Recommended Books

This is a list of suggested books that parents can use to educate and prepare their children for hospitalization.

Doctor Visits

  • Big Bird Goes to The Doctor (ages 4-8)
    By: Tish Sommers, Illustrated By: Tom Cooke, 1986, Western Publishing
  • Pooh Plays Doctor (pre-school)
    By: Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld, 1997, Disney Enterprises
  • Doctor for A Day (pre-school)
    By: DK Publishing , 2004, DK Children
  • The Wee Bear Who Didn’t Want to go to the Doctor (ages 4-8)
    By: Laura Rice Bergen, 1995, New York Grosset and Dunlap
  • Doctor Maisy (pre-school)
    By: Lucy Cousins
  • Going to The Doctor (ages 4-8)
    By: T. Berry Brazelton, 2001, Candlewick
  • Lions Aren’t Scared of Shots: A Story for Children About Visiting the Doctor (ages 4-8)
    By: Howard J. Bennett, Illustrated By: M.S. Weber, 2006, Magination Press

Hospital Visits

  • Clifford Visits the Hospital (ages 4-8)
    By: Norman Bridwell, 2000, Scholastic Inc.
  • Curious George Goes to The Hospital (ages 4-8)
    By: H. Rey and M. Rey, 1966, Houghton-Mifflin
  • Franklin Goes to the Hospital (ages 4-8)
    By: Paulette Bourgeois, Illustrated By: Brenda Clark, 2000, Scholastic Paperbacks
  • A Visit to The Sesame Street Hospital (ages 4-8)
    By: Sesame Street, 1985, Random House Books for Young Readers

General Health

  • Germs Make Me Sick (ages 6-10)
    By: Melvin Berger Illustrated By: Marilyn Hafner, 1995, Harper Trophy
  • Who’s Sick Today (ages 4-8)
    By: Lynne Cherry, 1998, Voyager Books
  • Arthur’s Chicken Pox: An Arthur Adventure
    By: Marc Brown, 1996, Little, Brown Young Readers
  • Do I have to Go to The Hospital?  A First Look at Going to The Hospital
    By: Pat Thomas, Illustrated By: Leslie Harker, 2006, Barron’s Educational Series

Emergency Room

  • Hospital Workers in The Emergency Room
    By: Bobbie Kalman, 2004, Crabtree Publishing Company
  • Maggie and the Emergency Room (ages 4-8)
    By: Martine Davidson, 1992, Random House Children’s Books

Tonsillectomy

  • Going to the Hospital (ages 3-5)
    By: Anne Civardi, 2005, Usborne Books
  • Good Bye Tonsils (ages 4-8)
    By: Craig Hatkoff and Juliana Hatkoff, 2004, Puffin
  • A Big Operation: The Busy World of Richard Scarry (ages 4-8)
    By: Richard Scarry, 1995, Simon Spotlight

Ear Tubes

  • Koko Bears Big Earache (ages 4-8)
    By: Vivki Lansky, 2004, The Book Peddlers
  • Chris Gets Ear Tubes (ages 4-8)
    By: Betty Pace, 1987, Gallaudet University Press
  • Tubes In My Ears: My Trip To The Hospital (ages 4-8)
    By: Viginia Dooley, 1996, Mondo Publishing

Eye Surgery

  • Blueberry Eyes (ages 4-8) (subject – wearing glasses, eye patches and eye muscle surgery)
    By: Monica Driscoll Beatty, 1996, Health Press

X-Ray

  • Jessica’s X-Ray (ages 4-8)
    By: Pat Zonta, Illustrated By: Clive Dobson, 2006, Firefly Books

Feelings

  • Today I Feel Silly and Other Moods That Make My Day (ages 4-8)
    By: Jaime Lee Curtis, Illustrated By: Laura Cornell, 1998, Joanna Cotler
  • The Way I Feel (ages 4- 8)
    By: Janan Cain, 2000, Parenting Press
  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Bad Day (ages 4-8)
    By: Judith Viorst, Illustrated By: Ray Cruz, 1987, Aladdin
  • I Was So Mad (ages 4-8)
    By: Mercer Mayer, 2000, Random House Books for Young Readers
  • Muppets Kids in I Am Mad at You (ages 4-8)
    By: Louise Gikow, Illustrated By: Manhar Chuahan, 1992, Longmeadow Press
  • Don’t Be Shy (Sesame Street) (ages 4-8)
    By: Anna H. Cooke and Tom Dickson, 1987, Golden Press
  • The Feelings Book (ages 4-8)
    By: Todd Parr, 2005, L,B Kids
  • Lots of Feelings (ages 4-8)
    By: Shelley Rotner, 2003, Millbrook Press
  • What to Do When You’re Scared and Worried: A Guide For Kids (ages 9-12)
    By: James J. Crist, 2004, Free Spirit Publishing
  • The Feelings Book: The Care and Keeping of Your Emotions (American Girl) (ages 9-12)
    By: Dr. Lynda Madison, Illustrated By: Norm Bendell, 2002, American Girl Publishing

Self – Esteem

  • I Like Me (ages 4-8)
    By: Nanacy Carlson, 1990, Puffin
  • I’m Gonna Like Me: Letting Off A Little Self-Esteem (ages 4-8)
    By: Jaime Lee Curtis, Illustrated By: Laura Cornell, 2002, Joanna Cotler
  • What I Like About Me (ages 4-8)
    By: Allia Zobel Nolan and Miki Sakamoto, 2005, Readers Digest

Human Body

  • Look Inside Your Body (ages 4-8)
    By: Gina Ingoglia, 1998, Grosset and Dunlap
  • What’s Inside My Body (ages 4-8)
    By: DK Publishing, 1999, DK Children
  • Looking Into My Body (ages 4-8)
    By: Nigel Nelson, Illustrated By: Simon Able, 1996, Readers Digest
  • Big Book of the Human Body (ages 4-8)
    By: DK Publishing, 2006, DK Children
  • The Magic School Bus Inside The Human Body (ages 6-10)
    By: Joanna Cole, Illustrated By: Bruce Degen, 1990, Scholastic Press
  • Uncover the Human Body (ages 9-12) (available in Spanish)
    By: Luann Colombo and Jennifer Fairman, 2003, Silver Dolphin Press

For Siblings

  • When Molly was in the Hospital: A Book for Brothers and Sisters of Hospitalized Children (ages 4-8)
    By: Debbie Duncan, Illustrated By: Nina Ollikainen, 1994, Rayve Productions Inc.

Pre School

Doctor Maisy (pre-school)
By: Lucy Cousins

Pooh Plays Doctor (pre-school)
By: Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld, 1997, Disney Enterprises

Doctor for A Day (pre-school)
By: DK Publishing , 2004, DK Children

3 to 5

Going to the Hospital (ages 3-5)
By: Anne Civardi, 2005, Usborne Books

4 to 8

Big Bird Goes to The Doctor (ages 4-8)
By: Tish Sommers, Illustrated By: Tom Cooke, 1986, Western Publishing

The Wee Bear Who Didn’t Want to go to the Doctor (ages 4-8)
By: Laura Rice Bergen, 1995, New York Grosset and Dunlap

Going to The Doctor (ages 4-8)
By: T. Berry Brazelton, 2001, Candlewick

Lions Aren’t Scared of Shots: A Story for Children About Visiting the Doctor (ages 4-8)
By: Howard J. Bennett, Illustrated By: M.S. Weber, 2006, Magination Press

Clifford Visits the Hospital (ages 4-8)
By: Norman Bridwell, 2000, Scholastic Inc.

Curious George Goes to The Hospital (ages 4-8)
By: H. Rey and M. Rey, 1966, Houghton-Mifflin

Franklin Goes to the Hospital (ages 4-8)
By: Paulette Bourgeois, Illustrated By: Brenda Clark, 2000, Scholastic Paperbacks

A Visit to The Sesame Street Hospital (ages 4-8)
By: Sesame Street, 1985, Random House Books for Young Readers

Who’s Sick Today (ages 4-8)
By: Lynne Cherry, 1998, Voyager Books

Maggie and the Emergency Room (ages 4-8)
By: Martine Davidson, 1992, Random House Children’s Books

Good Bye Tonsils (ages 4-8)
By: Craig Hatkoff and Juliana Hatkoff, 2004, Puffin

A Big Operation: The Busy World of Richard Scarry (ages 4-8)
By: Richard Scarry, 1995, Simon Spotlight

Koko Bears Big Earache (ages 4-8)
By: Vivki Lansky, 2004, The Book Peddlers

Chris Gets Ear Tubes (ages 4-8)
By: Betty Pace, 1987, Gallaudet University Press

Tubes In My Ears: My Trip To The Hospital (ages 4-8)
By: Viginia Dooley, 1996, Mondo Publishing

Blueberry Eyes (ages 4-8) (subject – wearing glasses, eye patches and eye muscle surgery)
By: Monica Driscoll Beatty, 1996, Health Press

Jessica’s X-Ray (ages 4-8)
By: Pat Zonta, Illustrated By: Clive Dobson, 2006, Firefly Books

Today I Feel Silly and Other Moods That Make My Day (ages 4-8)
By: Jaime Lee Curtis, Illustrated By: Laura Cornell, 1998, Joanna Cotler

The Way I Feel (ages 4- 8)
By: Janan Cain, 2000, Parenting Press

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Bad Day (ages 4-8)
By: Judith Viorst, Illustrated By: Ray Cruz, 1987, Aladdin

I Was So Mad (ages 4-8)
By: Mercer Mayer, 2000, Random House Books for Young Readers

Muppets Kids in I Am Mad at You (ages 4-8)
By: Louise Gikow, Illustrated By: Manhar Chuahan, 1992, Longmeadow Press

Don’t Be Shy (Sesame Street) (ages 4-8)
By: Anna H. Cooke and Tom Dickson, 1987, Golden Press

The Feelings Book (ages 4-8)
By: Todd Parr, 2005, L,B Kids

Lots of Feelings (ages 4-8)
By: Shelley Rotner, 2003, Millbrook Press

I Like Me (ages 4-8)
By: Nanacy Carlson, 1990, Puffin

I’m Gonna Like Me: Letting Off A Little Self-Esteem (ages 4-8)
By: Jaime Lee Curtis, Illustrated By: Laura Cornell, 2002, Joanna Cotler

What I Like About Me (ages 4-8)
By: Allia Zobel Nolan and Miki Sakamoto, 2005, Readers Digest

Look Inside Your Body (ages 4-8)
By: Gina Ingoglia, 1998, Grosset and Dunlap

What’s Inside My Body (ages 4-8)
By: DK Publishing, 1999, DK Children

Looking Into My Body (ages 4-8)
By: Nigel Nelson, Illustrated By: Simon Able, 1996, Readers Digest

Big Book of the Human Body (ages 4-8)
By: DK Publishing, 2006, DK Children

When Molly was in the Hospital: A Book for Brothers and Sisters of Hospitalized Children (ages 4-8)
By: Debbie Duncan, Illustrated By: Nina Ollikainen, 1994, Rayve Productions Inc.

6 to 10

Germs Make Me Sick (ages 6-10)
By: Melvin Berger Illustrated By: Marilyn Hafner, 1995, Harper Trophy

The Magic School Bus Inside The Human Body (ages 6-10)
By: Joanna Cole, Illustrated By: Bruce Degen, 1990, Scholastic Press

9 to 12

What to Do When You’re Scared and Worried: A Guide For Kids (ages 9-12)
By: James J. Crist, 2004, Free Spirit Publishing

The Feelings Book: The Care and Keeping of Your Emotions (American Girl) (ages 9-12)
By: Dr. Lynda Madison, Illustrated By: Norm Bendell, 2002, American Girl Publishing

Uncover the Human Body (ages 9-12) (available in Spanish)
By: Luann Colombo and Jennifer Fairman, 2003, Silver Dolphin Press

Any Age Group

Arthur’s Chicken Pox: An Arthur Adventure
By: Marc Brown, 1996, Little, Brown Young Readers

Do I have to Go to The Hospital?  A First Look at Going to The Hospital
By: Pat Thomas, Illustrated By: Leslie Harker, 2006, Barron’s Educational Series

Hospital Workers in The Emergency Room
By: Bobbie Kalman, 2004, Crabtree Publishing Company