Books That Help Kids Deal with Cancer
The "C" Word
Cancer. The mere word strikes fear in the hearts of most. Nobody wants it. Thousands are diagnosed with it. If it throws adults for a loop, imagine what it can do to a kid. When kids are forced to face cancer, by either a diagnosis of a loved one, or that of their own, having the resources to support them is imperative. It can make all the difference between coping and not.
Helping Kids Cope
If we can mention it, we can manage it. If we talk about it, we can tame it. Being straightforward and developmentally appropriate is crucial, when helping kids understand cancer. Keeping information from them, being secretive, and allowing them to fill in the blanks on their own causes much more anxiety and stress.
Helping Kids Cope with Their Own Diagnosis
The Famous Hat: A story book to help children with childhood cancer to prepare for treatment, namely chemotherapy, and losing their hair
H is for Hair Fairy: An Alphabet of Encouragement and Insight for Kids (and Kids at Heart!) with Cancer
Healing Images for Children: Teaching Relaxation and Guided Imagery to Children Facing Cancer and Other Serious Illnesses
Helping Kids Cope with the Diagnosis of a Loved One
Butterfly Kisses and Wishes on Wings: When someone you love has cancer...a hopeful, helpful book for kids
When a Friend is Ill
When a Sibling is Ill
The Fight Against Cancer
Cancer can be scary. Givng information, hope and love is as much a part of the fight against cancer as is radiation, chemotherapy and surgery.
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