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Books for Children about Grieving

Resources for Grieving: Ages 7 to 12

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Aarny Aardvark Finds Hope by Donna O'Toole. Compassion Books : 1988.
After the death of his parents, Aarny finds help with Rabbit. Ages 7-12 years.

About dying by Sara Bonnett Stein. Walker & Company : 1974
Parents and children together. Ages 7-12 years.

Am I Still A Sister? By Alicia M. Sims. Big A & Company : 1986.
Written by grieving child for other children experiencing the death of a sibling.
Ages 7-12 years.

Be Bleast by Mary Beth Owens. Simon & Schuster : 1999.
A book of seasonal prayers. Ages 7-12 years.

The Boy Who Sat By The Window: Helping Children Cope With Violence
by Chris Loftis. Small Horizons 1997.
Based on a real incident, it uses free verse to tell the story of a boy who has been shot and killed while riding his bike to work. Ages 7-12 years.

The Butterfly Bush Dawn Michelle Evarts. Library Of Congress : 1967.
A story about love. Ages 7-12 years.

Can You Draw Me A Shooting Star by Toria ReA Toria Rea : 1983.
Journal to color in order to express yourself. Ages 7-12 years.

The Dance by Richard Paul Evans. Simon & Schuster : 1999.
A father smilingly watches his daughter dance at various stages in her life, from childhood to maturity. On his deathbed, he urges her to keep dancing, because he'll be watching. Ages 7-12 years.

Death Is Natural by Laurence Pringle. Morrow Junior Books : 1977.
A simple but factual explanation of the positive side of death deals with overpopulation, extinction, and the life cycle. Useful for discussion. Ages 7-12 years.

Dogsong by Gary Paulsen. Alladin : 1995.
14-year-old Eskimo boy who feels assailed by the modernity of his life takes a 1,400-mile journey by dog sled across ice, tundra, and mountains, seeking his own "song" of himself. Ages 7-12 years.

A Family by Lennart Rudstrom. G. P. Putnam : 1980.
19th Century. Ages 7-12 years.
Reproductions of several of Larsson's paintings of his large family are accompanied by commentary by Rudstrom on the paintings, the life, and the career of this noted Swedish artist

Finding Grampa Everywhere John Hodge. Centering Corporations : 1999
A young child discovers memories of a grandparent. Ages 7-12 years.

Fire In My Heart Ice In My Veins: A Journal For Teens Experiencing A Loss
by Enid Samuel Traisman. Centering Corporation : 1992.
This is a journal that encourages teenagers to work through thier grief in a creative and healthy way. It allows them to keep permanent memories of the person that died. It also gives them skills to help them throughout their life when faced with grief and loss.
Ages 7-12 years.

Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. HarperCollins :
Once there was a tree ... and she loved a little boy." So begins a story of unforgettable perception. Ages 7-12 years.

Grandmother's Song by Barbara Soros. Barefoot Books : 1998.
In the mountains of Mexico, a grandmother passes the seasons with her granddaughter. As the days and nights come and go, grandmother quietly transforms the fearful child into a confident, generous and considerate young woman. Then grandmother dies. Now, the granddaughter must learn to teach her children one of the central mysteries that courses through the cycle of life and death. Ages 7-12 years.

Grover by Vera and Bill Cleaver. J.B. Lippincott : 1970.
A mischievous young boy learns to respect life and all living creatures when his mom gets sick.

How it Feels When a Parent Dies by Jill Krementz. 1993.
Children of mixed races aged 7-16 share their stories and photographs.

Island Boy by Barbara Cooney. Puffin : 1991.
Matthias and his family strive to keep the island beautiful and respect the old ways by passing them on from one generation to the next. Ages 7-12 years.

It's Still a Dog's New York by Susan L. Roth. National Geographic : 2001.
In this parable of childhood bereavement, Pepper and Rover, two New York dogs, are miserable after the tragedy of September 11, 2001. Pepper learns from his friend Rover that even though they're sad, they can go on, and that helping others, expressing his feelings, and allowing himself to enjoy life can lead to healing.

The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. Collier : 1970.
Four English schoolchildren find their way through the back of a wardrobe into the magic land of Narnia and assist Aslan, the golden lion, to triumph over the White Witch, who has cursed the land with eternal winter

Little Stream by Barry Ellsworth. Bonneville Classic Books : 1995.
As the words of this book flow gently across readers' minds and into their heart, their soul will be lifted. It involves a beautiful song taught to a child, a vision quest in the red deserts of the Great Basin, and the sweat lodges of the Oglala Sioux in the dense, deciduous forests of Missouri. Ages 7-12 years.

Love, Mark by Mark T Scrivani. A book of letters written to help children understand the different parts of death and grieving. Life is a journey, these letters are meant to inspire growth and help with living, after a death has occurred.

Losing Uncle Tim by MaryKate Jordon. Albert Whitman & Co. : 1989.
A compassionate, sorrowful story about the death of Uncle Tim from AIDS. Deals with the question of communicability in a low-key, reassuring way.
Ages 7-12 years.

Lost and Found by Rabbi M. Gellman. Morrow Junior Books : 1999.
"Love is like people glue: It sticks us back together when we are apart!" Walks children through losses, from toys to parents-and how they can grow form all of those experiences.
Ages 7-12 years.

Maybe It Will Rain Tomorrow by Jane Zalben-Breskin. Farrar Straus & Giroux : 1982.
A young woman dealing with her mother's suicide. She is torn between anger, sadness, and love. Ages 7-12 years.

The Lost Flower Children by Janet Lisle. Philomel : 1993.
Following the death of their mother, nine-year-old Olivia and four-year-old Nellie are sent to live with Great-Aunt Minty. Ages 7-12 years.

The Man Who Was It by George Panloff. TBW Books : 1990.
Elderly man entangled with children. Ages 7-12 years.

Missing May by Cynthia Rylant.
After Aunt May dies, Summer and Uncle Ob are brought together in their struggles to come to terms with the death.
Ages 7-12

The Monument by Gary Paulsen.
Young boy follows around an artist/historian who is to create a war memorial in his town. A town learns that monuments and memorials are not always made out of stone. Ages 7-12

The Mountains of Tibet by Mordicai Gerstein. Harper & Row : 1989.
This story of the death and reincarnation of a Tibetan woodcutter is a beautifully gentle look at one human being dealing with life's choices and possibilities. Ages 7-12 years.

My Grandfather's House by Bruce Coville. Troll Books : 1996.
"Where did Grandpa go when he died?" is the question that troubles the main character of My Grandfather's House as he views his recently deceased grandfather's body at the funeral home. Ages 1-12 years.

Nadia The Willful Sue Alexander. Dragonfly Books : 1983.
A story about a sister and her family's loss of the oldest brother. Ages 7-12 years.

Northern Lights: The Soccer Truce by Michael Kuskugak. Annick Press : 1993.
Based on an Inuit tale about the mystical aspects of the northern lights--the souls of the dead play soccer using a walrus head as the ball--the author tells about the death of a young girl's mother, grieving, and rejoicing when watching the northern lights.
Ages 7-12 years.

Pirates by Joshua B. Feder. Smithmark Publishing: 1996. Pirates explores the fascinating world of swashbuckling from its roots in the ancient world, through its golden age in the 18th and 19th centuries.

A Rainbow of Suzanne by George Pavloff. TBW Books : 1992.
Suzanne befriends an elderly gentleman who takes care of her while her grandmother is sick. Suzanne becomes an orphan and goes to court so she can stay with Mr. Bootes.
Ages 7-12 years.

Remember The Secret by Elizabeth Kubler-Ross. Celestial Arts : 1982.
This beautiful story teaches about love, caring, and loss--especially helpful for children facing life-threatening illness or the loss of a loved one. Ages 7-12 years.

Saturday Night Mulberries by Dorothy Ferguson. Centering Corporation : 1988.
Hurt healed and grown. Ages 7-12 years.

Shooting Stardust by Frrich Lewandowski. Ambassador Books : 1998.
A touching story for both children and parents who have lost a loved one. It does not explain death; it consoles those left behind. It is the story of a young boy who loses his brother and finds that their relationship transcends death itself. Ages 7-12 years.

Snips & Snails & Walnut Whales Whale: Nature Crafts for Children by Phyllis Fiarotta. Workman Press : 1975.
Leaf printing, daisy chains, sachet bags, wild bird feeders, apple pin cushions, sand paintings, melon seed necklaces, and more in this child's garden of crafts. A companion volume to Sticks & Stones & Ice Cream Cones, it offers over 100 creative projects to make. Ages 7-12 years.

Snugglepot and Cuddlepie by May Gibbs. Harper & Row : 1940.
Snugglepot and Cuddlepie set out on a journey to see the "humans" they have heard so much about. In their travels through the bush they meet many colourful characters - the charming Mr Lizard, the helpful Mr Frog, the sweet Little Ragged Blossom and who could forget the wicked Mrs Snake and the nasty Banksia men! Ages 7-12 years.

Tracker by Gary Paulsen. Ages 7-12
Only thirteen, John must track a deer in the Minnesota woods for his family's winter meat, and in doing so finds himself drawn to the doe that he hunts.

Talk To God by Norman Geller. Norman Geller Books : 1983.
Understanding death and dying. Ages 7-12 years.

A Taste of Blackberries by Doris Buchanan Smith. Harper & Row : 1973.
No one, least of all his best friend, dreamed that Jamie's exuberance and a harmless prank could end in his sudden death. But when it does, his friend must find the strength to bear his grief and his feeling that he might have saved his friend. Ages 7-12 years.

Tell Me Papa: A Family Book For Children's Questions On Death and Funerals
by Joy Johnson. Centering for Thanatology Research : 1978.
A gentle explanation for children about death and the funerals. Ages 7-12 years.

The World Book of Children's Games by Arnold Arnold. The World Publishing Company: 1972. A collection of 369 informal, entertaining games for children perfect for parents, teachers, and children looking for entertainment and excitement.

Tim's Dad: A Story About A Boy Whose Father Dies by Ruth Hitchcock. Centering Corporation : 1988. Tim's dad has a brain tumor and is spending his last days at home. Tim finds it really hard to see his strong dad sick and is torn by emotions. Ages 7-12 years.

Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creek. Two stories weaved into one spiritual journey about loss and love, with some humor mixed in. Ages 7-12


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