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DBKH’s How to Talk to your Child and Youth About Death Book


Reading List – Book for Children Aged 4 – 10 

1. When Dinosaurs Die – Laurie Krasny Brown

2. Grief is Like a Snowflake – Julia Cook

3. Always and Forever – Alan Durant

4. I Was So Mad – Mercer Mayer

5. My Many Coloured Days – Dr. Seuss

6. Where Are You – Laura Oliveiri

7. The Empty Place – Roberta Temes

8. Lifetimes – Bryan Mellonie

9. Samantha Jane’s Missing Smile – Donna B. Pincus and Julie B. Kaplow

10. A Birthday Present for Daniel – Juliet Rothman


Reading List – Books for Youth Aged 11-14


Abelove, Joan. (1999). Saying It Out Loud. New York: DK Publishing, Inc.

Bauer, Marion Dane. (1986). On My Honor. New York: Houghton Mifflin, Clarion Books.

Blume, Judy. (1987). Tiger Eyes. Scarsdale, NY: Bradbury Press.

Heegaard, Marge Eaton (1990). Coping with Death and Grief. Minneapolis, MA: Lerner Publications.

Hermes, Patricia. (1982). You Shouldn’t Have to Say Goodbye. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.

Hyde, Margaret O. & Hyde, Lawrence E. (1989). Meeting Death. New York: Walker Books.

Krementz, Jill. (1988). How it Feels When a Parent Dies. New York: Alfred A. Knopf.

LeShan, Eda. (1976). Learning to Say Goodbye When a Parent Dies. New York: MacMillan Publishing Company.

LeShan, Eda. (1986). When a Parent is Very Sick. Boston: Little, Brown and Company.

Pringle, Laurence. (1977). Death is Natural. New York: Four Winds Press.

Rofes, Eric E. and ‘The Unit’ at Fayerweather Street School. (1985). The Kids’ Book About Death and Dying: By and For Kids. Boston: Little, Brown and Company.

Saynor, John Kennedy. (1990). Goodbye Buddy. Ajax, ON: W.L. Smith and Associates, Limited.

He’ll Always Be My Dad by Chrissy Lilly, Illustrated by J. Mayer-Grieve


Reading List – Books for Youth Aged 13-16


Wilson, Jacqueline (1996). Double Act. Illustrated by Nick Sharratt. Corgi Children’s ISBN: 978-0440867593 (Also on audiocassette)

Wilson, Jacqueline (2002). Dustbin Baby. Corgi Children’s ISBN: 978-0552547963 (Also on audiocassette)

Grollman, Earl A. (1999). Straight Talk about Death for Teenagers: How to Cope with Losing Someone You Love. Sagebrush Ed Resources ISBN: 978-0807025017

Lloyd, Carole (1997). The Charlie Barber Treatment. Walker Books Ltd; New Edition ISBN: 978- 0744554571

Gibbons, Alan (2004). The Lost Boys’ Appreciation Society. Orion Children’s Books ISBN: 9781842550953

Chodzin, Sherab & Koh,Alexandra. (1999). The Man who Didn’t Want to Die: From The Barefoot Book of Buddhist Tales. Illustrated by Marie Cameron. Barefoot Books ISBN: 1841480096

Downham, Jenny. Before I Die. David Fickling

Books ISBN: 978-0385613460 Moon, Pat (2003). The Spying Game. Politico’s Publishing Ltd ISBN: 978-1842750049

Gleitzman, Morris & illustrated by Andy Bacha (1999). Two Weeks with the Queen. Puffin Books ISBN: 978-0141303000

Fine, Anne (2006). Up on Cloud Nine. Corgi Children’s ISBN: 978-0552554657

Wilson, Jacqueline & illustrated by Nick Sharratt (2001). Vicky Angel. Corgi Children’s ISBN:

Gray, Keith (2008). Ostrich Boys. Definitions. ISBN: 978-0099456575

Valentine, Jenny (2008). Broken Soup. Harper Collins Children’s Books ISBN: 978-0007229659


Reading List – Books for Young Adults and Up

DeVita-Raeburn, Elizabeth (2004). The Empty Room: Surviving the Loss of a Brother or
Sister at Any Age. Scribner.

Harris, Maxine (1996). The Loss That Is Forever: The Lifelong Impact of the Early Death of a Mother or Father. Plume.

Lewis, C.S. (1961). A Grief Observed. Faber and Faber Ltd.

Didion, Joan (2005). The Year of Magical Thinking. Knopf.

Devine, Megan (2017) It’s ok that you’re not ok.