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Grief: Picture Books

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The Blue House Dog
by Deborah Blumenthal

A stray dog and a young boy help each other cope with loss, and learn to trust again.

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The Scar
by Charlotte Moundlic

Afraid he'll forget his mother after her death, a young boy tries to capture her scent and remember the sound of her voice.

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Grandma's Gloves
by Cecil Castellucci

A child keeps her grandma's memory alive by tending her garden, a special hobby they shared.

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Michael Rosen's Sad Book
by Michael Rosen

A father who has lost his son shares the depth of his sadness, helping the young reader learn to cope with this normal emotion and to not feel so alone.

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Everett Anderson's Goodbye
by Lucille Clifton

A little boy moves through the stages of grief as he mourns the loss of his father in this touching poem.

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The Tenth Good Thing About Barney
by Judith Viorst

Thinking of 10 things he loved about his cat helps a young boy overcome his broken heart after she dies.

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Ricky and the Squirrel
by Guido van Genechten

Children learn about the life cycle and mortality when Ricky finds a lifeless animal in the forest.

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City Dog, Country Frog
by Mo Willems

Two animal friends share a special bond, but when one passes away, the other experiences sadness that gives way to happiness with time.

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Remembering Grandpa
by Uma Krishnaswami

Daysha is on a quest to find objects that remind her of Grandpa to help Grandma recall happy memories of him.

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Our Tree Named Steve
by Alan Zweibel

Recalling the happy memories of a special tree helps a family deal with their loss.


Last Updated: 3/29/11