Cancer and Illness Books for Kids and Teens

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Ashleigh's Fairies
Amy and Ashleigh Kieliszewski

E KIELISZEWSKI

Diagnosed with cancer before her third birthday, Ashleigh talks to her mother about her fairy friends who are there to help, comfort and love her.


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You Are the Best Medicine
Julie Aigner Clark

COPING ILLNESS E AIGNER-CLARK

A mother who has cancer gently informs her child of what the effects will be and reminds her little one of all the special times they have shared and will continue to share even while she undergoes treatment.


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In Mommy's Garden: A Book to Help Explain Cancer to Young Children
Neyal Ammary

COPING ILLNESS E AMMARY- RISCH

Text is intended to help parents, family members, and healthcare professionals first talk about cancer with children and help alleviate misconceptions children often have.


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The Great Katie Kate Tackles Questions About Cancer
M. Maitand Deland

COPING ILLNESS E DELAND

A book that follows a superhero figure (the Great Katie Kate) as she explains to a young girl what is happening when she is diagnosed with cancer.


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Still Me
Rebecca DuBois

COPING ILLNESS E DUBOIS

A mother talks to her child about the fact that she has cancer but that she will still be herself even during her illness and treatment.


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The Goodbye Cancer Garden
Janna Matthies

COPING ILLNESS E MATTHIES

When a mother is diagnosed with breast cancer, she and her family plant a garden and watch it grow through the seasons as she undergoes treatments and gets better.


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Punk Wig
Lori Ries

COPING ILLNESS E RIES

A child helps her mom pick out a wig to have adventures with while she’s undergoing chemotherapy.


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Where's Mom's Hair? (A Family's Journey Through Cancer)
Debbie Watters

COPING ILLNESS E WATTERS

A father and sons get their hair cut so the whole family is minus hair when Mom loses hers.


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The Lemonade Club
Patricia Polacco

JE POLACCO

When Marilyn and her teacher, Miss Wichelman, both get cancer, they encourage each other and, aided by medical treatments and support from friends, they get better.


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Losing It
Erin Fry

J FRY

Bennett Robinson loves baseball, especially watching games with his dad while munching on fries. Baseball even helped Bennett and his dad cope with his mom’s death from cancer. But on one perfect day when Bennett’s overweight dad is taken away on a stretcher, Bennett has to move in with know-it-all Aunt Laura. She’s making it her personal mission to Get Bennett Healthy—and take over his life.


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Radiate
Marley Gibson

INSPIR TEEN GIBSON

Just after making the varsity cheerleading squad the summer before her senior year of high school in Maxwell, Alabama, Hayley Matthews learns she has an aggressive form of cancer in her leg, and she turns to her family, her cheerleading, and her faith to sustain her through her treatment.


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The Fault in Our Stars
John Green

TEEN GREEN

Sixteen-year-old Hazel, a stage IV thyroid cancer patient, has accepted her terminal diagnosis until a chance meeting with a boy at cancer support group forces her to reexamine her perspective on love, loss, and life.


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Notes from the Dog
Gary Paulsen

TEEN PAULSEN

When Johanna shows up at the beginning of summer to house-sit next door to Finn, he has no idea of the profound effect she will have on his life by the time summer vacation is over.


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Drums, Girls, And Dangerous Pie
Jordan Sonnenblick

TEEN SONNENBLICK

When his younger brother is diagnosed with leukemia, thirteen-year-old Steven tries to deal with his complicated emotions, his school life, and his desire to support his family.


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My Parent Has Cancer and It Really Sucks
Maya Silver,Marc Silver

MEDICAL CANCER JNF SIL

Author Maya Silver was 15 when her mom was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001. She and her dad, Marc, have combined their family’s personal experience with advice from dozens of medical professionals and real stories from 100 teens—all going through the same thing Maya did.


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Regine's Book: A Teen Girl's Last Words (True Stories)
Regine Stokke

BIOGRAPHY TEEN STOKKE

Regine Stokke began to blog about her day-to-day life shortly after she was diagnosed with leukemia in 2008. Regine’s stated purpose with her posts was to give people a sense of “what it’s like to live with” such a serious illness, and her blog became an almost instant classic.


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