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Parents' Primer: Death


Note: All call numbers are for the Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana
J Cohn, Janice I Had a Friend Named Peter: Talking to Children About the Death of a Friend
J PATER Paterson, Katherine Bridge to Terabithia
The life of a ten-year-old boy in rural Virginia expands when he becomes friends with a newcomer who subsequently meets an untimely death trying to reach their hideaway, Terabithia, during a storm.
J155.937 Cave, Anne Good Balloons for Trevor: Understanding Death
Helps children deal with death, especially the death of a peer, by discussing what happens inside them when someone dies.
J155.937 Loftis, Chris The Boy Who Sat by the Window: Helping Children Cope with Violence
The story of a little boy's reaction to the death of his friend by a random drive-by shooting.
JE Astor, Cynthia A Song for Cecilia Fantini
When her beloved music teacher dies suddenly, Emmaline tries to find indelible ways to remember her always.
JE Bunting, Eve Rudi's Pond
When a sick boy dies, his friends and classmates remember him by building a schoolyard pond in his memory.
JE Carlstrom, Nancy White Blow Me a Kiss, Miss Lilly
When her best friend, an old lady named Miss Lilly, passes away, Sara learns that the memory of a loved one never dies.
JE Carter, Dorothy Bye, Mis' Lela
At first, Sugar Plum cries when her mother leaves her with Mis' Lela, but the happy days they spend together make Sugar Plum want to remember her, even after she dies.
JE JEFFS Jeffs, Stephanie Josh
This story moves from the pain and emptiness of grief and loss to the sadness and acceptance of death and burial. It explains not only what happens to the body of a dead person, but also addresses Christian beliefs about heaven.
JE KALDH Kaldhol, Marit Goodbye Rune
Rune and Sara are the best of friends. They go to school together, play together and imagine the future together-- until the day that Rune accidently drowns.
JE Puttock, Simon A Story for Hippo: A Book About Loss
Hippo and Monkey are best, best, best friends and when the wise old Hippo dies, Monkey is very sad until Chameleon helps him remember the stories he and Hippo shared.

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