A Last Goodbye is a compassionate exploration of all the ways animals – like humans – face change, loss, and grief. New from the creators of You Are Stardust, Wild Ideas, and You Are Never Alone.

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Video: Using A Last Goodbye to Explore Grief and Loss with Children

Childhood grief expert and registered psychotherapist Andrea Warnick shares strategies for using this book to explore grief and loss with children.


Video: Behind the Scenes – How This Book Was Illustrated

How do 3D dioramas become 2D illustrations for a picture book? Explore the magic behind this process with the Owlkids Books creative team. A Last Goodbye was written by Elin Kelsey, illustrated by Soyeon Kim, designed by Alisa Baldwin, and edited by Mary Beth Leatherdale, with editorial direction by Karen Li.


Download the Teacher's Guide

A guide to discussion questions and lessons in A Last Goodbye designed for use in schools and libraries, co-authored by:

  • Dr. Vicky Timmermanis, PhD, school and clinical child psychologist currently working with youth at the Toronto District School Board.
  • Dr. Nina Vitopoulos, PhD, clinical psychologist with a practice focused on supporting young people and families through difficult life events including loss.

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    What the Experts Are Saying

    "A Last Goodbye goes a long way towards helping children to understand that grief is not only a natural and healthy experience, but also a universal one. It beautifully depicts how the death of one generation nurtures future life, and that the connections between us and those we love transcend death."
    — Andrea Warnick, childhood grief expert and registered psychotherapist

    "A Last Goodbye celebrates the beautiful ways other animals care for one another at the end of life. It mindfully opens up avenues for children to talk about death through the exploration of animal emotions and relationships."
    — Marc Bekoff, PhD, author of The Animals’ Agenda, The Animal Manifesto and The Emotional Lives of Animals

    "A Last Goodbye is as moving as it is beautiful... Not only will readers of this book learn about how animals deal with death, but they will learn that they are not alone in their grief. Highly recommended."
    — Dr. Timothy Poore, Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, and palliative care doctor, UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals


    Sample Spreads

    About the Author & Illustrator

    ELIN KELSEY, PhD, is an award-winning author and a leading spokesperson for hope and the environment. She co-created #OceanOptimism, a Twitter campaign to share ocean conservation successes, which has reached 90 million users to date. She works with the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Stanford University, and the University of Victoria, and is passionate about engaging kids in hopeful, science-based solutions.

    SOYEON KIM is a Toronto-based, Korean-born artist who specializes in fine sketching and painting techniques to create three-dimensional dioramas. She is a graduate of the Visual Arts and Education programs at York University.

    To Order

    US Distributor: PGW/Ingram Publisher Services

    Canadian Distributor: UTP Distribution

    Also available through wholesalers and booksellers across North America and online. Questions? Contact the Publisher.