Young Children


A kid’s guide to cancer

An excellent free app that covers many aspects about cancer in an age appropriate way.
Download here 


A Boy named Finn



Someone in my family has cancer: A video for kids and parents


Talking to kids about cancer series:

This series aims to help talking to children about cancer and help them cope. Rethink breast cancer:

The Discovery


Operation Rescue


The Black Dot Returns


H.E.L.P. Squad


Transmission Feelings


Mom has cancer

A story written by Jennifer Moore-Mallions, read aloud by Gma Lolly.

Cancer explained – Charlie Brown

A shortened clip of Charlie Brown cartoon. They visit the hospital to see their friend Janice who has cancer. Janice explains what cancer is.


Peppa Pig: Hospital episode

This episode does not talk about cancer but it does introduce going to the hospital to visit someone. It might be helpful for very little kids.

Meet Jake, Charlie and Lily

A series of animations created by Brain Tumour Charity to help children understand a brain tumour diagnosis. There is one specifically for when mum has a tumour. The animations cover scans, surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy that can be useful and relevant for any cancer type.
Click to watch

Paul and The Dragon

This 25 minute story was created to help children understand the world of childhood cancer but in it there are some themes that might help children affected by cancer in the family. Created by Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.


The huge Bag of Worries

by Virginia Ironside
Not specific to cancer but shows how it is good to share worries.

Sammy’s Mommy has cancer

by Sherry Kohlenberg
A sensitive, straightforward, book about Sammy’s mum receiving treatment for cancer, and recovering at home.


Activity booklets helping children understand cancer

These four booklets written by Bupa Healthcare are great educating children about cancer and getting them to understand the changes that might occur in their home life.

1. What does it all mean?
2. Visiting hospital
3. Life at home
4. Activity Book

Mummy’s Lump

by Gillian Forrest & Sarah Garson for Breast Cancer Care
Widely used book. Simple story about a mum diagnosed with breast cancer.

Arthur: When someone you know has cancer: Activity book for Livestrong Charity.

A story about the new cook at school who has cancer. Lots of discussion points and helpful resources in starting those discussions.

Lucy and the Good Soldiers

for Anthony Nolan charity
A lovely illustrated story about a Dad with leukaemia waiting for stem cell transplant.

Kelsey and the Yellow Kite for Myeloma UK charity

A beautiful story about a Dad being treated for myeloma, having a bone marrow transplant and feeling afraid.

Stories written for Clic Sargent

These are written for children about children with cancer but the language and topics might be useful.



Great website if you are looking to buy children toys showing all kinds of disabilities.

Giant Microbes

This company sells fluffy soft body cells, cancer cells, and organs that can help children understand the science behind cancer.

Scamp & Dude

A company set up by a woman who needed to spend time in hospital away from her children. She created sleep buddies which are toys that help children feel more secure when apart from their loved ones.