Death, Loss, and Grief in Literature for Youth: A Selective Annotated Bibliography for K-12

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All human beings encounter loss and death, as well as the grief associated with these experiences. It is therefore important for children and adolescents to understand that such events are inevitable and to learn how to accept loss and cope with their emotions. In order to help children through their pain, parents and caregivers need access to the proper resources that will help them discuss these topics, and educational professionals need reliable resources for creating courses...
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Overview

All human beings encounter loss and death, as well as the grief associated with these experiences. It is therefore important for children and adolescents to understand that such events are inevitable and to learn how to accept loss and cope with their emotions. In order to help children through their pain, parents and caregivers need access to the proper resources that will help them discuss these topics, and educational professionals need reliable resources for creating courses of study on these subjects.

In Death, Loss, and Grief in Literature for Youth, Alice Crosetto and Rajinder Garcha identify hundreds of resources that will help educators, professionals, parents, siblings, guardians, and students learn about coping with the loss of a loved one and the grief process. These resources include books, Internet sites, and media titles aimed at students and those helping them through the grieving process. Chapters in this volume include fiction and non-fiction titles about the loss of a family member, a friend, and a pet, as well as general reference resources, curricular resources, and websites.

Annotations provide complete bibliographical descriptions of the entries, and each entry is identified with the grade levels for which it is best suited. Reviews from recognized publications are also included wherever possible. Anyone interested in locating helpful resources regarding death and grieving will find much of value in this essential tool.

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Editorial Reviews

American Reference Books Annual (ARBA)
Authored by experienced, professional librarians whose backgrounds include working the University of Toledo Libraries, this impressive bibliography begins an introduction introducing the reader to working with children and teens dealing with the loss of a loved one. This book contains almost 1,000 entries for print and nonprint resources and is divided into 12 chapters. The works are arranged according to the relationship to the loved one lost: death of a family member, death of a teacher or schoolmate, death of a friend or neighbor, or death of a pet. The remaining chapters address various aspects of death and the afterlife, including folktales, nonfiction resources, animal and nature stories, resources for parents and professionals, and media and Internet resources....This is a valuable, useful resource not only for librarians but also for other professionals working with young people who are experiencing the loss of a loved one or who have questions about death. It is recommended for professional collections in both school district and college libraries as well as large public libraries.
American Reference Books Annual
Authored by experienced, professional librarians whose backgrounds include working the University of Toledo Libraries, this impressive bibliography begins an introduction introducing the reader to working with children and teens dealing with the loss of a loved one. This book contains almost 1,000 entries for print and nonprint resources and is divided into 12 chapters. The works are arranged according to the relationship to the loved one lost: death of a family member, death of a teacher or schoolmate, death of a friend or neighbor, or death of a pet. The remaining chapters address various aspects of death and the afterlife, including folktales, nonfiction resources, animal and nature stories, resources for parents and professionals, and media and Internet resources....This is a valuable, useful resource not only for librarians but also for other professionals working with young people who are experiencing the loss of a loved one or who have questions about death. It is recommended for professional collections in both school district and college libraries as well as large public libraries.
Children's Literature - Paula McMillen
It has been two decades since the 4th edition of Books to Help Children Cope with Separation and Loss: An Annotated Bibliography, originally authored by Joanne E. Bernstein, was published; nothing comparable has appeared in the interim. So this entry in the "Literature for Youth" series is an important and overdue undertaking. This volume differs from those earlier bibliographies in some significant ways. There is no serious discussion here of the developmental issues involved when children or teens are faced with significant loss. Bernstein and many others have provided information on how to use books to facilitate dealing with difficult issues—bibliotherapy—and that information is not offered in this volume. This book has taken a much broader look at death and included resources about death as a concept and death customs across cultures. Also, these authors note, books which emphasized "religious beliefs and values were minimized, and science fiction titles were not included" (p. xvi). Commendably, the authors have drawn on all the appropriate review sources to identify books, media, and online resources for youth, parents, educators and professionals. Any book that is primarily about books risks being somewhat dated; however, there were print titles published as recently as 2011 and media published as recently as 2012. "Most of the resources" (p. xvii) annotated have been published since 1995, although a sizable number published prior to that time were included because they were considered particularly valuable. Each chapter is prefaced with a short summary of how many titles are included and at what levels (e.g., elementary, middle school, educator). Chapters are provided for primary family members, friends, classmates, and pets. There is a chapter of folktales that address the concept of death. Anthropomorphic tales, and stories about seasons and life cycles are combined into one chapter; all but one are for the elementary level. There are non-fiction titles offered, both those specifically targeted to youth and those for adults who want to assist young people. Some general reference sources have been annotated such as encyclopedias. The Internet sites are largely for organizations offering support services. Several indices also facilitate locating relevant materials, including author/editor, illustrator/photographer, title, series, subject, and grade level. Reviewer: Paula McMillen, Ph.D.
VOYA - Beth Norby
Death and grief are subjects that all students will face at some point, and one way for educators and professionals to empathize is through literature and other media resources. This title is a bibliography of books, websites, and other media titles that deal with death and the grieving process. The titles are suitable for students starting in kindergarten and going through twelfth grade, and are organized by grade-level appropriateness. The chapters are organized by the kind of death or loss focused on in the resource, including deaths of different family members, friends and acquaintances, and pets. This bibliography would be a valuable asset for a school library to own in its professional section for educators and staff members. Guidance counselors, librarians, and teachers could all benefit from having access to titles that would reach students on all grade levels for dealing with different kinds of deaths. It is an easy reference guide, as well, since the titles are organized by type of death and then by grade, and each title has a synopsis below it to gage subject interest and appropriateness. While students would not use the bibliography, educators and professionals who work with students of all grade levels would benefit from this guide. Reviewer: Beth Norby
School Library Journal
02/01/2014
Who among us hasn't struggled at some point to help parents or caregivers (or even the young people themselves) find a book or other materials to help them through a difficult time. This comprehensive bibliography includes mostly resources for students, although it includes a chapter for educators, parents, and other professionals. It also includes chapters specifically covering websites, media resources available in DVD format, and nonfiction resources. The annotated entries are organized by type of loss: family member (broken down into specifics, such as mother, father, etc.), the death of a teacher or classmate, friend or neighbor, pets (divided by type). There are two chapters on animal and nature stories and folktales that have death as a theme. Each annotation includes publication information, suggested grade level, identification of award-winning titles, and a brief, informative description. Some of the annotations include quotes from professional reviews. A well-organized and up-to-date bibliography for all collections.—Renee McGrath, Nassau Library System, Uniondale, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810885608
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/16/2012
  • Series: Literature for Youth Series
  • Pages: 266
  • Sales rank: 558,597
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Alice Crosetto has more than 35 years of experience as an educator and a librarian. Her research interests include children’s literature, urban fiction, and collection management in academic libraries.

Rajinder Garcha is professor emeritus at the University of Toledo. She is the co-author of The World of Islam in Literature for Youth (Scarecrow, 2006).

Crosetto and Garcha are coauthors of Disabilities and Disorders in Literature for Youth: A Selective Annotated Bibliography for K-12 (Scarecrow, 2009).

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Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgements
Foreword
Introduction
Scope and Arrangement of Material
Chapter One Death of a Family Member
Mother
Father
Grandmother
Grandfather
Sister
Brother
Other Family Members
Multiple Deaths in the Family
Chapter Two Death of a Teacher or Classmate
Chapter Three Death of a Friend or Neighbor
Chapter Four Various Accountings of Death and the Afterlife
Chapter Five Death of a Pet
Cat
Dog
Other
Chapter Six Animal and Nature Stories
Chapter Seven Folktales
Chapter Eight Non-fiction Resources
Chapter Nine General Reference Resources
Chapter Ten Educators/Parents/Professionals Resources
Chapter Eleven Media Resources
Chapter Twelve Internet Resources
Appendix A Book and Media Awards
Appendix B Children’s Grief Awareness Day
Author Index
Illustrator/Photographer Index
Title Index
Series Index
Subject Index
Book and Media Award Index
Grade/Level Index
About the Authors

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