Books

Children’s Books – Coping With A Parent Who Is Chronically Ill:

When Pete’s Dad Got Sick: A Book about Chronic Illness (Helping Kids Heal) [Hardcover] Kathleen Long Bostrom (Author), Cheri Bladholm (Illustrator)

A story to help children understand and accept a chronically ill parent—for ages 4-8 A beautiful book telling the story of Pete, a boy whose dad used to run and swing him around, but now can hardly walk, much less play. Pete is hurt and angry and doesn’t understand why this has happened. Pete’s dad tells him that even though he can no longer run, he can still be Pete’s father. The book includes two pages of suggestions for parents and others helping a child through loss of this kind, written by R. Scott Stehower, Ph.D., professor of psychology, Calvin College, and clinical psychologist. Part of the new Helping Kids Heal series from Zonderkidz

 

The Invisible String [Hardcover] Patrice Karst (Author), Geoff Stevenson (Illustrator)

“That’s impossible”, said twins Jeremy & Liza after their Mom told them they’re all connected by this thing called an Invisible String. “What kind of string”? They asked with a puzzled look to which Mom replied, “An Invisible String made of love.” That’s where the story begins. A story that teaches of the tie that really binds. The Invisible String reaches from heart to heart. Does everybody have an Invisible String? How far does it reach, anyway? Does it ever go away? Read all about it! THE INVISIBLE STRING is a very simple approach to overcoming the fear of loneliness or separation with an imaginative flair that children can easily identify with and remember. Here is a warm and delightful lesson teaching young and old that we aren’t ever really alone and reminding children (and adults!) that when we are loved beyond anything we can imagine. “People who love each other are always connected by a very special String, made of love. Even though you can’t see it with your eyes, you can feel it deep in your heart, and know that you are always connected to the ones you love.”

 

Mommy Has To Stay In Bed [Paperback] Annette Rivlin-Gutman (Author)

Mommy Has to Stay in Bed is for young children who are faced with the trauma of having a parent on bed rest. In this rhythmic and sensitive story, mother and daughter find ways to cope with feelings of frustration and boredom. Whether the parent is pregnant, has the flu, or is on long-term bed rest, Mommy Has to Stay in Bed brings the brighter side of spending time together in spite of a challenging situation.

 

Helping Children Live With Death and Loss [Paperback] Professor Dinah Seibert (Author), Professor Judy Drolet (Author), Professor Joyce V. Fetro (Author

A practical guide for parents, caregivers, teachers, clergy, funeral directors, and other adults who may interact with young children between the ages of two and ten. Utilizing a developmental approach that is critical for understanding the unique characteristics and needs among children under ten, the volume is enhanced by an accessible style and format, numerous illustrations, and the positive attitude that make it possible for any reader to comprehend and apply the concepts when discussing death and loss with young children.

 

Badger’s Parting Gifts [Paperback] by Susan Varley

Badger’s friends are sad when he dies but treasure the memories he left them. “The gentle message holds particular validity for children and is conveyed in a tenderhearted. ..manner.”– Book1ist.

 

Help Me Say Goodbye: Activities for Helping Kids Cope When a Special Person Dies [Paperback]  by Janis Silverman 

An art therapy and activity book for children coping with death. Sensitive exercises address all the questions children may have during this emotional and troubling crisis. Children are encouraged to express in pictures what they are often incapable of expressing in words.

 

Sammy’s Mommy Has Cancer [Paperback]  by Sherry Kohlenberg 

This warm, sensitive, and straightforward story will help young children understand and accept the changes in their lives when a parent is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. Parents will welcome this valuable aid in explaining the illness to their children. Sharing the book together, families will find encouragement in dealing with their sorrow, hopes, and small joys during a difficult time. Suggested activities for parents and children to do before, during, and after treatment are provided in the book’s introduction.

 

Tickles Tabitha’s Cancer-tankerous Mommy [Paperback]  by Amelia Frahm 

Ben Franklin Award Recipient, Tickles Tabitha’s Cancer-tankerous Mommy, was released October 2001, during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. That same month Rosie O Donnell showed it to a national audience on the popular Rosie O Donnell Show. Approved by the National Oncology Nursing Society. The book captured the attention of Barr Laboratories Inc. , manufacture of the breast cancer drug Tamoxifen even before its October 2001 publication date. The book, its author and her children were featured in Barr’s 2001 annual report.  Tabitha’s Cancer-tankerous Mommy has been recommended by literary, medical, and entertainment critics across the country and the release of this book helped pioneer cancer resources for families coping with cancer.

 

When Someone Has a Very Serious Illness: Children Can Learn to Cope with Loss and Change [Paperback]  by Marge Heegaard 

An excellent resource for helping children learn the basic concepts of illness and various age-appropriate ways of coping with it.

 

 

Butterfly Kisses and Wishes on Wings: When someone you love has cancer…a hopeful, helpful book for kids [Hardcover] Ellen McVicker (Author), Nanci Hersh (Illustrator)

NOW ALSO AVAILABLE IN SPANISH (softcover) on Amazon.com under “Besos de Mariposa y Deseos con Alas.” This award winning children’s book, illustrated by Nanci Hersh, award winning artist and cancer survivor, is a listen-to/read-aloud book for children. A beautifully illustrated resource that can be used to educate and support any child who is facing the cancer of a loved one. The story, as told through the eyes of a child, lends itself to a simple and clear understanding of cancer. It also teaches children to realize the power they have to be an active and integral part of a

Mom Has Cancer! (Let’s Talk about It) [Paperback] Jennifer Moore-Mallinos

The sensitively written Let’s Talk About It Books encourage preschool-age and early-grades children to explore their feelings, deal with problems that trouble them, and understand others who have problems of their own. Each title speaks to a particular concern that children might encounter in the course of growing up. All books in this series have appealing color illustrations on every page, and are available in both English and Spanish language editions. A short section at the back of each book offers related advice to parents. This book points out that a diagnosis that Mom has cancer is as frightening for her children as it is for her. The story describes such a situation, helping kids understand how Mom requires special medical care on her path toward regaining health.

 

Nowhere Hair: Explains cancer and chemo to your kids (children) [Hardcover] Sue Glader

The little girl in NOWHERE HAIR knows two things: Her mom’s hair is not on her head anymore, so therefore it must be somewhere around the house. After searching the obvious places, the story reveals that her mother, although going through cancer treatment, is still silly, attentive, happy and yes, sometimes very tired and cranky. She learns that she didn’t cause the cancer, can’t catch it, and that Mommy still is very much up for the job of mothering. The book, written in rhyme, explains hats, scarves, wigs, going bald in public, and the idea of being nice to people who may look a little different than you. It ends with the idea that what is inside of us is far more important than how we look on the outside. For any parent or grandparent, NOWHERE HAIR offers a comfortable platform to explain something that is inherently very difficult.

When a Parent Has Cancer: A Guide to Caring for Your Children [Paperback]

At some point in our lives, many of us will face the crisis of an unexpected illness. For parents, the fear, anxiety and confusion resulting from a cancer diagnosis can be particularly devastating. When A Parent Has Cancer is a book for families written from the heart of experience. A mother, physician, and cancer survivor, Dr Wendy Harpham offers clear, direct, and sympathetic advice for parents challenged with the task of raising normal, healthy children while they struggle with a potentially life–threatening disease. Dr Harpham lays the groundwork of her book with specific plans for helping children through the upheaval of a parent’s diagnosis and treatment, remission and recovery, and if necessary, confronting the possibility of death. She emphasizes the importance of being honest with children about the gravity of the illness, while assuring them that their basic needs will always be met.

 

Because . . . Someone I Love Has Cancer: Kids’ Activity Book [Spiral-bound]

This inspired publication is designed to address the basic goals of therapeutic support for children who have a loved one with cancer. Featuring five self-sharpening crayons to inspire creativity, this activity book also includes a 16-page removable guide for caregivers with family and group activities, as well as activities that offer ways to discover inner strengths and enhance self-esteem.

 

What Is Cancer Anyway?: Explaining Cancer to Children of All Ages [Paperback]

What IS Cancer, Anyway? Explaining Cancer to Children of All Ages is one of the books in the Barklay and Eve Children’s Book Series. This book provides basic information that is essential when someone in the family has cancer and does so in a calm, clear, reassuring manner that children and adults will appreciate. Barklay and Eve, the two lovable main characters, define cancer, explain radiation and chemotherapy (including the reasons why some people loose their hair). This is a hopeful story which has a fun connect-the -dots page of the American Cancer Sociey’s symbol of hope. THIS BOOK IS ENDORSED BY HURRICANE VOICES, A BREAST CANCER FOUNDATION