Recommended Reading on Grieving and Loss | Imagine NJ

Recommended Reading on Grief & Loss

Recommended Book List by Age

Preschool Age

Early School Age

School Age

Late Elementary School Age to Early Adolescent

  • Beat the Turtle Drum, 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
  • Matylda Bright and Tender, by Holly M. McGhee – the loss of a best friend
  • The Thing About Jellyfish, by Ali Benjamin – the loss of a parent (a dad)


  • The Grieving Teen: A guide for teenagers and their friends by Helen Fitzgerald
  • The Empty Room: Understanding Sibling Loss, by Elizabeth DeVita-Raeburn 
  • 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

  • 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 – a story of the loss of a baby

Sibling Loss