The best books to help grieving children and to open up discussions about death

Joan Budilovsky Author Of Floretta
By Joan Budilovsky

The Books I Picked & Why

After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again)

By Dan Santat

Book cover of After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again)

Why this book?

I firmly believe a great children’s book is a great adult’s book too. This one sure fits the bill. Humpty Dumpty has that infamous fall off the wall and what happens to him afterward is funny, healing, and magically majestic. If you know of a child (or adult) in the hospital or simply someone having difficult times, this is a book of humor, acceptance, and creative transformation. It’s a permanent fixture on my bookshelf.


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Nini Here and There

By Anita Lobel

Book cover of Nini Here and There

Why this book?

What child doesn’t like a cuddly kitty-kat? Nini is all cozy in her city apartment, when one day her owner surprises her by taking her on a far-away trip. As Nini settles into her travel black bag she enters a sleep of many dreams. She awakens into a mystifying and incredible reality. An outstanding story that any child would love. Helpful for children going through transitions too. Nini, in her eloquent and lovely illustrated silence, understands.


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Up

By RH Disney

Book cover of Up

Why this book?

It sure takes a village to turn an award-winning Disney Pixar movie, Up into a Read-Aloud Storybook, and this cast of creative characters does it well! A terrific story about those significant changes in life and about not closing doors to the inevitable new adventures to come. Heart-warming and brilliantly crafted. See the movie! And do certainly read this lovely book version too.


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I Love the Rain

By Margaret Park Bridges, Christine Davenier

Book cover of I Love the Rain

Why this book?

Rain can be a bummer unless you can find fun ways of transforming it into an experience of wonder and fun. And that’s exactly what this book does. Fun, fun, fun! Unless you live in the Sahara Dessert, almost every one of us will encounter a rainy day - if we’re lucky!


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The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse

By Charlie Mackesy

Book cover of The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse

Why this book?

I continue to be inspired by a vast array of new books on the market. This is for sure one of them. It’s the type of book you don’t need to read in any specific order. Instead, just open up to any page and be inspired by words and watercolors. An example from one page of the book,

“Sometimes I think you believe in me more than I do,” said the boy. “You’ll catch up,” said the horse.”

Wow! Giddy-up!! A fascinating book.


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