Death and Grief Books for Kids and Teens

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If Nathan Were Here
Mary Bahr

COPING DEATH E BAHR

A young boy grieves the loss of his best friend and thinks about how things would be if he were still alive.


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The Berenstain Bears Lose a Friend
Jan Berenstain,Mike Berenstain

COPING DEATH E BERENSTAIN

Sister Bear loves taking care of her pet goldfish, Goldie. But when Papa and Mama find Goldie floating belly-up in her tank, they worry about how Sister will feel.


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Her Mother's Face
Roddy Doyle

COPING DEATH E DOYLE

Siobhán and her father continue to feel sad in the years following the death of Siobhán’s mother, until Siobhán follows the advice of a mysterious woman.


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What is Heaven Like?
Beverly Lewis

COPING DEATH E LEWIS

Wondering about heaven after the death of his grandfather, a boy questions his sister, a teacher, his parents, and other people, whose diverse answers help him begin to understand life after death and how to ensure that he will see his grandfather again one day.


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The Scar
Charlotte Moundlic

COPING DEATH E MOUNDLIC

When his mother dies, a little boy is angry but does everything he can to hold onto the memory of her scent, her voice, and the special things she did for him, even as he helps his father and grandmother cope.


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Where Are You? A Child's Book About Loss
Laura Olivieri

COPING DEATH E OLIVIERI

Designed to help children cope with the loss of a loved one and find comfort during this stressful and difficult time.


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Wishes for One More Day
Melanie Joy Pastor

COPING DEATH E PASTOR

An intergenerational story meant for children to cope with death, grief and loss, and to draw strength from their happy memories shared with the loved one.


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Where Do People Go When They Die? (General Jewish Interest)
Mindy Avra Portnoy

COPING DEATH E PORTNOY

Children ask different adults and themselves about death and receive a wide variety of answers.


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Are You Sad, Little Bear?: A Book About Learning to Say Goodbye
Rachel Rivett

COPING DEATH E RIVETT

Little Bear is sad that Grandmother Bear has walked away forever, as old bears do.


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Love, Amalia
Alma Flor Ada,Gabriel M. Zubizarreta

J ADA

Sixth-grader Amalia learns many important life-lessons while spending Friday afternoons with her beloved grandmother, and the teaching goes on even after Abuelita’s sudden death as Amalia finds a way to connect with relatives and a friend who has moved away.


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Hummingbird
Kimberly Greene Angle

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In spite of a busy life on the family farm in Jubilee, Georgia, twelve-year-old March Anne Tanner feels that something is missing, and when Grenna, the grandmother who has helped raise her since her mother died when she was three, also passes on, March Anne finds that she must act on her feelings of loss.


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Umbrella Summer
Lisa Graff

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After her brother Jared dies, ten-year-old Annie worries about the hidden dangers of everything, from bug bites to bicycle riding, until she is befriended by a new neighbor who is grieving her own loss.


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Finn's Going
Tom Kelly

J KELLY

A ten-year-old English boy decides to run away after the sadness at home becomes unbearable following the death of his twin brother.


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Summer of the Gypsy Moths
Sara Pennypacker

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A foster child named Angel and twelve-year-old Stella, who are living with Stella’s great-aunt Louise at the Linger Longer Cottage Colony on Cape Cod, secretly assume responsibility for the vacation rentals when Louise unexpectedly dies and the girls are afraid of being returned to the foster care system.


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Our Dad Died: The True Story of Three Kids Whose Lives Changed
Amy Dennison,Allie Dennison,David Dennison

LIFE GRIEF JNF DEN

Three children, ages eight (twins) and four, describe how their lives changed when their father died suddenly two years earlier and offer practical advice for overcoming loss and moving on with life.


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Sad Isn't Bad: A Good-Grief Guidebook for Kids Dealing with Loss (Elf-Help Books for Kids)
Michaelene Mundy

LIFE GRIEF JNF MUN

Loaded with positive, life-affirming advice, 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.


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When People Die
Pete Sanders,Steve Myers

LIFE GRIEF JNF SAN

Discusses the emotions involved in losing a loved one.


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I Miss You: A First Look at Death
Pat Thomas

LIFE GRIEF JNF THO

This reassuring picture book explains why people die and what death means, the purpose of funerals, and how people react when loved ones die.


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