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Recommended Reading

A collection of works to help you HEAL your heart

We have selected the books listed here for you. You will find books that cater to all age groups and backgrounds as well as professional and educational works.

Please contact us if you would like assistance in choosing a book.

Balloons for Tiger – Mom’s Choice Award Winner
How can children begin to heal after losing a pet? Balloons for Tiger takes an imaginative look at this tough topic as colorful balloons travel from the hands of children to their beloved cat who has passed on. This book lets children...
Cat Lovers, Children, Family, Great Gift, Illustrated, Pet Loss & Bereavement, Pre-school Lori Orlinsky
Healing A Child’s Pet Loss Grief: A Guide for Parents
Is your child suffering from the loss of their pet and you want to know how to help them? Discover a step-by-step guide to navigating the emotional journey of your child and family when losing a beloved pet. Are you...
Adult, Children, Family, Guide, Pet Loss & Bereavement Wendy Van de Poll
I’ll Always Love You
A gentle and moving story about losing a friend, and the importance of always expressing your love. Elfie the dachshund is the best dog anyone could every ask for. Every day, she and her owner explore and play together. And...
Children, Family, Illustrated, Pet Loss & Bereavement, Pre-school Hans Wilhelm
Jasper’s Day
Today Riley's family is celebrating Jasper's Day. Everything they do will be in honor of Jasper -- sort of like a birthday. But it isn't Jasper's birthday. The old dog's cancer has gotten really bad. Riley knows they can't let...
Children, Family, Illustrated, Pet Loss & Bereavement Marjorie Blain Parker
Koko’s Kitten
Koko the gorilla uses sign language to talk to her handlers. When she asks for a pet, her handlers search high and low for the perfect companion.
Children, Family, Illustrated, Pet Loss & Bereavement, Pre-school
Lee and Limbo: Friends Come and Go, but Life Continues...
Animals, like human beings, experience deep emotional bonds, too.   Lee and Limbo is a story of genuine friendship and love between two cats in Chapel Hill, a beautiful, small University town in North Carolina where love abounds. When Lee...
Children, Family, Illustrated, Pet Loss & Bereavement Uzoma (Uzo) Rita Ezekwudo
Lifetimes: The Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children
When the death of a relative, a friend, or a pet happens or is about to happen . . . how can we help a child to understand? Lifetimes is a moving book for children of all ages, even parents too....
Children, Family, Guide, Illustrated, Pet Loss & Bereavement Bryan Mellonie
Loss of a Pet: Explaining Grief and Loss to Children
Pets create great experiences for children: in taking responsibility, learning to love, care for living things and, dealing with loss and grief. Whether their pet has to move, runs away, gets sick or, dies; children will benefit from reading this...
Children, Family, Guide, Illustrated, Pet Loss & Bereavement Cory O'Neal
My Pet Memory Book: To Help A Child Through The...
Losing a pet is heartbreaking for all the family, but can be particularly difficult for a child.  This book will help any child who is grieving for a family pet who has died.  The book allows them to fill in...
Children, Family, Great Gift, Journal, Pet Loss & Bereavement S Wallace
Pet Loss and Children: A Guide for Parents
This book is a much-needed resource for parents of pet-owning children. It contains information on the grief process in children as it pertains to pet death but also gives the most effective methods of explaining the pet's death and what...
Children, Family, Guide, Pet Loss & Bereavement Mary T Rochford Rose
Pet Loss and Children: Helping Your Child Cope with the...
An estimated 90 percent of kids will have a pet at some point during their childhood. The loss of a beloved pet is a difficult reality that many of these children will face. How to Help Your Child Cope with Pet...
Children, Family, Guide, Pet Loss & Bereavement, Pre-school Erainna Winnett
Remembering Blue Fish (Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood)
Daniel Tiger learns how to process the feelings that come with losing someone you love in this thoughtful 8x8 storybook based on an episode of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. When Daniel’s pet fish dies, he learns to ask questions about what happened...
Children, Family, Illustrated, Pet Loss & Bereavement, Pre-school Becky Friedman
Remembering Oakley
A tool to use children about death using direct language and explanations. This book was written to align with the 7 stages of grief.
Children, Family, Guide, Illustrated, Pet Loss & Bereavement, Pre-school Carl Schutt
Saying Goodbye to Lulu Saying Goodbye to Lulu
A young girl and her lovable dog, Lulu, are the best of friends. They play games together, explore their neighborhood, and even cuddle up to read bedtime stories each night. Lulu is the best dog a girl could ever hope...
Children, Family, Great Gift, Guide, Illustrated, Pet Loss & Bereavement, Pre-school Corinne Demas
Something Very Sad Happened: A Toddler’s Guide to Understanding Death
When a loved one dies, it can be hard to know how to explain it to a young child, particularly if you are grieving the loss yourself. Something Very Sad Happened is intended to be read to two- and three-year-old children...
Children, Family, Illustrated, Pet Loss & Bereavement, Pre-school Bonnie Zucker
Tails from Beyond the Paw Print: Twenty-two stories of love,...
Since 2009, attendees of Beyond the Paw Print Pet Loss Support Group meetings have found validation of their grief as they shared their stories of love, loss, and lessons learned in a caring, judgment-free atmosphere. It has long been Dr....
Adult, Family, Great Gift, Inspirational, Pet Loss & Bereavement, Teen, Young Adult Micky Golden Moore
The Heaven of Animals
With all of my heart, I believe it is true that there is a heaven for animals, too. The heaven of animals is a magical place. Angels know every dog's favorite game; cats bask in their own rays of sunshine;...
Children, Family, Pet Loss & Bereavement, Pre-school, Religious, Spiritual Nancy Tillman
The Memory Box: A Book About Grief
I will always remember you . . .Joanna Rowland's best-selling The Memory Box: A Book about Grief has helped thousands of children and families work through the complex emotions that arise after the loss of a loved one. Now, with...
Children, Family, Pet Loss & Bereavement Joanna Rowler, Thea Baker
The Rainbow Bridge: A Visit to Pet Paradise
Adrian Raeside has created a magical tale of adventure for pet lovers of all ages in The Rainbow Bridge. Using his gift for creating spunky characters, Raeside has created a valuable fable for anyone who cherishes the companionship of a family...
Children, Family, Great Gift, Illustrated, Pet Loss & Bereavement, Spiritual Adrian Raeside
The Sad Dragon: A Dragon Book About Grief and Loss....
Having a pet dragon is very fun! He can sit, roll over, and play… He can candle a birthday cake, lit a campfire, or so many other fun things that will make you laugh… But sometimes, not every story is...
Children, Family, Guide, Illustrated, Pet Loss & Bereavement Steve Herman

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