Children's books that may be helpful:
- Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Judith Viorst, 1972, Aladdin Paperbacks, New York. Non-hospital related, but helps children deal with their feelings.
- Curious George Goes to the Hospital, Margret & H.A. Rey, 1966, Houghton-Mifflin, Boston. George swallows a puzzle piece and goes to the hospital for surgery.
- Going to the Dentist, Fred Rogers, 1989, Family Communications, Pittsburgh. General introduction to a child's first dentist visit.
- Going to the Doctor, Fred Rogers, 1986, Family Communications, Pittsburgh. General introduction to a doctor's visit.
- Going to the Hospital, Fred Rogers, 1988, Family Communications, Pittsburgh. General description of what happens during a stay in the hospital.
- The Kissing Hand, Audrey Penn, 1993, Child & Family Press, Washington, DC. For helping children cope with separation.
- Little Bill: A Trip to the Hospital, Kim Watson, 2001, Simon Spotlight/Nick Jr., New York. Story of Little Bill's trip to the hospital after falling and breaking his arm.
Children's videos that may be helpful:
- Sesame Street Visits the Hospital, 1990, Children's Television Workshop. For young children experiencing, recently experienced or anticipating a hospital stay.
- Curious George Goes to the Hospital, 1991, Sterling Entertainment Group, Fort Mill, SC. George swallows a puzzle piece and goes to the hospital for surgery.
Books for parents that may be helpful:
- Going to the Doctor, Dentist or the Hospital: A Helpful Guide for Parents to Use With Their Children. Free download at www.starlight-newyork.org/ and click on "Parents Reference Guide".
- Helping Children Cope with Loss and Separation, Claudia Jewett, 1982, Harvard Common Press, Harvard.
- How to Help Children Through a Parent's Serious Illness, Kathleen McCue, 1994, St. Martins' Griffin, New York.
- Kids Worry Too, Child Life Department, The Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE. Addresses sibling responses to hospitalization and includes interventions to facilitate positive coping.
Contact a Child Life Specialist at 410-328-7440 for other childrens' or parents' books that may be helpful.