Many of these books can be checked out from the Family Resource Center at Seattle Children’s or found at your local library or bookstore. Here, we’ve provided links to Amazon.com and organizations that will help you obtain a book.
Books for Children and Siblings
A Day with Dr. Waddle by The Center for Basic Cancer Research
A tool for parents, teachers and other adults to use for the discussion of cancer with children. When a family member or close friend is diagnosed with cancer, children often do not get clear explanations about what is happening. They may harbour such questions as "what is cancer?" or "is it contagious?" Dr. Waddle the duck scientist talks to kids about cancer, science and health living.
Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick (for adolescent siblings)
A novel about an eighth-grader whose younger brother is diagnosed with cancer.
Hi, My Name Is Jack by Christina Beall-Sullivan
Jack is a brother of a sister, Molly, with chronic illness. Sometimes he feels angry, guilty or worried living with his sister. This story helps others work through similar feeling and gives ideas for ways to help feel better.
How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon? by Jane Yolen
Does a Gallimimus drop his tissues on the floor? Author uses colorful big dinosaurs to encourage kids to be kind and compliant even when they are sick.
Kathy’s Hats: A Story of Hope by Trudy Krisher
The story of a young girl’s experience with cancer and chemotherapy.
The Moon Balloon by Joan Drescher
Helping kids cope with the stess that accompanies illness or change of any kind. Has interactive pages like "throw everything into the basket that makes you feel worried, stressed or sad." The moon balloon is waiting to take you on a journey to your favorite place. You will see other balloons – each is a feeling you may have. The tear, the sun, the giggle, the stress and the love balloons are a few you will see.
Moonbeam: A Book of Mediations for Children by Maureen Garth
A book of stories, guided imagery and visualizations to use with children learning meditation and relaxation. Helps awaken creativity and quiet fears; helps them sleep peacefully and develop concentration. "As you enter the garden, you hear the flowers talking to each other and the grass grow..."
Oliver’s Story: For "Sibs" of Kids with Cancer by Michael Dodd
Oliver tells his story about life after finding out his sister has cancer. It is written for 3- to 8-year-old siblings.
Taking Cancer to School by Cynthia Henry
Max, a boy living with leukemia, shares his experience of living with cancer. The book includes resources and tips for teachers.
What Is Cancer Anyway? Explaining Cancer of Children of All Ages by Karen L. Carney
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.
Why, Charlie Brown, Why? A Story About What Happens When a Friend Is Very Ill by Charles M. Schulz
This is a story about a child dealing with great challenges and profound questions. When young Janice is diagnosed with leukemia, Charlie Brown looks for answers, Linus becomes her protector, Lucy doesn’t understand, Snoopy dons his “World’s Greatest Surgeon” togs and the whole gang does some soul searching.
Books for Adolescents and Young Adults
The C-Word: Teenagers and Their Families Living with Cancer by Elena Dorfman
The stories of four teenagers and their families living and coping with cancer.
Everything Changes: The Insider’s Guide to Cancer in Your 20s and 30s by Kairol Rosenthal
A book for young adults about coping with cancer, written by a cancer survivor.
Fighting Chance: Journeys Through Childhood Cancer by Harry Connolly, Tom Clancy and Curt I. Civin
This photo-documentary follows three children from different backgrounds suddenly united by cancer.
Life After Cancer in Adolescence and Young Adulthood: The Experience of Survivorship by Anne Grinyer
A book for families, providers and teens and young adults about cancer and cancer survivorship. Includes information from the perspective of people who survived cancer as teens and young adults.
Mom’s Marijuana: Life, Love and Beating the Odds by Dan Shpairo (for mature adolescents – contains adult language and controversial themes)
An autobiographical book about surviving Hodgkin's disease, written by a clinical psychologist. Discussing in a frank and candid tone the challenges of battling cancer as a teen and again as a young adult. Contains adult language and some controversial themes.
Planet Cancer: The Frequently Bizarre Yet Always Informative Experiences and Thoughts of Your Fellow Natives by Heidi Schultz Adams and Christopher Schultz
A comprehensive guide for teens and young adults to coping with cancer from diagnosis through survivorship. Co-authored by the founder of the Planet Cancer website.
Side Effects by Amy Goldman Koss (for mature adolescents)
A novel about a teenage girl with lymphoma.
Teenagers Face to Face with Cancer by Karen Gravelle, Bertram A. John
Sixteen young people describe their experiences with cancer and how they deal with family, friends and school.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.
Books for Adults
Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplants: A Guide for Patients by Susan Stewart
Aimed at adult patients, this is a useful guide for parents and other family members who want to learn about the process.
Childhood Brain and Spinal Cord Tumors: A Guide for Families, Friends and Caregivers by Tania Shiminski-Maher, Patsy Cullen and Maria Sansalone
This guide covers how to understand the diagnosis and treatment, how to cope with side effects and where to find emotional support.
Childhood Cancer: A Handbook from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital by R. Grant Steen and Joseph Mirro
This resource guide for parents and professionals provides information on testing, treatment, clinical trials and the emotional needs of children with cancer.
Childhood Cancer: A Parent's Guide to Solid Tumor Cancers, Second Edition by Honna Janes-Hodder and Nancy Keene
This guide talks about diagnosis, treatment and coping with solid tumor cancers.
Childhood Cancer Survivors: A Practical Guide to Your Future by Nancy Keene, Wendy Hobbie, Kathy Ruccione and Giulio J D’Angio
Information about effects from treatment, emotional aspects of surviving cancer, follow-up care and lifestyle choices to maximize health.
Childhood Leukemia: A Guide for Families, Friends and Caregivers by Nancy Keene
This complete guide offers practical advice for coping with procedures, hospital stays, and social, emotional and financial problems that relate to cancer.
Educating the Child with Cancer: A Guide for Parents and Teachers by Nancy Keene
This guide covers issues during and after treatment, advocacy and other special issues surrounding childhood cancer and school.
Informed Decisions: The Complete Book of Cancer Diagnosis, Treatment and Recovery by Gerald Murphy
A complete user-friendly guide from the American Cancer Society.
Living with Childhood Cancer: A Practical Guide to Help Families Cope by Leigh Woznick and Carol Goodheart
Emotional guidance and practical advice for families coping with cancer from a mother-daughter team, based on their own family’s experience.