Starting a Conversation about Death


Death and grief can be a challenge to talk about at any age or time. The following titles might help to start those difficult conversations. Simpler books are at the top of the list, but might appeal to a wider audience. Books for older readers are toward the bottom.

For additional suggestions, or for resources specific to any given situation, please ask a Reference Librarian or use our May We Suggest service.


Ida, always by Caron Levis
The purple balloon by Christopher Raschka
Ocean meets sky by Terry Fan
Also available in: e-book


Cry, Heart, but Never Break by Glenn Ringtved, available through MeL​


The goodbye book by illustrator Todd Parr
The heart and the bottle by Oliver Jeffers


Duck, Death, and the Tulip by Wolf Erlbruch, available through MeL

The rough patch by illustrator Brian Lies
Michael Rosen's sad book by 1946- Michael Rosen
You are stardust by Elin Kelsey
How to make friends with a ghost by 1986- Rebecca Green
Ghosts by artist Raina Telgemeier
Also available in: e-book
The House With Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson


Death is Stupid by Anastasia Higginbotham, available through MeL

Also available in: e-book | video
The next place by Warren Hanson
Also available in: e-book | audiobook | video | large print

Also available in Chinese and as a Book Discussion Kit.


Death: An Oral History by Casey Jarman, available through MeL