The Most Heartbreaking Children's Books Quiz
by Staff
Many classic kids' books are more likely to bring tears than a smile, leaving kids down in the dumps bemoaning the fate of yet another dog. Take our quiz to test your knowledge of some of the saddest books in the history of children's literature.

Which of these gut-wrenching books was written by E.B. White?

  • "The Yearling"
  • "Charlotte's Web"
  • "Shiloh"

Which character dies at the end of "Charlotte's Web"?

  • Fern
  • Wilbur
  • Charlotte

What year was "The Giving Tree" released?

  • 1954
  • 1964
  • 1974

True or false: "Love You Forever" was written about dead babies.

  • true
  • false

Who are Old Dan and Little Ann?

  • coonhounds
  • pigs
  • kittens

Who chooses mortal life over immortality in "Tuck Everlasting"?

  • Wendy
  • Winnie
  • Wilma

Who is the main character in "The Witches"?

  • Brian
  • Bruno
  • Brandon

What happens to Bruno at the end of "The Witches"?

  • turns into a frog
  • dies
  • turns into a mouse

What sad children's book was written by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings?

  • "Old Yeller"
  • "Shiloh"
  • "The Yearling"

What happens to Flag at the end of "The Yearling"?

  • Jody kills him.
  • He dies of natural causes.
  • He's hit by a car.

What tear-jerker is also known as "How Toys Become Real"?

  • "The Happy Prince"
  • "The Velveteen Rabbit"
  • "Sylvester and the Magic Pebble"

What disease kills the rabbit's owner in "The Velveteen Rabbit"?

  • measles
  • chicken pox
  • scarlet fever

What 10-year-old boy went to Birmingham in 1963?

  • Keith
  • Carl
  • Kenny

What traumatic children's classic was penned by Fred Gipson?

  • "Shiloh"
  • "Old Yeller"
  • "Bridge to Terabithia"

What disease befalls Old Yeller?

  • cancer
  • Lyme disease
  • rabies

Who wrote "The Happy Prince"?

  • Dr. Seuss
  • Oscar Wilde
  • Lois Lowry

What year was "The Giver" published?

  • 1993
  • 1998
  • 2003

Who is given the job of Receiver of Memory in "The Giver"?

  • Jenny
  • Jeremy
  • Jonas

Who does Jonas take with him when he flees the community?

  • Gabriel
  • his mother
  • Hannah

What depressing children's book features 11-year-old Marty Preston?

  • "Tuck Everlasting"
  • "Shiloh"
  • "The Happy Prince"

What year was "Bridge to Terabithia" released?

  • 1957
  • 1967
  • 1977

What happens to new kid Leslie in "Bridge to Terabithia"?

  • She drowns.
  • She lives a long, happy life.
  • She becomes ill but recovers.

Who speaks for the trees in a 1971 Dr. Seuss book?

  • the Lorax
  • the Once-ler
  • the Giving Tree

Which character dies in "Little Women"?

  • Jo
  • Amy
  • Beth

What year was "The Secret Garden" released?

  • 1909
  • 1929
  • 1949

What is the name of the young girl who comes to live with Mr. Craven in "The Secret Garden"?

  • Jane
  • Mary
  • Sarah

Who wrote "Tiger Eyes"?

  • Madeleine L'Engle
  • Judy Blume
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder

What killed "The Little Prince"?

  • dehydration
  • car accident
  • snake bite

What animal changes into a rock in "Sylvester and the Magic Pebble"?

  • cat
  • bird
  • donkey

Whose father gets kidnapped to another planet in "A Wrinkle in Time"?

  • Meg
  • Maya
  • Martin