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10 Children’s Books that Help Explain Death and Tragedy

Explaining tragedy and death to a young child can be incredibly difficult. Everyday events can put even a well-balanced adult on an emotional roller coaster. Personal loss, community and national tragedy, divorce or relocation can all stir up strong emotions and feelings of helplessness, hopelessness and fear.

Children’s literature is a powerful tool to support the social and emotional health of young children. Books provide an avenue for parents to address concepts that are sometimes difficult to discuss, such as fear, death and grief.

At BKK Kids, we’ve put together a list of some of our favorites. We’d love to hear your recommendations as well. We suggest that you read through the books first and check if the story is appropriate for your child and their own personal situation.

1. The Paper Dolls, by Julia Donaldson

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2. The Junkyard Wonders, by Patricia Polacco
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3. Goodbye Mog, by Judith Kerr

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4. A Tiger Tale, by Holly Webb

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5. Sad Book, by Michael Rosen

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6. Grandma’s Gloves, by Cecil Castellucci

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7. Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, by Dr. Seuss

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8. Samantha Jane’s Missing Smile, by Julie Kaplow
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9. The Invisible String, by Patrice Karst
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10. Someone I Love Died, by Christine Harder Tangvald

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