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When Dinosaurs Die: A Guide to Understanding Death

Marc Brown · Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition

The authors explain in simple language the feelings people may have regarding the death of a loved one and the ways to honor the memory of someone who has died.
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The Saddest Time (A Concept Book)

Norma Simon · Albert Whitman & Company
Pages: 40
Format: Hardcover

Explains death as the inevitable end of life and provides three situations in which children experience powerful emotions when someone close has died.
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Ida, Always

Caron Levis · Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Pages: 40
Format: Print book

A beautiful, honest portrait of loss and deep friendship told through the story of two iconic polar bears.Gus lives in a big park in the middle of an even bigger city, and he spends his days with Ida. Ida is right there. Always. Then one sad day, Gus learns that Ida is very sick, and she isn't...
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I Have a Question about Death: A Book for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder or Other Special Needs

Arlen Grad Gaines · Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Pages: 39
Format: Hardcover

Death is a difficult topic for any parent or educator to explain to a child, perhaps even more so when the child has an Autism Spectrum Disorder or other Special Needs. This book is designed specifically to help children with these additional needs to understand what happens when someone...
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The Purple Balloon

Chris Raschka · Schwartz & Wade
Pages: 32
Format: Hardcover

When a child becomes aware of his pending death (children tend to know long before the rest of us even want to consider it), and is given the opportunity to draw his feelings, he will often draw a blue or purple balloon, released and unencumbered, on its way upward. Health-care professionals...
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What's Heaven?

Maria Shriver · Golden Books
Pages: 32
Format: Print book

What's Heaven is the story of Kate, a little girl whose great-grandma has just died. She seeks answers, and her mother helps her learn about Heaven. The many questions in this book--childlike and thought-provoking--are real, coming from Maria Shriver's own children, nieces and nephews...
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I Remember Miss Perry

Pat Brisson · Dial Books for Young Readers
Pages: 32
Format: Book

It's his first day at a new school, and Stevie is scared.Who will he talk to at lunchtime? But his teacher says, "It is my fondest wish that you join me for lunch today, Stevie."And with that, a bad day becomes a good one. Miss Perry always has a new fondest wish - something new to read,...
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Luna's Red Hat: An Illustrated Storybook to Help Children Cope With Loss and Suicide

Emmi Smid · Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Pages: 34
Format: Print book

It is a beautiful spring day, and Luna is having a picnic in the park with her family, wearing her Mum's red hat. Luna's Mum died one year ago and she still finds it difficult to understand why. She feels that it may have been her fault and worries that her Dad might leave her in the same...
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Cry, Heart, But Never Break

Glen Ringtved · Enchanted Lion Books
Pages: 32
Format: Print book

Aware their grandmother is gravely ill, four siblings make a pact to keep death from taking her away. But Death does arrive all the same, as it must. He comes gently, naturally. And he comes with enough time to share a story with the children that helps them to realize the value of loss...
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One More Wednesday

Malika Doray · Greenwillow Books
Pages: 48
Format: Print book

On Wednesdays when I was little, Granny and I baked cakes and cookies....And that was only one of the things that made Wednesdays -- and Granny -- special.Malika Doray has written and illustrated a unique tale of love, loss, and understanding that will help and comfort anyone who has lost...
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Moonshadow's Journey

Gillian Lobel · Albert Whitman & Company
Format: Book

For the very first time, young Moonshadow is flying south. Grandfather is leading the swans as they travel to a warm place for the winter. But when a terrible storm strikes, not all the swans make it through. Though his heart is heavy, Moonshadow finds the strength to continue the journey....
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Following Grandfather

Rosemary Wells · Candlewick
Pages: 57
Format: Print book

Invisible to humans exists a parallel world of mice, where young Jenny misses her cherished grandfather so much that she begins to see him everywhere.Jenny is as close to her grandfather as a small mouse can be. Grandfather shows Jenny how to button her buttons and how to write her name....
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Anna's Heaven

Stian Hole · Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
Format: Hardcover

It is a day when everything aches and nails are raining from the sky. Anna's mother has died. Anna and her father are making their way to the funeral. But along the way they talk -- capturing memories, asking hard questions, picturing what heaven might be like. Anna's imagination...
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The Scar

Charlotte Moundlic · Candlewick
Format: Hardcover

A little boy responds to his mother's death in a genuine, deeply moving story leavened by glimmers of humor and captivating illustrations.When the boy in this story wakes to find that his mother has died, he is overwhelmed with sadness, anger, and fear that he will forget her. He shuts...
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The Memory String

Eve Bunting · Clarion Books
Pages: 32
Format: Hardcover

Each button on Laura's memory string represents a piece of her family history. The buttons Laura cherishes the most belonged to her mother - a button from her prom dress, a white one off her wedding dress, and a single small button from the nightgown she was wearing on the day she died....
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Samantha Jane's Missing Smile: A Story About Coping With the Loss of a Parent

Donna Pincus · Magination Pr; 1 edition
Pages: 25
Format: Hardcover

The story of a young girl whose father has recently died, which deals with the full range of emotions, questions, and worries that children have when a parent has died. Offers ways to remember and honor the lost parent, encourages the open sharing of feelings, and helps children understand...
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Always by My Side

Susan Kerner · Star Bright Books
Pages: 32
Format: Hardcover

Always By My Side is a comforting, rhyming story written to help children understand that a father's love is forever, even if they grow up without his presence in their lives. This beautifully illustrated book conveys the heart-warming message to children that even though a father is not in their...
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Molly's Rosebush

D.S.W. Cohn Janice · Albert Whitman & Company
Format: Hardcover

When the new baby they've been expecting isn't strong enough to be born, Molly and her family find different ways to express their feelings and comfort each other.
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Goodbye, Brecken: A Story About the Death of a Pet

David Lupton · Magination Pr; 1 edition
Format: Hardcover

Goodbye, Brecken is an evocative and sombre telling of a girls loss surrounding the death of her dog. With this loss comes her and undoubtedly the readers first experience with grief and profound sadness. As she comes to accept Breckens death, she can deal with her grief and remember her lost...
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Harry & Hopper

Margaret Wild · Feiwel & Friends
Format: Hardcover

When Harrys beloved dog Hopper dies he has a hard time letting go as Harry sees Hopper still in his life Are Hoppers visits to Harry the boys imagination or is the dog truly leaving Harry gradually once he makes sure his boy will be all right Eyes will not stay dry as readers experience...
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Saying Goodbye to Lulu

Corinne Demas · Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Format: Print book

A young girl and her lovable dog, Lulu, are the best of friends and do everything together. As Lulu ages and starts to slow down the girl shows her compassion by making Lulu comfortable in her bed and helping to feed her. When Lulu dies the caring, young girl must comes to terms with her loss...
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Dog Heaven

Cynthia Rylant · Blue Sky Press
Pages: 32
Format: Book

In Newbery Medalist Cynthia Rylant's classic bestseller, the author comforts readers young and old who have lost a dog. Recommended highly by pet lovers around the world, Dog Heaven not only comforts but also brings a tear to anyone who is devoted to a pet. From expansive fields where dogs...
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Desser the Best Ever Cat

Maggie Smith · Knopf Books for Young Readers; 1ST edition
Pages: 40
Format: Hardcover

A heartwarming and cathartic book for anyone who has ever loved, and lost, a cat.This is the story of a cat, told by the little girl who loved him best.From his first plaintive mew to his last loving purr, Desser was an essential member of the family. And for the little girl, especially,...
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Cat Heaven

Cynthia Rylant · Blue Sky Press
Pages: 40
Format: Print book

"The way to Cat Heaven is a field of sweet grass, where crickets and butterflies play!" With a gentle, playful rhyme, Newbery Medalist Cynthia Rylant explores all the ways our beloved cats enjoy Cat Heaven, as she did for dogs in the bestselling companion book, DOG HEAVEN. Her shining...
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Goldfish Ghost

Lemony Snicket · Roaring Brook Press
Pages: 40
Format: Hardcover

Goldfish Ghost was born on the surface of the water in the bowl on a dresser in a boy's room. The boy's room was pleasant and familiar, but Goldfish Ghost wanted company, so he set out to find a friend.He floats over the neighborhood, past the pier, and let the breeze carry him into...
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Ben's Flying Flowers

Maria Bogade · Magination; 1 edition
Format: Paperback

Ben's Flying Flowers follows Emily as she tries to overcome her grief following her brother's death. As time passes, Emily finds a way to remember her brother and grows to understand that although Ben has died, her happy memories of him can continue to live on.
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Gentle Willow: A Story for Children about Dying

Joyce C Mills · Magination Press
Pages: 32
Format: Hardcover

Written for children who may not survive their illness or for the children who know them, this tale helps address feelings of disbelief, anger, and sadness, along with love and compassion. Amanda and Little Tree discover that their friend Gentle Willow isn't feeling very well.
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Rafa Was My Robot

Alexandra Dellevoet · Annick Press
Format: Paperback

A gentle tale of love, friendship, and loss. Rafa the robot goes everywhere with Jacob -- to swim lessons, to school, and even on trips to far-off places. One day, Rafa doesn't feel well, so Jacob takes him to the doctor. When the doctor explains that Rafa's special robot battery...
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I'll See You in My Dreams

Mavis Jukes · Knopf Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition
Format: Hardcover

"If she were a skywriter, she would put on a brown leather Amelia Earhart jacket and a silk scarf . . ." In Newbery Honor Mavis Jukes' inspiring new picture book, a little girl imagines herself a skywriter and finds the courage to face her dying uncle. A beautiful book aglow...
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