Willow Center, Inc. For Grieving Children
Where children, teens and families learn to grieve and heal from the death of someone close to them.
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Recommended Readings

Ages 3 to 5

Brown, Laurie & Marc (1996) When Dinosaurs Die. Boston: Little, Brown and Company
Brown, M. The Dead Bird. NY: Young Scotts Books
Buscaglia, Leo (1982). The Fall of Freddie the Leaf. NJ: Slack, Charles B.
Coutant, H. First Snow NY: Alfred Knopf
Dickerson, Julie (1995). Grandpa’s Berries. PA: Cherubic Press
Fox, Mern (1989). Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge. CA: Kane/Miller Book Publishers
Goldman, Linda (1998) Bart Speaks Out. CA: Manson Western
Goldstein, R. & J. (1982). Where’s Jess? NE: Centering Corporation
Gryte, Marilyn (1988). No New Baby. NE: Centering Corporation
Hanks, Bernice (1996). Green Mittens from Grandma. NE: Centering Corporation
Harris, A. (1965). Why Did He Die? MN: Lerner Publications.
Harris, Robert H. (2001). Goodbye, Mousie. NY: Simon & Schuster
Joslin, Mary & Little, Claire (1999). The Goodbye Boat. MI: William B. Eerdmans
Kohen, Cindy, Heiney, John & Gordon, Michael (1997).Daddy’s Promise. MI: Promise Pub
LeShan, Eda. Learning to Say Goodbye. NY: MacMillian
Madenski, Melissa (1991). Some of the Pieces. NY: Little Brown and Company
Mellonie, B & Ingpen, R. (1983). Lifetimes: A beautiful way to explain death. NY: Bantam
McLaughlin, Kristen (2000). The Memory Box. NE: Centering Corporation
Miles, Miska (1985). Annie and the Old One. NY: Little Brown and Company
Mills, Joyce C. (1993). Gentle Willow. NY: Magination Press
Morning, Barbara (1996). Grandfather’s Shirt. NE: Centering Corporation
Mundy, Michelene. Sad Isn’t Bad: A Good Grief Guidebook. Abbey Press
O’Toole, Donna R (1989). Aarvy Aardvark Finds Hope. NC: Compassion Books
Palmer, Pat (1994). I Wish I Could Hold Your Hand. CA: Impact Publishers
Scrivani, Mark (1996). I Heard Your Mommy/Daddy Died. NE: Centering Corporation
Silverman, Janice (1999). Help Me Say Goodbye. MN: Fairview Press
Sims, Alecia M. (1993). Am I Still A Sister? NM: Big A and Company
Stein, S. (1974). About Dying. NY: Walker and Company
Stickney, Doris (1997). Waterbugs and Dragonflies. PA: Pilgram Press
Varley, S. (1984). Badger’s Parting Gifts. NY: Wm. Morrow & Company
Voist, J. (1987). The Tenth Good Thing About Barney. NY: Atheneum
Warburg, S. Growing Time. NY: Houghton Mifflin Company
Wilhelm, Hans (1988). I’ll Always Love You. NY: Crown Publishers

Ages 6 to 12

Brown, Laurie & Marc (1996). When Dinosaurs Die. Boston: Little, Brown and Company
Buscaglia, Leo (1982). The Fall of Freddie the Leaf. NJ: Slack, Charles B.
Campbell, James (1992). Secret Places. NE: Centering Corporation
Clifton, Lucille (1988). Everett Andersons Goodbye. NY: Henry Holt
Coerr, E & Young, E. (1993). Sadako. NY: Putnam
Constans, Gabriel (1996). Just A Heartbeat Away. NE: Centering Corporation
Czech, Jan (2000). The Guardian Angel. NE: Centering Corporation
Dickerson, Julie (1995). Grandpa’s Berries. PA: Cherubic Press
DiPaolo, Tomie (2000). Nana Upstairs and Nana Downstairs. Australia: Penguin Putnam
Evarts, Michelle (1999). Butterfly Bush. NE: Centering Corporation
Goble, Paul (1993). Beyond the Ridge. NY: Aladdin
Goldman, Linda (1998). Bart Speaks Out. CA: Manson Western
Goldstein, R. & J. (1982). Where’s Jess? NE: Centering Corporation
Green-Alexander, Alesia (1999). Sunflowers and Rainbows for Tia. NE: Centering Corporation
Gryte, Marilyn (1988). No New Baby. NE: Centering Corporation
Hanks, Bernice (1996). Green Mittens from Grandma. NE: Centering Corporation
Harris, Robert H. (2001). Goodbye, Mousie. NY: Simon & Schuster
Hemery, Kathleen (1998). The Brightest Star. NE: Centering Corporation
Hipp, Earl (1995). Help for the Hard Times. Hazeldon Info & Ed Series
Hodge, John (1999). Finding Grandpa Everywhere. NE: Centering Corporation
Holmes, Margaret (1999). Molly’s Mom Died. NE: Centering Corporation
Kohen, Cindy, Heiney, John & Gordon, Michael (1997). Daddy’s Promise. MI: Promise Publications
Landolf, Helen (2000). Getting Used to Candy. NE: Centering Corporation
Liss Levinson, Nechama (1999). When A Grandparent Dies. VT: Jewish Lights Press
Lowden, Stephanie (1993). Emily’s Sadhappy Season. NE: Centering Corporation
Madenski, Melissa (1991). Some of the Pieces. NY: Little Brown and Company
Marshall, Bridgett (1997). Animal Crackers. NE: Centering Corporation
McLaughlin, Kristen (2000). The Memory Box. NE: Centering Corporation
Miles, Miska (1985). Annie and the Old One. NY: Little Brown and Company
Mills, Joyce C. (1993). Gentle Willow. NY: Magination Press
Morning, Barbara (1996). Grandfather’s Shirt. NE: Centering Corporation
Moser, Adolf (1995). Don’t Despair on Thursdays. KS: Landmark Editions
Oliver, Sam (2005). A Fish Named Ed. Jones Harvest Publishing
O’Toole, Donna R (1989). Aarvy Aardvark Finds Hope. NC: Compassion Books
Palmer, Pat (1994). I Wish I Could Hold Your Hand. CA: Impact Publishers
Scrivani, Mark (1996). I Heard Your Mommy/Daddy Died. NE: Centering Corporation
Silverman, Janice (1999). Help Me Say Goodbye. MN: Fairview Press
Sims, Alecia M. (1993). Am I Still A Sister? NM: Big A and Company
Stickney, Doris (1997). Waterbugs and Dragonflies. PA: Pilgram Press
Stillwell, Elaine (1995). Sweet Memories. NE: Centering Corporation
Tiffault, Benette (1992). A Quilt for Elizabeth. NE: Centering Corporation
Wilhelm, Hans (1988). I’ll Always Love You. NY: Crown Publishers

Ages 12 through 18

Arrick, Fran (1980). Tunnel Vision. NY: Brabury Press
Blume, Judy (1981). Tiger Eyes. NY: Brabury Press
Buchanan Smith, Doris (1973). A Taste of Black Berries. NY: Harper Collins
Buck, Pearl S. (1986). The Big Wave. Publisher: Turtleback Books
Buscaglia, Leo (1982). The Fall of Freddie the Leaf. NJ: Slack, Charles B.
Coerr, Eleanor (1997). Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes. Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell
Dower, Laura (2001). I Will Remember You. NY: Scholastic Paperbacks
Gootman, Marilyn (1994). When A Friend Dies. MN: Spirit Publishing
Gravelle, Karen & Haskins, Charles (1989). Teenagers Face to Face With Bereavement. NJ: Messner
Green, Constance C. (1976). Beat the Turtle Drum. NY: Dell Publishing
Grollman, Earl (1993). Straight Talk About Death To Teenagers. MA: Beacon Press
Grollman, Earl (1999). Living When a Young Friend Commits Suicide. MA: Beacon Press
Kilf, June Cezra (1990). Teenagers Talk About Grief. MI: Baker Books
Krementz, Jill (1981). How It Feels When A Parent Dies. NY: Alfred Knopf
Lazar, Linda (1999). In My World. NE: Centering Corporation
LeShan, Eda. Learning to Say Goodbye. NY: MacMillian
Levang, Elizabeth & IIse, Sherokee. Remembering With Love: Messages of Hope for the First Year 
of Grieving and Beyond. MN: Fairview Press
Mahon, K.L. Just One Tear. NY: Harper Collins
O”Toole, Donna (1995). Facing Change: Falling Apart and Coming Together Again in the Teen 
Years. Publisher: Compassion Books
Park, Barbara (1995). Mick Harte Was Here. NY: Scholastic Press
Paterson, Katherine (1977). Bridge to Terabithia. NY: Avon
Richter, Elizabeth (1986). Losing Someone You Love. NY: Putnam Sons
Salloum, Alison (1998). Reactions. NE: Centering Corporation
Scrivani, Mark (1991). When Death Walks In. NE: Centering Corporation
Smith, Doris (1973). A Taste of Blackberries. Publisher: Turtleback Books
Traisman, Enid (1992). Fire In My Heart, Ice in My Veins. NE: Centering Corporation
Walton, Charlie. When there are No Words: Finding you way to cope with loss. GA:
Pathfinder Publisher
Welshons, John (2003). Awakening From Grief: Finding the way back to joy. HI:
Inner Ocean Publishing
Varley, Susan (1998). Badger’s Parting Gifts. Publisher: Magi Publications

 

Adults

Buscaglia, Leo (1982). The Fall of Freddie the Leaf. NJ: Slack, Charles B.
Emsweiler, Mary Ann (2000). Guiding Your Child Through Grief. NY: Bantam
Grollman, Earl. Talking About Death. Boston: Beacon Press
Huntley, Theresa (1991). Helping Children Grieve: When Someone They Love Dies. MI:
Augsburg Fortress
James, J. W. (1998). The Grief Handbook. NY: Harper Trade
Rubel, Barbara (2000). But I Didn’t Say Goodbye. NJ: Griefwork Center
Silverman, Janice (1999). Help Me Say Goodbye. MN: Fairview Press
Stillwell, Elaine. A Forever Angel. (Instructions on making angel decorations & cookies.)
Stittser, Gerald (1998). A Grace Disguised: How the Soul Grows Through Suffering. MI:
Zondervan Publishing
Walton, Charlie. When there are No Words: Finding you way to cope with loss. GA:
Pathfinder Publisher
Welshons, John (2003). Awakening From Grief: Finding the way back to joy. HI:
Inner Ocean Publishing

(Children’s books about grief and loss may touch the heart of a grieving adult.)

The Neill Public Library in conjunction with the Willow Center has complied a wonderful list of books to help children and teens in their healing.  Many of these books are available at your local library.  For the complete list, click here:Books of Comfort

Contact

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PO Box 1361
Lewiston, Idaho 83501

Administrative Office address: 0309 2nd St. Lewiston, Idaho 83501

Joni Drake, Executive Director
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