I hadn't planned to write this post. But after the recent passing of my 97 year old grandma, it is on my heart to curate a few books on the subject because...well, we all face it at some point. My children were young when my dad died. Their Poppa was only 62. I wish I had thought to get books together for them.
by Caron Levis and Charles Santoso
published by Antheneum Books for Young Readers
Then one sad day, Gus learns that Ida is very sick, and she isn’t going to get better. The friends help each other face the difficult news with whispers, sniffles, cuddles, and even laughs. Slowly Gus realizes that even after Ida is gone, she will still be with him—through the sounds of their city, and the memories that live in their favorite spots.
Dance like a Leaf
by A.J. Irving and Claudia Navarro
published by Barefoot Books
As her grandmother's health declines, a young girl begins to lovingly take the lead in their cozy shared autumn traditions. Poetic prose paired with evocative illustrations by Mexican illustrator Claudia Navarro make for a beautiful celebration of life and a gentle introduction to the death of a loved one.
the remember balloons
by Jessie Oliveros and Dana Wulfekotte
published by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
James’s Grandpa has the best balloons because he has the best memories. He has balloons showing Dad when he was young and Grandma when they were married. Grandpa has balloons about camping and Aunt Nelle’s poor cow. Grandpa also has a silver balloon filled with the memory of a fishing trip he and James took together.
But when Grandpa’s balloons begin to float away, James is heartbroken. No matter how hard he runs, James can’t catch them. One day, Grandpa lets go of the silver balloon—and he doesn’t even notice!
Grandpa no longer has balloons of his own. But James has many more than before. It’s up to him to share those balloons, one by one.