Cancer

Cancer can be difficult to explain or talk about to a child. Sharing stories about other children who’s living with cancer or other children who’s friend or family member has cancer can help support the child.


I know someone with cancer – Sue Barraclough

This book helps demystifies cancer and also helps children who are living with or know someone living with cancer feel as though they aren’t alone.
Age 5+


Cancer – Angela Royston

Designed for Key Stage 2 readers, this is one of a series of titles looking at disabilities and other conditions that may affect children, their friends or their families.
Age 7+


I’m a superhero – Daxton Wilde (and his mom)

This work, written by four year old Daxton Wilde before his death from cancer, reaches beyond borders and cultures, helping children and their families to be brave, helping parents explain cancer to their young children and helping people cope with one of life’s most difficult situations with love and humour.
Age 5+


Useful Organisation

McMillan Cancer Support
Helping everyone with cancer live life as fully as they can. Find support and advice and meet people who understand.

 

Illness

Feeling poorly is horrid.  It makes you feel rotten and sometimes spoils the plans you make.  If a grown-up is unwell, that can be even more scary.  Sharing a book about other people feeling poorly might help to explain illness to children and make them a little less worried.


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Through My Window – Tony Bradman and Eileen Browne

Jo is ill and has to stay in; dad looks after her while mum goes to work. Passers-by entertain her through the window until mum returns with the promised present.
Age: 4+


Spotty Lottie and Me – Richard Byrne

Joey has chicken pox and is bored, but Mum says he is infectious, so he can only play with a spotty friend.  Will he find anyone to play with who isn’t scared of catching his spots?
Age: 3+


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I’m really ever so not well – Lauren Child

Lola has a cold, so Charlie has to find ways of amusing her. Explores how Lola feels, and compares it with feeling well.
Age: 3+


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Get Well Soon – Charlotte Hudson and Mary McQuillan

Wobbily Fang’s mummy has to go to hospital and she doesn’t look like mummy anymore.  Wobbily brings her things from home to try and make her eyes sparkle like they used to.
Age: 3+


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Sam’s Spots – Caryn Jenner and Jonathan Langley

Poor Sam has chickenpox and, to make matters worse, it means he has to cancel his birthday party.  Can a spotty birthday be any fun?
Age: 5+


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Doctor, Doctor – Mick Manning and Brita Granström

In this fun, interactive, factual book the reader takes on the role of doctor.  Can you make a correct diagnosis of the common illnesses that are illustrated?
Age: 5+


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Chickenpox – Jillian Powell and Mark Chambers

Tilly has chickenpox and is feeling itchy. Mum tells her not to scratch, but she finds it hard until they make sock puppets together.
Age: 4+


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Boris Gets Spots – Carrie Weston and Tim Warnes

On the day that Miss Cluck’s class has a visit from Mr Gander the farmer, disaster strikes! First Boris, then all the little animals, are soon covered in bright red, itchy spots.
Age: 4+


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Hippospotamus – Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross

Hippopotamus had a spotamus on her bottomus! Her friends have lots of ideas what might have caused it but, in the end, it turns out to be something rather unexpected.
Age: 3+


 

Doctors and Hospitals

Being taken to see a doctor for the first time can be scary, when you are feeling rotten can be even worse. Sharing a book about other children visiting the doctor could make the experience less worrying.


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Peppa Goes To Hospital – Neville Astley and Mark Baker

Pedro Pony is poorly, so Peppa Pig and her friends go to visit him in hospital.  Pedro tells them all about the hospital and shows Peppa and her friends that it isn’t such a scary place.
Age: 2+


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Nita Goes to Hospital – Henriette Barkow and Chris Petty

When Nita is hit by a car and breaks her leg she is taken to hospital to have it treated.  This dual language book is available in a variety of different languages.
Age: 3+


Archie goes to the doctor – Emma Brown

Archie and his big sister Amber are two of the Shady Bay Buddies who live in the close-knit community of Shady Bay Island. They love playing outside together, but one day Archie falls from the garden swing and hurts his arm. He’s very worried when it’s made clear he’ll need to see the doctor. With his mum and Amber by his side, Archie goes off to the doctor and is pleasantly surprised to find it’s not that bad after all. There are fun things to do there and the doctor is very kind.


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Jim Goes To Hospital – Margot Channing

Jim is a poorly little bear – he has a bad ear ache.  The doctor sends him to the hospital so he can have an operation to make him feel better.  A good starting point for discussion between adults and very young children.
Age: 2+


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Going to the Hospital – Anne Civardi and Stephen Cartwright

Ben is not feeling well.  His ear aches.  The doctor says he needs to go to hospital for an operation on his ear.  This book shows very young children what they can expect if staying in hospital.
Age: 2+


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Sometimes – Rebecca Elliott

Toby loves his big sister Clemmie, even when her disability means she has to go into hospital again. A warm and encouraging story.
Age: 3+


Going to the dentist – Vivian French

Dad’s got toothache and Mum says it’s time all the Buttons went to the dentist for a check-up. The dentist shows Charlie, Cherry and baby Lou how to look after their teeth.
Age 3+


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Going to the Doctor – Vivian French

Cherry has a cold and doesn’t want to go to the doctor.  In fact, when she gets there, she has fun.
Age: 3+


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Get Well Soon – Charlotte Hudson and Mary McQuillan

Wobbily Fang’s mummy has to go to hospital and she doesn’t look like mummy anymore. Wobbily brings her things from home to try and make her eyes sparkle like they used to.
Age: 3+


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Going to the Hospital – Roderick Hunt, Annemarie Young and Alex Brychta

Chip has hurt his leg while training for a football match and Dad has to take him to the hospital. Read this story to learn about what happens in hospitals and what treatment you might need for a broken leg.
Age: 4+


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I Don’t Want To Go To Hospital – Tony Ross

An amusing, but equally reassuring tale about having to go to hospital for the first time. Another story featuring the ‘Little Princess’.
Age: 4+


George visits the Doctor – Nicola Smee

George and Bear both have a sore throat, so they’re off to visit the doctor. If anyone can help them feel better, the doctor can!


Visiting the doctor – Jess Stockham

Why are we going? Will it hurt? Do i need medicine? Reading this book with your child is the perfect opportunity to talk about these questions, and many more! Young children’s lives are full of new experiences and these books help make them less scary.
Age 4+


Visiting the hospital – Jess Stockham

How long will I be there? Will I stay the night? Who will look after me? Reading this book with your child is the perfect opportunity to talk about these questions, and many more! Young children s lives are full of new experiences and these books help make them less scary.
Age 4+


Ambulance, ambulance! – Sally Sutton

A reassuring, read-aloud exploration of the work of paramedics and ambulance crews. There’s been a crash and the crew at the ambulance station jumps into action. Nee nar nee nar. They respond to the emergency call, attend to the injuries of a young boy who has fallen off his bike and then take him to the hospital for treatment.


 

Hospitals, Doctors, Dentists and Opticians

Being taken to see a doctor for the first time can be scary, whether it’s a visit to the GP, optician, dentist or to the hospital.
Sharing a book about other children visiting a doctor could make the experience less worrying.


Peppa Goes To Hospital
by Neville Astley and Mark Baker

Pedro Pony is poorly, so Peppa Pig and her friends go to visit him in hospital.  Pedro tells them all about the hospital and shows Peppa and her friends that it isn’t such a scary place.
Age: 2+


Open Wide
by Tom Barber

A dentist tells stories about some of his more unusual patients while treating a nervous boy.
Age: 4+


Nita Goes to Hospital
by Henriette Barkow and Chris Petty

When Nita is hit by a car and breaks her leg she is taken to hospital to have it treated.  This dual language book is available in a variety of different languages.
Age: 3+


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Archie goes to the doctor
by Emma Brown

Archie and his big sister Amber are two of the Shady Bay Buddies who live in the close-knit community of Shady Bay Island. They love playing outside together, but one day Archie falls from the garden swing and hurts his arm. He’s very worried when it’s made clear he’ll need to see the doctor. With his mum and Amber by his side, Archie goes off to the doctor and is pleasantly surprised to find it’s not that bad after all. There are fun things to do there and the doctor is very kind.


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Jim Goes To Hospital
by Margot Channing

Jim is a poorly little bear – he has a bad ear ache.  The doctor sends him to the hospital so he can have an operation to make him feel better.  A good starting point for discussion between adults and very young children.
Age: 2+


Going to the Hospital
by Anne Civardi and Stephen Cartwright

Ben is not feeling well.  His ear aches.  The doctor says he needs to go to hospital for an operation on his ear.  This book shows very young children what they can expect if staying in hospital.
Age: 2+


Maisy, Charley and the Wobbly Tooth
by Lucy Cousins

Charley has a wobbly tooth and goes for a reassuring visit to the dentist. Positive message in the simplest of forms.
Age: 3+


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Sometimes
by Rebecca Elliott

Toby loves his big sister Clemmie, even when her disability means she has to go into hospital again. A warm and encouraging story.
Age: 3+


Going to the dentist
by Vivian French

Dad’s got toothache and Mum says it’s time all the Buttons went to the dentist for a check-up. The dentist shows Charlie, Cherry and baby Lou how to look after their teeth.
Age 3+


Going to the Doctor
by Vivian French

Cherry has a cold and doesn’t want to go to the doctor.  In fact, when she gets there, she has fun.
Age: 3+


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Going to the Dentist
by Sally Hewitt

A reassuring account of a child’s visit to the dentist with good photographs and clear text.
Age: 2+


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Get Well Soon
by Charlotte Hudson and Mary McQuillan

Wobbily Fang’s mummy has to go to hospital and she doesn’t look like mummy anymore. Wobbily brings her things from home to try and make her eyes sparkle like they used to.
Age: 3+


Going to the Dentist
by Roderick Hunt and Annemarie Young

This ‘first reader’ gives has lots of information about dental health in a story format.
Age: 4+


Going to the Hospital
by Roderick Hunt, Annemarie Young and Alex Brychta

Chip has hurt his leg while training for a football match and Dad has to take him to the hospital. Read this story to learn about what happens in hospitals and what treatment you might need for a broken leg.
Age: 4+


I Don’t Want To Go To Hospital
by Tony Ross

An amusing, but equally reassuring tale about having to go to hospital for the first time. Another story featuring the ‘Little Princess’.
Age: 4+


Molly at the Dentist
by Angie Sage

Bold, bright and appealing pictures. Very simple text and storyline. Reassuring story that visiting the dentist is good and that brushing teeth is fun.
Age: 2+


George visits the Doctor
by Nicola Smee

George and Bear both have a sore throat, so they’re off to visit the doctor. If anyone can help them feel better, the doctor can!
Age: 4+


Visiting the doctor
by Jess Stockham

Why are we going? Will it hurt? Do i need medicine? Reading this book with your child is the perfect opportunity to talk about these questions, and many more! Young children’s lives are full of new experiences and these books help make them less scary.
Age 4+


Visiting the hospital
by Jess Stockham

How long will I be there? Will I stay the night? Who will look after me? Reading this book with your child is the perfect opportunity to talk about these questions, and many more! Young children s lives are full of new experiences and these books help make them less scary.
Age 4+


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Ambulance, ambulance!
by Sally Sutton

A reassuring, read-aloud exploration of the work of paramedics and ambulance crews. There’s been a crash and the crew at the ambulance station jumps into action. Nee nar nee nar. They respond to the emergency call, attend to the injuries of a young boy who has fallen off his bike and then take him to the hospital for treatment.
Age 4+


Useful organisations

NHS:
Find your nearest GP, pharmacist, dentist, A&E and urgent care, as well as information and support.

Cancer

Cancer can be difficult to explain or talk about to a child. Sharing stories about other children who’s living with cancer or other children who’s friend or family member has cancer can help support the child.


I know someone with cancer
by Sue Barraclough

This book helps demystifies cancer and also helps children who are living with or know someone living with cancer feel as though they aren’t alone.
Age 5+


My cancer days
by Courtney Filigenzi

Helping children with cancer cope with their illness, this illustrated book approaches their emotions from diagnosis through treatment in a way that they can easily understand and can help describe what they are feeling.
Age 5+


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What you need to know about cancer
Chris Forest

Cancer can be a scary word. But the more you know about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of cancer, the better equipped you are to understand this disease. Clear, concise information breaks down the disease, the experience of having it, or relating to someone who has cancer.
Age 7+


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Two weeks with the Queen
by Morris Gleitzman

Colin’s brother has cancer and the doctors in Australia don’t seem able to cure him. Sent to London to stay with his Aunty, Colin reckons it’s up to him to find the best doctor in the world. How better to find one than by asking the Queen to help?
Age 9+


The best medicine
by Christine Hamill

Philip is 12 years old and life is pretty good. He gets on with his mum and gets by pretty well at school – in spite of girl problems, teacher problems, bully problems and – er – poetry problems. Philip’s happy-go-lucky life is disrupted when his mother gets breast cancer. Bad enough that your mother is seriously ill – but could she not have developed a less embarrassing kind of cancer – toe cancer, maybe, or ear cancer? Philip’s attempt to cope with his situation are both hilarious and touching.
Age 10+


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Mikki has cancer
by Eileen Wheeler

When a child is diagnosed with cancer,siblings often struggle to cope with the impact on their lives.This book was written to help children express and share their feelings.
Age 5+


I’m a superhero
by Daxton Wilde (and his mom)

This work, written by four year old Daxton Wilde before his death from cancer, reaches beyond borders and cultures, helping children and their families to be brave, helping parents explain cancer to their young children and helping people cope with one of life’s most difficult situations with love and humour.
Age 5+


Useful Organisations

Cancer Research:
Information, support and links to specific cancer charities.

Children with Cancer UK:
Information and support for families.

McMillan Cancer Support
Helping everyone with cancer live life as fully as they can. Find support and advice and meet people who understand.

NHS:
Information about cancer, with links to more in depth information about different types of cancer.

Illness

Feeling poorly is horrid.  It makes you feel rotten and sometimes spoils the plans you make.  If a grown-up is unwell, that can be even more scary.  Sharing a book about other people feeling poorly might help to explain illness to children and make them a little less worried.


Books on or about COVID-19

Alone Together
by Julia Seal

It isn’t a normal sort of a day. The Sun is up, the birds are out, but everybody’s indoors. Having to stay home can be confusing and lonely for children. This heart-warming story by author-illustrator Julia Seal highlights the importance of friendship and community during these challenging times. The beautiful illustrations and message of hope will help children to see the power of togetherness, and understand that even though we might feel like we’re alone, we’re alone together.
Age: 3+

Susie the childminder and the Pandemic
by Donna Smith

Join Susie and the children as they learn about the importance of community, building resilience and staying safe during a pandemic. 

See how they cope with the pandemic and the challenge to stay in touch with their friends and of course Susie the childminder. After the book, have a go at the Susie the Childminder and the Pandemic worksheet.
Age: 4+

Coronavirus: a book for children about Covid-19
by Kate Wilson, Nia Roberts and Elizabeth Jenner

Fully updated for the paperback edition, this work provides clear explanations about COVID-19 and its effects – both from a health perspective and the impact it has on a family’s day-to-day life. With input from expert consultant Professor Graham Medley of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, as well as advice from teachers and child psychologists, this is a practical and informative resource to help explain the changes we are currently all experiencing.
Age: 5+


Through My Window
by Tony Bradman and Eileen Browne

Jo is ill and has to stay in; dad looks after her while mum goes to work. Passers-by entertain her through the window until mum returns with the promised present.
Age: 4+


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Spotty Lottie and Me
by Richard Byrne

Joey has chicken pox and is bored, but Mum says he is infectious, so he can only play with a spotty friend.  Will he find anyone to play with who isn’t scared of catching his spots?
Age: 3+


Self-esteem and mental health
by Anna Claybourne

Growing up isn’t always easy – your brain is changing and there’s many things to cope with from new emotions to stress. This book explores what is self-esteem and mental health and why it’s important and looks at topics such as mental illness, phobias, eating disorders and self-harm. It looks at techniques to deal with issues including stress reduction, mindfulness and assertiveness.
Age: 9+


I’m really ever so not well
by Lauren Child

Lola has a cold, so Charlie has to find ways of amusing her. Explores how Lola feels, and compares it with feeling well.
Age: 3+


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Get Well Soon
by Charlotte Hudson and Mary McQuillan

Wobbily Fang’s mummy has to go to hospital and she doesn’t look like mummy anymore.  Wobbily brings her things from home to try and make her eyes sparkle like they used to.
Age: 3+


Sam’s Spots
by Caryn Jenner and Jonathan Langley

Poor Sam has chickenpox and, to make matters worse, it means he has to cancel his birthday party.  Can a spotty birthday be any fun?
Age: 5+


What is mental health? Where does it come from? and other big questions
by Lucy Maddox

Exploring and explaining the range of mental health, from wellbeing through to mental health problems, in a non-stigmatising, accessible and accurate way. This book is about the whole range of mental health, from feeling good and being able to do what we like, to needing extra help with thoughts or feelings or behaviours that have got out of hand. Having a mental health problem is part of the range of human experiences that any of us could have, and the book includes pieces from a range of contributors who share their experiences realting to mental health. Mental health problems can be frightening to experience, but there is help available and this book includes useful skills that can boost mental healthiness.
Age: 9+


Doctor, Doctor
by Mick Manning and Brita Granström

In this fun, interactive, factual book the reader takes on the role of doctor.  Can you make a correct diagnosis of the common illnesses that are illustrated?
Age: 5+


Chickenpox
by Jillian Powell and Mark Chambers

Tilly has chickenpox and is feeling itchy. Mum tells her not to scratch, but she finds it hard until they make sock puppets together.
Age: 4+


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Boris Gets Spots
by Carrie Weston and Tim Warnes

On the day that Miss Cluck’s class has a visit from Mr Gander the farmer, disaster strikes! First Boris, then all the little animals, are soon covered in bright red, itchy spots.
Age: 4+


Hippospotamus
by Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross

Hippopotamus had a spotamus on her bottomus! Her friends have lots of ideas what might have caused it but, in the end, it turns out to be something rather unexpected.
Age: 3+


Useful organisations

NHS:
Find your nearest GP, pharmacist, dentist, A&E and urgent care, as well as information and support.