Pre-School & Early Elementary Suggestions

I Heard Your Daddy Died

Memories, keepsake and wearing Daddy's T-shirts for sleep shirts are all encouraged. A companion set. Ages 3-7 - Mark Scrivan

I Heard Your Mommy Died

You can use this book as a vehicle for talking about feelings and ways to cope with the death of a parent. Talks about the many changes that come and reassures the child that they are loved and will be taken care of. Ages 3-7 - Mark Scrivani

Lifetimes

Outstanding illustrations provide a visual and safe way to begin explaining death to children. Can be used for very young children to explain the life cycles of living things. - Bryan Mellonie and Robert Ingpen

The Tenth Good Thing About Barney

Barney the cat was a beloved pet. When he died, Mom suggests they have a funeral. She also suggests the children think of ten good things about Barney. A wonderful story to explain the importance of saying goodbye.
-Judith Viorst

This Book Is For All Kids, But Especially By Sister Libby

Elizabeth Margaret Simon was born on Mother's Day and named for her parents' maternal grandmothers. Her brother, Jack, called her Libby. Libby was born with a rare disorder. Through she wasn't expected to survive six months she lived three and a half years. When Libby died, five-year-old Jack struggled to understand. This book contains Jack's words. They are painfully normal, typical of grieving kids. Yet he thought no one in the world could possibly know how he felt. - Jack Simon, age 5

What's Heaven?

Many children ask the question 'What's Heaven?'. And as adults we struggle for the right words to say. In this book, Kate, a little girl whose great-grandma has died, seeks this answer. 'You go to Heaven when your life here on earth is over. But no one who goes to Heaven is forgotten. Their friends and family always remember them.' - Maria Shriver

When Dinosaurs Die - A Guide to Understanding Death

A guide to understanding death. This fun and colorful guide helps dispel the mystery associated with death and provides answers to the most often asked questions. - Laurie Krasny Brown & Marc Brown

Dancing on the Moon

Grown-ups know that when a very close friend or family members dies, a part of they stays with you forever. But how can you explain this to a child? A child who doesn't yet understand the concept of death itself? A child's journey to love. Tragedy turns five year old Carly's world upside down. 'In this moving, one-of-a-kind story, Carly takes action to get her. - Janice Roper