American Childhood Cancer Organization has several books in English and in Spanish written specifically for young people who have cancer. Online, several medical sites have kids sections with explanations of medical terms and conditions written for children. Other sites have fun things for cancer kids to do.
ACCO Cancer Kid Resources
The following books are available free of charge from American Childhood Cancer Organization. See the ACCO books page for details on how to obtain a copy.
- Paul and the Dragon (25 mintue video to help young children understand cancer)
- The Amazing Hannah and La Fantastica Hannah (for preschoolers, ages 1-5)
- Chemo, Craziness & Comfort (for young children, ages 6-12)
Links to Web Sites for Cancer Kids
Kids Cancer Network
A cancer survivor developed a "Fun Letter", an eight page activities letter for children with cancer, including games to play, pictures to color and ideas to share. There are six issues that come out a year. Parts of a sample issue can be downloaded from this site.
Chemo to the Rescue: A Children's Book on Leukemia
An online book for young children with leukemia. A mother and child wrote the book together during the long hours at the hospital. It helps explain the disease and also lends encouragement to others going through the same thing.
Just For Kids Page on The Midwest Children’s Brain Tumor Center
Two kids, Christopher and Jessica, talk about things that go on during treatment. There are pages on explaining symptoms, visiting the doctor, radiographic tests and treatments.
American Brain Tumor Kids Page
There are three sections: learning, sharing, and activities. The learning page has a series of questions and answers for kids. The sharing page has kids stories and tips for coping. The activity page has crossword puzzles, word searches, and world scrambles that are related to brain tumors. One can also download a pdf document of Alex’s Journey, about a boy who is diagnosed with a brain tumor. The entire video can be obtained free of charge through ABTA.
Blood Count Information for Kids with Cancer
University of Iowa site that uses cartoon type characters to explain blood counts to kids.
Bandaids and Blackboard
A great site for kids, teens and parents of kids with medical challenges.
Ped-Onc Resource Center Links
Free Videos for Cancer Kids
ACCO's YouTube Channel curates helpful childhood cancer videos in one convenient place. Our goal is to limit the amount of searching that families need to do for relevant content. The video below is an example of one the kid-centered childhood cancer videos we have found.