2 Children's Books About Grief

Updated Apr. 8, 2019
Hope for Haiti book
Hope for Haiti
Written and illustrated by Jesse Joshua Watson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

A young boy finds hope when he is given an old soccer ball to play with in the wake of Haiti's devastating earthquake.

The Phone Booth in Mr. Hirota's Garden book
The Phone Booth in Mr. Hirota's Garden
Written by Heather Smith and illustrated by Rachel Wada, Heather Smith
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

When the tsunami destroyed Makio’s village, Makio lost his father...and his voice. The entire village is silenced by grief, and the young child’s anger at the ocean grows. Then one day his neighbor, Mr. Hirota, begins a mysterious project—building a phone booth in his garden. At first Makio is puzzled; the phone isn’t connected to anything. It just sits there, unable to ring. But as more and more villagers are drawn to the phone booth, its purpose becomes clear to Makio: the disconnected phone is connecting people to their lost loved ones. Makio calls to the sea to return what it has taken from him and ultimately finds his voice and solace in a phone that carries words on the wind. Inspired by the true story of the wind phone in Otsuchi, Japan, following the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami in 2011.

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