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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, When I Feel Sad

When I Feel Sad by Cornelia Maude Spelman

This book from the series of "The Way I Feel Books" helps teach children that all emotions are important, universal, and manageable. The warm illustrations remind children that sometimes we feel sad because something bad happened or for no particular reason at all, but feeling sad is always allowed and won't last forever. Parent reviewers recommend reading the book not only during sad times — so that kids learn sadness can come up unexpectedly and is normal.

Recommended age: 4 and up

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