As our mentor, Alan Wolfelt says, “If you are old enough to love, you are old enough to mourn,” and in that regard, Olivia’s House has a resource for any adult, teen, or child of any age who has experienced a loss, including, but not limited to, death. Each book in our library includes age-appropriate language that will make it easier for an adult to answer a child’s questions about loss directly, in a safe and supportive environment. Our shelves are organized by different losses a child may experience, including sudden, unexpected, and traumatic deaths, as well as long-term illness and pre-death support. Olivia’s House also recognizes the importance and impact of “life cycle losses,” or losses that don’t involve a death, and our lending library has a wide variety of resources covering these topics, including divorce, deportation, military deployment, incarceration, substance abuse and mental illness in the home. And don’t think we’ve forgotten our teens and young adults! We have an entire section dedicated to this population and their unique needs after a loss. Whether you are in our back yard or across the globe, we are honored to provide recommendations from our lending library. Highlighted below is just a smattering of our favorites. Please contact us directly for more personalized recommendations!
When Logan learns that his friend Georgie died, he has questions about the funeral. Does he need to be “invited” or should he attend at all? This book, written by our Founder and Bereavement Specialist, Leslie Delp and illustrated by former Olivia’s House Board President, Vicki Friedman, explains concepts such as earth burial, cremation, and bereavement, so that young children can better understand what’s going on after a death instead of overhearing conversations from adults!
A favorite of Development Director Michelle, Saxton Freymann’s book How Are You Peeling? is a fun and hilarious way to teach your child about emotions! Each food in the book has a different emotion, and it’s up to your child to decide how they think the foods are feeling (or, peeling)!
It can often be our instinct to use euphemisms or flowery phrases to describe death, but what children need from us is direct, humanized interactions. In Anastasia Higgenbottom’s Death is Stupid! our young narrator informs the adults in his world exactly how he feels about death, which opens up beautiful conversation!
In Kathe Martin Copeland’s Mama’s Going to Heaven Soon, a little girl learns that her mom has terminal cancer. Her father finds all the right words to tell her what is happening, and that makes this book a perfect guide for any parent who is preparing their child for the death of a loved one.
Where are our Today Show fans at?? Maybe you’ve heard of our newest library resource, “Misty the Cloud: A Very Stormy Day” written by meteorologist Dylan Dreyer! This adorable book uses weather to help children describe and understand their emotions!
The death of a sibling is a unique loss that often leaves parents confused about how to help their surviving children process what has happened. “Forever Connected” by Jessica Correnti is a beautifully illustrated example of a bereaved sibling’s experience, intertwining stories from many walks of life. This book provides the perfect language for rituals and remembering!
Stitch was a rowdy dog who loved to get into everything, so his family was always asking, “Where’s Stitch?” In Mark Gregston’s book of the same name, we walk alongside Stitch’s family as he goes from being rowdy, to slowing down, and eventually dying. As Stitch’s family wonders aloud what happens after we die, the reader learns positive ways to discuss the loss of your pet with children of all ages!
When an infant sibling dies, it is so important to remind your other children that their brother or sister are still an important part of the family. Megan Lacourrege’s “My Sibling Still” reads as a love letter to the sibling who has passed, showing how the family remembers and cherishes their spirit-side child. This is a beautiful book for children of all ages!
The best way to tell if a book is right for you is to open it up, flip through the pages, and get a sense for the feeling it provides. When your child or teen pops open A Kids Book About Grief by Brennan Wood, they will immediately be blown away by just how stunning the book is. Reading almost like a graphic novel without pictures, this resource is sure to engage a child of any age!
Olivia’s House has long taught in our programs not only the importance of crying to express your emotions, but also the science behind our tears and how they can help to soothe our pain. In Fran Pintadera’s Why do we Cry?, she underscores this education by beautifully crafting a resource that explains to young children the many reasons for our tears. Whether our tears represent sadness leaving our body, an overwhelm of excitement, or anything in between, the author reminds us in a gentle way that tears are a universal language, spoken across time and place.
If you, your child, or anyone in your world tends to have anxiety, The Worry Jar by Michelle White is the perfect resource! When thoughts are spinning around in our heads it can be difficult to tell where our worries end and we begin. That’s where The Worry Jar comes in! Dr. White tells the story of her student Alex receiving his first “Worry Jar,” a place where he can write down his worries and keep them contained somewhere safe that isn’t his own head! This resource walks the reader through exercises in managing anxiety that will be beneficial to a person of any age.
Cora’s head is often spinning and swirling, thinking about all the things that could possibly go wrong. In Emily Kilgore’s book “The What Ifs,” we see that our thoughts can sometimes make our feelings of worry even stronger! But as Cora faces her fears, she learns that there can also be GOOD “what ifs,” (like what if she gets ice cream after her piano recital??) and suddenly, Cora doesn’t feel so overwhelmed with worry anymore!
We all experience emotions, but knowing how to communicate our feelings is a skill that children need to learn! The Way I Feel by Janan Cain is a favorite resource for parents and children alike, as each page serves up a silly new facial expression to explain emotions!
In this beautifully illustrated book-within-a-book, Father Mouse tells little Mica Mouse the story of the Rhino who was once so overwhelmed that he tried to swallow an entire storm so that it couldn’t hurt him! Bottling up such big emotions might seem helpful at first, but Mica Mouse and the rhino learn that it’s better to express your feelings in a healthy way!
Striving to be your best self is a wonderful goal, but we must remember that nobody can be perfect all the time! The Girl who Never Made Mistakes by Mark Pett and Gary Rubinstein highlights that exact lesson with the story of Beatrice Bottomwell, a little girl who – you guessed it – never makes mistakes! That is, until she does make a mistake, right in front of the entire town! We have the pleasure of joining Beatrice on her journey as she realizes that life is meant to be enjoyed—not perfected—and that being perfectly imperfect is the best thing to be after all!
When a child experiences something traumatic, they may start to build up defense mechanisms. Ali Redford’s The Boy Who Built a Wall Around Himself puts this metaphor right on the page as a boy builds a literal wall as protection from danger. When a new friend comes along and shows him ways to find joy, the wall starts to come down. . .
Whether you’re one year old or 100, nighttime is often when our worries come out—and having all those worries in our heads can really make it difficult to fall asleep! “Sea Otter Cove” by Lori Lite is a great bedtime book to help children understand their mind-body connection, and how quieting their bodies through deep breathing can help quiet their minds. If your child has a hard time calming their mind enough to fall asleep, “Sea Otter Cove” is an excellent resource to teach children to relax the brain by relaxing the body. We’re never too young to learn the power of deep breathing!
The staff of Olivia’s House discovered I’m Sad by Michael Ian Black in a small bookstore in Atlanta, and we couldn’t resist adding it to our library! “I’m Sad” is a story about a little girl, a silly potato, and a flamingo who just can’t get happy! The friends try everything to cheer up the flamingo (the potato even offers up his favorite item – dirt!), but nothing works. In the end, we learn that it’s helpful to be present with someone’s feelings. . .and that it’s okay to not be happy all the time!
Our minds and bodies are more connected than we know! Sometimes the best way to calm your mind is by stretching, moving, and relaxing your body. Good Night Yoga and Good Morning Yoga by Mariam Gates provide a poetic invitation for your family to cope by moving your bodies, morning and night!
Children are wonderful at expressing their emotions, but they aren’t always able to communicate to others how they are feeling. Glad Monster, Sad Monster by Ed Emberley and Anne Miranda is a fun and fantastical way to teach your children how to identify and share their emotions in a healthy way. Each page in this colorful, glittery, hardcover book includes a pop-up mask so that your child can have a hands-on approach to learning about feelings!
In this useful book from the First Experience series, the affable star of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood helps children share feelings of the loss of a pet while offering reassurance that grieving is a natural, healing thing to do.
Boris von der Borch is a mean, greedy old pirate–tough as nails, through and through, like all pirates. Or is he? When a young boy sneaks onto Boris’s ship, he discovers that Boris and his mates aren’t quite what he expected. When Boris’ parrot dies, he mourns just like anyone else.
In Judith Viorsts’s The Tenth Good Thing about Barney, we meet the child narrator after his beloved cat, Barney, dies. In true Olivia’s House fashion, the boy’s mother suggests that they hold a funeral ritual for Barney, during which they can share their ten favorite things about their beloved cat. When the list only adds up to nine, the reader watches as Barney’s family finds that the lessons they’ve learned throughout the loss might just be the tenth good thing about Barney!
Our young girl narrator has a beloved friend and dog named Lulu – they spend every minute together! As time passes, Lulu gets older, and begins to get weaker. The little girl learns that Lulu’s lifetime is shorter than that of a human’s, and she will have to say goodbye to her friend soon. This is a beautiful resource for children with an older pet who can benefit from a compassionate connection!
Joe and his cow dog Maggie are the best of friends, and they grow up together! One day, while Joe and an older Maggie are playing outside, a young, little red dog shows up, and Joe names him Silky. Maggie shows Silky the ropes and teaches him how to be the best companion to Joe. When Maggie dies, Joe and Silky both miss her tremendously. . .but they keep Maggie’s memory alive by playing and having fun, just like she always loved to do!
In Robie Harris’s book Goodbye Mousie, we begin the day with a young boy whose pet mouse, Mousie, won’t seem to wake up. When the boy learns that Mousie has died, he starts feeling things he doesn’t understand. One minute he feels sad, and the next he is mad! As the story progresses, we see the boy’s family encourage a ritualization of their furry friend, along with sharing memories that will bring laughs and smiles for a lifetime. This is an excellent resource for a child who has had a pet cross over that special rainbow bridge.
Don’t be fooled by how much we adore our therapy dog Libby. . .we love pets of all shapes and sizes at Olivia’s House! We also understand the deep pain that accompanies the loss of a pet, and for many children, it can be the first loss they experience. Cat Heaven by Cynthia Rylant offers a beautiful explanation to children of where our cat’s souls may go after they die – and with all the trees for climbing and laps for sitting, it truly does sound like cat heaven!
Gabby and her brother Brennan love making memories with their grandfather. . .they love to dance, swing, and chase each other around the zoo! One day, Gabby notices that Pop-pop can’t do all the things he used to be able to do. In Brandy Lay’s Walk Like Penguins, we enter Gabby’s story as she learns that her grandfather has ALS, a disease that weakens his muscles and makes it harder to move around. Even so, Gabby and Brennan continue to make fun memories with their Pop-pop, things just look a little different. Now, instead of chasing each other around the zoo, they pretend to walk like the penguins!
In Deborah Bowman’s “Skyla the One-Legged Seagull,” we learn that our seagull protagonist Skyla is very self-conscious ever since she lost her leg in an accident with a sea turtle. She is feeling scared and alone, until she meets a crabby new friend who encourages Skyla to overcome her fears! Your heart will soar with Skyla as she learns that she has many talents and skills and can choose to be the best version of herself every day!
“All death is loss; but not all loss is death.” This sentiment is illustrated beautifully in Shannon Maxwell’s Our Daddy is Invincible! When Alexis and Eric’s father comes home from fighting overseas, he has a serious injury that changes the way the whole family operates. In this book, join the family as they learn ways to change, cope, and find joy in their “new normal!”
Tomie dePaola has brought us some of the greatest children’s books of all time, and Now One Foot, Now the Other is another beautiful selection to add to the collection. At the start of this story, Grandpa Bob is seen teaching baby Bobby how to walk. It’s easy – just put one foot in front of the other. By the end of the story, as Grandpa Bobby develops a physical disability, we see him on the other end of the spectrum as his grandson, Bobby reminds him that it’s only, “one foot, now the other.” This special story is sure to warm hearts, especially for a child who is processing the illness or disability of a loved one.
Children have a wide variety of needs when it comes to communication, and luckily our library is full of resources for children at any developmental level! Arlen Grad Gaines’s I Have a Question about Cancer is specifically designed to help children with Autism Spectrum Disorder or other special needs understand what it means when a loved one is diagnosed with cancer. This inclusive resource includes a written story element, symbol-based language, and a short picture story, perfect for any child.
Hank is a yellow lab who is addicted to hot dogs. At first, they were just a special treat, but they started interfering in his life in ways that weren’t healthy. In Dr. Sarah Bridges book intended to explain substance abuse treatment to children, Hank’s neighborhood furry friends encourage him to go to a Hotdogs Anonymous meeting to begin his recovery. This is an excellent resource to explain treatment and recovery for substance use to children ages 4-8.
When a topic feels too big to talk about with your child, having a book in hand helps to decrease anxiety and ease the experience for you! Cancer Party by Sara Olsher does just that; it explains cancer to a child in a way that is accessible and even fun! This book describes how the cells in our bodies can get confused about what to do, so they throw a “cancer party” that can sometimes get a little out of hand! This book is a great tool to help have a necessary conversation with your child if someone in their world has cancer.
When young Rachel realizes her grandfather, Zayde, is moving into her family’s house permanently, she suspects something is going on. In Sheri Sinykin’s Zayde Comes to Live, we follow Rachel as she learns through eavesdropping and clue-solving that Zayde is dying. Rachel seeks advice from her friends, her Rabbi, and her family, before coming to understand that the love between her and Zayde will outlast his physical life on this earth. Though his death will hurt her heart, Rachel knows she will never be living a life “without” her Zayde!
You Wouldn’t Understand by Eileen Ennis tells the story of a fourth-grade class whose teacher dies unexpectedly. The narrator of our story, a 9-year-old student, thinks that no one understands his pain. But when he sees all of his classmates talking about their feelings, he realizes that expressing himself might be the way to go!
Children naturally have questions when someone they love dies, and it is a tall order for adults to know what to say! Julia Alvarez’s book “Where do They Go?” is a gentle, poetic look into exploring loss-related questions. As always, the illustrations are breath-taking. Don’t miss this one on our shelves!
When a child loses a parent, it can leave their remaining caregivers in a state of limbo. How do you know what to say to your child when they are hurting? When Mom or Dad Dies by Daniel Grippo is a wonderful resource that empowers caregivers to open the door for conversation with young children about loss, feelings of sorrow, and healing.
When Author Pat Schweibert wanted to pen a resource to help children who are experiencing the loss of their family’s pregnancy, she beautifully titled her book, We Were Gonna Have a Baby, But We had An Angel Instead. This amazing resource explains to young children who were expecting a baby to join the family how to instead grow a spiritual relationship with their sibling. The book meets children where they are at, even acknowledging that “a baby would have been more fun.” This book is a great support for a bereaved family.
You are in for a treat with this whimsical yet enthralling book! Turned Upside Down by Teana Tache is actually two books. . .when you finish one side, just flip the book around to start the next story! This incredible resource helps children foster their spiritual connection to their special person who has died, by showing how signs and symbols from our loved ones can feel like a unique form of communication.
When someone that we love dies, the feelings of longing and homesickness can be overwhelming at times, for children and adults alike. In Julie Muller’s children’s book entitled Till We Meet Again, the reader explores how to connect with your loved one through memories and rituals, which can enhance feelings of togetherness even when our special person isn’t physically here anymore. This beautiful book encourages readers of all ages to recognize the everlasting bonds of love!
The Thing about Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin is a fun read for both children and teens! Suzy Swanson is just trying to navigate middle school. When her friend Franny dies, Suzy is desperate to figure out why, and she has an inkling the jellyfish had something to do with it! Join Suzy on her journey of imagination, learning, and healing.
The Scar by Charlotte Moundlic tells the story of a little boy who wakes up one morning to find that his mother has died, and he tries desperately to keep the essence of his mother in the house – by closing all of the windows! This little boy isn’t sure how to relate to the other adults around him, and DEFINITELY doesn’t want them opening the windows! That is, until his grandmother relates to his sense of loss and longing and encourages different ways that he can form a relationship with his mother that lasts beyond a lifetime.
Steve Herman’s “Dragon Book” series is an exceptional way to teach children about their feelings. In Herman’s book “The Sad Dragon,” a boy’s pet dragon has experienced loss, and he is feeling mad, sad, and scared! Join our young narrator as he helps his dragon cope, all while teaching your children the best way to express themselves!
The Invisible String by Patrice Karst is a book that any bereaved child will connect with! When Jeremy and Liza’s mom shares that all of our loved ones are attached to us by an invisible string made of love, they suddenly feel more connected than ever before! Whether your children are missing someone who died, or just missing their friends and routine, this book reminds us that love binds us no matter what our circumstances!
When a group of children find a bird laying on the ground with its eyes closed and no pulse, they know something special needs to be done. In Margaret Wise Brown’s The Dead Bird, we see the wisdom of children shine through as they bury their bird and say goodbye, all on their own. Children truly are amazing!
Tear Soup by Pat Schweibert is an incredible story to read with children when they’ve experienced loss. Just like the family in the book, you may relate to the characters when they learn that sometimes the bereavement process is messy, similar to cooking soup from scratch in the kitchen! Tear Soup reminds us all that it’s okay when things aren’t perfect, as long as we keep moving forward.
Have you ever loved something so much you never want to let it go? That’s the case with Sophie’s Squash by Pat Zietlow Miller, a silly and heartwarming tale about young Sophie and her squash named Bernice. Sophie takes Bernice with her everywhere she goes, but over time, Bernice gets a little spotted and squishy. Sophie learns how to care for her squash in the way that it needs, and along the way, she learns about the circle of life.
If your child of any age has lost a loved one to suicide, Olivia’s House is honored to offer this resource as a support. Written by mental health professional Doreen Cammarata, Olivia’s House utilizes this book consistently to help families explain and answer questions related to a suicide death. Though it is a staple in the youth section of our libraries, this book is beneficial to any child or adult healing from a suicide loss. The simple yet direct language will help to stimulate discussion, as well as provide guidance on positive coping mechanisms.
When Sammy Jane’s father dies, she worries she and her mother may never feel happy again. Even worse, when she does feel happy, she worries that it’s not okay to feel that way. In Julie Kaplow’s Samantha Jane’s Missing Smile, Sammy and her mother navigate the weeks and months after her father’s death. At first, Samantha Jane is scared to share feelings with her mom for fear of upsetting her even more, but over time she realizes that sharing actually helps her feel better, and she knows that Dad would want to see her smile!
Nana Upstairs and Nana Downstairs by Tomie dePaola tells the sweet story of 4-year-old Tommy and his two grandmothers: one who lives upstairs, one who lives downstairs. Tommy has known them his whole life, but when Nana Upstairs dies, Tommy has a journey to go on. He must learn how to say goodbye, and how to keep Nana in his heart forever!
Do you remember the feeling of having a new balloon tied around your wrist? We see Joey experience this for the first time in My Yellow Balloon by Tiffany Papageorge, and his excitement jumps right off the page! Before you know it, Joey and his yellow balloon are inseparable – until the day his beloved balloon comes untied from his wrist and floats away. Joey is bereaved as he mourns the loss of his balloon, and he feels mad, sad, and confused. . .until one day when the reflection of the sun in the pond reminds him of his round, yellow, floating friend! Joey knows he will still have sad days, but he also knows that every time he is in the sunshine, he can be reminded of his friend!
When young Molly’s Mom dies, Molly feels sad and alone. Molly’s Mom Died by Margaret Holmes tells the story of how Molly learns to cope and connect to others who knew her Mom as well. This is a great book for a child who has lost a parent, and you can be sure your child will want to hear all the stories you have to share about their special person!
Luna’s mom has died by suicide, and ever since she died, Luna is worried that the rest of her family might leave her, too. On one sunny day, during a picnic in the park where Luna is wearing her mom’s favorite hat, she opens up to her father about how she is feeling. To her surprise, he shares a lot of the same feelings! Even more importantly, Luna is able to learn from her dad that she did not cause her mother’s illness or death, and by learning this, she can begin to focus on remembering the wonderful memories of her mother. Luna’s Red Hat by Emmi Smid is appropriate for children ages six and up.
Local author Lynne Little penned the book Little Bird Blue, in which the child narrator takes us on a walk as she thinks about missing her mom who died. On this walk, the little girl finds a bird with a broken wing who reminds her of her mom, and how love can shine through even when we are missing someone very important to us. This book was donated to our center by our wonderful program alumni, the Coppola Family!
One of our all-time Olivia’s House favorites is Bryan Mellonie’s Lifetimes! In this gentle yet thoughtful children’s book, you can help explain to your child that every living being on earth has a lifetime. For a fruit fly, their lifetime is only one day. A tortoise could live for a hundred years. This book looks at life through beginnings, middles, and endings, and all the joy and love that comes along with the journey. This is an excellent first step to introduce the topic of death to your children, even if loss hasn’t touched their lives yet. We highly recommend!
If a child in your world has lost their father, Jack’s Five Dads by Rob Hovey is the perfect resource to help explain this loss! When Rob’s good friend died from cancer leaving behind his three-year-old son Jack, Rob realized it truly does ‘take a village to raise a child!’ He, along with other friends and relatives of Jack’s, knew that while they could never replace Jack’s father, but they could step up and have an incredible role in his life. This children’s book is a perfect read for any child who is unsure of what life looks like after loss.
I Wish I Could Hold Your Hand by Pat Palmer acknowledges that not all losses involve a death! Whether your child is struggling with moving homes, losing friends, or really any type of loss, this book underscores the importance of healthy coping.
I Miss You by Pat Thomas is our “go to” resource in explaining the important facts and beliefs surrounding death to children from ages 3 to 12. We are certain that this book should be in the hands of any parent or teacher explaining a death to a child and recommend it as a resource at least once a week. Pictures and questions at the bottom of each page provide for wonderful dialogue with adult and child.
When children don’t have the full picture of how their loved one died, their brains will fill in the gaps – and the narrative they create won’t be 100% accurate! I Know I Made it Happen by Lynn Blackburn addresses the fears that many children experience after a loss of any sort, wondering if something they did played a role. This resource normalizes feelings of remorse while also teaching children that their thoughts, feelings, and wishes don’t actually cause bad things to happen, all while encouraging art as a form of expression.
When you are given the opportunity to explain death to young children, it can help immensely to have a resource in your hands that takes the words out of your mouth and puts them right on the page! “Honey Bear Died” by Jennifer Melvin uses realistic, age-appropriate language to explain to children ages 3-5 that someone in their world has died. This wonderful book invites you to view they natural ways that our children mourn, and how to support them on their healing journey.
One of the saddest days for our Olivia’s House York center was when we learned that our beautiful weeping cherry willow tree—the one that provided shade and security over our Healing Garden of Hope— had died and needed to be cut down. “Gentle Willow” by Joyce Mills tells a similar story from the perspective of Amanda the Squirrel, whose best friend, the Gentle Willow, is dying. The magic of the forest helps both Amanda and Gentle Willow learn about the changes that come with death, and how to keep their spiritual relationship alive even when the physical form has died. We’re not crying, you’re crying!
We use words like “here” and “there” all the time, but when they relate to death and loss, these words can suddenly take on a new meaning. In Ben Keckler’s From Here to There, we follow the story of a young boy, Chris, as he learns to cope with his father’s death while exploring the journey of life. As you read, you will find “question marks” hidden throughout the beautiful illustrations, symbolizing Chris’s goal of weaving loss into the narrative of his life.
When someone dies, it can be confusing to tell children that we “lost” them. Finding Grandpa Everywhere by John Hodge tells the story of a young boy who is told “we lost Grandpa,” and now is on the search to find him! As the boy realizes he won’t find Grandpa in a physical form, he also finds that there are plenty of memories to be found, and Grandpa truly is “everywhere!”
When someone we love dies, our faith can be tested, and this is true for children and adults alike! In Kathleen Fucci’s Emily Lost Someone She Loved, the reader joins Emily on her journey of loss after her mother dies. In this heartwarming quest for healing, Emily finds that the love of her mother and her faith have been an invisible support underneath her all along!
The rollercoaster of life’s emotions takes us on a never-ending ride of thrill, tension, excitement, and release. Glenn Ringtved’s children’s book, “Cry, Heart, But Never Break” shows the reader that even children can understand the concept that our range of emotions is important, and we can’t experience happiness without also experiencing sadness. By personifying the feelings of Joy, Grief, Delight, and Sorrow, this resource will help children to begin their own journey of understanding the deeper meanings behind life’s tougher experiences.
In one of our favorite books, City Dog, Country Frog by Mo Willems, we see the formation of an unlikely friendship between a city-living dog and a country-dwelling frog. Each winter and spring, they meet in their respective locations to play games with each other. One spring, Country Frog is moving a little slower than usual, so the pair decide to play “remembering games.” When Country Frog stops showing up at their usual spot, City Dog learns how to mourn and cope with losing his friend. Luckily, Country Chipmunk shows up to start a new friendship and remind City Dog that friendship knows no bounds!
When Chippy Chipmunk’s best friend Pickle Dies, Chippy goes through the natural bereavement process. Chippy’s friends join him on his bereavement journey to share coping skills and memories of Pickle that will last a lifetime!
Beyond the Ridge by Paul Goble is a book that shares the after-death traditions of the Indigenous Peoples of the Great Plains. It follows the spiritual journey of the soul of a woman who has died, going “beyond the ridge” into the realm of the spirit. The beautiful illustrations bring this story to life in your hands.
Am I Like My Daddy? by Marcy Blesy touches on an important topic that children wonder about as they grow up after losing a parent: am I like them? This book follows seven-year-old Grace as she ponders the similarities between her and her father who died when she was younger. By hearing stories from friends of the family who knew Dad even before she was born, Grace develops a beautiful appreciation and relationship with her father that hadn’t felt was ever possible before.
In Cece Meng’s “Always Remember,” the reader takes a dive deep into the ocean and learn that Old Turtle has lived his full lifetime and is about to die. When Old Turtle is gone, his friends on the ocean floor remember all the ways he impacted their lives, and how they will never forget him! This is a great resource for helping your children understand their feelings of grief.
Aarvy Aardvark Finds Hope by Donna O’Toole tells the story of Aarvy, an aardvark who sadly lost his entire family. Aarvy feels his grief in his thoughts, in his body, and in his emotions! He even wonders, “Has anyone ever felt this way before me?” With the support of his friends around him, Aarvy is able to safely feel and express all of his thoughts and emotions as he goes through the bereavement process, learning to cope positively along the way. This is an excellent resource for a child experiencing their first (or any) loss.
Mia’s life is full of sunshine, but when her mother dies suddenly, Mia feels like her world has gone dark. She has so many feelings and doesn’t know what to do with them! It takes some time, but slowly Mia and her father find ways to cope with their feelings together – they even get their anger out safely by punching newspapers and throwing paint! A Sky Full of Diamonds by Camille Gibbs ends with Mia looking up at the dark, night sky and seeing her mother’s energy come through in all of the sparkling, bright stars.
A Flicker of Hope by Julia Cook will speak to any child who is in the midst of loss and change. When storm clouds roll in, it can feel like we will never see the sun again. This book reminds our children (and us!) that bad days are temporary, and there is always a flicker of light to guide us to a place of hope.
Cuando Logan se da cuenta que su amigo Georgie ha muerto, le surgen preguntas sobre el funeral. ¿Debería ser invitado? o al contrario ¿simplemente debería asistir? Este libro explica los conceptos como el entierro, la incineración y el duelo, para que los niños puedan entender lo que verdaderamente ocurre después de una muerte y no solamente escuchar los comentarios que hacen las personas mayores que están a su alrededor. Este recurso le muestra a los padres como explicar la muerte a los niños en una forma segura y amorosa.