Death is difficult to deal with. Explore the feelings that surround the loss of life with these children’s books about death.
Death and dying are a natural part of life. While we know this as adults, approaching the subject of death with young children can feel rather disheartening. When looking for a way to explore this difficult topic with preschoolers, books can be a very powerful resource.
Stories about death are a helpful tool to address dying and the different emotions that surround it. Children’s books about death take on the challenge of explaining what dying is and the process of grieving in a way that young learners can comprehend.
Let’s take a look at some incredible books that can help preschoolers (and some adults, too) to better understand death and dying.
Books About Death and Grief for Preschoolers
Always Remember by Cece Meng
Follows sea creatures as they mourn a beloved turtle after his death. This heartfelt tale shows little ones how to process grief and celebrate life.
The Heart and the Bottle by Oliver Jeffers
Join a little girl as she searches to find joy after the loss of a loved one. A great resource for coping with heartbreak, this storybook is a wonderful read for both children and adults.
Wherever You Are: My Love Will Find You by Nancy Tillman
Remind little learners that love is always present even in the event of a loss. This sweet story shares a positive message through rhyming verse that captures the attention of preschoolers.
The Invisible String by Patrice Karst
Teach children how they can cope with difficult emotions by sharing this book with them. Feelings that arise around death such as grief and anxiety are explained in a way that makes sense to young students.
Lifetimes: The Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children by Bryan Mellonie
Approach the topic of end-of-life with this amazing book. Through delicate words and gorgeous illustrations, toddlers will gain a better understanding of the meaning of death.
The Goodbye Book by Todd Parr
Explore feelings of sadness and grief through the eyes of a goldfish. Written in a simple way, the bright colors and simple sentences gently explains loss to preschoolers.
I’ll Always Love You by Hans Wilhelm
This read sheds light on the experience of grief when losing a beloved pet. Young children will learn about dying and the feelings that surround it.
Something Very Sad Happened: A Toddler’s Guide to Understanding Death by Bonnie Zucker
Centered around the loss of a grandparent, this book shares a lot of information for little ones. Including a variety of helpful tools for discussing death with toddlers, this book is an excellent classroom resource.
Lost in the Clouds by DK
Help preschoolers better understand death and grief with this thoughtful story. Beautifully written and illustrated, sharing this read with children will help to gently explain loss.
The Fox and the Feather by Kendall Lanning
Encourage young ones to talk about emotions surrounding loss with this great read. The charming drawings and easy-to-read text make this a wonderful tool to explore dying with young children.
Stories About the Loss of Life for Children
Stories about the loss of life for children are an incredible way to approach such a difficult subject. Using simple words and gentle stories, these books that talk about death and grief should be in every homeschool library.