Death

Locomotion

By Jacqueline Woodson

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In a series of poems, eleven-year-old Lonnie writes about his life after the death of his parents, separated from his younger sister, living in a foster home, and finding his poetic voice at school.

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Each Little Bird That Sings

By Deborah Wiles

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Comfort Snowberger is well acquainted with death since her family runs the funeral parlor in their small southern town, but even so the ten-year-old is unprepared for the series of heart-wrenching events that begins on the first day of Easter vacation with the sudden death of her beloved great-uncle Edisto.

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Antsy Does Time

By Neal Shusterman

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Fourteen-year-old Anthony "Antsy" Bonano learns about life, death, and a lot more when he tries to help a friend with a terminal illness feel hopeful about the future. 

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The Night Tourist

By Katherine Marsh

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After fourteen-year-old classics prodigy Jack Perdu has a near fatal accident he meets Euri, a young ghost who introduces him to New York's Underworld, where those who died in New York reside until they are ready to move on, and Jack vows to find his dead mother there.
 

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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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