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Where Do They Go?

Alvarez, Julia

Children wonder what happens to their loved ones after death.

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Boats for Papa

Bagley, Jessixa

Buckley and his mother cope with the loss of their father/husband by sending small wooden boats, built by Buckley, off into the ocean.

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A Stone for Sascha

Becker, Aaron, 1974- author, illustrator.

A young girl, still reeling from her dog's death, finds solace while picking up stones on the beach during her family's vacation, in this beautiful wordless picture book.

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The Blue House Dog

Blumenthal, Deborah

A boy whose beloved dog has died, and a dog whose owner also died, find each other and slowly begin to trust one another.

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I Remember Miss Perry

Brisson, Pat

When his teacher, Miss Perry, is killed in a car accident, Stevie and his elementary school classmates take turns sharing memories of her, especially her fondest wish for each day.

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The Three Lucys

Charara, Hayan, 1972-

A young Lebanese boy must learn to cope with loss and hope for a peaceful future after losing one of his beloved cats because of The July War. Based on the month-long conflict between Lebanon and Israel during the summer of 2006.

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Missing Mommy: a Book about Bereavement

Cobb, Rebecca

Daddy comforts and reassures a very young boy after Mommy dies.

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Turtle Girl

Crowe, Carole

As her grandmother taught her, Magdalena continues to protect the sea turtles that nest near her home even after Grandma's death.

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Grandad’s Island

Davies, Benji author, illustrator.

After entering through a secret door with his grandfather, Syd is astonished to find himself on the deck of a ship bound for an island in the distance, but his amazement turns to sadness when his Grandad tells him he has decided to stay on the island and Syd must journey back home without him.

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Rafa Was My Robot

Dellevoet, Alexandra

Jacob and his robot Rafa do everything together, but one day, Rafa begins to slow down, becoming weaker with each day, and Jacob, unable to find a cure for his friend, must come to terms with possibly losing him.

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Saying Goodbye to Lulu

Demas, Corinne

When her dog Lulu dies, a girl grieves but then continues with her life.

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Her Mother’s Face

Doyle, Roddy, 1958-

Siobhán and her father continue to feel sad in the years following the death of Siobhán's mother, until Siobhán follows the advice of a mysterious woman.

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Is Grandpa Wearing a Suit?

Fried, Amelie, 1958-

After his beloved grandfather dies, a young boy feels confused and sad as he struggles to understand the meaning of death.

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Children Also Grieve: Talking about Death & Healing

Goldman, Linda, 1946-

Henry the dog explains how he felt after his grandfather died and how the children who make up his family felt and worked through their feelings of grief.

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What is Goodbye?

Grimes, Nikki

Alternating poems by a brother and sister convey their feelings about the death of their older brother and the impact it had on their family.

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Six is so much less than Seven

Himler, Ronald

After the death of one of his seven cats, an old man finds how much he misses his cat as he goes about the activities of each day.

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The Heart and the Bottle

Jeffers, Oliver

After safeguarding her heart in a bottle hung around her neck, a girl finds the bottle growing heavier and her interest in things around her becoming smaller.

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Ida, Always

Levis, Caron

A polar bear grieves over the loss of his companion, based on the real-life Gus and Ida of New York's Central Park Zoo.

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The Rough Patch

Lies, Brian author, illustrator.

Farmer Evan and his dog do everything together and, especially, in the garden but when his dog passes away Evan lets his garden fill with weeds until a pumpkin vine brings new hope.

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Ben’s Flying Flowers

Maier, Inger M.

Emily introduces her younger brother, Ben, to butterflies, which he calls "flying flowers," and when his illness makes him too weak to go see them she draws him pictures, but after his death she no longer wants to draw happy things. Includes note to parents.

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When Aunt Mattie Got Her Wings

Mathers, Petra

When Aunt Mattie dies, best friends Lottie and Herbie console each other and celebrate Aunt Mattie's life by scattering her ashes and preparing her favorite snack--peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (with bananas).

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Always Remember

Meng, Cece

When Old Turtle dies and is taken back by the sea, his friends remember that he was a wonderful teacher and friend who made his world a better place.

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I Remember

Moore-Mallinos, Jennifer

Helps children deal with grief by showing how a young boy explores his feelings about loss and sadness after the death of his pet.

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The Best Cat in the World

Newman, Lesléa

A young boy deals with the loss of his beloved cat Charlie, eventually accepting the arrival of another, very different cat.

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Someone Very Special Died

Prestine, Joan Singleton

A young girl describes the anger and sadness she feels after someone she loved dies, and makes a scrapbook to remember the things they did together.

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Always My Brother

Reagan, Jean, 1965-

Becky slowly returns to the activities she enjoyed with her big brother, John, after learning that he is still part of her family, even after his death.

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Cry, Heart, But Never Break

Ringtved, Glenn, 1968- author.

When Death comes to take their grandmother away, he shares a story with four siblings that helps them realize the value of loss and the importance of being able to say goodbye.

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What Happens When a Loved One Dies?: Our First Talk About Death

Roberts, Jillian, 1971- author.

Using questions posed in a child's voice and answers that start simply and become more in-depth, this book allows adults to guide the conversation about grief to a natural and reassuring conclusion.

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The Roller Coaster Kid

Rodman, Mary Ann

Even though Zach finds roller coasters scary, he rides one with Grandpa in an attempt to make him happy again after Grandma's death.

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First Salmon

Salonen, Roxane B.

During the ceremony of First Salmon, an event celebrated by the Northwest Pacific tribes to honor and welcome back the salmon each year, Charlie remembers his beloved uncle and starts the process of accepting his death.

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I miss you : a first look at death

Thomas, Pat, 1959-

Explains why people die and what death means, the purpose of funerals, and how people react when loved ones die.

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The Wishing Tree

Thong, Roseanne

Ming's wishes at the tree on Lunar New Year with his grandmother always seemed to come true, but one year the tree does not help, and he alone must make peace with the loss of his grandmother and the spirit of the tree.

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Something Very Sad Happened: a Toddler’s Guide to Understanding Death

Zucker, Bonnie, 1974- author.

Sensitively written and gently illustrated, this book explains death in developmentally appropriate terms for two-and three-year-old children.

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