Suggested Reading for Children

Sileo, PhD. Frank J. Toilet Paper Flowers: A Story For Children About Crohn’s Disease. Health Press NA Inc., 2005. A young girl explains about Crohn’s disease to a new friend. Ages 5 – 10.


Forbes, Anna, MSS. Kids With AIDS. The Rosen Pub. Group, 1996. Explains in simple terms how AIDS viruses effect children who are infected and how family and friends can help them. Ages 7 –10.

Merrifield, Margaret. Come Sit By Me. Stoddart Kids, c 1998. A child and his parents learn to deal with the discrimination a new friend and classmate (who has AIDS) is facing. Ages 4-8.

Walvoord, Linda. Alex, the kid with AIDS. Albert Whitman, c 1991. Alex feels he can get away with anything because he is sick. But Alex changes when he makes a friend and encounters a teacher who challenges him. Ages 4-8.

Wiener, Lori. Be a friend: Children Who Live with HIV speak. Albert Whitman, c 1996. A selection of art and writing by young patients. Ages 9-12.


Carpenter, Phyllis. Sparky's Excellent Misadventures: My ADD Journal. Magination Press, 2000. Sparky helps others to understand ADD from a child's point of view. Ages 5 - 10.

Nadeau, Kathleen G. Learning to Slow Down & Pay Attention: A Book for Kids About ADHD. Magination Press, 3rd Edition 2004. Ages 9 –12.

Quinn, Patricia O. M.D. Putting on the brakes. Magination Press, NY, Revised Ed. 2001. Young people's guide to understanding ADHD. Nonfiction information. Ages 8 - 13.


Carlson, Nancy. My Family Is Forever. Viking, 2004. A young girl tells how she became part of an adopted family. Being part of a family isn't about who you look like or even where you're born, it's about the special love that binds you together. Ages 3 – 8.

Cole, Joanna. How I Was Adopted. Harper Trophy, c 1999. Excellent background on adoption within the context of a happy energetic child growing up in a happy home. Ages 3 - 6.

Curtis, Jamie Lee. Tell Me again About the Night I Was Born. Harper Collins, c 2000. A little girl begs to hear about the night she was born and then joyously supplies all the details herself. A delightful adoption story. Ages Baby - 5.

Giannetti, Charlene C. Who Am I? And Other Questions of Adopted Kids. Price Stern Sloan, c 1999. Objective and reassuring answers to preteens and teens questions about being adopted. Ages 11 up.

Koehler, Phoebe. The Day We Met You. Aladdin, Reprinted 1997. Mom and Dad recount the exciting day when they adopted their baby. Ages 3-7.

Thomas, Eliza. The Red Blanket. Scholastic Press, 2004. A woman travels to China to adopt four month old Pan Pan. Together they work at becoming a family. Ages 3 – 8.


The following list is for your consideration. You know your child and your child's needs best. Look at the books first before deciding if one may be appropriate for your child. Also check your local library for further titles.

Gurian, Michael. From Boys to Men: All About Adolescence and You (Plugged in). Price Stern Sloan, 1999. Practical advice for preteens on how to cope with the emotional and physical changes that typically accompany adolescence. Ages 9 – 12.

Harris, Robie H. It's Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health. Candlewick, 10th Annv. Edition, 2004. This book frankly explains the physical, psychological, emotional, and social changes that occur during puberty, and the implications of those changes. Ages 10 - 14.

Jukes, Mavis. Growing Up: It's a Girl Thing. Knopf Books for Young Readers, 1998. Imparts the information vital to a young woman's early development, explores puberty firsts. Ages 9 – 12.

Madaras, Lynda. Ready, Set, Grow!: A What's Happening to My Body? Book for Younger Girls. Newmarket Press, 1st edition, 2003. A spin off directed at younger girls who are anticipating or undergoing the body's first changes. Ages 9 – 12.

Madaras, Lynda. What's Happening to My Body? Book for Girls: A Growing up Guide for Parents and Daughters. Newmarket Press, 3rd edition, 2000. Information about girls' changing bodies and feelings. Ages 9 – 12.

Madaras, Lynda. What's Happening to My Body? Book for Boys: A Growing up Guide for Parents and Sons. Newmarket Press, 3rd edition, 2000. Down to earth answers to boys as their bodies begin the transformation into adulthood. Ages 9 – 12.

Pascoe, Elaine. Teen Dreams: The Journey Through Puberty. Blackbirch Press, 2004. A look at the incredible changes that take place during puberty. Ages 10 – 14.

Schaefer, Valorie. The Care & Keeping of you: The Body Book for Girls (American Girl Library). American Girl, 1998. A preteen girl's guide to basic health and hygiene, from braces to bras, periods, hair care to healthy eating. Ages 9 – 12.