A Series of Websites dedicated to the many stresses our children face.

These websites developed and maintained by

Pam Petty

Educational Homepage

Click on the topics in table for bibliographies of children's books, links to Internet sites, and professional resources for working with children.

Beginning School


Conflict Resolution

Death and Grief

Special Needs


Non-Traditional Families



Health Care - HIV/AIDS



New Baby



Click here to read "Invitations" by Maggie Vaughn, Poet Laureate of Tennessee

and for a link to Gary Paulsen's The Rifle


When I Die, Will I Get Better? 
by Joeri Breebaart, Piet Breebaart, Harold S. Kushner (Preface) 
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover - 32 pages (September 1993) 
Peter Bedrick Books; ISBN: 0872263754

When Dinosaurs Die : A Guide to Understanding Death 
by Marc Tolon Brown (Illustrator), Laurie Krasny Brown 
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Paperback - 32 pages Reprint edition (April 1998) 
Little Brown & Co (Juv Pap); ISBN: 0316119555 

The Dead Bird 
by Margaret Wise Brown, Remy Charlip (Illustrator) 
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Paperback - 48 pages (May 1995) 
HarperTrophy; ISBN: 0064433269

 The Fall of Freddie the Leaf 
by Leo F. Buscaglia 
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover - 32 pages (September 1983) 
Holt Rinehart & Winston; ISBN: 0805010645

Balloons for Trevor : Understanding Death (Comforting Little Hearts Series) 
by Anne Good Cave, Janice Skivington (Illustrator) 
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover (January 1998) 
Concordia Pub House; ISBN: 0570050405

Everett Anderson's Goodbye (Reading Rainbow) 
by Lucille Clifton, Ann Grifalconi (Illustrator) 
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Paperback Reprint edition (June 1988) 
Henry Holt (Paper); ISBN: 0805008004

Nana Upstairs and Nana Downstairs (Picture Puffin) 
by Tomie De Paola, Thomas Anthony De Paola 
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Paperback - 32 pages Reissue edition (February 1987) 
Viking Pr; ISBN: 0140502904

My Grandpa Died Today 
by Joan Fassler 
Paperback (August 1983) 
Human Sciences Pr; ISBN: 0898851742

When Someone Dies 
by Sharon Greenlee, Bill Brath (Illustrator), Bill Drath (Illustrator) 
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Hardcover - 1 pages (October 1992) 
Peachtree Publishers; ISBN: 1561450448

  The Next Place 
by Warren Hanson 
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover - 36 pages (September 1997) 
Waldman House Pr; ISBN: 0931674328

Daddy's Promise 
by John T. Heiney, Michael J. Gordon (Illustrator), Cindy Klein Cohen 
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Paperback - 32 pages 1 edition (May 25, 1997) 
Promise Publications; ISBN: 0965649806

 'I Wish I Could Hold Your Hand--' : A Child's Guide to Grief and Loss 
by Pat Palmer, Dianne O'Quinn Burke (Illustrator) 
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Paperback - 32 pages (November 1994) 
Impact Pub; ISBN: 0915166828

Robert Nathaniel's Tree 
by Rara Schlitt Schlitt, Ra Sartwell Schlitt, Camilla Brunschwyler Armstrong (Illustrator) 
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover (July 1993) 
Light Bearer Pubs; ISBN: 0963001736

The Saddest Time (An Albert Whitman Prairie Book) 
by Norma Simon, Jacqueline Rogers (Illustrator) 
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Paperback Reprint edition (April 1992) 
Albert Whitman & Co; ISBN: 0807572047 

After Charlotte's Mom Died 
by Cornelia Spelman, Judith Friedman (Illustrator) 
Reading level: Ages 4-8
School & Library Binding - 24 pages (March 1996) 
Albert Whitman & Co; ISBN: 0807501964

Badger's Parting Gifts 
by Susan Varley 
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Paperback Reprint edition (July 1992) 
Mulberry Books; ISBN: 0688115187

Saying Goodbye to Daddy 
by Judith Vigna, Abby Levine (Editor) 
List Price: $14.95
Reading level: Ages 4-8
School & Library Binding - 32 pages (January 1991) 
Albert Whitman & Co; ISBN: 0807572535

The Tenth Good Thing About Barney 
by Judith Viorst, Erik Blegvad (Illustrator) 
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Paperback (July 1976) 
Aladdin Paperbacks; ISBN: 0689712030 

I'll Always Love You 
by Hans Wilhelm 
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Paperback (May 1989) 
Crown Pub; ISBN: 0517572656

Pearl's Marigolds for Grandpa 
by Jane Breskin Zalben, Stephanie Lurie (Editor) 
Reading level: Ages 4-8
School & Library Binding - 32 pages 1 edition (September 1997) 
Simon & Schuster (Juv); ISBN: 0689804482

The Old Dog 
by Charlotte Zolotow, James Ransome (Illustrator) 
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover Revised edition (September 1995) 
Harpercollins Juvenile Books; ISBN: 0060244097


Professional Resources for Death and Grief

  When Goodbye Is Forever : Learning to Live Again After the Loss of a Child 
by John Bramblett 
Mass Market Paperback - 170 pages (May 1991) 
Ballantine Books; ISBN: 034536399X 

The Grieving Child : A Parent's Guide 
by Helen Fitzgerald, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross (Designer) 
Paperback - 207 pages (July 1992) 
Fireside; ISBN: 0671767623 

Helping Children Grieve : When Someone They Love Dies 
by Theresa Huntley 
Paperback - 79 pages (October 1991) 
Augsburg Fortress Publications; ISBN: 080662549X

Children Grieve, Too : A Book for Families Who Have Experienced a Death 
by Joy Johnson, Marvin Johnson 
Paperback (January 1998) 
Centering Corp; ISBN: 1561231061 

Helping Children Cope With the Loss of a Loved One : A Guide for Grownups 
by William C. Kroen, Pamela Espeland (Editor) 
Paperback - 112 pages (March 1996) 
Free Spirit Pub; ISBN: 1575420007

On Children and Death : How Children and Their Parents Can and Do Cope
With Death 
by Elisabeth M.D. Kubler-Ross 
Paperback - 288 pages Reprint edition (June 1997) 
Collier Books; ISBN: 0684839393

After the Darkest Hour the Sun Will Shine Again : A Parent's Guide to Coping With the Loss of a Child 
by Elizabeth Mehren, Harold Kushner (Introduction) 
Paperback - 160 pages (April 1997) 
Fireside; ISBN: 0684811707

Lifetimes : The Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children 
by Bryan Mellonie, Robert R. Ingpen (Contributor) 
Reading level: All Ages 
Paperback (April 1987) 
Bantam Doubleday Dell Pub (Trd Pap); ISBN: 0553344021

  The Worst Loss : How Families Heal from the Death of a Child 
by Barbara D. Rosof 
Paperback Reprint edition (November 1995) 
Henry Holt (Paper); ISBN: 080503241X

How Do We Tell the Children? : A Step-By-Step Guide for Helping Children
Two to Teen Cope When Someone Dies 
by Dan Schaefer, Christine Lyons (Contributor), David Peretz 
Paperback Updated edition (November 1993) 
Newmarket Press; ISBN: 1557041814


Internet Links to Sites Relating to Children and Death

Children and Death
    The following presentation is for anyone who has ever asked or been asked the question, "What happens when we die?" Just one way of explaining, to children of all ages, the unexplainable phenomenon of life and death.

    Helping Children Cope with Death:  Children's concerns are sometimes similar, sometimes different from those of adults. However, because the adults around them are grieving too, children's needs and concerns may go unaddressed.

    Web Topics: Life Cycle - Childhood:  Many topic relating to childhood including information about illnesses, cancer, and death.

    Children Coping With Grief and Dying:  Books About Death, Loss, Illness, and Hope for Children and their Caregivers
Collected by Lee Anne Phillips

    Bedtime Story:  Trix and Uncle Rascob  ( A story about their lives before and after death. )
    Children with Lukemia
    U.S. children face high risk of violent death rate greater than 25 other developed countries.

    CHILDREN AND DEATH:  There is no absolute or right way to deal with children when their lives are touched by tragedy.

    Explaining Death to Young Children:  What do you say to a child who has experienced a serious loss, be it a pet, a friend, a parent, or other relative? At what age can they understand death as adults do? The child, as a survivor, usually has some serious questions and the adults around them may not know how to answer these questions.
    Trudy Weathersby - your Guide to:  Death and Dying

    The Grieving Child

    Children's Understanding of Death:  Children's understanding of Death is provided by Hospice of Southeastern Connecticut Bereavement Program.  This chart is meant to be used as a guideline and not a checklist. All children develop at different rates and it is important to remember that the parents know their own child the best.
This is a site that lists the names of children who have died - special note is given to parents who have no surviving children.
Bibliography of books regarding death and children. St. Charles Public Library.  

Children of the Dome:  This book is a non-fiction account of the lives of twenty-eight families who have lost children beginning with Rosemary’s account of her family and the loss of her sons, Drew and Jeremiah. In each chapter, the reader comes to know the child or children through seeing their photographs and reading the story of their family. Each chapter offers inspirational messages to those who have suffered a loss whether it be the loss of a child or any other loss.
    The Child's Loss -- Death, Grief and Mourning General Guidlelines for Caretakers of Children Experiencing Death



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