Death is a hard topic to talk about yet a really important one. Whether your child is dealing with the death of a family pet, a grandparent or family member, a friend, neighbor, teacher; here are some wonderful books to share together that talk about the process of death. These books have answers to some questions that your children might have. The books with ** are my favorites.
** Lifetimes by Bryan Mellonie & Robert Ingpen
This is my favorite book to use with children ages 4 and up that explains death in a caring and beautiful way. It shows us through illustrations that dying is as much a part of living as being born. Ages 4 and up
The Goodbye Boat by Mary JoslinThis book describes death through pictures and words and about saying goodbye. Ages 4 and up
When Dinosaurs Die by Laurene Brown
This isn’t a story about death but actually deals with chidlren’s fears of death by answering basic questions. Ages 5-8
I Miss You: A first look at Death by Pat Thomas Written by a psychotherapist and counselor this books helps children deal with understanding death. Ages 4 and up
Where are you? A Child’s book about loss by Lauren Olivieri Ages 5 and up
Why do People Die? Helping your child understand with love and Understanding by Cynthia MacGregor This book is a great comfort to children and adults and answers the questions that are often asked when someone dies. A straightforward book for ages 7 and up.
I had a friend named Peter: Talking to children about the death of a friend by Janice Cohn When Betsy learns about the death of a friend she begins to learn about dying, funerals and the burial process. Ages 5 and up
When a Pet Dies by Fred Rogers A Mr. Rodgers book about coping with the death of a pet. Ages 5 and up
**My Pet Died by Rachel Biale A wonderful ‘let’s make a book together’ that you can do with your child when dealing with a pet loss.
Some great pictures books with death as a theme to share with your child
**The Tenth Good Thing about Barney by Judith Viorst
**Saying Goodbye to Lulu by Corinee Demas
The Accident by Carol Carrick
**I remember Miss Perry by Pat Brisson (dealing with the death of a teacher)
Jim’s dog Muffins by Miriam Cohen
Ada’s pal by George Ella Lyon
**Sammy in the Sky by Barbara Walsh
**Badger’s Parting Gifts by Susan Varley
**Harry and Hooper by Margaret Wild