Loss of a Pet

Often a child's first experience with death is when a pet dies. Here are some books that may help to comfort and explain.

Let's Talk About When Your Pet Dies

By Marianne Johnston

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Describes the feelings that you might have when your pet dies and discusses how to cope with these feelings. J 155.937 Jo

Suggested for ages 4 - 8

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Saying Goodbye to Lulu

By Corinne Demas

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When her dog Lulu dies, a girl grieves but then continues with her life. JE Fic Dem

Suggested for ages 4 - 8

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The Old Dog

By Charlotte Zolotow

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When a young boy finds his old dog dead one morning, he spends the rest of the day thinking about all the good times they had together. JE Fic Zol

Suggested for ages 3 - 7

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The Tenth Good Thing About Barney

By Judith Viorst

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In an attempt to overcome his grief, a boy tries to think of the ten best things about his dead cat. JE Fic Vio

Suggested for ages 5 - 8

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Toby

By Margaret Wild

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When the family realizes that their old dog, Toby, is dying, they all express their love for him in different ways. JE Fic Wil

Suggested for ages 6 - 10
 

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Up in Heaven

By Emma Chichester Clark

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When Arthur's dog Daisy dies, she watches over him from heaven and eventually helps him find a new puppy. JE Fic Chi

Suggested for ages 4 - 8

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