Books About Grief

Kids and teens who've experienced the death of a loved one or pet may find comfort -- or a starting point for discussion -- in a book about the subject. From picture books for the youngest readers and prereaders to edgy young adult novels, these selections touch on a variety of situations, including the loss of a parent, grandparent, sibling, friend, classmate, or animal, as well as the devastation and confusion that come in the wake of teen suicide. For more stories about tough moments in life, check out our Top Picks for Coming-of-Age Stories and Books to Talk About.

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Boats for Papa Book Poster Image
Tender, moving story about boy and mom dealing with loss.
By Jessixa Bagley
(2015)
(2015)
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City Dog, Country Frog Book Poster Image
Touching tale of dog-frog friendship depicts cycle of life.
By Mo Willems
(2012)
(2010)
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The Goodbye Book Book Poster Image
Comforting story about grief, loss, and finding joy again.
By Todd Parr
(2015)
(2015)
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Koko's Kitten Book Poster Image
Amazing true story of pet loss helps kids understand grief.
By Dr. Francine Patterson
(2003)
(1985)
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The Dead Bird Book Poster Image
Classic about kids burying bird gets vibrant new art.
By Margaret Wise Brown
(2016)
(2016)
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Ida, Always Book Poster Image
Heartrending, hopeful story of farewell to dying friend.
By Caron Levis
(2016)
(2016)
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Ocean Meets Sky Book Poster Image
Boy remembers his grandfather in magical, visual tale.
By Terry Fan, Eric Fan
(2018)
(2018)
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Tess's Tree Book Poster Image
Sweet story of grief and healing is pitch perfect.
By Jess Brallier
(2009)
(2009)
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A Stone for Sascha Book Poster Image
Beautiful art in wordless tale of loss and passage of time.
By Aaron Becker
(2018)
(2018)
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Bluebird Book Poster Image
Striking, vibrant tale of friendship, bullying, and loss.
By Bob Staake
(2013)
(2013)
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The Poet's Dog Book Poster Image
Talking dog helps stranded kids in gentle book about grief.
By Patricia MacLachlan
(2016)
(2016)
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Charlotte's Web Book Poster Image
Gentle, much-loved barnyard classic delights all ages.
By E.B. White
(2006)
(1952)
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Clayton Byrd Goes Underground Book Poster Image
The blues and forgiveness fuel emotional family grief tale.
By Rita Williams-Garcia
(2017)
(2017)
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Finding Langston Book Poster Image
In lovely, moving story, boy who lost mom discovers poetry.
By Lesa Cline-Ransome
(2018)
(2018)
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The Five Lives of Our Cat Zook Book Poster Image
Realistic story of girl coping with sick cat, dad's death.
By Joanne Rocklin
(2012)
(2012)
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Love That Dog Book Poster Image
Boy pours his grief into poetry in moving free-verse gem.
By Sharon Creech
(2004)
(2004)
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Remembering Mrs. Rossi Book Poster Image
A gentle, honest look at healing after a parent's death.
By Amy Hest
(2010)
(2007)
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Sun & Spoon Book Poster Image
Boy seeks something to remember his grandmother.
By Kevin Henkes
(2004)
(2004)
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All the Answers Book Poster Image
Worried girl gets magical pencil in reassuring story.
By Kate Messner
(2015)
(2015)
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Bridge to Terabithia Book Poster Image
Honest, moving story of friendship and loss.
By Katherine Paterson
(2006)
(1977)
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The Center of Everything Book Poster Image
Sweet, funny story of girl recovering from grandma's death.
By Linda Urban
(2013)
(2013)
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Eggs Book Poster Image
Offbeat, moving tale of coping with grief.
By Jerry Spinelli
(2008)
(2007)
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A Horse Called Hero Book Poster Image
Exciting, moving WWII tale a gem; not only for horse lovers.
By Sam Angus
(2014)
(2014)
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Mascot Book Poster Image
Tween's humor lifts story about grief, physical injury.
By Antony John
(2018)
(2018)
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Paper Wishes Book Poster Image
Sad, soulful story of grieving girl interned during WWII.
By Lois Sepahban
(2016)
(2016)
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The Question of Miracles Book Poster Image
Heartfelt, hopeful meditation on grief and life.
By Elana K. Arnold
(2015)
(2015)
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The Warden's Daughter Book Poster Image
Heartbreaking story of motherless girl's grief, healing.
By Jerry Spinelli
(2017)
(2017)
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Where the Red Fern Grows Book Poster Image
Tearjerker about country boy and his hound dogs.
By Wilson Rawls
(2005)
(1961)
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As Brave As You Book Poster Image
Poignant summer adventure brims with family love and hope.
By Jason Reynolds
(2016)
(2016)
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Counting by 7s Book Poster Image
Striking tale of quirky girl connecting after parental loss.
By Holly Goldberg Sloan
(2013)
(2013)
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Fast Break Book Poster Image
Inspiring and entertaining sports story for tweens.
By Mike Lupica
(2015)
(2015)
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Laugh with the Moon Book Poster Image
Moving story of grieving American teen in African village.
By Shana Burg
(2012)
(2012)
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Mockingbird Book Poster Image
Moving tale of girl whose brother died in school shooting.
By Kathryn Erskine
(2010)
(2010)
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Navigating Early Book Poster Image
Compelling adventure as two boys cope with loss, loneliness.
By Clare Vanderpool
(2013)
(2013)
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Rebound Book Poster Image
Heartfelt, soaring, fast-break story of loss and growth.
By Kwame Alexander
(2018)
(2018)
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The Secret Hum of a Daisy Book Poster Image
Girl struggles to find home in story of grief and healing.
By Tracy Holczer
(2014)
(2014)
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Sunny: Track, Book 3 Book Poster Image
Runner finds own way to grieve in unique series volume.
By Jason Reynolds
(2018)
(2018)
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The Thing About Jellyfish Book Poster Image
Beautiful, grief-tinged, coming-of-age story has it all.
By Ali Benjamin
(2015)
(2015)
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When Friendship Followed Me Home Book Poster Image
Gripping, heartwarming story of foster boy's serious loss.
By Paul Griffin
(2016)
(2016)
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When Mischief Came to Town Book Poster Image
Girl shakes up Danish island in heartfelt outsider tale.
By Katrina Nannestad
(2016)
(2016)
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The Boy in the Black Suit Book Poster Image
Soul-gripping story of teen's grief and hope.
By Jason Reynolds
(2016)
(2015)
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Bullyville Book Poster Image
Boy loses dad in 9/11, then faces school bullies.
By Francine Prose
(2007)
(2007)
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Frannie in Pieces Book Poster Image
Honest look at teen's grief after her dad's death.
By Delia Ephron
(2007)
(2007)
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Long Way Down Book Poster Image
Gripping, unnerving story of teen boy contemplating revenge.
By Jason Reynolds
(2017)
(2017)
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Untwine Book Poster Image
Poignant, thoughtful tale of teen's loss, grief, recovery.
By Edwidge Danticat
(2015)
(2015)
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What I Leave Behind Book Poster Image
Teen walks out his grief in beautiful, captivating book.
By Alison McGhee
(2018)
(2018)
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Without Tess Book Poster Image
Compelling tale of teen haunted by troubled sister's death.
By Marcella Pixley
(2011)
(2011)
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Bridge of Clay Book Poster Image
Expansive, touching saga of Aussie family's losses, loves.
By Markus Zusak
(2018)
(2018)
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Kids of Appetite Book Poster Image
Layered misfits story explores grief, friendship, love.
By David Arnold
(2016)
(2016)
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The Last Time We Say Goodbye Book Poster Image
Teen's heartrending journey after brother's suicide.
By Cynthia Hand
(2015)
(2015)
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Once and for All Book Poster Image
Grieving girl learns to love again in sweet romance.
By Sarah Dessen
(2017)
(2017)
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Second Chance Summer Book Poster Image
Teen faces dad's death, former crush in beautiful story.
By Morgan Matson
(2012)
(2012)
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Summer Bird Blue Book Poster Image
Emotional novel deals with death, grief, and abandonment.
By Akemi Dawn Bowman
(2018)
(2018)
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Cures for Heartbreak Book Poster Image
Sad, witty, powerful read about a parent dying.
By Margo Rabb
(2007)
(2007)
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Emily's Dress and Other Missing Things Book Poster Image
Emotional teen novel explores intense loss and grief.
By Kathryn Burak
(2012)
(2012)
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Every You, Every Me Book Poster Image
Cryptic photos drive emotional novel of teen angst and loss.
By David Levithan
(2011)
(2011)
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The Fault in Our Stars Book Poster Image
Heartrending love story told by teen dying of cancer.
By John Green
(2012)
(2012)
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Girl in Pieces Book Poster Image
Teen heals from loss and self-harm in gritty, gripping tale.
By Kathleen Glasgow
(2016)
(2016)
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Goodbye Days Book Poster Image
Stirring story examines power of friendship, grief, and art.
By Jeff Zentner
(2017)
(2017)
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Hold Still Book Poster Image
Stunning, hopeful story about healing from loss.
By Nina LaCour
(2017)
(2009)
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I Felt a Funeral, in My Brain Book Poster Image
Compelling tale of loss, love, addiction in poetry & prose.
By Will Walton
(2018)
(2018)
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The Last Forever Book Poster Image
Heartfelt, realistic depiction of teen going through a loss.
By Deb Caletti
(2014)
(2014)
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Love Letters to the Dead Book Poster Image
Heartbreaking but beautiful novel about a sister's grief.
By Ava Dellaira
(2014)
(2014)
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The Square Root of Summer Book Poster Image
Physics and grief mix in sweet story of love and loss.
By Harriet Reuter Hapgood
(2016)
(2016)
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Thanks for the Trouble Book Poster Image
Intriguing romance with fantasy twist; great for guys, gals.
By Tommy Wallach
(2016)
(2016)
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We Are Okay Book Poster Image
Memorable story of friendship, loss, and family secrets.
By Nina LaCour
(2017)
(2017)
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Wild Awake Book Poster Image
Brilliant, intense tale of teen coping with grief.
By Hilary T. Smith
(2013)
(2013)
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Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel Book Poster Image
Powerful novel deals with suicide, anxiety, and loneliness.
By Val Emmich, Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul
(2018)
(2018)
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History Is All You Left Me Book Poster Image
Heartbreaking, beautifully written tale of grief and love.
By Adam Silvera
(2017)
(2017)
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The Sky Is Everywhere Book Poster Image
Mature read has teen finding her way after her sister dies.
By Jandy Nelson
(2010)
(2010)
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Tiger Eyes Book Poster Image
Powerful novel examines teen's world of grief.
By Judy Blume
(2012)
(1981)
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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close Book Poster Image
Moving tale of young boy grieving loss of dad on 9/11.
By Jonathan Safran Foer
(2017)
(2018)
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