Talking about death with young children is difficult.† Here are three picture books on the subject that strike just the right note.
illustrated by Tomie dePaola
Barbara Radisavljevic from Templeton, CA says:
This book shows the love and care which exists in healthy families; it shows that people are still important parts of families when they become old and disabled. It's been years since I've read this, but that's what I took away from it.
by Judith Viorst, illustrated by Erik Blegvad
J. Barber says:
This is a lovely book to help children deal with the loss of a beloved cat. It shows children that it is appropriate to have compassion for animals, since some people make fun of animal owners when they experience loss. The book helps teach how to grieve in a positive way. Whenever I have lost a cat, this is one of the things I read to help me cope, and it has been decades since I was a child.
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About Karen Kennedy
Karen lives on Manhattan's Upper West Side with her husband and two sons. She's a lawyer by vocation, a reader by avocation and she's spent years finding the best children's books on various topics with the help of her sons and the New York Public Library.
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