Manchester, Connecticut

Dealing with Death

Death in general
  • Bryant-Mole, Karen. Death. (J 155.9 Bryant-Mole)
    • Focuses on death as part of a natural cycle and as part of the entire process of life; also discusses common responses to death.  
  • Mellonie, Bryan. Lifetimes: The Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children. (J 155.9 Mellonie/Parenting 155.9 Mellonie)
    • A pet . . . a friend . . . or a relative dies, and it must be explained to a child. This sensitive book is a useful tool in explaining to children that death is a part of life and that, eventually, all living things reach the end of their own special lifetimes.
  • Wilson, Antoine. You and a Death in Your Family. (J 155.937 Wilson)
    • Death today -- Talking about death -- Am I feeling the right feelings? -- Coming together as a family -- The death of a pet -- The funeral -- The death of a parent -- The death of a brother or sister -- Suicide or violent death -- The funeral--what to expect -- Working through your grief and returning to life.  
  • Thornhill, Jan. I Found a Dead Bird: the kids' guide to the cycle of life & death. (J 306.9 Thornhill)
    • The death of a bird is the jumping-off point for this intelligent, wide-ranging look at the cycle of life. From life spans to how things die, from what happens after death to how people cope with the loss of a loved one, Jan Thornhill guides young readers through a difficult loss.

Death of a Grandparent

  • DePaola, Tomie. Nana Upstairs & Nana Downstairs. (Favorites JJ DePaola)
    • Four-year-old Tommy enjoys his relationship with both his grandmother and great-grandmother, but eventually learns to face their inevitable death.  
  •  Wild, Margaret. Old Pig. (JJ Wild)
    • Because Old Pig knows that her time to die is near, she puts her affairs in order and takes a slow walk with Granddaughter to savor the beauty for one last time.  
  • Wiles, Debbie. Love Ruby Lavender. (J Wiles)
    • When her quirky grandmother goes to Hawaii for the summer, nine-year-old Ruby learns to survive on her own in Mississippi by writing letters, befriending chickens as well as the new girl in town, and finally coping with her grandfather's death.  

Death of Parent

  • LeShan, Eda. Learning to Say Good-by: When a Parent Dies. (155.9 Leshan)
    • Discusses the questions, fears, and fantasies many children experience when a parent or someone close to them dies.  
  •  Tolan, Stephanie. Listen. (J Tolan)
    • During her solitary convalescence from a crippling accident, twelve-year-old Charley finds a wild dog, and the arduous process of training him leads her to explore her feelings about her mother's death two years earlier.  

Death of Sibling

  • Kadohata, Cynthia. Kira-Kira. (J Kadohata)
    • Chronicles the close friendship between two Japanese-American sisters growing up in rural Georgia during the late 1950s and early 1960s, and the despair when one sister becomes terminally ill.  

Death of Teacher

  • Hest, Amy. Remembering Mrs. Rossi. (J Hest)
    • When Mrs. Rossi suddenly dies, she leaves not only her eight-year-old daughter Annie, but also a class full of students who pour out their hearts in a scrapbook for Annie. With tenderness and humor, Hest reveals the struggles of a father and daughter as they forge a new life.

Death of Pet

  • Cochran, Bill. Forever Dog. (Parenting Cochran)
    • Mike and his dog Cody plan to be best friends forever, so when Cody becomes sick and dies, Mike is angry about the broken promise.
  • Demas, Corinne. Saying Goodbye to Lulu. (Parenting Demas)
    • When her dog Lulu dies, a girl grieves but then continues with her life.  
  • Harris, Robie. Goodbye Mousie. (Parenting Harris)
    • A boy grieves for his dead pet Mousie, helps to bury him, and begins to come to terms with his loss.  
  • Rylant, Cynthia. Dog Heaven. (Parenting Rylant)
    • God created Dog Heaven, a place where dogs can eat ice cream biscuits, sleep on fluffy clouds, and run through unending fields.
  • Viorst, Judith. The Tenth Good Thing About Barney. (Parenting Viorst)
    • In an attempt to overcome his grief, a boy tries to think of the ten best things about his cat.
  • Wallace, Bill.  No Dogs Allowed. (J Wallace)
    • Twelve-year-old Kristina, still struggling to come to terms with the death of her beloved horse, finds it difficult to accept the new dog she receives for her birthday.  
  • Walsh, Barbara. Sammy in the Sky. (Parenting Walsh)
    • A little girl tells about her special pet, Sammy, "the best hound dog in the whole world," and how, after he becomes sick and dies, she comes to know the truth of her mother's words, that Sammy's spirit is everywhere.
  • Wild, Margaret. Harry & Hopper. (Parenting Wild)
    • One day when Harry comes home from school, his faithful companion Hopper isn't there to greet him, in a touching story about the process of healing after losing a beloved pet.

Death of Friend

  • Cohn, Janice. I had a Friend Named Peter. (Parenting Cohn)
    • When Betsy learns about the death of a friend, her parents and teacher answer questions about dying, funerals, and the burian process.
  • Goldman, Linda. Children also grieve: talking about death and healing. (Parenting 155.9 Goldman)
    • Children Also Grieve is an imaginative resource, fully illustrated with color photographs, that offers support and reassurance to children coming to terms with the loss of a close friend or relative and to adults who are supporting them through their bereavement.