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12 Children's Books That Help Explain Tragedies and Death

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children's books explaining death or grief, Lifetimes

Lifetimes: The Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children by Bryan Mellonie


Discussing death with children is no easy task. This colorful, careful book explains that everything that is born also dies, and a lifetime is what happens in between. It offers a tender way of showing a child that dying is as much a part of living as being born. Note that the book says many people live to be at least 60 or 70 — which may worry children with relatives older than that, or may upset families dealing with the death of a younger loved one.

Recommended age: 5 and up

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Next: When Dinosaurs Die by Laura Krasny Brown

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