Books to Help Talk About the Death of a Pet

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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—now a New York Times bestseller


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

A gentle and moving story about losing a friend, and the importance of always expressing your love.


Dog Heaven Cover Image
By Cynthia Rylant, Cynthia Rylant (Illustrator)
$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.

In Newbery Medalist Cynthia Rylant's classic bestseller, the author comforts readers young and old who have lost a dog, as she did for cats in the bestselling companion book, CAT HEAVEN.


Cat Heaven Cover Image
By Cynthia Rylant, Cynthia Rylant (Illustrator)
$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!" With a gentle, playful rhyme, Newbery Medalist Cynthia Rylant explores all the ways our beloved cats enjoy Cat Heaven, as she did for dogs in the bestselling companion book, DOG HEAVEN.


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


Ghost Cat Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780823442836
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Published: Neal Porter Books - June 11th, 2019

There is a ghost in my house. I've only seen it out of the corner of my eye, but I think it is a cat, says a little boy in this comforting tale of love and loss.


The Dead Bird Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780060289317
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Published: HarperCollins - March 1st, 2016

This New York Times Best Illustrated Book is a heartwarming classic from the author of Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny, with stunning, evocative art by #1 New York Times bestselling and multiple-award-winning illustrator Christian Robinson (You Matter and Last Stop on Market Street). 


Addy's Cup of Sugar (A Stillwater Book): (Based on a Buddhist story of healing) Cover Image
By Jon J. Muth, Jon J. Muth (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780439634281
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Published: Scholastic Press - October 20th, 2020

Stillwater, the beloved Zen panda, now in his own Apple TV+ original series!

Jon J Muth's enlightening new picture book is based on an ancient Buddhist legend, and features Stillwater the Panda from Jon's Caldecott Honor Book and New York Times Bestselling book, Zen Shorts.

* "A master class of picture-book storytelling." -- Kirkus Reviews


The Invisible Leash: A Story Celebrating Love After the Loss of a Pet (The Invisible String) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316524858
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - December 3rd, 2019

From the author of the picture book phenomenon The Invisible String comes a moving companion title about coping with grief when a pet dies.

"When our pets aren't with us anymore, an Invisible Leash connects our hearts to each other. Forever." That's what Zack's friend Emily tells him after his dog dies. Zack doesn't believe it.


Where Lily Isn't Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250184252
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - January 21st, 2020

Where Lily Isn't is Julie Paschkis and Margaret Chodos-Irvine's beautiful bereavement picture book celebrating the love of a lost pet.

Lily ran and jumped and barked and whimpered and growled and wiggled and wagged and licked and snuggled.

But not now.


Rosie and Crayon Cover Image
By Inc Peter Pauper Press (Created by)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781441322876
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Published: Peter Pauper Press - January 1st, 2017

A Stone for Sascha Cover Image
By Aaron Becker, Aaron Becker (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780763665968
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Published: Candlewick - May 8th, 2018

A girl grieves the loss of her dog in an achingly beautiful wordless epic from the Caldecott Honor–winning creator of Journey.


The Empty Space Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781912278008
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Published: Centrala - October 27th, 2020

A story of a girl experiencing a loss after the death of her animal. Empty space cannot be drowned in tears, you cannot pretend it is not there. You can only tame it. A graphic novel for children and adults. A story of a girl experiencing a loss after the death of her cat. Marianna Sztyma Born 1973. Painter and illustrator.


P.S. I Love You More Than Tuna Cover Image
By Sarah Chauncey, Francis Tremblay (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9781683646976
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Published: Sounds True - October 27th, 2020

P.S. I Love You More Than Tuna is both a lighthearted celebration of the loving bond between human and cat, and a touching meditation on the eternal nature of that love.” —Jackson Galaxy, host of Animal Planet’s My Cat From Hell

An illustrated gift book for adults grieving a companion cat, celebrating the often-quirky bond between humans and felines.


The Invisible Leash: An Invisible String Story About the Loss of a Pet (The Invisible String) Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780316524896
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 25th, 2021

From the author of the picture book phenomenon The Invisible String comes a moving companion title about coping with grief when a pet dies.

"When our pets aren't with us anymore, an Invisible Leash connects our hearts to each other. Forever." That's what Zack's friend Emily tells him after his dog dies. Zack doesn't believe it.