Tag Archives: Children’s Books

Book Review: “I Miss You” by Pat Thomas

Easy-to-understand information about death for children

“I Miss You: A First Look at Death” is a non-fiction book for children around the ages of four to seven. It uses simple language and metaphors to discuss death and what happens after a person dies. It is part … Continue reading

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Book Review: “The Purple Balloon” by Chris Raschka

How to talk to children about death

Talking about dying is hard. Dying is harder. But there are many people who can help. –from “The Purple Balloon”   Created in conjunction with Children’s Hospice International, “The Purple Balloon” by Chris Raschka offers a way for parents, families, … Continue reading

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Book Review: Gentle Willow: A Story for Children About Dying

Amanda the squirrel and Little Tree learn a hard lesson when their beloved friend Gentle Willow falls ill

“Gentle Willow: A Story For Children About Dying” is a beautifully conceived little book written for children dealing with terminal illness. There are a number of wonderful books out there to help explain the dying process to children. But “Gentle Willow” … Continue reading

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Children’s Book Review: “When Someone Has A Very Serious Illness: Children Can Learn To Cope With Loss And Change”

Interactive children's therapy book clarifies complicated experiences

Published in 1988, Marge Heegaard’s book “When Someone Has A Very Serious Illness: Children Can Learn To Cope With Loss And Change,” remains widely useful today. This 36-page workbook is a collection of chapters or thematic sections that take a … Continue reading

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Children’s Book Reviews: The Dead Bird by Margaret Wise Brown

A children’s book that serves as a beautiful example of how universal the grieving process is

Having a mom who is a psychologist, I have been familiar with children’s books about death and grief since I was very young. I believe they are crucial in helping kids understand the complex and confusing emotions that often occur … Continue reading

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