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are a child's best friends, and saying goodbye to one can be incredibly hard.
But that's the tide of life, and as parents, you'll need to help your little
one cope with this loss. One way to do this is by introducing them to
pet-themed literary gems. The books in this list deal with the loss of a pet,
and they can help your child grieve and cope with the pain.
- Dog Heaven, by Cynthia Rylant
beautiful and touching book about the death of a dog promises readers that
there is life after death. With its bright and colourful pictures and uplifting
lines, Dog Heaven assures young readers
that although their dogs aren’t with them, they are at peace. They’re with God
and they’re cared for with lots of biscuits and loads of hugs.
those who have lost a cat, Rylant has written another title – Cat Heaven.
- The Goodbye Book, by Todd Parr
book is perfect for those who’ve lost their aquarium friends. Narrated through
the eyes of a wee fish whose just lost his tank-mate, The Goodbye Book explains the various stages of grieving, without
directly referencing death. The author provides advice to cope with grief in a
way that tiny tots can understand.
- Paw Prints in the Stars: A Farewell
and Journal for a Beloved Pet, by Warren Hanson
5 & above
book is a real gem. A journal and short story combined, Paw Prints in the Stars, allow your child to paste favorite
pictures and collar tags of their pets in the book. As the story progresses,
you can reconstruct your happy memories with your pet by adding cherished
keepsakes. The best part about this book is that it never specifies a
particular animal. You can use it to preserve beautiful memories of all your
furry and non-furry friends.
- The Tenth Good Thing About Barney,
by Judith Viorst and Erik Blegvad
tender and soulful, The Tenth Good Thing
About Barney is a book that will leave anyone – children & grownups -
teary-eyed. But this is a good thing. Narrated as a series of conversations
between a boy who lost his beloved cat and his father, the book explores the
realistic side of death and how to move on, even in the midst of crippling
- Lifetimes: The Beautiful Way to
Explain Death to Children, by Bryan Mellonie, illustrated by Robert Ingpen
For all ages
This is the only book in this list that’s written like non-fiction. But it’s just as gentle and just as powerful in helping little ones cope with the heartbreak of losing a pet. Written in a poetic format, Lifetimes explains how plants, insects, birds, animals and humans live. Using short and simple sentences, the book explains three stages of life – birth, living and death. The stunning graphics, combined with the comforting lyrics, make the book very calming to read. This is the perfect book if you'd like to introduce your child to the reality of death gently.