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Children’s Books About Death and Dying

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  • This list of children's books about death was compiled by consulting some of the best bibliotherapy booklists on the subject (from the US, Britain and Canada) and finding the books that were common to more than one list.

    When a pet dies, the right children's book can help kids deal with the death of a pet. It may be a book about dog heaven, a book about what happens when a cat dies, a special day for a dying dog or a burial for a beloved pet mouse. These ten children’s picture books about the death of a pet will provide comfort to children ages 3-12 and their families when a dog, cat or other pet dies. The authors and illustrators of these children’s pay homage to the enduring love between a pet and a child and a pet and a family through their stories. Sharing a children's picture book about the death of a pet can provide an opportunity for children to express their feelings when a beloved pet dies.

  • When my children were little, I prepared a small section of our home library with children’s books about death. I wanted to be able to help my children cope if someone close to us died. The books were very helpful when my children’s Great Grandma, my maternal grandmother, died on Mother’s Day one year and when their Grandpa Jack died.

    I was very glad I read children’s books about death with my own children and discussed death openly and honestly with them. I do wish we would have made something like an “I Remember” book when they were children. But I think talking about the memories helped a lot, too.


    This list of children's books about death was compiled by consulting some of the best bibliotherapy booklists on the subject (from the US, Britain and Canada) and finding the books that were common to more than one list.

    The eight sources I consulted were:

  • Tear Soup: Even though this is in the list of children’s books about death, this book is excellent for adults too. It’s about a woman who has suffered some kind of loss and makes something known as tear soup. The soup blends different unique ingredients of the life she lived within the process of her grieving. She also gives some sound advice for the people who are mourning or who know another person that is in mourning. It’s a beautifully illustrated book that parents and children will enjoy, and perfect for anyone who has lost a loved one. It illustrates that everyone grieves in a different way.

and other tales: Eight children’s books about death and bereavement