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Books about family illness and disability for children

  • Most of the links from the book titles below will lead you to Amazon.com, where you can learn more about the book, read reviews about it, and order it if you'd like. Most of these books can be purchased through other book sellers, as well, or found at your local library.

    Can I Still Kiss You: Answering Your Children's Questions About Cancer
    by Neil Russell
    (Informative narrative and interactive journal by a father of two, diagnosed at age 47.)

    Coping When a Parent Has AIDS
    by Barbara Hermie Draimin
    (Caring and to the point, prepares reader for changes and problems to be faced during and after a parent's illness.)

    The Hope Tree: Kids Talk About Breast Cancer
    by Wendy Schlessel Harpham and Laura Numeroff
    (ages 4 - 8. Animal children form a support group to talk about moms with breast cancer, scary emotions, the medical team and looking for good things among the bad.)

    Losing Uncle Tim (fiction)
    by Marykate Jordan
    (Daniel's favorite uncle has AIDS - Daniel visits right up to death.)

    Mommy Stayed in Bed This Morning
    Mary Wenger Weaver
    (David and his family deal with Mom's depression)

    Now One Foot, Now The Other (fiction) (Ages 4 - 10)
    by Tomie de Paola, 1981
    (Bobby's grandpa has a stroke - the child learns to return care and compassion.)

    Our Mom Has Cancer
    by Adrienne Ackerman, Abagail Ackerman
    (Picture book for young children)

    Promises
    Elizabeth Winthrop
    (Sarah learns about treatment, hospitals, hair loss and that mom keeps promises for celebrations)

    Sammy's Mommy Has Cancer
    by Sherry Kohlenberg
    (Sensitive story of whole family's ups and downs when someone is sick.)

    Tickles Tabitha's Cancer-tankerous Mommy
    by amelia Frahm, Elizabeth Schultz
    (Humurous book about family life and sensitive portrayal of a parent with cancer. Picture book)

    What About Me? When Brothers and Sisters Get Sick
    by Allan Peterkin, 1992
    (Children's nonfiction - Laura's story plus suggestions to parents)

    When a Parent Is Very Sick
    by Eda LeShan
    (Very readable. Emphasizes feelings are natural but children need not feel helpless. How to ask for information, how to understand feelings and people, how to keep loving and growing.)

    When Eric's Mom Fought Cancer
    by Judith Vigna, 1993
    (Junior fiction - dad helps a young boy deal with mom's breast cancer.)

    American Cancer Society
    Books for Children recommendations

    When Mommy Is Sick
    by Ferne Sherkin-Langer
    (A realistic and supportive book about hospitals and sick-in-bed at home.)

    When Someone Has a Very Serious Illness - Workbook
    by Marge Heegaard
    (Workbook which encourages a child to draw feelings and impressions of the family situation)