Books About Being Sick

It's no fun being sick, but 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
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.

Dear Daisy, Get Well Soon

Maggie Smith
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Sm)

When his friend Daisy gets sick, Peter sends her more gifts each day of the week until she feels better.

Don't You Feel Well, Sam?

Amy Hest
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej He)

When Sam has a cough, Mrs. Bear tends to him all through the cold night.

Felicity Floo Visits the Zoo

E. S. Redmond
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Red)

Why are the hyenas crying boo-hoo? And what gave the rhino a sickly green hue? It starts when Felicity Floo wipes her red, runny nose and transfers the goo ... a cautionary tale about the virtues of clean hands and tissues.

Felix Feels Better

Rosemary Wells
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej We)

Felix feels bad and does not want to eat or play, so his mother takes him to Doctor Duck, who makes everything better.


Ross Collins
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Co)

Pox, a young germ on his first assignment, not only refuses to infect a girl with chicken pox, he also helps defend her from other germs and, for his heroism, is made Honorary Chief of the Immune System.

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.

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.

Little Brown Bear is Sick

Claude Lebrun
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Le)

Little Brown Bear has a bad cold.

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.

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.

Mr. Putter & Tabby Catch the Cold

Cynthia Rylant
(Juvenile Early Readers - J-ER Ryl)

When Mr. Putter catches a cold, his friend Mrs. Teaberry sends over some special treats to help him feel better.

My Cold Went on Vacation

Molly Rausch
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Rau)

A little boy is curious about all the places his cold might go after it leaves him.

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.

Sick Simon

Dan Krall
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Kra)

By not covering his mouth or washing his hands, Simon spreads his cold to his teacher and classmates, much to the delight of three germs named Virus, Protozoa, and Bacteria.

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.

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.

When Vera Was Sick

Vera Rosenberry
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ro)

When spots break out all over her body, Vera must stay in the sick room where it is lonely and scary and where she can't fall asleep.