Tag Archives: Death & Dying

The Runaway Bunny

Author: Margaret Wise Brown Publisher: HarperCollins Product Description Clement Hurd redrew some of his pictures for this new edition of the profoundly comforting story of a bunny’s imaginary game of hide-and-seek and the lovingly steadfast mother who finds him every time. Amazon.com Review Since its publication in 1942, The Runaway Bunny has never been out […]

God, I Need to Talk to You About Paying Attention (God I Need to Talk to You About…)

Author: Dan Carr Publisher: Concordia Publishing House Product Description Child-friendly text and entertaining illustrations help children think about a behavior they encounter in daily life and pray about it. This book, one in a series, expresses that all sinful behaviors are forgiven through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross and encourages children to go to God […]

Walk Two Moons (Newbery Medal Book)

Author: Sharon Creech Publisher: HarperCollins Product Description Gramps says that I am a country girl at heart, and that is true. Thirteen-year-old Salamanca Tree Hiddle, proud of her country roots and the “Indian-ness in her blood,” travels from Ohio to Idaho with her eccentric grandparents. Along the way, she tells them of the story of […]

Runaway

Author: Wendelin Van Draanen Publisher: Laurel Leaf Product Description “It’s a cold, hard, cruel fact that my mother loved heroin more than she loved me.” Holly is in her fifth foster home in two years and she’s had enough. She’s run away before and always been caught quickly. But she’s older and wiser now–she’s twelve–and […]

Hands Are Not for Hitting / Las manos no son para pegar (Best Behavior) (English and Spanish Edition)

Rating: (1 reviews) Author: Martine Agassi Ph.D. Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing Product Description Little ones learn that hitting is never okay, hands can do many good things, and everyone is capable of positive, loving actions.

A Christmas Gift for Mama

Rating: (2 reviews) Author: Lauren Thompson Publisher: Scholastic Press Product Description On the first Christmas since her father died, Grace and her mother try to create a happy celebration through the special gifts they give each other.

Looking for Alaska

Rating: (138 reviews) Author: John Green Publisher: Speak Product Description Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter’s whole life has been one big non-event. Then he heads off to the sometimes crazy, possibly unstable, and anything-butboring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The […]

Wintergirls

Rating: (84 reviews) Author: Laurie Halse Anderson Publisher: Speak Product Description Lia and Cassie are best friends, wintergirls frozen in fragile bodies, competitors in a deadly contest to see who can be the thinnest. But then Cassie suffers the ultimate loss—her life—and Lia is left behind, haunted by her friend’s memory and feeling guilty for […]

Dealing with the Stuff That Makes Life Tough : The 10 Things That Stress Teen Girls Out and How to Cope with Them

Rating: (9 reviews) Author: Jill Zimmerman Rutledge Publisher: McGraw-Hill Book Description With compassion and insight, an expert counselor shows teen girls how to find the solutions to stress and anxiety that lie within Parents, schoolwork, boyfriends, college . . .it’s enough to make any teenage girl wish she could just snap her fingers and make […]

Listen!

Rating: (3 reviews) Author: Stephanie S. Tolan Publisher: HarperTrophy Product Description Learning to walk again is the easy part. For twelve-year-old Charley, recovering from the accident that shattered her leg is nowhere near as difficult as facing the solitude of a summer without her best friend and with a father who does nothing, now, but […]

Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life

Rating: (18 reviews) Author: Wendy Mass Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers Product Description Jeremy Fink has been obsessed with the meaning of life ever since a box from his father arrived at his house five years after his father was killed in a car accident. Jeremy is determined to find the missing keys that will […]

Sad Isn’t Bad: A Good-Grief Guidebook for Kids Dealing With Loss (Elf-Help Books for Kids)

Rating: (14 reviews) Author: Michaelene Mundy Publisher: Abbey Press

What Would You Do? (American Girl Library)

Rating: (13 reviews) Author: Patti Kelley Criswell Publisher: American Girl

Words Are Not for Hurting

Rating: (15 reviews) Author: Elizabeth Verdick Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing Book Description The older children get, the more words they know and can use-including hurtful words. This book teaches children to think before they speak, then choose what to say and how to say it. They learn that there is a connection between hurtful words […]

Have You Filled a Bucket Today: A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids

Rating: (22 reviews) Author: Carol McCloud Publisher: Ferne Press Product Description Through simple prose and vivid illustrations, this heartwarming book encourages positive behavior as children see how rewarding it is to express daily kindness, appreciation, and love. Bucket filling and dipping are effective metaphors for understanding the effects of our actions and words on the […]

Thirteen Reasons Why

Rating: (28 reviews) Author: Jay Asher Publisher: Razorbill Book Description Clay Jenkins returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers 13 cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker—his classmate and crush—who committed suicide two weeks earlier. On tape, Hannah explains that there are […]

Tear Soup

Rating: (112 reviews) Author: Pat Schweibert, Chuck DeKlyen, Pat Schwiebert, Chuck DeKlyen, Taylor Bills, Pat Schwiebert Publisher: Grief Watch

Searching for David’s Heart: A Christmas Story

Rating: (79 reviews) Author: Cherie Bennett Publisher: Scholastic

Deadline

Rating: (11 reviews) Author: Chris Crutcher Publisher: HarperTeen Book Description Ben Wolf has big things planned for his senior year. Had big things planned. Now what he has is some very bad news and only one year left to make his mark on the world. How can a pint-sized, smart-ass seventeen-year-old do anything significant in […]

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Rating: (1228 reviews) Author: Stephen Chbosky Publisher: MTV Amazon.com What is most notable about this funny, touching, memorable first novel from Stephen Chbosky is the resounding accuracy with which the author captures the voice of a boy teetering on the brink of adulthood. Charlie is a freshman. And while’s he’s not the biggest geek in […]

Before I Die

Rating: (16 reviews) Author: Jenny Downham Publisher: David Fickling Books Book Description Tessa has just months to live. Fighting back against hospital visits, endless tests, drugs with excruciating side-effects, Tessa compiles a list. It’s her To Do Before I Die list. And number one is Sex. Released from the constraints of ‘normal’ life, Tessa tastes […]

Bridge to Terabithia

Rating: (792 reviews) Author: Katherine Paterson Publisher: HarperTrophy Product Description Jess Aaron’s greatest ambition is to be the fastest runner in the fifth grade. He’s been practicing all summer and can’t wait to see his classmates’ faces when he beats them all. But on the first day of school, a new kid, a new girl, […]

Eggs

Rating: (11 reviews) Author: Jerry Spinelli Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers Book Description Nine-year-old David has recently lost his mother to a freak accident, his salesman father is constantly on the road, and he is letting his anger out on his grandmother. Sarcastic and bossy 13-year-old Primrose lives with her childlike, fortuneteller mother, and a […]

The Truth About Forever

Rating: (148 reviews) Author: Sarah Dessen Publisher: Puffin Amazon.com With her sixth novel, award-winning author Sarah Dessen offers up another generous helping of finely crafted storytelling about real teens dealing with real life. In The Truth About Forever, when asked how she is coping with her father’s death, invariably seventeen year old Macy Queen’s answer […]

Dog Heaven

Rating: (133 reviews) Author: Cynthia Rylant Publisher: Blue Sky Press From Publishers Weekly Newbery winner Rylant, who debuted as an illustrator with her Everyday board books (1993), offers paintings and text in tribute to “Dog Heaven.” Here there are fields to run in, soft beds (made of clouds turned inside out) and “angel children,” because […]

I Miss You: A First Look At Death

Rating: (20 reviews) Author: Pat Thomas Publisher: Barron’s Educational Series Book Description When a close friend or family member dies, it can be difficult for children to express their feelings. This book helps boys and girls understand that death is a natural complement to life, and that grief and a sense of loss are normal […]