A kid’s guide to cancer
An excellent free app that covers many aspects about cancer in an age appropriate way.
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 Black Dot Returns
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.
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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.
by Gillian Forrest & Sarah Garson for Breast Cancer Care
Widely used book. Simple story about a mum diagnosed with breast cancer.
A story about the new cook at school who has cancer. Lots of discussion points and helpful resources in starting those discussions.
for Anthony Nolan charity
A lovely illustrated story about a Dad with leukaemia waiting for stem cell transplant.
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.
This company sells fluffy soft body cells, cancer cells, and organs that can help children understand the science behind cancer.
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.