It’s never easy to talk with young kids about tough subjects, like illness and death. Sometimes a children’s book can open the door to conversations that need to happen. Books can also help teach new and scary vocabulary words in a gentle way. Last, a book can bring some comfort by helping a child feel less alone. It may help to learn that other kids have a Mom or Dad who is also fighting cancer or another disease.
The American Cancer Society has suggestions for books to help children deal with cancer . The list includes an activity book, books about hair loss, specific titles for Moms and Dads with cancer, and a few available in Spanish and English.
The Children’s Cancer Research Fund also has a list of books for helping kids deal with cancer. With just a few titles, their book suggestions include stories about children with cancer full of hope.
My advice is to read book descriptions closely before buying or checking out. Several seem to have the Mom as the cancer patient. For children whose Dad or grandparents have been diagnosed, I think that might be confusing and scary. I hope you never need to use these resources, but if you do, these links may provide some help.