I have long believed that having a discussion about death with a child is much easier when you’re discussing a fictional character than it is when the deceased is someone the child knows, or a loved one. It is a fortunate opportunity to be able to broach the topic of death with a child while not in the midst of grieving yourself.

However, life does not always allow for us to choose our timing. Should you find yourself in the position of having to discuss death with a young person, I hope you find the following list of books to be helpful. All of the titles are appropriate for raising the topic of death, and I have indicated when a book might be more suited to a specific situation.


Fiction books that deal with the death of a character:


Goodbye MousieGoodbyeMousie

Picture book

Ages 2-8

By Robie H…

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