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 By Caron Levis, Charles Santoso (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Caron Levis, Charles Santoso (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781481426404
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
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) By Anastasia Higginbotham, Anastasia Higginbotham (Illustrator) Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781948340397
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dottir Press - August 4th, 2020

The Rabbit Listened By Cori Doerrfeld, Cori Doerrfeld (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Cori Doerrfeld, Cori Doerrfeld (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780735229358
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
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.


Maybe Tomorrow? (a story about loss, healing, and friendship) By Charlotte Agell, Ana Ramírez González (Illustrator) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338214888
Availability: Backordered
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 By Kao Kalia Yang, Seo Kim (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Kao Kalia Yang, Seo Kim (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781541538368
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Published: Carolrhoda Books (R) - October 1st, 2019

Grandad's Camper By Harry Woodgate Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781499811933
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: little bee books - April 6th, 2021

The Goodbye Book By Todd Parr, Todd Parr (Illustrator) 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 By Elana K. Arnold, Elizabet Vukovic (Illustrator) 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 By Mo Willems, Jon J. Muth (Illustrator) 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 By Sheila Heti, Esmé Shapiro (Illustrator) 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 book offers a deeply moving, spiritual portrayal of death. When "toast-colored" bunny dies, her creature friends are able to understand their grief through nature and renewal.


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

The Longest Letsgoboy By Derick Wilder, Catia Chien (Illustrator) 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 By Judith Viorst, Erik Blegvad (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Judith Viorst, Erik Blegvad (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780689712036
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - September 30th, 1987

A classic story about the death of a pet.


Big Cat, Little Cat By Elisha Cooper Cover Image
$18.99
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 By Margaret Wise Brown, Christian Robinson (Illustrator) 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 By Cynthia Rylant, Cynthia Rylant (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Cynthia Rylant, Cynthia Rylant (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780590417013
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Blue Sky Press - August 1st, 1995