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Books for Helping Kids Deal with Cancer

Stories provide hope.

Cancer is confusing. It’s hard to find the words that will help a child cope, and children themselves often don’t know how to voice all the questions they have inside.

But special books written just for kids with cancer and their families can be a great help. Sitting down to read a book in which the characters explain the disease, its treatment, and the changes it brings is a wonderful way to get conversations started.

Begin with these fun and informative titles:

H is for Hair Fairy: An Alphabet of Encouragement and Insight for Kids (and Kids at Heart!) with Cancer
by Kim Martin
Narrated by Mr. and Mrs. Hair Fairy, who pay a visit on the day chemo patients lose their hair, this book provides information and laughs about cancer topics from A to Z.

My ABC Book of Cancer
by Shannin Chamberlain
Ten-year-old Shannin, a cancer patient, explains the ins-and-outs of cancer to other children. Also contains a glossary and resource list.

Kathy’s Hats: A Story of Hope
by Trudy B. Krishner and Nadine Bernard Westcott
A young girl finds a new use for her favorite hats when her hair falls out due to chemotherapy.

Chemo Girl: Saving the World One Treatment at a Time
by Christina Richmond
The 12-year-old author, who was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma in the seventh grade, created a superhero named Chemo Girl to give other children strength in their battles with cancer.

Henry and the White Wolf
by Tim and Tyler Karu
Henry, a sick little hedgehog, must undergo treatment from the White Wolf that makes him feel worse before it makes him well again. Also written for siblings and friends of children with cancer.

Why, Charlie Brown, Why? A Story About What Happens When a Friend is Very Ill
by Charles Schultz
The Peanuts gang seeks answers and understanding when their friend Janice is diagnosed with leukemia.


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