As we struggle to navigate our own grief, we can’t forget that children grieve too and may not fully understand death. There are many resources available for parents on how to talk to your children about death, the stages of grief and how to recognize if they are grieving normally. Dr. Sara Peeples shared with us this list of books recommended by a variety of experienced providers and support personnel at UAMS that may be helpful for children of various ages. It is recommended that parents read the book beforehand to make sure it is a good fit for your particular child and situation.

About Grief and Loss:

• Always and Forever (Allen Durant)

• Badger’s Parting Gifts (Susan Varley)

• Being Sad When Someone Dies: A Book About Grief (Linus Mundy and Anne Fitzgerald)

• Bridge to Terabithia (Katherine Paterson)

• Children Grieve Too (Joy Johnson, Marvin Johnson)

• Dancing on the Moon (Janice Roper)

• Fire in my heart, Ice in my Veins: A Journal for Teenagers Experiencing a Loss (Enid Samuel Traisman)

• Gentle Willow: A Story for Children About Dying (Joyce C. Mills)

• Grief is Like a Snowflake (Julia Cook)

• Healing a Child’s Grieving Heart (Allen Wolfelt)

• Help Me Say Goodbye (Janis Silverman)

• How I Feel: A Coloring Book for Grieving Children (Allen Wolfelt)

• I Miss You: A First Look at Death (Pat Thomas)

• I’ll Always Love You (Hans Wilhelm)

• Life is Like the Wind (Shona Innes and Irisz Agocs)

• Lifetimes, a Beautiful Way to Explain Death {to your other children} (Bryan Mellonie, Robert Ingpen)

• Love Never Stops (Emilio Parga)

• My Yellow Balloon (Tiffany Papageorge and Erwin Madrid)

• No New Baby (Marilyn Gryte)

• Remember the Secret (Elisabeth Kubler-Ross)

• Sad Isn’t Bad: A Good-Grief Guidebook for Kids Dealing with Loss (Michaelene Mundy)

• Something Happened: A Book for Children and Parents Who Have Experienced Pregnancy Loss (Cathy Blanford)

• Stacy Had a Little Sister (Wendie Old) Resources for Children Cont.

• Straight Talk About Death for Teenagers: How to Cope with Losing Someone You Love (Earl A. Grollman)

• Supporting Children After a Suicide Loss: A Guide for Parents and Caregivers (Sarah S. Montgomery, Susan M. Coale)

• Tear soup, a recipe for Healing After Loss (Pat Schweibert)

• The Dead Bird (Margaret Wise Brown, Christian Robinson)

• The Fall of Freddie the Leaf: A Story of Life for All Ages (Leo Buscaglia)

• The Goodbye book (Todd Parr)

• The Invisible String (Patrice Karst)

• The Memory Box: A Book About Grief (Joanna Rowland)

• This Book is for All Kids, but Especially My Sister Libby. Libby Died. (Jack Simon)

• Tough Boris (Mem Foxx)

• When Dinosaurs Die (Laurie Krasny Brown, Marc Brown)

• When Someone Very Special Dies: Children Can Learn to Cope with Grief {drawing out feelings series} (Marge Heegaard)

• Where’s Jess? For Children Who Have a Brother or Sister Die (Marvin Johnson)

About Feelings and Emotions:

• The Feelings book (Todd Parr)

• My Many Colored Days (Dr. Seuss)

• What Am I Feeling? (Josh Straub and Chrisi Straub)

• In My Heart: A Book of Feelings (Jo Witek and Christine Roussey)

Other great resources:

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