Suggested Reading for Children
Ackermann, Adrienne. Our Mom Has Cancer. American Cancer Society, 2001. Written and illustrated by two sisters, it conveys what kids want to know. Ages 5 - 9.
Bearison, David J. "They Never Want to Tell You": Children talk About Cancer. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA, 1991. Children share candidly about their feelings, concerns, and struggles in dealing with cancer. Ages 12 and up.
Borden, Louise. Good Luck, Mrs. K. Margaret K McElderry, 1999. A sensitive story about a third grade teacher who is stricken with cancer. Ages 5 – 9.
Bridge, Chris. Andrew's Story: A Book About a Boy Who Beat Cancer. Lerner Publications, 2002. A true story of a boy who had Wilms' Tumor. Ages 5 - 10.
Canfield, Jack. Chicken Soup for the Surviving Soul: 101 Stories to Comfort cancer patients and their loved ones. Health Communications, 1996. Ages 12 up.
Carney, Karen. What Is Cancer Anyway? Explaining Cancer to Children Of All Ages. Dragonfly Pub., c 1998.
Clifford, Christine. Our Family Has Cancer, Too. Pfeifer Hamilton Pub., revised edition, 2002. A good book to encourage discussion. Ages 9 - 12.
Cramer, Kathy. If I Could Be Sick For You For Just One Day. Tristan Publishing, 2005. A heartwarming story that captures the desire to give the gift we wish we could give, to take away the pain and illness from those we love. Ages 6 up.
Cranston, Lynda, editor. You and Your Cancer: A Child’s Guide. BC Decker, 1st edition, 2001. An informative book complete with activities covering types of cancer, treatments, coping, etc. Ages 6 – 12.
Foss, Karen Sue. The Problem With Hair: A Story for Children who are Learning about Cancer. Centering Corp., c 1996. All the kids in the neighborhood, unhappy with their own hair for different reasons, envy Louella who has lost her hair due to treatment. Ages 5 - 10.
Frahm, Amelia. Tickles Tabitha’s Cancer-tankerous Mommy. Nutcracker Pub. Co., c 2001. This is a humorous books that deals not just with cancer but with family life. Ages 4 – 9.
Gill, Kathleen A. Teenage Cancer Journey. Oncology Nursing Press, Inc. 1999. Addresses the unique issues facing young people who have been diagnosed with cancer. Ages 12 up.
Henry, Cynthia. Taking Cancer to School (“Special Kids in School” Series) JayJo Books, 2001. How a child copes with cancer during day to day school activities.
Ages 4 – 9.
Homer, Melodie. Chemo Crusader and the Cancer Fighting Crew. Pepco, c 1999. This booklet uses superheroes to explain cancer, its treatment and accompanying side effects. Ages 4 - 8.
Huegel, Kelly. Young People and Chronic Illness: True Stories, Help, and Hope. Free Spirit Press, c 1998. Teenagers tell their stories followed by information about each disease. Ages 12 up.
Klett, Amy. The Amazing Hannah. Pub. by friends of Hannah and Growing Hope Foundation. Contact 703-758-9527. This book is all about the things that Hannah does because she has leukemia. Ages 3 - 6.
Krisher, Trudy. Kathy's Hats. Concept Books, Reprint Ed. 1992. A story of hope. Ages 4 - 9.
L'Engle, Madeline. A Ring of Endless Light. Bt Bound, 1999. 15 year old Vicky struggles with the knowledge that her grandfather has leukemia. Ages 12 and up.
Martin, Carrie. The Rainbow Feelings of Cancer. Hohm Press, c 2001. A ten year old girl tells of the many feelings she has regarding her mother’s cancer. Ages 7 – 12.
Nystrom, Carolyn. Emma Says Goodbye. Chariot Victor Pub., c 1994. Emma's Aunt lives with Emma's family during her chemotherapy & cancer treatments. Emma learns to deal with her aunts' decline and death. Ages 8 - 12.
Philipson, Sandra. Annie Loses Her Leg, But Finds Her Way. Greenleaf Book Group, c 1999. A springer spaniel loses her leg to cancer, but with the help of family and friends she finds that life can still be good. Ages 5-10.
Schultz, Charles M. Why Charlie Brown, Why? Ballantine Books, 2002. The members of the Peanuts gang have varying reactions when they learn that their friend has leukemia. Ages 6 - 10.
Sonnenblich, Jordan. Drums, Girls, And Dangerous Pies. Scholastic Press, 2006. When his younger brother is diagnosed with leukemia, 13 year old Steven tries to deal with his complicated emotions, his school life, and his desire to support his family. Ages 10 – 14.
Speltz, Ann. The Year My Mother Was Bald. Magination Press, 2003. Written from a child’s perspective of what a family experiences as their mother undergoes cancer treatment. Ages 9 – 12.
Vigna, Judith. When Eric's Mom Fought Cancer. Concept Books, c 1993. A ski trip with his father helps a young boy who feels angry and afraid when his mother gets sick with breast cancer. Ages 5 - 10.
Westcott, Patty. Living With Leukemia. Raintree/Streck Vaughn, 2000. Gives a simple explanation of the disease and treatment, and describes how it affects the child.
Ages 9 – 12.
Winthrop, Elizabeth Mahony. Promises. Clarion Books, 2000. A young girl experiences a range of emotions when her mother undergoes treatment for cancer.
Ages 4 – 8.
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