Dealing with the death of a loved one, a pet, or even broaching the general topic of death is a tough but necessary part of living. These books’ characters creatively navigate loss and grief.
Chuck Young and Aniela Sobieski$16.95 $15.59
The Day We Lost Pet tells the story of a balloon family that comes together to mourn the death of their beloved Pet. Part creation myth, part fairytale, these odd and endearing balloon characters harness the language of science and nature in order to understand life’s most difficult moments. "Breathtakingly Original" —Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
Samantha Thornhill and Morgan Clement$16.95 $15.59
A Card For My Father by Samantha Thornhill with illustrations by Morgan Clement explores the lasting effects, big and small, of a father’s incarceration on his first-grade daughter, Flora. In A Card For My Father, how can Flora complete her class assignment to make a Father’s Day card when she’s never met her father?
Meera Sriram and Meera Sethi$16.95 $15.59
“In this beautifully bittersweet expression of love and loss, Asha mourns her grandma’s death while learning to treasure her life and memory. With two long braids, bright blue glasses, a cheerful collection of knee-high socks, and a grieving heart, Asha travels from California to India to attend the funeral. The warmth of Indian culture is evident all around, from bold colors, patterns, and traditions to the patient understanding and support that the family shows each other as they heal together.” —Foreword Reviews, starred review
Luli Gray and Madelyn Goodnight$16.95 $15.59
In this folktale retold, Esperanza gives her very last pear to a beggar and is rewarded with the best pear crop she’s ever had—and the power to ensnare anyone she wants in her tree. When Señor Death comes for her, Esperanza tricks him into climbing her tree, where he becomes stuck, unable to come down and do his work. From that point on, no one dies. But when Esperanza learns that her friend in the next town is suffering terribly, she realizes that the end of death doesn’t mean the end of suffering and agrees to let Señor Death down from her tree. The final work by legendary children’s author Luli Gray with an afterword by the publisher that explains why Gray changed the story to include hope.
Stephanie Schlaifer and Melodie Stacey$16.95 $15.59
Big gloomy clouds have hung over Delilah’s head and heart since her beloved grandfather died. But remembering an old trick he taught her on the farm, she lassos all the clouds out of the sky to navigate her feelings of sadness and isolation. The Cloud Lasso is a poetic meditation on loss, memory, and paying homage to those we’ve lost.
Beth Kephart$17.98 $16.54
Set among old planes and majestic hot air balloons of a run-down municipal airport, Cloud Hopper is a high-flying adventure by National Book Award finalist Beth Kephart about a group of teenage friends who’ll do whatever they can to help a stranger who falls into their lives, even if they are still learning how to help themselves. The first novel from Penny Candy's Penelope Editions imprint. Available to ship in August 2020.