I personally have this book sitting on my bookshelf — it’s a great addition to make to your child life section!

When facing a life-challenging or even terminal illness, it’s all about being normal. That’s what kids and teens want for themselves and from the people around them. With wit, wisdom, and courage, young people ages 7–21 tell in their own words what it’s like to be ill while trying to live each minute of their daily lives…” 

Source: http://www.amazon.com/Forever-Hellos-Hard-Good-Byes-Life-Threatening/dp/1575422727/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1357849294&sr=1-5&keywords=child+life+specialist

This Book Is For All Kids, But Especially My Sister Libby. Libby Died. 

I’ve bought this book myself — it’s a children’s book written by a little boy, Jack, about his sister, Libby. In it he asks questions and makes comments in a very honest way. Definitely a must have for those sad moments in life. 

Source: http://www.amazon.com/This-Especially-Sister-Libby-Libby/product-reviews/B005Q68ICA/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

Lately I’ve heard many people in the child life profession buzzing about this book — sounds like a must read!

 ”In Far from the Tree, Andrew Solomon tells the stories of parents who not only learn to deal with their exceptional children but also find profound meaning in doing so.” 

Source: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0743236718/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER

Secretly have every nurse/doctor (throughout hospitalization) sign this book, and give to your child as a surprise when they go home/are old enough to understand. Would be a great way to celebrate the end of treatment.

I’ve seen this idea for teachers from each of your child’s grades to fill out but I love that it was adapted for the hospital! What a neat gift whether from your child’s teachers or nurses/doctors. 

Source: http://asprinkleofthis.blogspot.com/2011/07/its-girl.html