Books About Being Sick

Whether it's a cold or something a bit more serious - It's no fun being sick!  These books are good company, helping to keep children entertained, and informed, while they're recovering, or any time!


Compiled by:
Children's Services Staff

Younger Elementary

Be A Virus Warrior: A Kid's Guide to Keeping Safe

Eloise Macgregor
(Juvenile Nonfiction - J 579.2 Mac)

This book explores viruses from start to finish! What is a virus? -- How do you catch a virus? -- How does a virus make you feel? -- How do you keep yourself and other people safe from a virus? -- How do I wash my hands properly? -- Keeping away from others -- How can you germ-bust your home? -- Hugging? Kissing? Maybe not! -- Can doctors cure a virus? -- Are you a virus warrior? -- What do those words mean? Recommended for ages 6-9.


Bear Feels Sick

Karma Wilson
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Wil)

When Bear is too sick to play, his animal friends go to his cave to make him soup and tea and keep him company. Recommended for ages 3-6.


Bob, Not Bob!

Elizabeth Garton Scanlon
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Sca)

When a young boy gets a cold, he just wants his mommy. But his stuffy nose makes it difficult for him to call out to his mom--not 'Bob, ' who happens to be the family dog. Recommended for ages 3-6.


Cancer Hates Kisses

Jessica Reid Sliwerski
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Sli)

As Mom goes through treatment for cancer, her family supports her with what cancer hates most: love. Recommended for ages 6-9.


Do Not Lick This Book: It's Full of Germs

Idan Ben-Barak
(Juvenile Nonfiction - J J 579 Ben)

Min is a microbe. She is small. Very small. In fact, so small that you'd need to look through a microscope to see her. Or you can simply open this book and take Min on an adventure to amazing places she's never seen before -- like the icy glaciers of your tooth or the twisted, tangled jungle of your shirt. The perfect book for anyone who wants to take a closer look at the world. Recommended for ages 6-9.


Germs Make Me Sick!

Melvin Berger
(Juvenile Nonfiction - J 616.92 Ber)

Explains how bacteria and viruses affect the human body and how the body fights them. Recommended for ages 6-9.


How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon?

Jane Yolen
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Yo)

Describes what a young dinosaur should do in order to quickly get over being sick. Recommended for ages 3-6.


I Want to Be A Doctor

Laura Driscoll
(Juvenile Nonfiction - J 610.695 Dri)

Explains what a doctor is and what their responsibilities are, including helping people who are sick or hurt. Recommended for ages 3-6.


Katie Woo Has the Flu

Fran Manushkin
(Juvenile Early Readers - J-ER Man)

Sneezing, aching, fever, chills. Yikes! Katie Woo has the flu and must miss school while she is stuck in bed with boring soup and toast. Recommended for ages 6-9.


Llama Llama Home with Mama

Anna Dewdney
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Dew)

Llama Llama's mother takes good care of him when he has to stay home from school because he is sick, but when Mama Llama begins to feel sick, too, Llama Llama knows how to take care of her. Recommended for ages 3-6.


Mogie: The Heart of the House

Kathi Appelt
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej App)

A rambunctious puppy finds a home at the Ronald McDonald House, a place that houses sick children and their families while they undergo treatment. Recommended for ages 3-6.


My Mommy Medicine

Edwidge Danticat
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Dan)

When a child wakes up feeling sick, she is treated to a good dose of Mommy Medicine. Her remedy includes a yummy cup of hot chocolate; a cozy, bubble-filled bath time; and unlimited snuggles and cuddles. Mommy Medicine can heal all woes and make any day the BEST day! Recommended for ages 3-6.


A Sick Day for Amos McGee

Philip Stead
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ste)

Amos McGee, a friendly zookeeper, always made time to visit his good friends: the elephant, the tortoise, the penguin, the rhinoceros, and the owl. But one day--'Ah-choo!'--he woke with the sniffles and the sneezes. Though he didn't make it into the zoo that day, he did receive some unexpected guests. Recommended for ages 3-6.


The Sniffles for Bear

Bonny Becker
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Bec)

Certain that no one has even been as sick as he is, Bear resists Mouse's efforts to cheer him and cure his cold. Recommended for ages 3-6.


Sometimes You Barf

Nancy Carlson
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Car)

A sick girl who throws up at school learns that vomiting is sometimes unavoidable and that the sickness--and the embarrassment--will pass. Recommended for ages 3-6.


Older Elementary

Echo's Sister

Paul Mosier
(Juvenile Fiction - J Mosier)

Eleven-year-old Echo finds the courage to help her younger sister fight cancer, and, in the process, finds the love and support of an entire community. Recommended for ages 9-12.


The Honest Truth

Dan Gemeinhart
(Juvenile Fiction - J Gemeinh)

A boy named Mark, tired of being sick with cancer, conceives a plan to climb Mount Rainier, and runs away from home with his dog, Beau--but with over two hundred miles between him and his goal, and only anger at his situation to drive him on nothing will be easy, and only his best friend, Jessie, suspects where he is heading. Recommended for ages 9-12.


Love Like Sky

Leslie C. Youngblood
(Juvenile Fiction - J Youngbl)

Eleven-year-old Georgie is still adjusting to leaving Atlanta for a small town, having a stepfather, and being unable to get close to her stepsister when her six-year-old sister, Peaches, suddenly becomes very ill. Recommended for ages 9-12.


More to the Story

Hena Khan
(Juvenile Fiction - J Khan)

As features editor of her school newspaper, thirteen-year-old Jameela Pervaiz wants to impress her father by writing a spectacular story about the new student, but a misunderstanding and family illness complicate matters. Recommended for ages 9-12.


The Someday Suitcase

Corey Ann Haydu
(Juvenile Fiction - J Haydu)

Clover and Danny are the kind of best friends who make each other better: Clover makes lists, and Danny makes fun. Clover is thoughtful and quiet and loves science. Danny is chatty and funny and loves art. They're so important to each other that Clover believes they're symbiotic: her favorite science word, which describes two beings who can't function without the other. But then Danny comes down with a mysterious illness that won't go away, and the doctors can't figure out what's wrong with him. So Clover decides to take matters into her own hands by making lists -- lists of Danny's symptoms, his good days, his bad days, and his moods. Recommended for ages 9-12.