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KCLS Recommends: Children's - Death & Dying

Bone Dog
Bone Dog By Rohmann, Eric Book - 2011 E ROHMANN Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 25 copies

Annotation:Although devastated when his pet dog dies, a young boy goes trick-or-treating and receives a timely visit from an old friend during a scary encounter with graveyard skeletons. Ages 4-8

Cat Heaven
Cat Heaven By Rylant, Cynthia Book - 1997 E RYLANT Available in some locations

Annotation:Visit Cat Heaven where cats have an eternal supply of catnip, tuna, and warm laps. Ages 5-9

City Dog, Country Frog
City Dog, Country Frog By Willems, Mo Book - 2010 E WILLEMS Available in some locations

Annotation:Through the seasons, whenever City Dog visits the country he runs straight for Country Frog's rock to play games with him, but during the winter things change for both of them. Ages 5-8

The Day Tiger Rose Said Goodbye
The Day Tiger Rose Said Goodbye By Yolen, Jane Book - 2011 E YOLEN Available in some locations

Annotation:In her final moments, Tiger Rose reflects on her kittenhood and says goodbye to the creatures and joys of her world, before leaping into the blue sky to become an enduring part of nature. Ages 5-8

Each Little Bird That Sings
Each Little Bird That Sings By Wiles, Deborah Book - 2006 J WILES Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 31 copies

Annotation:Comfort Snowberger is well acquainted with death since her family runs the funeral parlor in their small southern town, but even so the ten-year-old is unprepared for the series of heart-wrenching events that begins with the sudden death of her beloved great-uncle, Edisto. Ages 9-12

Goob and His Grandpa
Goob and His Grandpa By Covey, Sean Book - 2013 E COVEY Available in some locations

Annotation:After the death of his grandfather, Goob has a hard time getting back into his normal routine. But when all of his friends spend time with him doing the things he loves to do, he discovers ways to stop feeling so sad. Ages 3-7

Good-bye Fish
Good-bye Fish By Koppens, Judith, 1969- Book - 2013 E KOPPENS Available in some locations

Annotation:Kitty's friends attempt to get her dead goldfish to respond. When tickling its tummy and making waves in the bowl don't work, Giraffe breaks the bad news. A proper burial is held. After Kitty faithfully waters Fish's grave, since he "didn't like dirt, he liked water," a golden flower appears. Ages 2-5

Good-bye, Jeepers
Good-bye, Jeepers What to Expect When your Pet Dies By Loewen, Nancy, 1964- Book - 2012 E155.937 LOE Available in some locations

Annotation:When his pet guinea pig, Jeepers, dies, a boy's parents help him deal with the confusing emotions he feels and show him how to cope with the tough times. Ages 5-9

Good-bye, Sheepie
Good-bye, Sheepie By Burleigh, Robert Book - 2010 E BURLEIGH Available in some locations

Annotation:A father teaches his young son about death and remembrance as he buries their beloved dog. Ages 4-8.

Grandma's Gloves
Grandma's Gloves By Castellucci, Cecil, 1969- Book - 2010 E CASTELLUCCI Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 14 copies

Annotation:When her grandmother, a devoted gardener, dies, a little girl inherits her gardening gloves and feels closer to her memory. Ages 5-8

Harry & Hopper
Harry & Hopper By Wild, Margaret, 1948- Book - 2011 E WILD Available in some locations

Annotation:One day Harry comes home from school but his faithful companion Hopper isn't there to greet him. Ages 2-5

I Miss My Pet
I Miss My Pet A First Look at the Death of A Pet By Thomas, Pat, 1959- Book - 2012 E155.937 THO Available in some locations

Annotation:Children are encouraged to remember what they liked about their pet and what they can do after their pet's death. Ages 3-7

Kindred Souls
Kindred Souls By MacLachlan, Patricia Book - 2012 J MACLACHLAN Available in some locations

Annotation:Ten year-old Jake shares a special bond with his grandfather, Billy, but when Billy asks Jake to build him a sod house, Jake is not sure he wants to do it. Ages 7-10

Mimi
Mimi By Newman, John Book - 2011 J NEWMAN Available in some locations

Annotation:Mimi is determined not to give up on anyone or anything, but ever since her mother died, her father never smiles, her sister Sally is always in a bad mood, her brother Conor keeps to himself, and even Sparkler the dog does not want to go for walks. Ages 9-12

Missing May
Missing May By Rylant, Cynthia Book - 1992 J RYLANT Available in some locations

Annotation:When Summer's Aunt May dies, Summer and her Uncle Ob discover what it takes to come to terms with the loss of a loved one and to find the desire to live life to its fullness. Ages 10-12

Missing Mommy
Missing Mommy By Cobb, Rebecca Book - 2013 E COBB Available in some locations

Annotation:A touching story describing all the emotions a child might feel when a parent dies. Ages 3-5

Mockingbird
Mockingbird By Erskine, Kathryn Book - 2010 J ERSKINE Available in some locations Holds: 5 on 88 copies

Annotation:Possessing an absolute view of the world that categorizes everything as good or bad, Caitlin, an 11-year-old with Asperger's syndrome, relies on her older brother to explain in-between things until his death forces her to cope with confusing feelings and develop greater self-reliance. Ages 9-12

Nana Upstairs & Nana Downstairs
Nana Upstairs & Nana Downstairs By DePaola, Tomie, 1934- Book - 1998 E DEPAOLA Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 25 copies

Annotation:Four-year-old Tommy enjoys his relationship with his grandmother and great-grandmother, but eventually learns to face their inevitable death. Ages 3-7

Our Tree Named Steve
Our Tree Named Steve By Zweibel, Alan Book - 2005 E ZWEIBEL Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 10 copies

Annotation:When the builders arrive on the land, a family works together to save their tree from being removed while sharing tales of how important the tree has been to all of them throughout the many years together. Ages 5-8.

Pearl Verses the World
Pearl Verses the World By Murphy, Sally Book - 2011 J MURPHY Available in some locations

Annotation:Pearl feels like an island in school, isolated and alone, but at home she feels loved and secure until her grandmother's illness changes the way Pearl views her world. Ages 8-12

A Place Called Dead
A Place Called Dead By Stewart, Sheila, 1975- Book - 2011 J155.937 STE Available in some locations

Annotation:The first part of the book is a short story about a girl whose great-grandmother dies while the last part of the book gives information about what happens and how one may feel when somebody they know dies. Ages 8-12

Remembering Mrs. Rossi
Remembering Mrs. Rossi By Hest, Amy Book - 2007 J HEST Available in some locations

Annotation:Although she loves her father, their home in New York City, and third-grade teacher Miss Meadows, Annie misses her mother who died recently. Ages 8-12

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes
Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes By Coerr, Eleanor Book - 1999 JB SASAKI Available in some locations

Annotation:Hospitalized with the dreaded atom bomb disease, leukemia, a child in Hiroshima races against time to fold one thousand paper cranes to verify the legend that by doing so a sick person will become healthy. Ages 8-12.

Saying Goodbye to Lulu
Saying Goodbye to Lulu By Demas, Corinne Book - 2004 E DEMAS Available in some locations

Annotation:When her dog Lulu dies, a girl grieves but then continues with her life. Ages 3-7

Saying Good-bye to Uncle Joe
Saying Good-bye to Uncle Joe What to Expect When Someone You Love Dies By Loewen, Nancy, 1964- Book - 2012 E155.937 LOE Available in some locations

Annotation:Presents advice for young readers on how to deal with the impact of the death of a close family member. Ages 5-8

The Tenth Good Thing About Barney
The Tenth Good Thing About Barney By Viorst, Judith Book - 1987 E VIORST Available in some locations

Annotation:In an attempt to overcome his grief, a boy tries to think of the ten best things about his dead cat. Ages 5-9

Tough Boris
Tough Boris By Fox, Mem, 1946- Book - 1994 E FOX Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 30 copies

Annotation:Although he is a very tough pirate, Boris von der Borch cries when his parrot dies. Ages 5-9

Umbrella Summer
Umbrella Summer By Graff, Lisa, 1981- Book - 2009 J GRAFF All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:After her brother Jared dies, ten-year-old Annie worries about the hidden dangers of everything, from bug bites to bicycle riding, until she is befriended by a new neighbor who is grieving her own loss. Ages 9-12

When A Pet Dies
When A Pet Dies By Rogers, Fred Book - 1998 E155.937 ROG Available in some locations

Annotation:Explores the feelings of frustration, sadness, and loneliness that a child may feel when a pet dies. Ages 5-8

When Dinosaurs Die
When Dinosaurs Die A Guide to Understanding Death By Brown, Laurene Krasny Book - 1996 E155.937 BRO Available in some locations

Annotation:Explains in simple language the feelings people may have regarding the death of a loved one and the ways to honor the memory of someone who has died. Ages 5-8

When People Die
When People Die By Levete, Sarah Book - 2009 J155.937 LEV Available in some locations

Annotation:Describes how people feel about death, discussing what happens when someone dies, why people die, and how to cope with grief. Ages 5-8


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