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There was an article (https://www.brainpickings.org/2016/03/08/cry-heart-but-never-break/) in this week's Brainpickings about the book Cry, Heart, But Never Break -- which is a book that helps kids deal with the subject of death.

The article mentions a couple of other titles, but are there other picture books you would recommend on death?
#1 - March 16, 2016, 11:03 AM
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I'll Always Love You by Hans Wilhelm. (Sorry if this was mentioned; I usually won't click links.)

Can't get through it. Won't even try. Not fond of tears.
#2 - March 16, 2016, 11:30 AM
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It wasn't, thanks for the add. I don't blame you. I teared up reading the article too, but the pictures were so compelling I kept going.
#3 - March 16, 2016, 11:44 AM
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City Dog, Country Frog.

I bawled in the bookstore looking at this one!
#4 - March 16, 2016, 12:21 PM

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Here is a good list from Carrie Gelson: https://thereisabookforthat.com/picture-book-themes/picture-books-that-explore-death-bereavement/

I'd add:

The Tenth Good Thing About Barney
Boats for Papa
Ida, Always
Remembering Crystal
The Memory Tree
#5 - March 16, 2016, 02:00 PM
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The End of Something Wonderful (Sterling 2019)
Hello, Star (Little Brown 2021)
The League of Picky Eaters (Clarion 2021)
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Two classics of the "genre":

"The Fall of Freddy the Leaf" by Leo Buscaglia
"Liplap's Wish" by Jonathan London
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Another one chiming in with a book recommendation - Bone Dog by Eric Rohmann - but not reading the thread (for similar reasons to Arona).

I really like Bone Dog. It's sad and scary and wonderful, and the art is amazing too.
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Sonya's Chickens by Phoebe Wahl

The Dead Bird by Margaret Wise Brown (there's a new edition with illustrations by Christian Robinson!)

Michael Rosen's Sad Book -- which is literally the SADDEST book I've ever read, but lovely.
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Scar by Charlotte Moundlic is a great one. So sad but wonderfully written.

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I Had a Friend Named Peter is the first of these I ever came upon. I expect it's out of print and I don't know the author, but wow.

Also, Daddy's Chair by Sandy Lanton. This is a Jewish take on a parent's death. Well done (and by a crit partner of mine).
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My children were 4 and 7 when my mother died. I bought a copy of Grandma's Gone To Live in the Stars
#11 - March 21, 2016, 07:20 AM
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Thanks for all of your input. There were a lot more good books on this subject than I realized. Reading the book summaries was tough.

To summarize the list, from your recommendations and the links:

Grandma's Gone to Live in the Stars
Daddy's Chair, by Sandy Lanton
I had a Friend Named Peter
Scar, by Charlotte Moundlic
Sonya's Chickens, by Phoebe Wahl
The Dead Bird, by Margaret Wise Brown
Sad Book, by Michael Rosen
Bone Dog, by Eric Rohmann
The Fall of Freddy the Leaf, by Leo Buscaglia
Liplap's Wish, by Jonathan London
The Tenth Good Thing About Barney
Boats for Papa
Ida, Always
Remembering Crystal
The Memory Tree
City Dog, Country Frog
I'll Always Love You, by Hans Wilhelm
The Heart and the Bottle, by Oliver Jeffers
Goodbye Mousie, by Robie H. Harris
Harry and Hopper, by Margaret Wild
The Memory String, by Eve Bunting
Remembering Crystal, by Sebastian Loth
Is Grandpa Wearing a Suit?, by Amelie Fried
Missing Mummy, by Rebecca Cobb
Cry, Heart, But Never Break, by Glenn Ringtved



#12 - March 21, 2016, 11:57 AM
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I don't have anything to add, but wanted to say thank you for the link to Cry, Heart, but Never Break. It is a stunningly beautiful book.
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The heart and the Bottle by Oliver Jeffers
The Flat Rabbit by Bardur Oskarsson (i haven't read this one but it looks very interesting, will have to add to my To Read list)
#14 - March 21, 2016, 05:27 PM
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