRuth Ann Ruiz
The author describes the grief for siblings and comments on the impact of cause of death on the grief process.
Bereaved Children and Teens: A Support Guide for Parents and ProfessionalsEarl A. Grollman
For children ages 3-18 (appropriate for older teens)
Brave BartCaroline Sheppard
For children ages 3-14. A cat experiences both a post-traumatic stress reaction and grief following a bad, scary thing.
Children Also Grieve: Talking about Death and HealingLinda Goldman
For children ages 5-10. A Story about a dog in a family whose grandfather died.
Children Are Not Paper DollsErin Linn Levy
This is a book of drawings and quotations from young bereaved siblings. They talk about their personal experiences of loss, hearing the news, what the funeral was like, how they reacted, how their families changed, their feelings of guilt and sorrow, and what helped them to heal. A good resource for bereaved siblings of all ages.
Day of the DeadTony Johnston and Jeanette Winter
For children ages 3-10. A village in Mexico prepares and celebrates this holiday, which honors the memories of their loved ones.
Fall of Freddie the LeafLeo Buscaglia
For children of all ages. Poetic look at the life cycle and its meaning.
Grief Girl: My True StoryErin Vincent
For children ages 12-adult. A memoir of a woman who was orphaned suddenly at age 14.
Guiding Your Child Through GriefMary Ann Emswiler, M.A., M.P.S. & James P. Emswiler, M.A., M.Ed., 2000,
Bantam Backed by the latest research in child psychology and filled with case histories, this title answers questions that parents and caregivers need to ask, such as: Is it normal for a child to act as if nothing has happened? Is an infant too little to understand the loss of a parent? Do children blame themselves for the death of a family member? Should I worry about a child committing suicide after a death in the family?
Healing Your Grieving Heart For Teens: 100 Practical IdeasAlan D. Wolfelt
For children ages 12-18.
Healing a Child’s Grieving Heart: 100 Practical Ideas for Families, Friends, and CaregiversAlan Wolfelt, Ph.D., 2000, Companion Press
Helpful to adults to understand grief and mourning in children.
His Bright Light: The Story of Nick TrainaDanielle Steel, 1998, Delacote Press
At once a loving legacy and an unsparing depiction of a devastating illness, Danielle Steel’s tribute to her lost son is a gift of hope, healing, and understanding to us all.
The Invisible StringPatrice Karst
Specifically written to address children's fear of being apart from the ones they love, The Invisible String delivers a particularly compelling message in today's uncertain times that though we may be separated from the ones we care for, whether through anger, distance or even death, love is the unending connection that binds us all, and, by extension, ultimately binds every person on the planet to everyone else. Parents and children everywhere who are looking for reassurance and reaffirmation of the transcendent power of love—the love that binds, connects, and comforts us through those inevitable times when life challenges us will love this book! Even adults love it!
Life and Loss: A Guide to Help Grieving ChildrenLinda Goldman, 1994, Taylor & Francis
An information guide for helping children deal with general grief issues, as well as hands-on techniques for grief resolution. Useful for parents as well as clinical sessions by mental health professionals.
Lifetimes: a Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children
For children ages 3-7. Gentle explanations of the life cycle.
My Grief Journal: for Grieving Teens
For children ages 11-18. Offers the opportunity to draw or write about memories and feelings after death.
My Memory Book: For Grieving Children
For children ages 3-10. Offers the opportunity to draw or write about memories and feelings after death.
The Saddest TimeNorma Simon
For children ages 6-12. Explains death using three examples, death of a young uncle with terminal illness, of a classmate killed in an accident, and of a grandparent.
The Story Of…Kate Polley
This wonderful book is actually personalized with the child’s name who died on the front and tells the story of where the child went and what death is. Also offered is a version for one who loses a twin and with a child who has dark skin. Check our website for more details or visit www.thestoryof-books.com
A Taste of BlackberriesDoric Buchanan Smith
For children ages 8-14. A fictional look at how a pre-adolescent boy comes to terms with the death of a friend.
The Tenth Good Thing About BarneyBy Judith Viorst
For children ages 3-8. Death, Grief, and the afterlife as experiences by a young boy following the death of his dear cat.
Timothy DuckBy Lynn Bennett Blackburn
For children ages 3-8. Duck learns about death, dying, grieving, and healing when his friend dies.
When Someone DiesSharon Greenlee
For children ages 4-10. Grief reactions after the death of someone close.
When Someone Very Special DiesMarge Heegaard
For children ages 5-10. Workbook format dealing with lifecycle, grief reactions, memories and coping strategies.
When a Friend DiesMarilyn Gootman
For children ages 12-18. Book for teens about grieving and healing.
When Dinosaurs DieLaurie Krasny Brown & Marc Brown
For children ages 6-12
Why Do People Die?Cynthia MacGregor
For children ages 6-12. General treatment of the subject of death, funerals, the after-life and grief, written and illustrated in an engaging style.
I Wish I Could Hold Your HandDr. Pat Paimer
For children ages 3-6. Explanations of grief and hot to cope with loss using the death of a beloved dog.
I Wish I Had a Book to Read: Helping a Child’s Heart Heal When Someone Special Has DiedRandi Pearlman Wolfson
For children ages 7-13. Grieving children will see themselves in this sensitively written book which offers a unique way to write and draw about their feelings and memories following the death of someone close.
ZeydehMoshe Halevi Spero
For children ages 6- 12. A story guide to help Jewish children cope with loss and bereavement.