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What To Do When Someone Dies

titles about death and dying

Young Adult
A Swift Pure Cry – Siobhan Dowd
Keturah and Lord Death – Martine Leavitt
After the Rain – Norma Fox Mazer
Strike Three! Take Your Base – Frosty Woolridge
A Begonia for Miss Applebaum – Paul Zindel

Juvenile Fiction
Remembering Grandma – Teresa Armas
On My Honor – Marion Dane Bauer
The Fall of Freddie the Leaf: A Story of Life for All Ages – Leo Buscaglia
Upside-Down Cake – Carol Carrick
I Had a Friend Named Peter: Talking to Children About the Death of a Friend – Janice Cohn
Getting Near to Baby – Audrey Couloumbis
Bindi Babes – Narinder Dhami
A Family Project – Sarah Ellis
Cousins – Virginia Hamilton
Losing Uncle Tim – MaryKate Jordan
Kira-Kira – Cynthia Kadohata
Snowdrops for Cousin Ruth – Susan Katz
The Canada Geese Quilt – Natalie Kinsey-Warnock
Lumber Camp Library – Natalie Kinsey-Warnock
A Summer to Die – Lois Lowry
So Much To Live For – Lurlene McDaniel
Bridge to Terabithia – Katherine Paterson
The Voyage of the Frog – Gary Paulsen
Undercurrents – Willo Davis Roberts
Missing May – Cynthia Rylant
To Catch a Mermaid – Suzanne Selfors
Rain Is Not My Indian Name – Cynthia Leitich Smith
A Taste of Blackberries – Doris Buchanan Smith
Chanda’s Secrets – Allan Stratton
Escaping Tornado Season: A Story in Poems – Julie Williams

Picture Books
Nadia the Willful – Sue Alexander
The Two of Them – Aliki
The Blue Roses – Linda Boyden
Rudi’s Pond – Eve Bunting
Granpa – John Burningham
Blow Me a Kiss, Miss Lilly – Nancy White Carlstrom
The Accident – Carol Carrick
You Hold Me and I’ll Hold You – Jo Carson
Bye, Mis’ Lela – Dorothy Carter
When Grandpa Came to Stay – Judith Caseley
Christmas Moon – Denys Cazet
Everett Anderson’s Goodbye – Lucille Clifton
Jim’s Dog Muffins – Miriam Cohen
Molly’s Rosebush – Janice Cohn
My Grandfather’s House – Bruce Coville
A Dog Like Jack – DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan
If Nathan Were Here – Mary Bahr Fritts
Angel Cat – Michael Garland
Remember the Butterflies – Anna Grossnickle Hines
Nana – Lyn Littlefield Hoopes
That Summer – Tony Johnston
Grandpa’s Soup – Eiko Kadono
Helen the Fish – Virginia L. Kroll
Gray Fox – Jonathan London
A Gift for Abuelita: Celebrating the Day of the Dead – Nancy Luenn
Flamingo Dream – Donna Jo Napoli
Jasper’s Day – Marjorie Blain Parker
Thank You, Grandpa – Lynn Plourde
Cat Heaven – Cynthia Rylant
Dog Heaven – Cynthia Rylant
Anna’s Corn – Barbara Santucci
The Tie-Man’s Miracle: A Chanukah Tale – Steven Schnur
After Charlotte’s Mom Died – Cornelia Spelman
Hachiko: The True Story of a Loyal Dog – Pamela S. Turner
Badger’s Parting Gifts – Susan Varley
Saying Goodbye to Daddy – Judith Vigna
The Tenth Good Thing About Barney – Judith Viorst
Goodbye, Mitch – Ruth Wallace-Brodeur
I’ll Always Love You – Hans Wilhelm
Grandad Bill’s Song – Jane Yolen
The Old Dog – Charlotte Zolotow

Death – Lydia Anderson
When I Die, Will I Get Better? – Joeri & Piet Breebaart
When Dinosaurs Die: A Guide to Understanding Death – Laurie Krasny Brown & Marc Brown
Saying Goodbye To ... A Brother or Sister – The Child Bereavement Trust
Saying Goodbye To ... A Friend – The Child Bereavement Trust
Saying Goodbye To ... A Grandparent – The Child Bereavement Trust
Saying Goodbye To ... Parent – The Child Bereavement Trust
Saying Goodbye To ... A Pet – The Child Bereavement Trust
Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes – Eleanor Coerr
Bodies from the Bog – James M. Deem
Guiding Your Child Through Grief – Mary Ann Emswiler & James P. Emswiler
The Kids’ Book About Death and Dying – Fayerweather Street School
After the Death of Anna Gonzales – Terri Fields
The Grieving Teen: A Guide for Teenagers and Their Friends – Helen Fitzgerald
Dealing With Death – Norma Gaffron
When a Friend Dies: A Book for Teens About Grieving & Healing – Marilyn E. Gootman
What Is Goodbye? – Nikki Grimes
Living When a Young Friend Commits Suicide, or Even Starts Talking About It – Earl A. Grollman & Max Malikow
Straight Talk About Death for Teenagers: How to Cope with Losing Someone You Love – Earl A. Grollman
Loose Threads – Lorie Ann Grover
Why Did Grandpa Die? A Book about Death – Barbara Shook Hazen
Coping With Death & Grief – Marge Eaton Heegaard
Meeting Death – Margaret O. Hyde & Lawrence E. Hyde
Can You Hear Me Smiling? A Child Grieves a Sister – Aariane R. Jackson
Morgan’s Baby Sister: A Read-Aloud Book for Families Who Have Experienced the Death of a Newborn – Patricia Polin Johnson & Donna Reilly Williams
Let’s Talk About When Your Pet Dies – Marianne Johnston
Once Upon a Tomb: Gravely Humorous Verses – J. Patrick Lewis
Lifetimes: A Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children – Bryan Mellonie & Robert Ingpen
Losing Someone You Love: When a Brother or Sister Dies – Elizabeth Richter
When a Pet Dies – Fred Rogers
Death & Dying – Bruce Sanders
When People Die – Pete Sanders
Bury the Dead: Tombs, Corpses, Mummies, Skeletons & Rituals – Christopher Sloan
The Death Book – Pernilla Stalfelt
I Found a Dead Bird: The Kids’ Guide to the Cycle of Life & Death – Jan Thornhill
Grief Girl: My True Story – Erin Vincent

titles last updated August 28, 2008

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