My Blood Brother: A Story About Childhood Leukemia
By Elizabeth Murphy-Melas and Mary Kate Wright (Illustrator)
Health Press NA Inc., 2010, 32 pages
This touching book explores the dynamics of a family dealing with childhood leukemia. Sam and his older brother, Stefan, learn together that Sam has leukemia. The story shows the emotional turmoil a family endures while coping with a diagnosis of childhood cancer. Although Sam is only seven years old, he learns about how the disease affects his body and the terminology related to his illness. My Blood Brother provides support for the patient, siblings, parents, friends and extended family. The illustrations are done by an award-winning medical illustrator who uses color and technique to provide comfortable, soothing illustrations in contrast with the emotionally charged story line. Parents and young children may benefit from this book.
Why, Charlie Brown, Why: A Story About What Happens When a Friend Is Very Ill
By Charles M. Schulz, Foreward by Paul Newman
Ballantine Books, 1990, 64 pages
Ages 4 to 8
When Janice, Linus' 8-year-old friend, is diagnosed with leukemia, the Peanuts characters respond with compassion. Charles Schulz tells of the effects that Janice's illness has on her family, her classmates and her friends. With simplicity and honesty, the story dispels myths and can be used to help the child return to class following cancer treatment. Video and DVD in English and Spanish is available free. To order, call an information specialist at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at (800) 955-4572.
My Book About Cancer
Developed by Rebecca C. Schmidt, M.Ed.
Oncology Nursing Society, 2003, 54 pages
ISBN: 1890504335: Mother ISBN: 189050436X: Father
Ages 3 to 8
This workbook for children, created by the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS), is available in two versions - one for the child whose mother has cancer and one for the child whose father has the disease. It provides an avenue for young people to explore their thoughts and feelings about the cancer of a parent. Children are supported to create and discuss their own book of experiences. With the help of parents, grandparents and other loved ones, children can identify their feelings, apprehensions, fears and concerns as the family progresses through diagnosis and treatment. Developed as well for use by helping professionals.
For more information: www.ons.org
Mira's Month By Deborah Weinstein; Illustrated by Beth Roy
Blood and Marrow Transplantation Information Network, 1994, 34 pages
Ages: 4 to 9
A colorfully illustrated book designed for use with young children who have a parent with cancer who will be hospitalized for a bone marrow or stem cell transplant. Mira's Month discusses the questions children have and the feelings they often experience during this time. Woven into the story are tips for coping with their sadness and practical information about what to expect a parent to look like during and after treatment.
For more information: www.bmtinfonet.org/products/books
Snowman on the Pitcher's Mound
Snowman on the Pitcher's Mound By Jamie Reno
A new, realistic and poignant middle school-aged novel that tells the story of how a 10-year-old boy copes when his mother is diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. In the book, the boy, who loves baseball and his family, talks about his life, his friends, his school and all the anger, fear, sadness and confusion prompted by his mom's unexpected illness. This touching story offers the boy's emotional changes in the child's own voice and in an accessible way. The author wanted to help young readers as well as their parents understand and appreciate a child's natural course of anger, frustration, sadness and fear. The book is for both children and grown-ups, but particularly reaches out to boys.