Books for Children
A TASTE OF BLACKBERRIES
Doris Buchanan Smith
This is a paperback book written for young teens. It has a few line drawings. It tells the story of a group of friends out blackberry picking. One of them is stung by a bee, has a bad reaction and dies. The story follows his friends as they try to make sense of what has happened.
A TEENAGE GUIDE TO COPING WITH BEREAVEMENT
Sarah Darwen - Child Bereavement UK
Small leaflet for teenagers.
A paperback written for early teens with a few line drawings. The book explores the whole subject of life and death by looking back and looking forwards. It is described as a book for children who grieve. It tells the story of a girl after her Dad has died.
ALWAYS AND FOREVER
A large format picture book with beautiful bright pictures. The story is about all the animals who live in the wood. It explores what happens when fox dies. Gradually all the animals remember stories about fox and what he taught them.
BADGER'S PARTING GIFT
A large paperback picture book. It tells the story of Badger who lives in the woods with his friends. One day Badger dies and everyone is very sad. His friends then gradually remember all the things he taught them, and how he lives on in their memory.
BEGINNINGS & ENDINGS WITH LIFETIME IN BETWEEN
Bryan Mellonie & Robert Ingpen
A hardback picture book. This beautifully illustrated book looks at the subject of life and death through nature and explores how everything lives and eventually dies.
A large hardbacked book with clear coloured pictures. This book tells the story about Christopher who is diagnosed with leukaemia. It follows his journey through hospital, treatment, hair loss, and recovery. It faces hard issues with the death of a child in hospital. Christopher recovers and goes home.
COME BACK, GRANDMA
A large paperback picture book. A beautifully illustrated picture book exploring the issue of the death of a grandmother. The pictures are clear and full of detail and there are not many words.
DEATH AND DYING
A hardback picture book. The pictures are all photos. This book is in a series called 'Let's talk about', and is aimed at older primary school children. It explores all aspects of death and dying.
A hardback picture book in the series 'Religious Topics for Schools'. This book looks at the different customs of different faiths around and after the time of death. It is illustrated with photographs.
DEATH IN A NUT
Eric Maddern and Paul Hess
A large hardback picture book. This book looks at what would happen if 'death' was put in a nut and was no longer there. The book shows that without death there can be no life, so death is released and life returns to normal.
DEATH (WHAT’S HAPPENING?)
A very small paperback picture book in the 'Bible Early Learning' series. The book looks at the subject of death, the death of a bird, and the death of a person. There are Bible quotes to illustrate the Christian understand of death.
EMMA SAYS GOODBYE
A hardback picture book. This book tells the story about a young girl whose aunt comes to stay. She is very fond of her aunt who is a young woman. Gradually the aunt becomes very ill with cancer and eventually dies. The book has very beautiful coloured pictures. There is a strong Christian message about life, death and resurrection.
A paperback picture book. This book explores the subject of feelings. It is beautifully illustrated with detailed pictures which encourage further discussion.
FINDING A WAY THROUGH WHEN SOMEONE CLOSE HAS DIED
Pat Mood and Lesley Whittaker
A paperback workbook written for the bereaved child, by bereaved children. It offers advice based on the children's experiences. It encourages the child to write and draw about their feelings and experiences.
GOD IS ALWAYS WITH ME
A small paperback book with coloured pictures. The story follows a little girl as she explores the issues of how life changes and how animals and people die. The image of a caterpillar and butterfly is used as a way of explaining death and life after death. The whole book is underpinned by a message of God's love.
GOODBYE AND KEEP COLD
A paperback novel for an older child. A story about a girl whose father dies in a mining accident, and the difficulty she has when her mother wants to remarry.
Robie H Harris
A paperback picture book. A beautifully illustrated story about a little boy who has a pet mouse that dies.
A small paperback picture book. The boy in the story has a gerbil that dies. After the animal's death the boy feels very sad and talks to his grandfather about how he felt when his grandmother died.
GRANDAD I'LL ALWAYS REMEMBER YOU
De Bode, Broere and Bode De Bode
A large paperback picture book. This book tells the story of a family coping with a grandfather's death. It has clear pictures illustrating the sadness that is around, the undertaker, the coffin and the funeral.
GRANDAD'S PRAYERS OF THE EARTH
A beautifully illustrated large hardback book. A grandson walks with his grandfather in the country and the grandfather speaks of the prayers of the earth. How everything is a prayer, and how people's prayers are the best. The grandfather dies and the child is left feeling very sad and finds it hard to pray. One day many years later the child, now much grown, goes into the country and sits and prays and finds peace.
A large format picture book. This book tells the story of a child's relationship with his grandfather in pictures. It ends with a picture of the grandfather's empty chair.
GRANDPA'S SLIDE SHOW
A paperback picture book. This book tells the story of two grandchildren and how they love to stay with their grandparents. After a while the grandfather dies. The story follows the children through the illness, death, and funeral and on afterwards with life without their grandfather.
HEALING YOUR GRIEVING HEART FOR TEENS
Alan D Wolfelt
A paperback book written for teenagers. This book has 100 practical ideas and simple tips for understanding and helping with expressing grief.
A paperback picture book. An amusing exploration about a dog dying and leaving a child behind.
HELP ME SAY GOODBYE
A large format paperback book. This is a workbook for children of all ages to help them cope when a special person dies.
HELPING CHILDREN COPE WITH THE LOSS OF A LOVED ONE
William C Kroen
A guide for grownups.
HOPE FOR THE FLOWERS
A paperback book written for older children and adults. This book is about the journey of a caterpillar and what happens on the way to becoming a butterfly.
‘HOW DO I FEEL ABOUT’ WHEN PEOPLE DIE?
This series encourages children to explore their feelings about personal issues that may affect them. The books are designed to help the reader think about how he or she would cope with different situations and emotions.
HOW IT FEELS WHEN A PARENT DIES
A paperback book illustrated with photographs. This is a collection of real life stories told by children and young people about the death of a parent.
I MISS MY SISTER
Child Bereavement UK
A picture book exploring the feelings of a child when her sister has died.
I MISS YOU
A large format paperback picture book. This book is aimed at young children and explores the issue of death. It looks at a bird's death and then goes into some detail about what happens when someone dies, looking at the funeral and the feeling that might be around afterwards.
I NEVER TOLD HER I LOVED HER
A paperback book written for teenagers. It tells the story of young girl's journey through grief after the death of her mum. It explores some difficult issues such as guilt and anger.
I WILL REMEMBER YOU
What to do when someone dies. A guide through grief for teenagers.
I'LL ALWAYS LOVE YOU
A paperback picture book. A delightful book looking at the death of a dog, illustrated with beautiful pictures.
JENNY AND GRANDPA
This is a paperback picture book aimed at the older young child. This book explores the issues of getting old. The grandfather in the book becomes ill and although he survives he has a conversation with his granddaughter about dying. The book has a strong Christian message.
A slim paperback picture book. A book with simple line drawings that explores what happens when a grandmother dies from a Christian perspective.
MILLY’S BUG-NUT (Winston’s Wish)
Jill Janney and Peter Bailey
A story of a family finding their way through bereavement, written by a mother for her children after their father died.
A picture book exploring how a child might feel after the death of a mother.
MUDDLES, PUDDLES & SUNSHINE (Winston’s Wish)
A large format paperback picture book. This is an activity book to help a child when someone has died. Full of fun pictures and activities.
A tender story of living and loving, giving and receiving.
Child Bereavement UK
A workbook to help children explore their feelings after a significant death.
Ginny Perkins & Leon Morris
A hardback picture book using real photos to tell the story of life for two children after their mother dies.
REMEMBERING MY BROTHER
Ginny Perkins & Leon Morris
A hardback book illustrated with photographs. It tell the story of how a family cope after the death of a child.
SOMEONE I LOVE DIED
Christine Harder Tangvald
A hardback picture book. This is in a series called 'Please help me, God'. It gives a very clear God-based message about life, death and life after death. It explores an evangelical explanation about death, and is very focused on the Bible and prayer.
THE DEATH OF A CHILD
A paperback book written in two parts. The first part is written for parents to read after a child has died from an illness. The second part is written for children to read and is illustrated. The whole book is illustrated with gentle line drawings
A paperback written for early teens with a few line drawings. The book explores the whole subject of life and death by looking back and looking forwards. It is described as a book for children who grieve. It tells the story of a boy after his mum has died.
THE NEXT PLACE
A hardback large picture book. This book endeavours to explore what heaven is like. It has beautiful illustrations which try to capture the abstract idea of heaven.
THE VELVETEEN RABBIT
A paperback book with a few pictures written for an older child. This book is the story of a toy rabbit given to a boy for Christmas. It follows the journey of the rabbit and the boy and explores the love they have for each other.
TOBY'S TINY TOT
A paperback picture book. This book tells the story about a child coping in a family when there has been a stillbirth.
WATER BUGS AND DRAGONFLIES
This book comes as a hardback and a small paperback picture book. The book tells the story of water bugs and dragonflies and uses them to explain life, death and life after death.
WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT DEATH AND DYING?
Pete Sanders and Steve Myers
Through real case studies illustrated by a combination of photos, strip artworks and diagrams, this book looks at death and dying in an interesting and informative way. This book has been prepared in consultation with experts in this field.
WHAT ON EARTH DO YOU DO WHEN SOMEONE DIES?
A small paperback book illustrated with line drawings. This book explores the many issues and questions that children may want to ask about death.
WHEN DAD DIED/WHEN MUM DIED
Sheila Hollins and Lester Sireling
These books, one about a mother's death the other about a father's, have been specifically written for people with learning disabilities. There are few words and simple pictures which can be used to aid discussion and explanation.
WHEN DINOSAURS DIE
Laurie Krasny Brown and Marc Brown
A paperback picture book that explores the whole subject of death. It is described as a 'guide to understanding death'.
WHEN SOMEONE HAS A VERY SERIOUS ILLNESS
A large paperback workbook. This book has been designed to help families communicate and evaluate a child's understanding about a major change happening in a family.
WHEN SOMEONE SPECIAL DIES
Child Bereavement UK
Two leaflets prepared with help of bereaved families - one for children under 7 and one for children 7-11
WHEN SOMEONE VERY SPECIAL DIES
A large format paperback workbook. This is a book designed to be used by a family together, or child alone, to explore their feeling and emotions after someone has died.
WHEN UNCLE BOB DIED
A paperback picture book. This book is a simple story about the death of an uncle. It follows the news of his death, his funeral and how the family react afterwards
WHEN YOU PARTNER DIES: SUPPORTING YOUR CHILDREN
Child Bereavement UK
Information for surviving parents/carers
WILL MY RABBIT GO TO HEAVEN?
Each page contains humorous and practical advice for parents, teachers, grandparents... anyone faced with a questioning child. The questions raise issues that concerned children ask about God, heaven, sex, death, war etc.
is an charity supporting grieving children. They have an excellent selection of ‘in-house books’ for children addressing some very difficult deaths such as suicide, murder and someone killed in action. They also offer children support online and run excellent family and children’s workshops for bereaved children.