Books for Children

The Nash Boys, Photo Courtesy Nash Family

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The following children’s books have been reviewed by Hand to Hold and may be useful to explain health circumstances and loss to siblings.  If you have book to recommend, please contact our Family Support Navigators at Support [at] handtohold [dot] org.

Death and Dying (Loss)

Al-Chokhachy, E. (1998). The angel with the golden glow. Marblehead, MA: Penny Bear. (ages 4-8).

Buscaglia, L. (1982). The fall of Freddie the leaf: A story of life for all ages. Slack Incorporated. (ages 4-8).

Cohn, J. (1994). Molly’s Rosebush. Morton Grove, IL: Albert Whitman & Co. (ages 5-8).

Glad, K. (2007). Heaven’s brightest star. Tate Publishing and Enterprises. (ages 4-8).

Johnson, J., & Johnson, M. (1982). Where’s Jess? Omaha, NE: Centering Corp. (ages 4-8).

Johnson, P.P. (1993). Morgan’s baby sister: A read-aloud book for families who have experienced the death of a newborn. San Jose, CA: Resource Publications. (ages 4-8).

Keough, P. (2001). Remembering our baby: A workbook for children whose brother or sister dies before birth. Omaha, NE: Centering Corp. (young children).

Old, W.C. (1995). Stacy had a little sister. Morton Grove, IL: Albert Whitman & Co. (ages 4-7).

Orlet-Schoen, J. (1998). Jackie Jack: The brave little boy. Woodland Studios. (ages 4-8)

Schwiebert, P. (2003). We were gonna have a baby, but we had an angel instead. Portland, OR: Grief Watch. (ages 4-8).

Simon, J., & Simon, A. (2002). This book is for all kids, but especially my sister Libby. Libby died. Kansas City, MO: Andrews McMeel Publishing. (ages 9-12).

Hospitalization of the baby

Duncan, D. (1994). When Molly was in the hospital: A book for brothers and sisters of hospitalized children. Windsor, CA: Rayve Productions. (ages baby-preschool).

Klayman, G.J. (2001). Our new baby needs special help: A coloring workbook for families whose new baby has problems. Omaha, NE: Centering Corp. (young children).

Jaworski, A.M., & Ball, L. (1998). My brother needs an operation. Temple, TX: Baby Hearts Press. (ages 4-8).

Peterkin, A. (1992). What about me: When brothers and sisters get sick. Magination Press. (ages 4-8).

Maternal Bed Rest

Rivlin-Gutman, A. (2006). Mommy has to stay in bed. BookSurge Publishing. (ages 4-8).

Travis, H.M. (1999). And mommy’s on her side. St. Paul, MN: A Place to Remember. (ages 4-8).

Multiple Births

Bergen, L.T. (2001). God gave us two. Colorado Springs, CO: Waterbrook Press. (ages 4-8).

Bunting, E. (1997). Twinnies. San Diego: Harcourt Brace & Co. (ages 4-8).

Dewan, T. (2003). Crispin and the 3 little piglets. New York: Random House. (ages 4-8).

Snyder, C. (1995). One up, one down. New York: Atheneum. (ages 4-8).


Amadeo, D.M. (2005). My baby sister is a preemie. Grand Rapids, MI: Zonder Kids. (ages 4-8)

Hawkins-Walsh, E. (2002). Katie’s premature brother (Revised ed.). Omaha, NE: Centering Corp. (ages 9-12).

Lafferty, L., & Flood, B. (1998). Born early: A premature baby’s story. Minneapolis, MN: Fairview Press. (ages 9-12).

Maher, N. (2005). The tiniest warrior of all: A fairytale for families with a premature baby. Oblio Press. (ages 4-8).

Murphy-Melas, E. (1996). Watching Bradley grow: A story about premature birth. Georgia: Longstreet Press. (ages 4-8).

Pankow, V. (2004). No bigger than my teddy bear. Petaluma, CA: Family Books. (ages 3-7).

Resta, B. (1995). Believe in Katie Lynn. Nashville: Eggman Publishing Inc. (ages 4-8).

Wojahn, H.R. (2006). Evan Early. Woodbine House. (ages 4-8).

Sibling and Coping Issues

Cutler, J. (1993). Darcy and Gran don’t like babies. New York: Scholastic. (ages 4-9).

Danziger, P. (2004). Barfburger baby, I was here first. New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons. (ages 4-7).

Ellis, S. (2005). That baby woke me up again. Charleston, SC: BookSurge. (ages 5-8).

Mario, H.S. (1999). I’d rather have an iguana. Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge. (ages 3-7).

Penn, A. (2004). A pocket full of kisses. Washington, DC: Child and Family Press. (ages 4-8).

Wahl, J. (2001). Mabel ran away with the toys. Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge. (ages 4-8).

Whybrow, I. (2001). A baby for Grace. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. (ages 2-5).

Special Needs and Specific Diagnoses

Lewis, B. (2007). In Jesse’s shoes. Bethany House. (ages 4-8).

Lowell, G.R. (2000). Elena’s ears or how I became the best big sister in the world. Washington , DC: Magination Press. (ages 4-8).

Metzger, L. (1992). Barry’s sister. New York: Macmillan. (ages 9-12).

Meyer, D., & Vadasy, P. (1996). Living with a brother or sister with special needs: A book for sibs. (Revised ed.).University of Washington Press. (ages 8-13).

Meyer, D. (1997). Views from our shoes: Growing up with a brother or sister with special needs. Bethesda, MD: Woodbine House. (ages 8-13).

Meyer, D. (2005). The sibling slam book. What is it really like to have a brother or sister with special needs. Bethesda, MD: Woodbine House. (ages 8-13).

Peckinpath, S.L. (1991). Rosey, the imperfect angel. Woodline Hills, CA. Scholars Press. (ages 9-12).

Rheingrover, J.S. (1996). Veronica’s first year. Morton Grove, IL: Albert Whitman & Co. (ages 4-8).

Stuve-Bodeen, S. (1998). We’ll paint the octopus red. Bethesda, MD: Red Woodbine House. (ages 5-8).