Thursday, March 18, 2010

Picture from Hachette Bookgroup

When Dinosaurs Die, by Laurie Krasny Brown and Marc Brown, is one of my favorite books to use with elementary-aged children who have experienced death. The book demystifies the concept of death for those experiencing the loss of a loved one. It explains death in simple terms that are easy for young kids to understand.  Readers learn about why people die,  feelings that may arise from death, funerals and other rituals, ways to honor a loved one, and what comes after death, among other topics.  It provides school counselors with an easy way to talk about the many questions students may have about death, in addition to normalizing and making sense of death for children. The colorful pictures add to the comforting feeling the book provides and give kids a visual that is often helpful in making sense of the situation. I fully recommend it for any elementary counselor’s bookshelf.


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