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Parents' Primer: Death

DEATH OF A GRANDPARENT

Books

Note: All call numbers are for the Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana
CALL # AUTHOR TITLE DATE
J MACLA MacLachlan, Patricia Kindred Souls
Ten year-old Jake shares a special bond with his grandfather, Billy, but when Billy asks Jake to build him a sod house, Jake is not sure he wants to do it.
2012
J155.937 BRITA Britain, Lory My Grandma Died: A Child's Story About Death and Loss
A young child talks about the emotions felt after Grandma's death. Includes a list entitled "Things I Can Do When Someone I Love Dies."
2003
JE ABEDI Abedi, Isabel Farewell, Grandpa Elephant
When Grandpa Elephant tells his grandchildren that he is going to the elephant graveyard to die, the children have many questions for him about death and what comes next.
2012
JE AUBRE Aubrey, Annette A Place in My Heart
Rhyming text explores the feeling of sadness and loss when a grandparent dies.
2007
JE BARKE Barker, Peggy What Happened When Grandma Died
This tender, straightforward story helps parents explain what happens when God calls a loved one home to heaven.
1984
JE Barron, T.A. Where Is Grandpa?
As his family reminisces after his beloved grandfather's death, a boy realizes that his grandfather is still with him in all the special places they shared.
2000
JE Boelts, Maribeth Sarah's Grandma Goes to Heaven: A Book About Grief
A young girl comes to understand more about death, funerals, and heaven when her beloved grandmother dies of cancer.
2004
JE Burrowes, Adjoa J. Grandma's Purple Flowers
After her grandmother dies, a young girl misses her, but with time and the arrival of spring, she discovers her own special way to remember Grandma.
2000
JE Cooke, Trish The Grandad Tree
The changing nature of their apple tree, as it grows through the seasons, reminds Leigh and Vin of their grandfather, who is gone but lives on in their memories.
2000
JE Doray, Malika One More Wednesday
When a little animal's grandmother dies, he remembers good times with her and asks his mother about death.
2001
JE FRIED Fried, Amelie Is Grandpa Wearing a Suit?
After his beloved grandfather dies, a young boy feels confused and sad as he struggles to understand the meaning of death.
2007
JE Gould, Deborah Lee Grandpa's Slide Show
Whenever they visit Grandpa, Sam & Douglas always watch a slide show. After Grandpa dies, they watch the show to remember him.
1987
JE Grindley, Sally A Flag for Grandma
Grandpa and grandson share a joyful day by the sea and remember Grandma in every happy thing they do.
1998
JE Haynes, Max Grandma's Gone to Live in the Stars
In the moments after grandmother has passed away, her spirit is at peace as she says goodbye to her sleeping family and her home.
2000
JE HENLE Henley, Karyn Gram's Song
Anthony enjoys spending time with his grandmother, so when she dies he is sad until his mother tells him that Gram is now with Jesus, and reminds him of the treasures she left him, including her special song.
2003
JE Hesse, Karen Poppy's Chair
On her first summer visit to her grandmother since her grandfather's death, Leah is saddened by his absence, but Gramm helps her learn how to remember Poppy with joy.
1993
JE Hines, Anna Grossnickle Remember the Butterflies
When Grandpa dies, Holly and Glen remember the special times they had together - gardening, reading and learning about butterflies.
1991
JE HODGE Hodge, John Finding Grandpa Everywhere : A Young Child Discovers Memories of a Grandparent
After Grandpa dies, a young boy finds that the memories of him and his love live on everywhere he looks. Includes a discussion of the importance of allowing children to understand death and undergo the process of grieving.
1999
JE Hodge, John Finding Grandpa Everywhere
After Grandpa dies, a young boy finds that the memories of him and his love live on everywhere he looks. Includes a discussion of the importance of allowing children to understand death and undergo the process of grieving.
1999
JE Hopkinson, Deborah Bluebird Summer
Gramp's farm isn't the same after Grandma's death, but slowly Mags and Cody work to recreate her spirit by bringing back some of the things she loved.
2001
JE HOWE Howe, James Kaddish for Grandpa in Jesus' Name, Amen
Five-year-old Emily tries to understand her grandfather's death by exploring the Christian and Jewish rituals that her family practices during and after his funeral.
2004
JE KENNE Kennedy, Pamela Granny's Cozy Quilt of Memories: Remembering Grandmother's Love through her Lasting Gift
Everything reminds Amy of her grandmother, who recently died, but by talking with her mother about the special memories represented by fabrics in Granny's quilt, Amy is able to deal with her sadness.
2006
JE KENNE Kennedy, Pamela Granny's Cozy Quilt of Memories: Remembering Grandmother's Love Through Her Lasting Gift
Everything reminds Amy of her grandmother, who recently died, but by talking with her mother about the special memories represented by fabrics in Granny's quilt, Amy is able to deal with her sadness.
2006
JE KRISH Krishnaswami, Uma Remembering Grandpa
2007
JE Luenn, Nancy A Gift for Abuelita: Celebrating the Day of the Dead
After her beloved grandmother dies, Rosita hopes to be reunited with Abuelita as she prepares a gift to give her when her family celebrates the Day of the Dead. (English and Spanish.)
1998
JE Munsch, Robert Lighthouse: A Story of Remembrance
After her grandfather's funeral, Sarah wakes her father in the middle of the night so they can go to the lighthouse her grandfather loved and remember other night-time visits there.
2003
JE PASTO Pastor, Melanie Joy Wishes for One More Day
An intergenerational story meant for children to help cope with death, grief, and loss, and to draw strength from their happy memories shared with their loved one.
2006
JE RIVET Rivett, Rachel Are You Sad, Little Bear? A Book About Learning to Say Goodbye
Little Bear is sad that Grandmother Bear has walked away for ever, as old bears do.
2009
JE Schneider, Antonie Good-bye, Vivi!
When Granny's beloved canary Vivi dies, the family comes to accept it, as well as the idea that some day they will lose Granny as well.
1998
JE Spero, Moshe HaLevi Saying Goodbye to Grandma
A young Jewish girl learns to cope with the death of her beloved grandmother.
1997
JE VEGA Vega, Denise Grandmother, Have the Angels Come?
With lyrical text and vibrant illustrations, this book is a touching celebration of the relationship between old and young, while touching on the subject of aging in a subtle, sensitive manner.
2009
JE WANGE Wangerin, Walter I Am My Grandpa's Enkelin
Grandpa shows his precious Enkelin how to live well -- and at the end of his life, he also shows her that death is not an end, but a new beginning.
2007
JE Woodson, Jacqueline Sweet, Sweet Memory
A child and her grandmother feel sad when Grandpa dies, but as time passes, funny memories of him make them laugh and feel better.
2001
JE Yolen, Jane Grandad Bill's Song
A boy asks others how they felt when his grandfather died and then shares his own feelings.
1994
JE YORK York, Sarah Olivia Says Goodbye to Grandpa
When Olivia's beloved grandfather dies, her parents and friends at school help her to remember the fun they had together.
2011
JE Zalben, Jane Breskin Pearl's Marigolds for Grandpa
A young lamb copes with the death of her grandfather by remembering all the things she loved about him. Includes information about funeral customs of various religions.
1997
S JE ARMAS Armas, Teresa Remembering Grandma
Grandma's box of treasures helps Lorena and her grandfather remember special times after her grandmother's death.
2003

Websites

Sweet Memories of a Grandfather: Carly's Story
http://kidshealth.org/kid/feeling/home_family/carly_story.html

When Somebody Dies
http://kidshealth.org/kid/feeling/emotion/somedie.html

If you need help finding these or other Library materials, please check with anyone in Children's Services. We look forward to seeing you at the Library!




This list was created and is maintained by Children's Services Librarians.
Comments and suggestions can be sent to Mary R. Voors, Manager, Children's Services at mvoors@acpl.info.

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