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READING LIST FOR CHILDREN

ABUSE

A Family That Fights - Sharon Chesler Bernstein. 
Henry's parents fight often and his father sometimes hits his mother, causing Henry to feel frightened and ashamed. Includes a list of things children can do in situations of family violence.

No More Secrets for Me - Oralee Wachter In four separate stories on the theme of sexual abuse of children, young victims are able to articulate their feelings and defend themselves, often with the help of another person whom they trust. Ages 2 - 14

Something Happened and I’m Scared to Tell - Patricia Kehoe 
The story focuses on rebuilding the very fragile self-image of the young child who has suffered abuse.

Your Body Belongs To You - Cornelia Spelman. 
Explains what to say and do if someone touches your body when you do not want to be touched, especially when the action involves the touching of private parts. Ages 3 – 6

BRAIN DAMAGE and INJURY


Broken Arrow Boy - Adam Moore Adam Moore describes how he suffered a serious brain injury and recovered with medical help and family support. Ages: 8 – 10

Bringing Nettie Back - Nancy Wilson Hope 
Eleven-year-old Clara’s life is enriched by her friendship with the vibrant Nettie, whose family is so different from her own, but then a serious brain condition threatens to change Nettie forever.

Why Did it Happen on a School Day? My Family’s Experience with Brain Injury - Fictional story about a child’s experiences after his father is injured. Helps children gain an understanding of brain injury and its consequences.

BULLYING

My Secret Bully - Trudy Ludwig A girl confides to her mother that her best friend is treating her badly, and together they figure out what to do about it.

CANCER

Alex and the Amazing Lemonade Stand - Liz and Jay Scott
A little girl who has cancer sets up a lemonade stand in order to earn money for cancer research.

Henry and the White Wolf
- Tyler and Tim Karu 
For one courageous little hedgehog it means facing his darkest fears, such as the White Wolf. Or the uncertainty of change, like when all his quills fall out. In this inspiring tale, a hedgehog named Henry clings to his good-luck stone, and using all of his inner strength finds his way out of illness.

Kathy’s Hats: a story of Hope - Trudy Krisher 
Kathy’s love of hats comes in handy when chemotherapy treatments make her hair fall out. PS-Grade 3

CEREBRAL PALSY

Barry’s Sister - Lois Metzger 
Twelve-year-old Ellen’s loathing for her new baby brother, Barry, who has cerebral palsy, gradually changes to a fierce, obsessive love, and she must find a proper balance for her love. Ages 10-12

Howie Helps Himself - Joan Fassler 
Though he enjoys life with his family and attends school, Howie, a child with cerebral palsy, wants more than anything else to be able to move his wheelchair by himself. Grades 1-3

I’m Joshua and “Yes I Can”
- Whinston, Joan Lenett An honest look at a very special day in the life of a handicapped child. Grades 3 - 6

I’m the Big Sister Now - Michelle Emmert. 
Nine- year-old Michelle describes the joys, loving times, difficulties, and other situations involved in living with her older sister Amy Emmert, who was born severely disabled with cerebral palsy. Ages: 9 - 12

COPING WITH DEATH AND DYING

After the Funeral - Jane Loretta Winsch 
Discusses the feelings after the death of a loved one, including sadness, grief, and the fear of death itself.

Am I Still a Sister? - Alicia M. Sims 
Letters and words from Alicia, the 4-year old sister who loses her younger brother to brain cancer.

Badger’s Parting Gifts - Susan Varley 
Badger’s friends are sad when he dies, but they treasure the legacies he left them.

Balloons for Trevor - Anne Good Cave 
The little boy’s best friend, Trevor dies. His parents tell him that his body just quit. He has a great deal of very mixed emotions, as he tries to come to terms with the death.


Beat The Turtle Drum - Constance C. Greene FRC 1 
The 2 sisters Joss and Kate both enjoy riding horses. All is fine, until an unforeseen accident occurs which changes their lives forever.

Dusty Was My Friend - Andrea Fleck Clardy Eight-year-old Benjamin remembers his friend Dusty, who was killed in a car accident, and tries to understand his own feelings about losing a friend in this way.

The Empty Place - Roberta Temes 
A third grader must cope with the death of his older sister. Feeling responsible for her death, the boy is finally able to open his heart to Betsy, hi s babysitter, who has lost a brother in a car accident.

The Fall of Freddie the Leaf - Lea Buscaglia 
How Freddie and his companion leaves change with the passing seasons, finally falling to the ground with the winter’s snow, is an inspiring allegory, illustrating the delicate balance between life and death.

Gentle Willow: a story for children about dying - Joyce C. Mills 
Amanda is upset that she is going to lose her friend Gentle Willow, but the Tree Wizards help her inderstand that her memories are gifts from her friend and that there are special ways of saying goodbye.

I Miss You: a first look at death - Pat Thomas, 2001
An exploration of the concept...all things die, all things are born, but life goes on.

“I Wish I Could Hold Your Hand...” - Pat Palmer 
Helps children identify feelings- from denial and anger to guilt and sadness- and to learn to accept and deal with them. Ages 9-12

If Nathan Were Here - Mary Bahr 
A young boy grieves about the loss of his best friend and thinks about how things would be if he were still alive. Ages 4 -7

Lifetimes: the beautiful way to explain death to children
- B. Mellonie 
A moving book for children of all ages, even parents too. It lets us explain life and death in a sensitive, caring, beautiful way.

Lost and Found: remembering a sister - Ellen Yeomans 
A preschool girl recounts her confusing thoughts and feelings after the death of her sister and the number of ways she continues to feel her sister’s love. Ages 4-8

The Next Place - Warren Hanson 
Describes heaven as a very peaceful, beautiful and spiritual place.

Oscar and the Lady in Pink - Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt 
Oscar is ill and no one, especially not his parents, can tell him what he already knows: that he is dying. Described as sensitive, funny, heartbreaking and, ultimately, uplifting.

Phoenix Rising - Cynthia Grant 
Helen’s death at eighteen from cancer, shatters the lives of her parents and siblings, especially her younger sister, Jessie, who tries to cope with her feelings by reading pages from Helen’s diary.

COPING WITH ILLNESS

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Children with Special Needs: Stories of Love and Understanding for Those Who Care for Children with Disabilities. - Written by a variety of authors who provide insight, comfort, and connection with other who have walked this powerful and transformational journey.

Invincible Summer - Jean Ferris 
A novel for teenagers, where a boy and a girl meet up and with their relationship, help each other to cope with their illness. Young adults

Little Tree: a Story for Children With Serious Medical Problems - Joyce C. Mills

The Moose with Loose Poops - Charlotte Cowan 
A moose starts vomiting and having diarrhea. He is comforted and reassured through it all.

DWARFISM

Never Sell Yourself Short Stephanie Riggs 
Josh, a short-statured boy is a typical teenager who likes sports and spending time with his friends. He talks about the many challenges he faces living in a world scaled for people five and six feet tall.

EMOTIONS AND FEELINGS


When I Feel Scared - Cornelia Maude Spellman 
Explains that many things can be frightening and provides examples of different things one can do to feel less afraid. Includes information and extension activities for parents or teachers.

When I Feel Afraid - Cheri J. Meiners 
Explains that many things can be frightening and provides examples of different things one can do to feel less afraid. Includes information and extension activities for parents or teachers.

HOSPITALS

Becky’s Story: a book to shar
e - Donna Baznik 
Becky gives her account of what it feels like for her when her brother is in hospital after having suffered an accident. Preschool - Grade 3

Carolina’s Story: Sea Turtles Get Sick Too - Donna Rathmell 
The photo journal of "Carolina," a critically-ill loggerhead sea turtle, as she is cared for and nursed back to health at the Sea Turtle Hospital. Just like hospitalized children, Carolina goes through a variety of emotions and procedures during her care, recovery process, and her eventual release home - to the ocean.

Curious George Goes to the Hospital
- Margaret and H.A. Rey.
George, the monkey swallows a part of a jigsaw puzzle, gets a tummy ache, and has to visit the hospital. He gets a barium meal, is x-rayed and has to have an operation to get the piece out. Preschool to Grade 2

Fuzzy and Frankie - Susan Murray .The story is told by Fuzzy, a teddy bear who accompanies his young owner Frankie, to the hospital. Fuzzy describes the hospital and Frankie’s treatment. Offers suggestions about how children can cope with hospitalization. Preschool

When Molly was in the Hospital: a book for brothers and sisters of hospitalized children - Debbie Duncan Anna’s little sister Molly needs to go to the hospital for an operation. Anna describes the experience from her point of view in a sensitive way.

HUMOR AS AN AID TO RECOVERY

This is a Hospital Not A Zoo
- Roberta Karim.
Patient Filbert MacFee transforms himself into a series of animals to avoid some unpleasant medical procedures. This makes the nurses so frustrated that he is finally allowed to go home.

HYDROCEPHALUS

All About Me (and My Shunt) - Terri Rice Bellush.
Simple book with illustrations that explains the purpose of a shunt and what to watch for after you get it.

SPINA BIFIDA

Colt - Nancy Springer. A young boy with spina bifida learns, through a horseback riding program, to overcome his own anxieties and to help others in dealing with their own problems.