Recommended Reading on Grief & Loss

Recommended Book List by Age

Preschool Age

  • Sad Isn't Bad – A Guidebook for Kids Dealing With Loss, by Michaelene Mundy- About the death of a grandparent.
  • About Dying: An Open Book for Parents and Children Together, by Sara Stein
  • The Empty Place: A Child's Guide through Grief, by Roberta Temes
  • The Dead Bird, by Margaret Brown
  • When Dinosaurs Die: A Guide to Understanding Death, by Laurie Brown
  • Something Very Sad Happened: A Toddler's Guide to Understanding Death , by Bonnie Zucker, PsyD

Early School Age

  • Thumpy's Story: A Story of Love and Grief Shared by Thumpy, the Bunny, by N. Dodge 
  • Lifetimes: A Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children, by Bryan Mellonie and Robert Ingpen
  • The Tenth Good Thing about Barney, by Judith Viorst
  • The Fall of Freddie the Leaf, by Leo Buscaglia
  • Ben's Flying Flowers, by Inger Maier, PhD
  • Gentle Willow: A Story for Children About Dying, by Joyce C. Mills, PhD

School Age

  • I Miss You: A First Look At Death by Pat Thomas and Leslie Harker
  • Dog Heaven by Cynthia Rylant - For the loss of a pet
  • Daddy’s Promise, by Cindy Klein Cohen and John Heine
  • Today My Sister Died, by Ronee Domskez
  • The Magic Moth, by V. Lee
  • Children are Not Paper Dolls, by E. Levy
  • My Twin Sister Erika, by I. Voge
  • Aarvy Aardvark Finds Hope, by Donna O'Toole
  • The Old Dog, by Sara Abbott
  • Nanna, by Jennifer Bartoli
  • When People Die, by Joanne Bernstein and Stephen Gullo
  • About Dying, by Sara Bonnett Stein

Late Elementary School Age to Early Adolescent

  • Beat the Turtle Drum, by C. Green
  • Bridge to Terabithia, Katherine Paterson
  • How it Feels When a Parent Dies, by Jill Krementz
  • Season of Discovery, by Gloria Gldreich
  • First Snow, by Helen Coutant
  • The Mountains of Tibet, by Mordicai Gerstein
  • Matylda Bright and Tender, by Holly M. McGhee
  • The Thing About Jellyfish, by Ali Benjamin


  • The Grieving Teen: A guide for teenagers and their friends by Helen Fitzgerald
  • Weird Is Normal: When Teenagers Grieve by Jennie Lee Wheeler
  • If Only by Carole Geitner - about a teen that loses her parent to cancer
  • Straight Talk about Death for Teenagers: How to Cope with Losing Someone You Love, by E. Grollman
  • Losing Someone You Love: When a Brother or Sister Dies, by E. Richter
  • Facing Change: Falling Apart and Coming Together Again in the Teen Years, by Donna O’Toole
  • Shira: A legacy of Courage, by Earl Grollman
  • Tiger Eyes, by Judy Blume
  • How it Feels When a Parent Dies, by Jill Krementz


Loss of a Child

  • Comfort by Ann Hood is a story of the loss of a child
  • How to Survive the Loss of a Child by Catherine Sanders
  • Making Toast by Roger Rosenblatt about losing an adult child
  • The Worst Loss: How Families Deal with the Death of a Child by Barbara Rosof
  • An Exact Replica of A Figment of My Imagination by Elizabeth McCracken - a story of the loss of a baby

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