A Bookseller Recommends: Books on Death & Grieving for Kids

In this installment of A Bookseller Recommends, Elese recommends picture books for kids that can help with discussions on death & grieving.

Ida, Always Cover Image
By Caron Levis, Charles Santoso (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781481426404
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - February 23rd, 2016

An honest, gentle and incredibly profound picture book that addresses terminal illness and death.


Death Is Stupid (Ordinary Terrible Things) Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781948340397
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dottir Press - August 4th, 2020

The Rabbit Listened Cover Image
By Cori Doerrfeld, Cori Doerrfeld (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780735229358
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Published: Dial Books - February 20th, 2018

A sweet and simple book that helps kids (and adults) remember that listening is often the best thing we can do when someone is struggling.


Rabbit and the Motorbike: (Books about Friendship, Inspirational Books for Kids, Children's Adventure Books, Children's Emotion Books) Cover Image
By Kate Hoefler, Sarah Jacoby (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781452170909
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Published: Chronicle Books - September 10th, 2019

Our lead children's bookseller Jen says: "A beautifully illustrated picture book about what it means to come to terms with the death of a loved one and how to remember and honor those who are gone."


Maybe Tomorrow? (a story about loss, healing, and friendship) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338214888
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scholastic Press - March 26th, 2019

Former bookseller Zach says: One of the most accurate and accessible representations of grief and depression I have ever encountered. A truly heartwarming and beautiful book. You will cry.


A Map Into the World Cover Image
By Kao Kalia Yang, Seo Kim (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781541538368
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Carolrhoda Books (R) - October 1st, 2019

Grandad's Camper Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781499811933
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Published: little bee books - April 6th, 2021

The Goodbye Book Cover Image
By Todd Parr, Todd Parr (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316404976
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - November 3rd, 2015

An Ordinary Day Cover Image
By Elana K. Arnold, Elizabet Vukovic (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481472623
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Published: Beach Lane Books - March 10th, 2020

In this neighborhood's ordinary day a family says goodbye to a beloved family pet in one house and a new baby is born in another.


City Dog, Country Frog Cover Image
By Mo Willems, Jon J. Muth (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781423103004
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Hyperion Books for Children - June 8th, 2010

A Garden of Creatures Cover Image
By Sheila Heti, Esmé Shapiro (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780735268814
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Published: Tundra Books - May 10th, 2022

This beautifully illustrated picture book presents a spiritual yet nondenominational portrayal of death. After tan brown bunny dies, her creature friends understand their grief through nature and renewal.


Something Very Sad Happened: A Toddler's Guide to Understanding Death Cover Image
By Bonnie Zucker, Kim Fleming (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781433822667
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Published: Magination Press - August 15th, 2016

The Longest Letsgoboy Cover Image
By Derick Wilder, Catia Chien (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781452177168
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Published: Chronicle Books - October 26th, 2021

The Tenth Good Thing About Barney Cover Image
By Judith Viorst, Erik Blegvad (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780689712036
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - September 30th, 1987

A classic story about the death of a pet.


Big Cat, Little Cat Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781626723719
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - March 14th, 2017

A picture book about the circle of life for the youngest of readers.


The Dead Bird Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780060289317
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Published: HarperCollins - March 1st, 2016

A classic Margaret Wise Brown story reanimated with new illustrations by Christian Robinson. Neighborhood kids find a dead bird and decide to hold a funeral.


Dog Heaven Cover Image
By Cynthia Rylant, Cynthia Rylant (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780590417013
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Blue Sky Press - August 1st, 1995