Books for Children and Adults to Read Together
Book Title Why do things die? (Lift the Flap First Questions & Answers)
Information about the book A beautiful and gentle look at the circle of life, using Christine Pym's gorgeous animals characters to explore the emotions and facts around death, with questions such as Is it ok to talk about dying? What happens when someone dies?
Author Katie Daynes
Age range 3-10
Book Title Badger's Parting Gifts: 35th Anniversary Edition of a picture book to help children deal with death
Information about the book Badger is so old that he knows he must soon die, so he does his best to prepare his friends. When he finally passes away, they are grief-stricken, but one by one they remember the special things he taught them during his life. By sharing their memories, they realise that although Badger is no longer with them physically, he lives on through his friends.
Author Susan Varely
Age range 4-7
Book Title In My Heart: A Book of Feelings (Growing Hearts)
Information about the book In My Heart explores emotions--happiness, sadness, bravery, anger, shyness and more. Unlike other feelings books that tend to oversimplify, In My Heart lyrically explains what an emotion feels like, physically, inside. For example: "When I get really angry, my heart feels like it's going to explode! Don't come near me!
Author Jo Witek
Age range 3-5
Book Title The Invisible String
Information about the book Parents, educators, therapists, and social workers alike have declared The Invisible String the perfect tool for coping with all kinds of separation anxiety, loss, and grief. In this relatable and reassuring contemporary classic, a mother tells her two children that they're all connected by an invisible string. "That's impossible!" the children insist, but still they want to know more: "What kind of string?" The answer is the simple truth that binds us all: An Invisible String made of love. Even though you can't see it with your eyes, you can feel it deep in your heart, and know that you are always connected to the ones you love.
Author Patrice Karst
Age range 3-6
Book Title Tell Me About Heaven, Grandpa Rabbit!: A book to help children come to terms with losing someone special
Information about the book This gentle and uplifting story is designed to help young children come to terms with losing someone special.
The book follows the story of Bradley Bunny and his grandfather, Grandpa Rabbit.
Author Jenny Album
Age range 3-7
Book Title The Day the Sea Went Out and Never Came Back: A Story for Children Who Have Lost Someone They Love: 2 (Helping Children with Feelings)
Information about the book This is a story for children who have lost someone they love. Eric is a sand dragon who loves the sea very much. Each day, he watches it going out and coming back. His sea is beautiful indeed to him. But one day, the sea goes out and does not come back. Eric waits and waits, but it does not come back. So he falls on the sand in terrible pain. It feels to him as if he has lost everything.
Author Margot Sunderland
Age range 5-9
Book Title Are You Sad, Little Bear? A Book About Learning To Say Goodbye
Information about the book Grandmother Bear has gone for ever, and Little Bear is feeling sad. His mother wisely suggests that perhaps asking his woodland companions what saying goodbye means to them will help him understand his loss. Little Bear's day of exploring and asking questions brings him comfort and hope. For the swallows, saying goodbye means flying to warmer lands; for the leaves of the trees it is a chance to be free, leaving the tree at her most beautiful; for the moon it is to return to be with the Sun; and for the Sun it is to rise in another sky and just because Little Bear can't see him doesn't mean he isn't there.
Author Rachel Rivett
Age range 3-6
Book Title When Dinosaurs Die: A Guide to Understanding Death primary
Information about the book No one can really understand death but to children, the passing away of a loved one can be especially perplexing and troublesome. This is true whether the loss is a classmate, friend, family member or pet. Here to offer advice and reassurance from some very wise dinosaurs.
Author Laurie Krasny Brown
Age range 4-8
Book Title I Miss You: Grief and Mental Health Books for Kids (A First Look at....Series)
Information about the book When a close friend or family member dies, it can be sad for kids and difficult for them to express the big feelings they are experiencing. This book will help explain in a gentle way that death is a natural complement to life and that grief and a sense of loss are normal feelings to have following the death of a loved one.
Author Pat Thomas
Age range 3-7
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