Posts Tagged ‘death’

Recommended by Carrie Gelson, here are a few beautiful, teary picture books about death.

Missing Mommy is a poignant tale of a young child grieving.

When Mommy dies, a little boy worries that he will forget her smell and the sound of her voice.

Buckley misses his Papa immensely, so he crafts little boats and sends them out to sea with a note. Buckley knows that if the boats don’t return, his Papa has received them. When Buckley makes an unexpected discovery, he begins to accept that Papa may not be coming back.

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I love Melanie Watt books and I am thrilled about her latest, Bug in a Vacuum, that is not only not funny, but looks at the five stages of grief.

With his distinct illustration and writing styles, Todd Parr is another favourite children’s author. In fact, I purchase all his books for the library, because they are simple, poignant, and relevant. In particular, I like his family book and the one about adoption, because they show diverse families and highlight a commonality in all families: love.

In The Goodbye Book, a little fish loses his companion and through this scenario, the readers explores the various feelings and  experiences people have when they lose someone they love.

This book is a lovely and sad story. A dandelion and a bird become friends and share their life stories. After a windstorm, the dandelion and her seed pods are gone, and so the bird holds onto her memories, sharing them with some very familiar little dandelions who appear in the field.

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When Sparrow sees Dandelion crying, he flies over to find out what is happening. Dandelion is losing her seedpods and she is worried that everyone will forget her once she’s gone, so Sparrow writes her story in the dirt. After a big storm, Sparrow returns to the meadow to find Dandelion gone and her story washed away. Sparrow vows to never forget her.

A lovely and delicate story that explores themes of death, loss, and remembering those who have passed on. Perfect for children who have experienced loss.

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Beautiful tale of a grandfather creating stories with his granddaughter as he teaches her Chinese characters. Great connecting book for Chinese students. Grandfather passes away in the story, so a good launch into discussions about death and feeling around that. Great book to read before teaching your students about Chinese characters and doing calligraphy.

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