Books About the Death of a Pet

Many kids experience serious loss for the first time when a pet dies. Books that deal with this sad event can help prepare them and make it easier for them to process their feelings. These compelling stories can even help kids cope with the death of a family member or friend. For more books that deal with death and animals, see our Books About Grief and Best Animal Books for Kids lists.

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Big Cat, Little Cat Book Poster Image
Strikingly designed tale of cat-kitten friendship.
By Elisha Cooper
(2018)
(2017)
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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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Bluebird Book Poster Image
Striking, vibrant tale of friendship, bullying, and loss.
By Bob Staake
(2013)
(2013)
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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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The Penderwicks in Spring Book Poster Image
Charming family series spotlights Batty in 4th volume.
By Jeanne Birdsall
(2015)
(2015)
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Short Book Poster Image
Small girl grows inside in funny, inspiring theater tale.
By Holly Goldberg Sloan
(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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Welcome to Dog Beach Book Poster Image
Tween girls learn to accept change in light summer read.
By Lisa Greenwald
(2014)
(2014)
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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 Twistrose Key Book Poster Image
Magical animal-afterlife adventures of a girl and her mouse.
By Tone Almhiell
(2013)
(2013)
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Wonder Book Poster Image
Moving tale of facially different boy with inner beauty.
By R.J. Palacio
(2012)
(2012)
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Sounder Book Poster Image
Sharecropper boy finds hope, dignity amid racism, hardship.
By William H. Armstrong
(2010)
(1969)
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