Books About Medical Conditions & Treatment for Children & Families

Books can be a great way to introduce your child to the concept of medical treatment. They can also be a starting point for conversations about any concerns or questions your child may have. Here are some suggested titles from the child life team at Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone.

Books About Going to the Hospital

  • A Visit to the Sesame Street Hospital by Deborah Hautzig (for ages 2 to 8)
  • Clifford Visits the Hospital by Norman Bridwell (for ages 2 to 8)
  • Curious George Goes to the Hospital by H.A. Rey and Margaret Rey (for ages 2 to 8)
  • Do I Have to Go to the Hospital? by Pat Thomas (for ages 2 to 8)
  • Franklin Goes to the Hospital by Paulette Bourgeois (for ages 2 to 8)
  • Going to the Hospital by Fred Rogers (for ages 2 to 8)
  • Going to the Hospital by Michelle Bates (for age 3 and older)
  • Henry Goes for Surgery by Renita de Chellis (for ages 9 to 12)
  • It’s Time for Your Checkup: What to Expect When Going to a Doctor Visit by Shani Thornton (for ages 2 to 8)
  • Let’s Talk about Going to the Hospital by Marianne Johnson (for ages 9 to 12)
  • Why Am I Going to the Hospital? by Claire Ciliotta and Carole Livingston (for ages 2 to 8)

Books About Ear Tubes

  • Chris Gets Ear Tubes by Betty Pace (for ages 3 to 6)
  • Tubes in My Ears: My Trip to the Hospital by Virginia Dooley (for ages 4 to 8)

Books About Eye Surgery

  • Blueberry Eyes by Monica Driscoll Beatty (for ages 4 to 8)

Books About Tonsil Surgery

  • Goodbye Tonsils! by Craig Hatkoff (for ages 4 to 9)

Books About Asthma

  • The ABC’s of Asthma by Kim Gosselin (for age 4 and older)

Books About Epilepsy

  • Is Epilepsy Contagious? by Julie Devinsky (for age 9 and older)
  • Lee: The Rabbit with Epilepsy by Deborah Moss (for ages 3 to 6)
  • Mommy, I Feel Funny! A Child's Experience with Epilepsy by Danielle M. Rocheford (for ages 8 to 12)
  • The Great Katie Kate Explains Epilepsy by M. Maitland DeLand (for age 4 and older)

Books About Gluten-Free Diet

  • Gilda the Gluten Free Mouse by Patricia Teague (for ages 2 to 8)
  • No Wheat for Me, I'm Gluten-Free! by Crystal Swain-Bates (for age 3 and older)

Books About Type 1 Diabetes

  • Rufus Comes Home: Rufus, the Bear with Diabetes by Kim Gosselin (for ages 3 and older)
  • Taking Diabetes to School by Kim Gosselin (for ages 5 to 12)

Books About Cystic Fibrosis

  • Cadberry's Letters by Jennifer Racek (for ages 3 to 5)
  • Mallory's 65 Roses by Diane Shader Smith (for ages 5 to 11)
  • Taking Cystic Fibrosis to School by Cynthia S. Henry (for ages 5 to 12)

Books About Cardiac Issues

  • It's My Heart by the Children’s Heart Foundation (for age 3 and older)
  • Riley’s Heart Machine by Lori M. Jones (for ages 3 to 8)

Books About Cancer

  • Is Cancer Contagious? by Vern Kousky (for ages 5 to 10)
  • Oncology, Stupology by Marilyn. K. Hershey (for age 3 and older)

Books About Stomach Issues

  • Everyone Poops! by Taro Gomi (for ages 2 to 8)
  • The Gas We Pass: The Story of Farts by Shinta Cho (for ages 2 to 8)

Books About Autism

  • Growing Up on the Spectrum: A Guide to Life, Love, and Learning for Teens and Young Adults with Autism and Asperger’s by Lynn Kern Koegel, and Claire LaZebnik (for adolescents and teens)
  • Taking Autism to School by Andreanna Edwards (for age 5 and older)

Books for Siblings 

  • Oh Brother! Growing Up with a Special Needs Sibling by Natalie Hale (for age 9 and older)
  • Waiting for Baby: A Sibling Visits the NICU by Jennifer Bracci (for age 5 and older)
  • What About Me? When Brothers and Sisters Get Sick by Allan Peterkin (for ages 4 to 8)
  • When Molly Was in the Hospital: A Book for Brothers and Sisters of Hospitalized Children by Debbie Duncan (for ages 4 to 8)

Books for Parents

  • How to Help Children through a Parent’s Serious Illness by Kathleen McCue
  • Overcoming Autism: Find the Answers, Strategies and Hope that Can Transform a Child’s Life by Lynn Kern Koegel and Claire LaZebnik