Rudi's Pond

Eve Bunting - 1999
    When Rudi dies, the narrator and the other children in school help to build a pond by the big knobby oak to remember him by. A hummingbird feeder that Rudi made hangs by the pond, and one day a special hummingbird comes to visit. . . . Based on a true story, Rudi's Pond is an insightful book that will help young readers to deal with loss. Once again author Eve Bunting and illustrator Ronald Himler have combined their talents to create a memorable picture book.

When I'm Feeling Angry

Trace Moroney - 2005
    Read along, and you too might find that a big, deep breath is all you need to make the anger go away.

Saturdays Are For Stella

Candy Wellins - 2020
    The two of them love going on adventures downtown to visit the dinosaur museum and ride on the carousel! Even when they stay in, George and Stella have fun together, making cinnamon rolls without popping open a tube and sharing the biggest, best hugs.Then one day Stella is gone, and George is ready to cancel Saturdays. But when a new addition to the family arrives, George finds a way to celebrate the priceless memories he made with his grandma―while making new ones too.

The Day Leo Said I Hate You!

Robie H. Harris - 2008
    Harris and Molly Bang portray what happens when a little boy feels SO frustrated and SO mad at a parent who has said NO all day long. In this family book about what it feels like to say--and hear--those other three words, Harris and Bang delicately navigate the most profound bonds between a parent and a child.

My Big, Dumb, Invisible Dragon

Angie Lucas - 2019
    A most unwelcome guest, the dragon follows him to school, sleeps on his chest at night (making it hard for him to breathe), and even crashes his birthday party. As the boy comes to terms with his mother’s death, however, his relationship with the dragon changes in surprising ways.My Big, Dumb, Invisible Dragon is a story for children dealing with loss, particularly the death of a parent. Although grief is a heavy topic, Angie Lucas and Birgitta Sif handle it deftly for children, using the metaphor of the dragon, a light tone, and touches of humor. The book shows that healing takes time and that it’s OK to experience a wide range of emotions as you process a really big loss.

When Dinosaurs Die: A Guide to Understanding Death

Laurie Krasny Brown - 1996
    No one can really understand death, but to children, the passing away of a loved one can be especially perplexing and troublesome. This is true whether the loss is a family member, friend, or pet. Here to offer advice and reassurance are the wise dinosaurs from the bestselling Dino Tale series. This succinct and thorough guide helps dispel the mystery and negative connotations associated with death, providing answers to kids' most-often asked questions.Topics covered include: What Does Alive Mean? * Why Does Someone Die? * What Does Dead Mean? * Feelings about Death? * Saying Goodbye * Keeping Customs * What Comes After Death? * Ways to Remember SomeoneDon't miss these other Dino Tales: Life Guides for Families:Democracy for Dinosaurs: A Guide for Young CitizensDinosaurs Divorce: A Guide for Changing Families

Little Lion Shares

Michael Dahl - 2014
    The bright vibrant photos and simple story make this sturdy board book perfect for toddlers who are learning manners.

I Remember Miss Perry

Pat Brisson - 2006
    Miss Perry always has a new fondest wish—something new to read, sing, celebrate. But then an awful thing happens: Miss Perry dies in a car accident, and everything is suddenly sad and complicated.Yet Stevie and his classmates must find their way to happiness again. It would surely be Miss Perry’s fondest wish.Pat Brisson and Stéphane Jorisch have created a poignant story, appropriate for children coping with a teacher’s death or in need of comfort after any loss. Readers of all ages will be affected by its depth and honesty, and buoyed by its capacity for joy.

The Two of Them

Aliki - 1987
    And when he grows sick, she takes care of him with as much love as he always showed her.

Ladybug Girl Loves...

David Soman - 2010
    Ladybug Girl is Lulu, a little girl who loves to dress up in her ladybug costume and use her imagination to turn every moment into an adventure. In this board book, readers will learn about the many loves of Ladybug Girl, from climbing the tallest trees to playing with her friends on the playground. And her beloved dog, Bingo, is always by her side!


John Burningham - 1984
    It is a friendship that children who read this book will long remember.

Half A World Away

Libby Gleeson - 2006
    debut of an incredible new illustrator introduces two everyday friends whose closeness endures no matter how far apart they are."If I call Amy really loudly, she'll hear me, won't she?" Louie asked his mom. His mom shook her head. "Amy is half a world away." Amy and Louie are the best of friends. They build towers as high as the sky, they look for magical creatures in clouds, and they always greet one another with their special call: "Coo-ee!" But when Amy's family moves far across the ocean, the color drains out of their lives---until Louie finds a way to restore their special bond. A perfect book for any friends separated by a move, this is the unforgettable story of a friendship lost and found.

The Story of Mrs. Lovewright and Purrless Her Cat

Lore Segal - 1985
    Zelinsky and author Lore Segal that tells the hilarious story of a finicky feline and his frustrated owner. Full color.

Missing Mommy: A Book About Bereavement

Rebecca Cobb - 2009
    I am not sure where she has gone.Honest and straightforward, this touching story explores the many emotions a bereaved child may experience, from anger and guilt to sadness and bewilderment. Ultimately, Missing Mommy focuses on the positive—the recognition that the child is not alone but still part of a family that loves and supports him.

I Will Love You

Alyssa Satin Capucilli - 2017
    A love letter of unconditional love from a parent to a child.In the very first moment, when you came to be, I looked at you, and you looked at me.I whispered these words as I held you near,for all time, for all space, for the world to hearI will love you."