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24 Children's Books That'll 100% Make You Cry

You definitely can't read these aloud without getting choked up.

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We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us about their favorite books that always make them cry. We pulled together all of the tear-inducing children's books, so here are the moving results:

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1. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry is a French story of loneliness and love that'll resonate with you at any age.

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"Made me cry the first time I read it as an adult. I've never related to any written work more and it's full of beautiful revelations about love and humanity that I needed to hear at that exact time in my life." —davidcrose89

Get it from Amazon for $7.60, Barnes and Noble for $7.91, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

2. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein will inspire any kid or adult with its classic tale of selfless giving, unconditional love, and forgiveness.

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"My mother used to read The Giving Tree and I Love You Forever to me and now I read them to my children. EVERY time I read them to my children I tear up and try to keep reading as my tears fall silently down my face." —amandadavisr2

Get it from Amazon for $10.82, Barnes and Noble for $11.60, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

3. We Found a Hat by Jon Klassen centers on two turtles who find one hat — and resolves in a touching way that'll remind readers of the power of friendship.

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"I honestly do not believe there is a better depiction of true friendship than the one you'll find in this book (a friendship between two turtles). Yes, this book came out last year. Yes, it made me cry as an adult. It will probably make you cry too! Turtle 1 just loves Turtle 2 so much." —Mallory McInnis

Get it from Amazon for $13.57, Barnes and Noble for $14.06, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

4. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo follows the ~journey~ of porcelain rabbit who can think but not communicate after he is separated from the little girl who owns him — and how he reunites with her once more.

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"He spends years trapped on the ocean floor, is finally 'rescued' by a fisherman and spends an eternity learning that life is much more than he ever thought. He watches several of his caretakers die or fall ill, until one day a woman stumbles upon Edward in a toy shop and recognizes him as the rabbit she lost so long ago." —lastchancegeneralstore

Get it from Amazon for $7.37, Barnes and Noble for $7.99, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

5. Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls focuses on Billy, a boy who saves up to buy two hunting hounds, Old Dan and Little Ann — but tragedy waits around the corner.

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"We read it aloud as a class in fourth grade. I started to cry and the other kids made fun of me, which only amplified it more." —angiej4809c6f0b

Get it from Amazon for $7.99, Barnes and Noble for $7.99, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

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6. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor is set in Mississippi during the Great Depression, taking a look at how racism and injustice shape the life of the protagonist, Cassie, while she maintains her dignity and self-respect.

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"Reading this book in elementary school was key to me learning the history of racism in this country and how if affected even the youngest black Americans. The story of Cassie Logan and her family and their fight to save their land mirrored the reality of injustice and oppression black people in America, specifically the Jim Crow South, faced during the Great Depression and the decades after. Reading it helped drive me to continue to uncover my history as a black person and celebrate our resilience against forces like fear and hate while holding close to our family, faith, and pride." —Treye Green

Get it from Amazon for $7.96, Barnes and Noble for $7.99, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

7. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman is a grade 5-8 book that tells the story of Nobody, a boy who, after his family is killed when he is 18 months old, is adopted by the (dead) residents of a graveyard.

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"I made about five of my classmates read it when we were younger. The ending made us all cry." —poiseivy

Get it from Amazon for $7.98, Barnes and Noble for $8.99, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

8. Love You Forever by Robert Munsch has sold more than 15 million copies for a reason — and its story of a mother's love will get ya right in the feels.

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"Always makes me cry. I've had it since I was a baby and as I get older I keep getting something different from it. Real tear jerker that one!" —bradye4a77bc62b

Get it from Amazon for $4.43, Barnes and Noble for $5.95, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

9. Letters from Wolfie by Patti Sherlock focuses on a young boy who volunteers his dog to go fight in Vietnam after his brother gets drafted.

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"You see a little boy learn about love, companionship, loss, and war. Even if you have a cold dead heart, you will sob." —Elena Garcia

Get it from Amazon for $7.99, Barnes and Noble for $4.99, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

10. Redwall by Brian Jacques is a multi-volume series for young fantasy fans in the making — it details the struggle between the peaceful mice of Redwall Abbey and battle-trained rats.

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"Basically Game of Thrones for kids." —Bek O'Connell

Get it from Amazon for $9.32, Barnes and Noble for $8.99, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

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11. The Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo (the author of Because of Winn-Dixie) centers on two 12-year-olds who become friends and must decide whether or not to free a tiger who is trapped in a cage in the forest.

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"Sometimes i have flashbacks of this book and want to cry all over again because was it necessary to kill a tiger? No I think not." —Emma McAnaw

Get it from Amazon for $5.59, Barnes and Noble for $6.99, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

12. Tonight on the Titanic by Mary Pope Osborne is set on the fateful night when the Titanic hit an iceberg as time-traveling children Jack and Annie struggle to save others and themselves.

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"As a kid, I was in love with the Magic Treehouse Series. One of my favorites was Tonight on the Titanic, and though I was young (like third/fourth grade) I still understood the magnitude of the Titanic and what happened. I could never read that book without shedding a few tears." —taylorj4c50137ae

Get it from Amazon for $5.99, Barnes and Noble for $5.99, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

13. Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Patterson illustrates the pain of sibling rivalry through the relationship between twins Sara and Caroline Bradshaw.

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"Made me cry as a kid, and when I reread it a few months ago, I cried all over again." –Hopeisthethingwithfeathers

Get it from Amazon for $6.74, Barnes and Noble for $6.99, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

14. Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner is an action-packed story about a thrilling dogsled race between Little Willy, who is trying to save the family farm and experienced racer, the titular Stone Fox.

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"It's a children's book (ha!) about a young boy in Alaska who signs up to compete in a dogsled race with his beloved pet dog in order to get enough money to save his family farm against an undefeated dogsled team. The first time I read it I literally stood in the bookstore and bawled my eyes out as I finished the last few pages." —jeaniweiner

Get it from Amazon for $5.88, Barnes and Noble for $6.99, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

15. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson centers on the friendship between Jess and Leslie as they invent an imaginary land called Terabithia — and tbh it probably made you cry in elementary school.

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"Love reading it to my kids, but oof. There are some parts that I'm pretty sure my kids will read on their own someday and finally realize what that part of the story says because I read it while sobbing." —soniak9

"I read it as a curriculum-assigned book in grade four and remember feeling the greatest amount of grief and sadness thus far in my life. I secretly (well, not so secretly now) kept it at the end of the school year and still read it probably once a year." —samanthak47ba12bca

Get it from Amazon for $5.86, Barnes and Noble for $7.99, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

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16. Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown is a classic board book about how unending a mother's love is.

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"It's an illustrated book about a little bunny who wants to explore, so he tells his mother he's going to run away. The mom says she'll just follow him. Each time he devises a new way to escape, she comes back with a way to chase him. Eventually he gives up and decides to stay with his mother, because you can never really escape family. It's a deeply sentimental book about a mother's love that makes me tear up every time." —Bek O'Connell

Get it from Amazon for $6.26, Barnes and Noble for $8.69, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

17. The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams tells the story of a toy rabbit who believes if he is loved enough, will become real. If you've ever had a beloved stuffed animal, prepare for waterworks.

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"I can't even think of it without tearing up. He is beloved by his young master and he believes that if the boy loves him enough he will become real. The little boy has the scarlet fever, and it's ordered that all his toys (including the rabbit) are burned. The rabbit is left in the garden to be burned, and he begins to cry mourning his lost life. A fairy comes from his tear and grants him the wish to become real. I cried for about half an hour, completely inconsolable." —lokisankle

Get it from Amazon for $11.99, Barnes and Noble for $9.99, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

18. Hachiko Waits by Lesléa Newman is based on a true story about faithful and devoted dog Hachiko, who waits at the train station for his master to return each day — even after the day when the train arrives without his master on it.

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"Even worse because it's based on a true story. Dogs are the best." —nicee

Get it from Amazon for $7.57, Barnes and Noble for $7.99, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

19. Michael Rosen's Sad Book (with illustrations by Quentin Blake) explores what sadness is in a very personal way, drawing on Rosen's own experience with the sudden death of his son, Eddie.

20. Mick Harte Was Here by Barbara Park (the author of the Junie B. Jones books) deals with themes of death as a family struggles to deal with the loss of the vibrant, hilarious 12-year-old Mick Harte.

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"Makes me ugly cry every single time I read it. I must have read it like 20 times after my grandfather passed away when I was in junior high and it helped me learn to cope with his death and with my own emotions. It's such a great book."

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Get it from Amazon for $6.99, Barnes and Noble for $6.99, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

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21. Love, Aubrey by Suzanne La Fleur is a middle-grade novel about Aubrey, who after a life-changing tragedy moves to Vermont to live with her grandmother and must learn to deal with her grief.

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"The main character goes through so much, OMG. I don't want to spoil it. Just go read it. Don't forget the tissues." —selizabetho7227

Get it from Amazon for $6.29, Barnes and Noble for $7.99, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

22. The Giver by Lois Lowry centers on a dystopian, colorless world and how 12-year-old Jonas, who is assigned to become the Receiver of Memory, begins to question everything around him.

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"I reread that book about every two years or so and it gets me every time." —ashleyc94

"When Jonas learns the truth about where he lives through to his rescuing of the infant Gabriel and their daring escape, I choose to believe they made it down the hill into that pace with the bright lights!" —s4d2a73e21

Get it from Amazon for $7.19, Barnes and Noble for $8.99, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

23. The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate tells the story of an unexpected animal friendship, seen through the eyes of the captive gorilla, the titular Ivan.

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"OMG makes me cry. Every time I open the book my eyes almost always start watering." —happyash2015

Get it from Amazon for $7.99, Barnes and Noble for $7.99, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

24. Charlotte's Web by E. B. White can make even the most die-hard arachnophobes weep at the end.

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"One day, I cried so hard reading this book. I lent it to my mom to read on holiday, and she messaged me telling me she was never going to borrow a book off me again. She started it before she went away and ended up finishing it on the plane which lead to her being a snotty, crying mess on a packed flight." —claremunster83

Get it from Amazon for $6.26, Barnes and Noble for $8.99, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

Looking for adult fiction to make you cry? Check out our list here!

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