Children 12 and under often find comfort in books and grieving children are no different. Thankfully there are many available books that are written in an age appropriate manner that touch on different aspects of grief in a sweet, comforting and thoughtful way. Midland Care has put together a list of our favorite books and grouped them according to topic. There are books that focus on types of loss, such as a mom, dad, sibling or grandparent. There are books about funerals, what happens after a death as well as books about the many feelings that come with grief. We hope one or many of these books will help you and your child during their grief journey.
By Bryan Mellonie & Robert Ingpen
Recommended Ages: 5+
This book explains life and death in a sensitive, caring way. It tells about beginnings, endings and about living in between.
The Invisible String
By Patrice Karst
Recommended Ages: 3+
A story that teaches of the tie that really binds-from one heart to another. Even when someone dies you are still connected by the invisible string by love.
The Fall of Freddie the Leaf
By Norman Simon
Recommended Ages: 4+
The book follows Freddy the Leaf as he explains the life and death cycle in a clear and simple way.
The Tenth Good Thing About Barney
By Judith Viorst & Erik Blegvad
Recommended Ages: 6-9
A story about a boy whose cat, Barney, dies. His family has a funeral and he can only think of nine good things about Barney. Later, he discovers the 10th thing and he begins to understand.