Children’s books about death, loss and grieving

Loss of loved ones, whether human or animal, can be hard for children to understand. Thankfully, there are some really good books that can help you talk about this subject with young children.

Here are 7 books about death, loss and grieving:

Ida, Always by Caron Levis and Charles Santoso is a touching book about a pair of polar bears who live together in the New York Zoo. This is a great story to explain to children that even though we lose a loved one they are always there with us.
The Heaven of Animals by Nancy Tillman is a beautifully illustrated book about animals in heaven.
When Aunt Mattie Got Her Wings by Petra Mathers is a lighthearted story about losing a loved one.
The Goodbye Book by Todd Parr can help children put a name to the feelings they might be having after losing a loved one.
When Sadness Is At Your Door by Eva Eland is a wonderful book about sadness and how we can befriend it.
Where Do Balloons Go? An Uplifting Mystery by Jamie Lee Curtis is a whimsical, rhyming tale that will get your imagination going.

The Invisible String by Patrice Karst is a straightforward story for children. Love has an invisible string that ties us to the ones we love, no matter where they are.

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