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The Foundling
Carrick, Carol
(Seabury Press, 1977)
Memories of his dog, killed in an accident, cause a young boy to resist his parents' efforts to adopt a puppy. Parents try to rush their son through grief but come to realize then the child's feelings are deep and long lasting.

You hold me and I'll hold you
Carson, Jo
(Orchard Books, 1992)
When a great aunt dies, a young child finds comfort in being held and in holding her father. Words and pictures express both worry and comfort with heart felt simplicity. This book will help to explain funerals for younger children.

Jim's Dog Muffins
Cohen, Miriam
(Greenwillow Books, 1984)
Jim is unable to talk about the death of his dog until his best friend helps him to work through his feeling of loss.

I had a friend Named Peter: Talking to children about the death of a friend.
(W. Morrow, 1987)
In this sensitive and reassuring story, parents of a young child help her cope with the sudden death of her friend. Her parents and teacher discuss dying and funerals. This book can be shared by parents and children to help them cope with a difficult time and to show children that people die but memories are forever.

Last week my brother Anthony died.
Hickman, Martha Whitmore
(Abingdon Press, 1984)
A small girl describes her feelings following the death of her four week old baby brother.

Murphy and Kate
Howard, Ellen
(Simon and Schuster Books, 1995)
Kate and her dog Murphy are best friends and when Murphy dies Kate does not think she can ever be happy again.

Good-bye, May
Keller, Holly
(Greenwillow, 1987)
Ben blames his parents for the death of his dog, Max, and does not want the new puppy they brought home. A wise, warm and reassuring story of love, loss and the sharing of grief.

Badger's Parting Gifts
(Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1984)
This is one of the best books that deals with death and dying. Badger's friends are overwhelmed when he dies, but as time goes on they begin to treasure their warm and loving memories of when he was living with them. A beautiful, reassuring story of love and loss.

The Baby Project
Ellis, Sarah.
(Duglas and McIntyre, 1986) A new baby brings many changes for 11 year old Jessica and her family. When the baby dies unexpectedly the family must learn to cope with their grief.

When I Die, Will I Get Better?
by Joeri Breebaart, Piet Breebaart, Harold S. Kushner (Preface)
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover - 32 pages (September 1993)
Peter Bedrick Books; ISBN: 0872263754

When Dinosaurs Die : A Guide to Understanding Death
by Marc Tolon Brown (Illustrator), Laurie Krasny Brown
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Paperback - 32 pages Reprint edition (April 1998)
Little Brown & Co (Juv Pap); ISBN: 0316119555

The Dead Bird
by Margaret Wise Brown, Remy Charlip (Illustrator)
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Paperback - 48 pages (May 1995)
HarperTrophy; ISBN: 0064433269

The Fall of Freddie the Leaf
by Leo F. Buscaglia
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover - 32 pages (September 1983)
Holt Rinehart & Winston; ISBN: 0805010645

Balloons for Trevor : Understanding Death (Comforting Little Hearts Series)
by Anne Good Cave, Janice Skivington (Illustrator)
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover (January 1998)
Concordia Pub House; ISBN: 0570050405

Everett Anderson's Goodbye (Reading Rainbow)
by Lucille Clifton, Ann Grifalconi (Illustrator)
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Paperback Reprint edition (June 1988)
Henry Holt (Paper); ISBN: 0805008004

Nana Upstairs and Nana Downstairs (Picture Puffin)
by Tomie De Paola, Thomas Anthony De Paola
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Paperback - 32 pages Reissue edition (February 1987)
Viking Pr; ISBN: 0140502904

My Grandpa Died Today
by Joan Fassler
Paperback (August 1983)
Human Sciences Pr; ISBN: 0898851742

When Someone Dies
by Sharon Greenlee, Bill Brath (Illustrator), Bill Drath (Illustrator)
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Hardcover - 1 pages (October 1992)
Peachtree Publishers; ISBN: 1561450448

The Next Place
by Warren Hanson
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover - 36 pages (September 1997)
Waldman House Pr; ISBN: 0931674328

Daddy's Promise
by John T. Heiney, Michael J. Gordon (Illustrator), Cindy Klein Cohen
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Paperback - 32 pages 1 edition (May 25, 1997)
Promise Publications; ISBN: 0965649806

'I Wish I Could Hold Your Hand--' : A Child's Guide to Grief and Loss
by Pat Palmer, Dianne O'Quinn Burke (Illustrator)
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Paperback - 32 pages (November 1994)
Impact Pub; ISBN: 0915166828

Robert Nathaniel's Tree
by Rara Schlitt Schlitt, Ra Sartwell Schlitt, Camilla Brunschwyler Armstrong (Illustrator)
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover (July 1993)
Light Bearer Pubs; ISBN: 0963001736

The Saddest Time (An Albert Whitman Prairie Book)
by Norma Simon, Jacqueline Rogers (Illustrator)
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Paperback Reprint edition (April 1992)
Albert Whitman & Co; ISBN: 0807572047

After Charlotte's Mom Died
by Cornelia Spelman, Judith Friedman (Illustrator)
Reading level: Ages 4-8
School & Library Binding - 24 pages (March 1996)
Albert Whitman & Co; ISBN: 0807501964

Badger's Parting Gifts
by Susan Varley
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Paperback Reprint edition (July 1992)
Mulberry Books; ISBN: 0688115187

Saying Goodbye to Daddy
by Judith Vigna, Abby Levine (Editor)
List Price: $14.95
Reading level: Ages 4-8
School & Library Binding - 32 pages (January 1991)
Albert Whitman & Co; ISBN: 0807572535

The Tenth Good Thing About Barney
by Judith Viorst, Erik Blegvad (Illustrator)
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Paperback (July 1976)
Aladdin Paperbacks; ISBN: 0689712030

I'll Always Love You
by Hans Wilhelm
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Paperback (May 1989)
Crown Pub; ISBN: 0517572656

Pearl's Marigolds for Grandpa
by Jane Breskin Zalben, Stephanie Lurie (Editor)

Reading level: Ages 4-8
School & Library Binding - 32 pages 1 edition (September 1997)
Simon & Schuster (Juv); ISBN: 0689804482

The Old Dog
by Charlotte Zolotow, James Ransome (Illustrator)
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover Revised edition (September 1995)
Harpercollins Juvenile Books; ISBN: 0060244097