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Suggested Readings


Kids Can Cope - For Parents

Non-fiction (title and author)

  • How To Help Children Through a Parent's Serious Illness
    McCue, Kathleen
  • In Sickness and In Health: How to Cope When Your Loved One Is Ill
    Earl A. Grollman
  • When A Parent Has Cancer: A Guide to Caring for Your Children
    Wendy Schlessel Harpham, MD
  • When Someone Has A Very Serious Illness: Children Can Learn to Cope With Loss and Change (workbook)
    Marge Heegaard
  • Helping Children Cope with the Loss of a Loved One: A Guide for Grown-ups
  • Loss: How Children and Teenagers Can Cope With Death and Other Kinds of Loss
    Patricia Papenbrock and Robert Voss

Fiction (title, author, storyline)

  • Our Family Has Cancer Too
    Clifford, Christine

Tim and his younger brother Brooks describe their experiences in a humorous way as their mom goes through breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.

  • Sammy's Mommy Has Cancer
    Kohlenberg, Sherry

A warm and helpful book with activity suggestions for kids ages 3-8.

  • Mothers Can't Get Sick
    Wickstrom, Sylvie

Helps kids understand the family tension that develops when a parent is seriously ill. (ages 3-9)

  • My Mommy Has Cancer
    Parkinson, Carolyn Stearns

A simple story that provides basic cancer education for children ages 4-7.

  • Coping When a Parent Has Cancer
    Strauss, Linda Leopold

A book for teenagers that addresses their unique emotional and practical concerns.

  • Upside-Down Cake

A 9 year-old boy experiences grief, anger and finally acceptance as he copes with his father's terminal cancer and death.

  • You Hold Me and I'll Hold You

Attending a memorial service for her great-aunt is hard, but a young girl and her father make things better by holding on to each other.

  • Sophie

The circle of life and death is celebrated in Sophie's story about her grandfather.

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5555 W. Thunderbird Road
Glendale, AZ 85306
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