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Spirituality and Practice's Best Books of 2023

Every window at the hospital faces dull, gray buildings—except the one in Grandpa’s room.

Grandpa can see the ocean every day! When Daria visits, she and Grandpa look out at the beach, hoping they will build sandcastles and fly kites together again.

This touching exploration of a child’s experience of loss offers an unexpected ending, encouraging creativity and self-expression in the midst of grief.

Grandpa’s Window addresses the grieving process, both as a family member approaches the end of life as well as after death. The book includes a note for adults by Dr. Sharie Coombes (, child and family psychotherapist, about how to support children who are grieving the loss of a loved one. A discussion and activity guide for children written by Laura Gehl is available at

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Laura Gehl is the author of Grandpa's Window and Apple and Magnolia as well as many other popular and acclaimed children's books. Apple & Magnolia received three starred reviews and was named a best book of 2022 by Kirkus Reviews. She lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

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"The sensitivity with which author Laura Gehl tells this story of loss and death for three-to-seven year olds is impressive. . . . Her collaboration with Lugo makes this book equally worthy of accolades." – Spirituality and Practice

"Offering a tender view of one girl’s experience, this powerful picture book shows children that they can feel both heartbreak and ongoing love simultaneously. . . . A touching window into a child’s mourning process." – Kirkus Reviews

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