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11/18/21blog post

25 books to help grieving kids and teens

Grief can be a tough topic for a person of any age. Helping children with their difficult emotions during the grieving process could be made easier through books. Here are several book titles, broken down by age groups, that address these feelings and how you can find some in your local library. 

Preschool (Ages 3 to 5 years)


  • The Invisible String -Patrice Karst
  • Ben’s Flying Flowers -Inger Maier 
  • We Were Going to Have a Baby but We Had an Angel Instead -Pat Schweibert
  • I Miss You: A First Look at Death -Pat Thomas
  • When Families Grieve (Kit includes book for child, parent and DVD) -Sesame Street


School Age (Ages 6 to 11)



caregivers supporting grieving children

  • Guiding Your Child Through Grief - Mary Ann and James Emswiler
  • The Grieving Child: A Parent’s Guide - Helen Fitzgerald
  • A Parent’s Guide to Raising Grieving Children - Phyllis Silverman and Madelyn Kelly



*Please note that resources listed do not represent an endorsement by Dayton Children’s Hospital

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