Explaining Death to Young Children

After Charlotte's Mom Died

By Cornelia Spelman

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Because her mom's death causes six-year-old Charlotte to feel sad, mad, and scared, she and her dad visit a therapist who helps them acknowledge and express their feelings. JE Fic Spe

Suggested for ages 5 - 7

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Badger's Parting Gifts

By Susan Varley

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Badger's friends are sad when he dies, but they treasure the legacies he left them. JE Fic Var

Suggested for ages 3 - 6

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Blow Me A Kiss, Miss Lilly

By Nancy White Carlstrom

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When her best friend, an old lady named Miss Lilly, passes away Sara learns that the memory of a loved one never dies. JE Fic Car

Suggested for ages 3 - 6

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Come Back, Grandma

By Sue Limb

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Bessie misses her grandmother when she dies, but when Bessie grows up, she has a little girl of her own who looks and behaves just like Grandma. JE Fic Lim

Suggested for ages 4 - 7

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Everett Anderson's Goodbye

By Lucille Clifton

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Everett Anderson has a difficult time coming to terms with his grief after his father dies. JE Fic Cli

Suggested for ages 4 - 7

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Fireflies, Peach Pies, & Lullabies

By Virginia Kroll

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When Francie's Great-Granny Annabel dies of Alzheimer's disease, Francie finds a way to help people remember the real person rather than the shell she had become as the disease ran its course. JE Fic Kro

Suggested for ages 4 - 7

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Fox Song

By Joseph Bruchac

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After the death of her Indian great-grandmother, Jamie remembers the many special things the old woman shared with her about the natural world. JE Fic Bru

Suggested for ages 7 - 11

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Geranium Morning

By E. Sandy Powell

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Two friends who lose parents, one suddenly in an accident and one by illness, learn to deal with their grief. J155.937 Po

Suggested for ages 4 - 7

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Grandad Bill's Song

By Jane Yolen

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A boy asks others how they felt when his grandfather died and then shares his own feelings. JE Fic Yol

Suggested for ages 4 - 7

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Grandpa Abe

By Marisabina Russo

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Grandpa Abe enters Sarah's life as her grandmother's boyfriend, becomes her grandfather by marriage, and enriches her life before leaving it. JE Fic Rus

Suggested for ages 3 - 7

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