How to help kids through grief

Reading a story can help kids see they are not on their own and make them feel more normal with what they are going through.  It can offer a safe way to open a conversation with kids about death and grief, in groups, as a family, or one-on-one. We have a list of 15 children’s books about grief. We realize this is not a complete list.  Please add your favorites in the comments.

  1. The Bible
  2. Lifetimes: The Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children(kids 5+)
  3. The Invisible String(kids 3+)
  4. Everett Anderson’s Goodbye (Reading Rainbow)(kids 5-8)
  5. The Tenth Good Thing About Barney(kids 6-9)
  6. I’ll Always Love You(kids 3-7)
  7. I Miss You: A First Look at Death (First Look at Books)(kids 4+)
  8. The Saddest Time(kids 6-9)
  9. Where Are You? A Child’s Book About Loss(kids 4-8)
  10. Tear Soup: A Recipe for Healing After Loss(kids 8+)
  11. When Dinosaurs Die: A Guide to Understanding Death (Dino Life Guides for Families)(kids 4-8)
  12. The Fall of Freddie the Leaf: A Story of Life for All Ages(kids 4+)
  13. Gentle Willow: A Story for Children About Dying(kids 4+)
  14. Samantha Jane’s Missing Smile: A Story About Coping With the Loss of a Parent(kids 5+)
  15. A Terrible Thing Happened(kids 4+)

We know this is not a complete list.  Please add your favorites in the comments or contact us!

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