Books for Oncology - Preschool / Elementary Age

American Childhood Cancer Organization

Chemo, Craziness and Comfort, My Book about Childhood Cancer Practical advice for children diagnosed with cancer between ages 6-12. Warm and funny illustrations and easy to read text that helps the child make sense of cancer and its treatment. Cozy Cares Journal A fun keepsake for children to document their treatment journey. It is also a treasure for family and friends to experience the cancer journey through the words of a child. Can order a PortA-Cat to go along with this journal. La Fantistica Hannah: Miren todo lo que puedo hacer! For Spanish-speaking children diagnosed between 1-5 years old. Through real life photos, children identify with Hannah’s hospital stay, special friends, tests, treatment, and germ care. Life Me Up A coloring book of inspirational pictures for 3-10 year olds with cancer. Marvelous Marleigh Through real life photos, preschool children are able to identify with Marleigh’s treatments and hospital stays. Medical Play Kit One of the strongest types of fear is that of the unknown— by giving children the opportunity to better understand and mentally prepare for upcoming tests or treatments, the Medical Play Kit helps to familiarize children with procedures to ease their anxiety and fear.

Chemo To The Rescue: A Children’s Book About Leukemi

Created by a 5 year old and her family to help her come to terms with her illness and accept the treatments.

I am Leah Strong

Book by Devon and Leah Still about a child battling cancer.


Jacob Has Cancer His Friends Want to Help

Little Tree: A Story for Children With Serious Medical Problems

This children’s book is a story of hope and inspiration for children with serious illness or injury. 

It’s Okay to be Different

Targeted to young children learning to read, this book will inspire kids to celebrate their individuality through acceptance of others and self-confidence. This book is in a child-friendly format that features Todd Parr's trademark—bold, bright colors and silly scenes.

Mookey the Monkey Gets Over Being Teased

This book helps children who are being teased by offering helpful ideas for dealing with teasing, and to help them realize their own strengths.

My Doctor and Me ABC

Alphabetic journey of the sights and sounds of the doctor’s office. Prepares a child for doctor visit. By Dr. Stephanie Cox

Notes Left Behind

Compiled by the founders of the Cure Starts, the book is a compilation of notes their daughter left for them for after she died. She hid the notes in various places around the house for them to find. Also contains some of her diary entries.

Taking Cancer To School

Book that describes and simplifies some childhood conditions. Attempts to help children empathize with cancer and the circumstances for the family. Includes a quiz and tips for teachers for additional facts and ideas. By Cynthia Henry

The Famous Hat

Written by Kate Gaynor but we added the YouTube link as well. Book is designed to help children with cancer prepare for treatment, namely, chemotherapy and a hospital stay.

Why Charlie Brown, Why

A story about what happens when a friend is very ill. By Charles Schulz

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