Death

Goodbye Mousie

By Robie Harris

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A boy grieves for his dead pet Mousie, helps to bury him, and begins to come to terms with his loss. JE Fic Har

Suggested for ages 4 - 8

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Goodbye, Max

By Holly Keller

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Ben blames his parents for the death of his dog, Max, and does not want the new puppy they brought home. JE Fic Kel

Suggested for ages 3 - 7

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Jim's Dog Muffins

By Miriam Cohen

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When Jim's dog is killed, the other first graders are sad too and go through the same natural reactions. JE Fic Coh

Suggested for ages 4 - 8

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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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Katherine Paterson's Healing Words

Best known for her Newbery Award-winning books, Jacob Have I Loved, as well as Newbery Honor winner, The Great Gilly Hopkins, Katherine Paterson's very personal style of storytelling strikes nerves with her readers, who are able feel her characters' emotions, giving them practice for dealing with life's sorrows. What keeps her books from being simple studies in misery is her ability to find the humor and grace in any situation.