Let’s Stick Pencils Up Our Noses

Let's Stick Pencils Up Our Noses by Erin Callaway, CT

Let’s Stick Pencils Up Our Noses by Erin Callaway, CT


Grieving kids feel weird and do silly things. Let’s Stick Pencils Up Our Noses shows children and adults that it is normal to experience a wide range of feelings when someone important to them dies. Kids dealing with death do grieve—and they play, too.

About Erin Callaway, CT

Erin Callaway has been a Kids’ Bereavement Support Volunteer since 2002 and is Certified in Thanatology: Death, Dying, and Bereavement by the Association of Death Education and Counseling. She lives in central Maine where she helped create Evergreen: The Pine Tree Hospice Center for Grieving Children and Adults. On April 22, 2010, Maine’s Governor John Baldacci presented Erin with an Exemplary Service Volunteer of the Year Award for her work at Evergreen and other grief support programs.

2 thoughts on “Let’s Stick Pencils Up Our Noses

  1. Sue Ann Gleason

    As a former first grade teacher who has read thousands of children’s books over the years and has a reverence for quality literature, I must say this book is stand out and outstanding. The rhythm of the words and the darling illustrations paint an authentic picture of the life world of a child. I can only imagine how many hearts will be healed by this writing.

  2. Deborah Drew

    Children work through their feelings and make sense of the world through action and play, the language of children. This book beautifully illustrates the ways that children grieve.

    Deborah L. Drew, Ed. D., LCPC, Associate Professor of Counseling at Husson University.


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