“This book is the result of seven years of fear, uncertainty, and hardship as a family has attempted to cope with a child’s unexpected life-threatening illness. This story differs from that of many other families coping with childhood illness in that we as parents already had intimate “insider” knowledge of serious illness. I was a… More Both Sides Of The White Coat: An Insider’s Perspectives On The Critically Ill Child
Megan is a sweet little girl who needs to have back surgery (a rod placed). This is her first surgery and Megan is scared. Her parents reassure her that they will help her to be brave and everything will be okay. Megan realizes that she can do something that she thought was impossible. Follows Megan… More Brave Little Megan
This book helps to explain to children why it is important to take their medicine. Ages 2 and up.
A story that helps children deal with serious illness and medical treatment. Ages 4 and up.
A great picture book showing children what to expect when they go to the hospital for surgery – from the point of checking in, to going home. Actual photos are blended with illustrations drawn by an 8 year old.
Delightful introduction to dealing with a new experience. This will help children understand about going to the hospital. Ages 3 and up.
Surgery can be scary. This book is designed to explain all the steps in getting ready for surgery, and the actual day, so that it is less frightening. A very simple, general story. Ages 3 and up.
Through a series of beautiful illustrations that engage all of the senses, each accompanied by a verse couplet, this book asks the child to imagine several things to cope with pain. Some are calming, some are delighting, some are empowering, some are inspirational. As a group they are intended to introduce the child to the… More Imagine A Rainbow: A Child’s Guide To Soothing Pain
Inside outside is a work of hope created by ex-patient film-makers Pat Deegan and Terry Strecker. The film depicts the lives of eight people with very significant histories of institutionalization, as they transition from nursing homes and psychiatric hospitals into the community. (49 min.)
Jonathan goes to the hospital to have tubes put in his ears. He talks about getting the whole process, from getting checked in, to going home. Simple text and colorful pictures will help to reduce fear for children undergoing a first surgery. Ages 4 and up.
Most parents do not expect to begin life with their newborn in the neonatal intensive care unit. This book is an essential resource for any parent with a premature infant. Written for parents who wish to learn about their baby’s illness, the book covers everything from how to overcome barriers to NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care… More Newborn Intensive Care: What Every Parent Needs to Know (3rd Edition)
This book can help you overcome your medical phobia. Start by learning about your fears, where they might come from, what factors influence them, and how you can best prepare to overcome them. Then you’ll gradually and safely confront your specific fears. The book also includes information about avoiding relapse so you can maintain your… More Overcoming Medical Phobias: How To Conquer Fear Of Blood, Needles, Doctors and Dentist
Lots of photos and simple explanations of what it is like to have a day surgery. While it was written for a specific hospital, the process is general enough to apply to most and will answer questions children may have.
A collection of books for children, created by child life departments, showing actual pictures and providing explanations of what it is like to have an X-ray, a Cat Scan, an MRI, a VCUG, or a sleep study.
Toby loves his big sister Clemmie. She always looks after him and he looks after her—no matter what. Toby knows his sister is very brave, but when she has to go to the hospital again, they both have to help each other face their fears. Together, they still find ways to have fun and make the hospital… More Sometimes
Going to the hospital for the first time will be easier for children if they know what to expect when they get there this book introduces them to the various professionals who will take care of them during their visit. Reassures young readers. Ages 6 and up.
What about me? This question, usually unspoken, lies at the heart of this poignant story, as a young girl attempts to cope with her brother’s being ill. Beautifully written and illustrated, this story deals with the many complicated feelings the well child experiences in such a situation: guilt about having somehow caused the illness, fear… More What About Me? When Brothers & Sisters Get Sick
Anna’s little sister molly needs to go to the hospital for an operation. In this sensitive and emotional story, anna tells about the experience from her point of view. A must for every hospital waiting room.
A children’s book that helps parents prepare their young child for a hospital visit. Explains some of the things that happen in a hospital and some of the things one can see. Ages 3 and up.
This book is packed with sensible tips and home-grown wisdom that will make any visit to the hospital easier. It explains how cope with procedures, plan for surgery, communicate with doctors and nurses, and deal with insurance companies. Woven throughout the text are dozens of practical and encouraging stories from parents who have been through… More Your Child In The Hospital: A Practical Guide For Parents