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.

Compiled by:
Children's Services Staff
Picture Books and Younger Elementary
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.

Cloud Babies

Eoin Colfer
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Col)

Returning to school after being in the hospital for a while, 6-year-old Erin, whose favorite game is spotting animals in the clouds, finds things much different until she comes to see that by sharing her experience, she can find happiness again in just being herself.

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

Idan Ben-Barak
(Juvenile Nonfiction - 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. 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.

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's sick. Recommended for ages 3–6.

Making Happy

Sheetal Sheth
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej She)

When Leila's mother gets sick, lots of things change for her family, but one important thing stays the same—they still have each other, and they know how to find joy and laughter when they need it most. Recommended for ages 5–8.

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.

Scaredy Squirrel Visits the Doctor

Melanie Watt
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Wat)

In this laugh-out-loud picture book, Scaredy Squirrel must put on a brave face for a visit to the vet. Recommended for ages 4–8.

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. But one day, he woke with the sniffles and sneezes! Recommended for ages 3–6.

Some Days: A Tale of Love, Ice Cream, and My Mom's Chronic Illness

Julie A. Stamm
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Sta)

Some days, Wyatt and his mom have big adventures. Other days, when his mom's multiple sclerosis flares up, they have smaller adventures. Recommended for ages 4–8.

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)

11-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. Recommended for ages 9–12.

Love Like Sky

Leslie C. Youngblood
(Juvenile Fiction - J Youngbl)

11-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 6-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, 13-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.