Books for Grieving Children

Resources for locating books:
Amazon
Centering
Center for Loss and Life Transition
Abe’s Books (out of print books)**

Explaining Death to Children
~ Tell Me, Papa by Joy & Marv Johnson ages 3-8 (explaining death & funerals)
~ Lean on Me Gently by Doug Manning
~ Helping Children Cope with Grief by Alan Wolfelt
~ How Do We Tell the Children? Fourth Edition: A Step-by-Step Guide for Helping Children and Teens Cope When Someone Dies by Dan Schaefer
~ Grief Comes to Class – An Educator’s Guide by Majel Gliko-Braden
~ Sibling Grief by Marcia Scherago (a parent’s guide for all age groups)
~ Someone I Love Died By Suicide by Doreen Cammarata (helping children cope with a loved one’s death)
This newly revised edition of the book is designed for adult caregivers to read to surviving youngsters following a suicidal death. The story allows individuals an opportunity to recognize normal grieving symptoms and to identify various interventions to promote healthy ways of coping with the death of a special person. Although the language used in the book is simple enough to be read along with children and ultimately stimulating family discussion, it can be beneficial to all who have been tragically devastated by suicide. It is recommended for this book to be utilized in conjunction with therapy.

Books for Children
~ Sibling Grief – After Miscarriage, Stillbirth, or Infant Death (grief experienced by surviving brothers and sisters)
~ Thank You for Coming to Say Goodbye by Roberts & Johnson age 6-12 (death & funerals)
~ Timothy Duck by Lynn Blackburn age 6-10 (death of a friend)
~ Learning to Say Goodbye: When a Parent Dies by Edna LeShan ages 8+
~ Secret Places: The Story of a Child’s Adventure with Grief by James Campbell age 7-10 (father’s death)
~ I Heard Your Mommy Died by Mark Scrivani ages 3-7
~ I Heard Your Daddy Died by Mark Scrivani ages 3-7
~ The Empty Place by Roberta Tremes ages 5-10 (death of a sibling)
~ No New Baby by Centering Corporation (for young children whose mommy miscarries)
~ Am I Still a Sister? by Allie Sims ages 6+
~ Grandpa’s Berries by Julie Dickerson ages 7-10
~ Green Mittens for Grandma by Bernice Hanks ages 5-9
~ A Child Remembers by Enid S. Traisman ages 8-12 (journal for children)
~ After a Parent’s Suicide: Helping Children Heal by Margo Requarth (explaining suicide to children and teens)

For Teens
~ How It Feels When a Parent Dies by Jill Krementz (ages 7-17)
~ Facing Change by Donna O’Toole
~ When a Friend Dies by Marilyn Gootman
~ Straight Talk About Death for Teenagers by Earl Grollman
~ When Death Walks In by Mark Scrivani
~ Fire in My Heart, Ice in My Veins by Enid Traisman (journal for teens)

Explaining Suicide to Children and Teens
~ The Last Teenage Suicide by Norman Geller (suicide death of a friend)
~ A Teenager’s Book About Suicide by Earl Grollman
~ After a Parent’s Suicide: Helping Children Heal by Margo Requarth (explaining suicide to children and teens)
~ After a Suicide Death by The Dougy Center (an Activity Book for Grieving Kids)
~ But I Didn’t Say Goodbye by Barbara Rubel (helping children and families after a suicide)
~ Someone I Love Died By Suicide by Doreen Cammarata (helping children cope with a loved one’s death)


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