Books to Help Kids Cope with Cancer

Medical Psychologist
Pediatric Social Worker
Friday, January 8, 2016 - 1:05pm

Cancer is confusing, and It’s hard to find the right words to help a child understand such a difficult disease. While we can’t tell you exactly what to say, we hope these books give you a good starting point for open and honest communication. The list includes insightful and educational stories to help your entire family find comfort and inspiration when it’s most needed. 

Coping with a Cancer Diagnosis

"My Cancer Days" by Courtney Filigenzi

"Bobo's Just Fine" by Anne Gioia and Molly Clauss

"Oncology, Stupology" by Marilyn Hershey

"Kathy's Hats: A Story of Hope" by Trudy Krisher

"Hang Tough" by Matthew Lancaster

"The Long and Short of It" by Shennen Bersani

Coping with a Family Member's Cancer Diagnosis

"Our Family Has Cancer" by Christine Clifford

"Because... Someone I Love Has Cancer" by American Cancer Society

"Our Mom Has Cancer" by Alex, Emily, and Anna Rose Silver

Coping with Cancer at School

"Victoria's Smile" by Rita Geller

Coping with a Sibling's Cancer Diagnosis

"What About Me, When Brothers and Sisters Get Sick" by Allen Peterkin, MD

"Straight from the Siblings: Another Look at the Rainbow" by Gerald Jampolsky, MD and Gloria Murray

Coping with the Loss of a Loved One

"And They Still Bloom" by Amy Rovere

RPCI's Resource Center for Patients and Families has a lending library of books for your convenience. Stop in to find these titles and learn more about additional tools to help your child cope with cancer.