Books to Help Talk About the Death of a Pet

Recommendations from Katie

The Rabbit Listened Cover Image
By Cori Doerrfeld, Cori Doerrfeld (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780735229358
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Published: Dial Books - February 20th, 2018

A moving and universal picture book about empathy and kindness, sure to soothe heartaches big and small.


I'll Always Love You Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780517572658
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Published: Dragonfly Books - December 12th, 1988

Illus. in full color. "In this gentle, moving story, Elfie, a dachshund, and her special boy progress happily through life together. One morning Elfie does not wake up. The family grieves and buries her. The watercolor illustrations, tender and warm in color and mood, suit the simple text perfectly."--School Library Journal.


Dog Heaven Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780590417013
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Published: Blue Sky Press - August 1st, 1995

A comforting and playful exploration of a beloved dog's journey after a happy life on Earth.


Cat Heaven Cover Image
By Cynthia Rylant (Illustrator), Cynthia Rylant (Illustrator), Cynthia Rylant
$18.99
ISBN: 9780590100540
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Published: Blue Sky Press - August 1st, 1997

A joyous celebration of a cat's journey after a happy life on Earth by Newbery Medalist Cynthia Rylant.

"The way to Cat Heaven is a field of sweet grass, where crickets and butterflies play!"


I Miss My Pet: A First Look at When a Pet Dies (First Look at . . .) Cover Image
By Pat Thomas, Lesley Harker (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9781438001883
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Published: B.E.S. Publishing - October 1st, 2012

This title in B.E.S. A First Look At series encourages kids of preschool through early school age to understand and overcome problems that might trouble them in social and family relationships.


The Rough Patch Cover Image
By Brian Lies, Brian Lies (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062671271
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Published: Greenwillow Books - August 14th, 2018

A Caldecott Honor Book

An ALA Notable Book

A breathtakingly beautiful and luminescent book that is pitch-perfect for anyone of any age who has experienced any type of loss or disappointment, from New York Times–bestselling picture book creator Brian Lies.


The Tenth Good Thing About Barney Cover Image
By Judith Viorst, Erik Blegvad (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780689712036
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - September 30th, 1987

My cat Barney died this Friday. I was very sad. My mother said we could have a funeral for him, and I should think of ten good things about Barney so I could tell them...
But the small boy who loved Barney can only think of nine. Later, while talking with his father, he discovers the tenth -- and begins to understand.


The Goodbye Book Cover Image
By Todd Parr, Todd Parr (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316404976
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - November 3rd, 2015

From bestselling author Todd Parr, a poignant and reassuring story about loss.


The End of Something Wonderful: A Practical Guide to a Backyard Funeral Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781454932116
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Published: Sterling Children's Books - September 10th, 2019

With gentle humor and quirkiness, this sympathetic book demonstrates how to say goodbye to a beloved pet and give it a proper sendoff.

" The End of Something Wonderful is] really good. It's funny and sardonic and it gets to be touching at the end." --Betsy Bird, School Library Journal