Cancer can be difficult to explain or talk about to a child. Sharing stories about other children who’s living with cancer or other children who’s friend or family member has cancer can help support the child.

I know someone with cancer
by Sue Barraclough

This book helps demystifies cancer and also helps children who are living with or know someone living with cancer feel as though they aren’t alone.
Age 5+

My cancer days
by Courtney Filigenzi

Helping children with cancer cope with their illness, this illustrated book approaches their emotions from diagnosis through treatment in a way that they can easily understand and can help describe what they are feeling.
Age 5+

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What you need to know about cancer
Chris Forest

Cancer can be a scary word. But the more you know about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of cancer, the better equipped you are to understand this disease. Clear, concise information breaks down the disease, the experience of having it, or relating to someone who has cancer.
Age 7+

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Two weeks with the Queen
by Morris Gleitzman

Colin’s brother has cancer and the doctors in Australia don’t seem able to cure him. Sent to London to stay with his Aunty, Colin reckons it’s up to him to find the best doctor in the world. How better to find one than by asking the Queen to help?
Age 9+

The best medicine
by Christine Hamill

Philip is 12 years old and life is pretty good. He gets on with his mum and gets by pretty well at school – in spite of girl problems, teacher problems, bully problems and – er – poetry problems. Philip’s happy-go-lucky life is disrupted when his mother gets breast cancer. Bad enough that your mother is seriously ill – but could she not have developed a less embarrassing kind of cancer – toe cancer, maybe, or ear cancer? Philip’s attempt to cope with his situation are both hilarious and touching.
Age 10+

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Mikki has cancer
by Eileen Wheeler

When a child is diagnosed with cancer,siblings often struggle to cope with the impact on their lives.This book was written to help children express and share their feelings.
Age 5+

I’m a superhero
by Daxton Wilde (and his mom)

This work, written by four year old Daxton Wilde before his death from cancer, reaches beyond borders and cultures, helping children and their families to be brave, helping parents explain cancer to their young children and helping people cope with one of life’s most difficult situations with love and humour.
Age 5+

Useful Organisations

Cancer Research:
Information, support and links to specific cancer charities.

Children with Cancer UK:
Information and support for families.

McMillan Cancer Support
Helping everyone with cancer live life as fully as they can. Find support and advice and meet people who understand.

Information about cancer, with links to more in depth information about different types of cancer.

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