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Note: All call numbers are for the Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana
J HERMES Hermes, Patricia You Shouldn't Have to Say Goodbye
During the autumn of the year, thirteen-year-old Sarah learns her mother is dying of cancer.
J SPELT Speltz, Ann The Year My Mother Was Bald
Clare keeps a journal that describes the medical treatments her mother undergoes for breast cancer, her family's experiences, and her own feelings and concerns. Includes a list of resources.
J231.5 MCKEE McKeever, Stacia Why Is Keiko Sick?
Provides a Christian perspective on why bad things happen.
J362.19 Ackermann, Abigail Our Mom Has Cancer
Two sisters, ages eleven and thirteen, describe what it was like for them when their mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent surgery and chemotherapy.
J362.196994 BOOMS Booms Ashley, Leona I Am a Vivor
Here is an inspirational story of a young girl who has survived cancer. The superb photography and kid friendly language depict her doing everything other kids can do, with one arm. She is an amazing little girl with a positive attitude and a strong family behind her. This story is wonderful for helping children and families better understand surviving cancer and living with a limb indifference.--Cover back.
J362.196994 CLIFF Clifford, Christine Our Family Has Cancer, Too!
When their mother is diagnosed with cancer, sixth grader Tim and his younger brother visit her in the hospital, learn about radiation and chemotherapy, and help with the chores at home.
J362.196994 COHEN Cohen, Cindy Klein My Daddy's Cancer: An Interactive Book for Children
...provides a story for adults to read to children ages 3 and up... answers many questions that children have when a loved one is ill...includes activities for children and pointers for parents and caregivers.--back cover.
J362.196994 MARTI Martin, Carrie The Rainbow Feelings of Cancer: A Book for Children Who Have a Loved One with Cancer
A ten-year-old girl tells of the many feelings she has regarding her mother's cancer.
J362.196994 WATTE Watters, Debbie, with Haydn and Emmett Watters Where's Mom's Hair?
When Haydn and Emmett find out that their mother is going to lose her hair because of chemotherapy treatments, they try to cheer her throwing a big hair-cutting party!--back cover.
J362.19892 Woznick, Leigh A. Living with Childhood Cancer: A Practical Guide to Help Parents Cope
In addition to medical help, parents of children with cancer need a strong support network. This book is filled with sound emotional guidance, useful information, and practical advice for families coping with cancer.
J616.994 FEAD Fead, Beverlye Hyman Nana, What's Cancer?
A healing conversation between a granddaughter and her grandmother, who is a cancer survivor.
J616.994 Gaes, Jason My Book for Kids with Cansur (Cancer)
A young boy describes his successful two year battle with cancer and offers advice to other cancer patients.
J616.994 Henry, Cynthia S. Taking Cancer to School
Although Max is fighting ALL (Acute Lymphatic Leukemia), he wants to be treated just like the other kids in his class. Includes notes to teachers.
J616.994 SILVE Silver, Alex, Emily, and Anna Rose Our Dad Is Getting Better
Written and illustrated by three children, veterans of their mother's cancer diagnosis, this book is geared for children 4 to 8 years of age.--back cover.
J616.994 SILVE Silver, Alex, Emily, and Anna Rose Our Mom Is Getting Better
Written and illustrated by three children, veterans of their mother's cancer diagnosis, this book is geared for children 4 to 8 years of age.--back cover.
J616.99449 CHILM Chilman-Blair, Kim What's up with Bridghet's Mom? : Medikidz explain breast cancer
In graphic novel format, the Medikidz, superheroes from the planet Mediland, help the reader and Bridget understand breast cancer.
J618.92944 Murray, Lisa Angels & Monsters: A Child's Eye View of Cancer
The authors interviewed and photographed 25 children with cancer asking them to express through art their feelings about the cancers that threatened them.
JE ALLEN Allen, Leahanne Riley Socks
Riley Socks is a triumphant children's story of survival. It is an uplifting, easy-to-read children's rhyming book that tells the true story of six-year-old Riley Allen's victorious battle with cancer…--Cover back.
JE Blake, Claire The Paper Chain
When Mom gets cancer all of the family's routines are disrupted; but with surgery, chemotherapy, radiation and rest, she eventually gets well enough to do the things she did before she got sick.
JE Borden, Louise Good Luck, Mrs. K!
All the students in the third grade are affected when their beloved teacher, Mrs. Kempczinski, is suddenly hospitalized with cancer.
JE FEAN Fean, Greg God Healed the Little boy
A story about 9-year-old Gregory, who is a Leukemia survivor. He wrote this book so that other children would know what happens and wouldn't be afraid.
JE FRAHM Frahm, Amelia Tickles Tabitha's Cancer-tankerous Mommy
Tabitha's mother's cancer medicine makes her grouchy, but she needs to take the pills to make her better.
JE KARU Karu, Tyler Henry and the White Wolf
Henry, a very sick little hedgehog, receives treatment from the White Wolf that makes him feel even worse but eventually cures him, and through the ordeal he holds a stone to help him stay strong and brave.
JE Kohlenberg, Sherry Sammy's Mommy Has Cancer: A Story for Children Who Have a Loved One with Cancer
Sammy's mommy receives treatment for cancer, goes into the hospital for surgery, recovers at home, and shares her continuing love for him.
JE Krisher, Trudy Kathy's Hats: A Story of Hope
Kathy's love of hats comes in handy when the chemotherapy treatments she receives for her cancer make her hair fall out.
JE MOORE Moore-Mallinos, Jennifer Mom has Cancer!
Points out that a diagnosis that Mom has cancer is as frightening for her children as it is for her. The story describes such a situation, helping kids understand how Mom requires special medical care on her path toward regaining health.
JE Numeroff, Laura Joffe The Hope Tree: Kids Talk About Breast Cancer
Drawn from real stories about mothers with cancer, The Hope Tree focuses on ten key topics that often affect families dealing with illness.
JE PARKE Parkinson, Carolyn Stearns My Mommy Has Cancer
The beauty and sensitivity of both Carolyn Parkinson's words and Elain Verstaete's color illustrations create a gentle ambience in which children, from their own perspective, can learn about cancer.
JE Philipson, Sandra J. Annie Loses Her Leg But Finds Her Way
A poignant and funny story of a nine year old English Springer Spaniel who loses her front leg to cancer.
JE POLAC Polacco, Patricia The Lemonade Club
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. Based on a true story.
JE RIES Ries, Lori Punk Wig
The bright, bouncing voice of the young narrator takes readers through his mother's cancer year, from her first chemotherapy treatment to the day her hair comes back and "all the alien blobs have gone away."
JE RUSSE Russell, Laura Okmin Mommy Has Cancer
JE SUTHE Sutherland, Eileen Mom and the Polka-Dot Boo-Boo: A Gentle Story Explaining Breast Cancer to Young Children
Through rhyming text, a mother explains to her child that she has breast cancer, which might mean such things as a loss of energy and hair, but never a loss of love.
JE TINKH Tinkham, Kelly Hair for Mama
When Marcus's mother has chemotherapy for her cancer and loses her hair, he tries to find new hair for her to make her well again.
JE Winthrop, Elizabeth Promises
A young girl experiences a range of emotions when her mother undergoes treatment for cancer.

Cancer: Websites

American Cancer Society - Cancer in Children
Includes resources for families with children diagnosed with cancer, as well as other family members.

CancerCare for Kids
Provides free professional services, focuses on the particular needs of children and parents.

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute: Family Connections
A resource for parents with cancer and their families.

If you need help finding these or other Library materials, please check with anyone in Children's Services. We look forward to seeing you at the Library!

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