Imagine Recommended Book List on Grief and Loss by Age

Imagine Recommended Book List on Grief and Loss by Age

Recommended Book List 

Preschool Age:

Early School Age

  • A Book About Losing Your Bunny, by Joshua Cohen
  • Thumpy’s Story: A Story of Love and Grief Shared by Thumpy, the Bunny, by N. Dodge 
  • Lifetimes: A Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children, by Bryan Mellonie and Robert Ingpen
  • The Tenth Good Thing about Barney, by Judith Viorst
  • The Fall of Freddie the Leaf, by Leo Buscaglia 
  • I Miss My Best Friend, by Penelope Lagos (pet loss)

School Age

  • I Miss You: A First Look At Death by Pat Thomas and Leslie Harker
  • Dog Heaven by Cynthia Rylant– For the loss of a pet
  • Daddy’s Promise, by Cindy Klein Cohen and John Heine
  • Today My Sister Died, by Ronee Domskez
  • The Magic Moth, by V. Lee
  • Children are Not Paper Dolls, by E. Levy
  • My Twin Sister Erika, by I. Voge
  • Aarvy Aardvark Finds Hope, by Donna O’Toole
  • The Old Dog, by Sara Abbott
  • Nanna, by Jennifer Bartoli
  • When People Die, by Joanne Bernstein and Stephen Gullo
  • About Dying, by Sara Bonnett Stein 

Late Elementary School Age to Early Adolescent

  • Beat the Turtle Drum, by by C. Green
  • Bridge to Terabithia, Katherine Paterson
  • How it Feels When a Parent Dies, by Jill Krementz
  • Season of Discovery, by Gloria Gldreich
  • First Snow, by Helen Coutant
  • The Mountains of Tibet, by Mordicai Gerstein 


  • The Grieving Teen: A guide for teenagers and their friends by Helen Fitzgerald.
  • Weird Is Normal:  When Teenagers Grieve by Jennie Lee Wheeler
  • If Only by Carole Geitner-about a teen that loses her parent to cancer.
  • Straight Talk about Death for Teenagers: How to Cope with Losing Someone You Love, by E. Grollman
  • Losing Someone You Love: When a Brother or Sister Dies, by E. Richter
  • Facing Change: Falling Apart and Coming Together Again in the Teen Years, by Donna O’Toole
  • Shira: A legacy of Courage, by Earl Grollman
  • Tiger Eyes, by Judy Blume
  • How it Feels When a Parent Dies, by Jill Krementz 

Adults Supporting Grieving Children


Loss of a Child

  • Permission to Thrive, by Susan Angel Miller
  • Resilient Grieving, by Lucy Hone
  • Comfort by Ann Hood is a story of the loss of a child
  • How to Survive the Loss of a Child by Catherine Sanders
  • Making Toast by Roger Rosenblatt about losing an adult child
  • The Worst Loss:  How Families Deal with the Death of a Child by Barbara Rosof
  • An Exact Replica of A Figment of My Imagination by Elizabeth McCracken is a story of the loss of a baby. 
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