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Suggested Readings for Children on Grief, Loss and Death

Prepared by the Bereavement Staff of Gila Regional Medical Center Hospice
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PRE-SCHOOL AND EARLY ELEMENTARY AGED CHILDREN

  • When Dinosaurs Die: A Guide to Understanding Death by Laurie Krasny Brown and Marc Brown
  • The Happy Funeral by E. Bunting (Harper and Row)
  • Everett Anderson's Goodbye by Lucille Clifton (Reading Rainbow)
  • Talking About Death by Earl Grollman (Beacon Press)
  • Last Week My Brother Anthony Dies by M. W. Hickman (Abington Press)
  • Lifetimes by Bryan Mellonie and Robert Ingpen (Bantam Books)
  • Jasper's Day by Marjorie Blain Parker (Kids Can Press)
  • Geranium Morning by Sandy E. Powell (Carolrhoda Books)
  • Why Did Grandpa Die? By B. Shook-Hazen (Western Publishing Co)
  • A Quilt for Elizabeth by B. Tiffault (Centering Corporation)
  • Saying Goodbye to Daddy by Judith Vigna (Albert Whitman & Co)

ELEMENTARY AGED CHILDREN

  • The Accident by C. Carrick (Houghton Mifflin)
  • Dusty Was My Friend  by A.F. Claudy (Human Science Press)
  • Poppy's Chair by K. Hesse (Macmillan Publishing Co)
  • Emily's Sadhappy Season by S. Lowden-Golightly (Centering Corporation)
  • The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn (Child Welfare League of America)
  • Taste of Blackberries by D.B. Smith (Thomas Crowell Co)

OLDER ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL AGED CHILDREN

  • Where the Balloons Go by Paul Coleman (Centering Corporation)
  • Sun & Spoon by Kevin Henkes (Greenwillow Books)
  • You Shouldn't Have to Say Goodbye by P. Hermes (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich)
  • Bridge to Terabithia by K. Paterson (Harper and Row)

MIDDLE SCHOOL AGED CHILDREN

  • Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume (Bradbury Press)
  • Beat the Turtle Drum by C. Greene (Viking Press)

HIGH SCHOOL AGED CHILDREN

  • A Matter of Time by R. Schotter (Collins Press)
  • Fire in My Heart, Ice in My Veins by Enid Traisman (Centering Corporation)
  • Part of Me Died, Too by Virginia Fry (Dutton Penguin)