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Ida, Always

Levis, Caron (Author)
Santoso, Charles (Illustrator)
Simon & Schuster 2016. 40 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Death, friendship, grief, loss, love, New York City, polar bears, zoos
 
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Proof of Lies

Wallach, Diana Rodriguez (Author)
Entangled 2017. 326 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Adventure, disinformation, family life, grief, Italy, kidnapping, loss, mystery, orphans, secrets, sisters, technology
 
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Close to the Heel

McClintock, Norah (Author)
Orca 2012. 262 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Adventure, anger, family life, first-person narration, grief, Iceland, mystery, overcoming adversity, quests, secrets, survival
 
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The Red Pencil

Pinkney, Andrea Davis (Author)
Evans, Shane W. (Illustrator)
Little, Brown 2014. 326 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Art, civil war, discrimination, education, environment, family life, female protagonist, first-person narration, free verse, gender roles, genocides, grief, loss, migration, novels in verse, refugees, Sudan
 
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The Raven

Poe, Edgar Allan (Author)
Price, Ryan (Illustrator)
Kids Can Press 2006. 48 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Death, first-person narration, grief, guilt, horror, illustrations (monochrome), mental health, missing persons, poetry, tragedy, unreliable narrator, violence
 
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Boy 21

Quick, Matthew (Author)
Little, Brown 2013. 256 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Basketball, competitions, first-person narration, grief, identity, loss, mental health, poverty, rivalries, self-esteem, socio-economic disparity
 
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A Monster Calls

Ness, Patrick (Author)
Dowd, Siobhan (Author)
Kay, Jim (Illustrator)
Candlewick Press 2013. 214 pages
Book type: Graphic Text

Keywords: Allegories, cancer, coping, family life, fantasy, grief, illustrations (monochrome), loss, mothers, multiple stories, terminal illness
 
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Please Ignore Vera Dietz

King, A.S. (Author)
Penguin Random House 2012. 328 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Breakups, fathers and daughters, first romantic relationships, friendship, grief, identity, loss, multiple voices, occupations, post-modern, school life, self-esteem
 
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Indian Horse

Wagamese, Richard (Author)
Douglas & McIntyre 2012. 224 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: 1960s, discrimination, family life, first-person narration, grief, healing, hockey, Indigenous peoples, loss, Ojibwa, residential schools, self-determination
 
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Gustave

Simard, Rémy (Author)
Pratt, Pierre (Illustrator)
Groundwood Books 2014. 56 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Friendship, grief, imagination, loss, mice
 
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That Summer

Johnston, Tony (Author)
Moser, Barry (Illustrator)
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2007. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Brothers, cancer, death, family life, grief, imagery, memories, quilting
 
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The Heart and the Bottle

Jeffers, Oliver (Author/Illustrator)
HarperCollins 2011. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Acceptance, curiosity, emotions, grief, intergenerational relationships, life cycles, loss
 
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Bug in a Vacuum

Watt, Mélanie (Author/Illustrator)
Tundra Books 2015. 96 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Dogs, emotions, flies, grief, humour, insects, overcoming adversity, point of view
 
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Bluebird

Staake, Bob (Author/Illustrator)
Penguin Random House 2013. 36 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Bullying, friendship, grief, hope, loneliness, wordless book
 
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Nix Minus One

MacLean, Jill (Author)
Pajama Press 2013. 290 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Brothers and sisters, bullying, figurative language, grief, identity, Newfoundland and Labrador, novels in verse, self-determination
 
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That Squeak

Beck, Carolyn (Author)
Thisdale, François (Illustrator)
Fitzhenry & Whiteside 2015. 40 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Bicycles, death, friendship, grief, male protagonist, memories
 
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Michael Rosen’s Sad Book

Rosen, Michael (Author)
Blake, Quentin (Illustrator)
Candlewick Press 2005. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Death, emotions, grief, hope, illustrations (watercolours), loss, mental health, parent-child relationships, resilience
 
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Behind You

Woodson, Jacqueline (Author)
Penguin Random House 2010. 128 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Afterlife, death, discrimination, diversity, friendship, grief, LGBTQ, multiple narrators, racism, romantic relationships
 
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The Dandelion’s Tale

Sheehan, Kevin (Author)
Dunlavey, Rob (Illustrator)
Penguin Random House 2014. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Birds, flowers, grief, life cycles, loss, storytelling, weeds
 
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Yellow Mini

Weber, Lori (Author)
Fitzhenry & Whiteside 2011. 244 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Friendship, grief, identity, multiple voices, novels in verse, parent-child relationships, perspectives, relationships, school life
 
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Wild Girl & Gran

Gregory, Nan (Author)
Lightburn, Rob (Illustrator)
Red Deer Press 2006. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Free verse, grief, intergenerational relationships, loss, mothers and daughters, nature, poetic language, trees
 
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Ella and the Balloons in the Sky

Appleby, Danny (Author)
Pirie, Lauren (Illustrator)
Tundra Books 2013. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Death, grief, loss, pets, poetic language, stories in rhyme
 
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Harry & Hopper

Wild, Margaret (Author)
Blackwood, Freya (Illustrator)
Macmillan 2011. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Death, dogs, grief, loss, pets
 
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Rabbityness

Empson, Jo (Author/Illustrator)
Child’s Play 2012. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Art, creativity, grief, individuality, loss, rabbits
 
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My Father’s Arms Are a Boat

Lunde, Stein Erik (Author)
Torseter, Øyvind (Illustrator)
Enchanted Lion Books 2013. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Death, fathers, figurative language, grief, hope, illustrations (diorama), mothers
 
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Annie and the Old One

Miles, Miska (Author)
Parnall, Peter (Illustrator)
Little, Brown 1985. 44 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Death, grandmothers, grief, Indigenous peoples, life cycles
 
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