Books that Inspire Bravery
It's International Children's Book Day, and there are so many great children's books out there that aim to help kids cope with childhood cancer. Many are aimed at the newly-diagnosed child, but some are written for siblings or classmates of kids with cancer, to help them deal with their own powerful emotions during a frightening time. Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation offers a terrific resource list (PDF) of books for elementary students, but here are just a few of our favorites:
H is for Hair Fairy: An Alphabet of Encouragement and Insight for Kids with Cancer -- An alphabet book with a mission, this 32-page picture book will inspire, comfort, educate and encourage children being treated for cancer. Many pages include practical information about where to find help or relief for children at this challenging time in their lives.
The Girl with the Pink Bandana -- A child friendly rhyming story about a brave little girl battling a childhood cancer, and her wish to be like a princess.
Henry and the White Wolf -- It's not easy being a hero. 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 about the journey back to health, a hedgehog named Henry clings to his good-luck stone, and, using all of his inner strength finds his way out of illness.
For the teen set, The Fault in Our Stars is a best-selling novel that is being adapted to the big screen, with a theatrical release set for June 6. Rated TIME Magazine's #1 Fiction Book of 2012, this story follows Hazel, a 16-year-old with terminal cancer who falls in love with a fellow survivor at a support group.
What's your favorite kids' book that addresses childhood cancer? Let us know in the comments!