Books on: Common Childhood Illnesses

Books about common childhood illnesses and conditions such as chicken pox, asthma and sore throats.
Topsy and Tim Have Itchy Heads
Author: Jean and Gareth Adamson
Illustrator: Jean Adamson
How this book may help: Introducing the concept of head lice and the procedures that are commonly used to treat them.
Topsy and Tim come home from school with head lice ('nits'). Mummy gets some lotion from the... read more

Tags: illness

Don't You Feel Well, Sam?
Author: Amy Hest
Illustrator: Anita Jeram
How this book may help: Encouraging children to take medicine (the bear in the story is very reluctant to take his at first, but his mother's love and patience wins through in the end).
When little Sam Bear develops a cough at bedtime Mrs. Bear brings cough medicine to him, but Sam is... read more

Tags: health, illness

How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon?
Author: Jane Yolen
Illustrator: Mark Teague
How this book may help: May encourage children who are reluctant to go to the doctor or take medicine to co-operate. Promotes good hygiene practices and contains suggestions for things children can do to look after themselves when they are ill.
The poorly life-size dinosaurs in this simple rhyming tale demonstrate the things they can do to... read more

Tags: illness, health, doctor, co-operation, medicine

Doctor (First Time)
Illustrator: Jess Stockham
How this book may help: Shows what to expect at the doctors.
The book shows lots of different children experiencing treatment and interaction with the doctor or... read more

Tags: needles, medicine, immunisation, eczema, doctor, asthma, treatment, wheelchair

Doctor Monkey
Author: Felix Hayes
Illustrator: Hannah Broadway
How this book may help: This would be a great choice for a child who is poorly to read in bed.
Best friends Monkey and Robot live in a house together. One morning, Robot has a headache, a runny... read more

Tags: co-operation, friends, illness

Rachel Has Eczema
Author: Jenny Leigh
Illustrator: Woody Fox
How this book may help: Informing young children about eczema and how it is commonly treated. Acknowledging the emotional and physical distress some children with skin conditions may experience and providing a positive outcome at the end of the story.
Rachel Rhino and her family have just moved house and are having lunch with the Frog family, their... read more

Tags: illness, health, eczema, treatment

Asthma (Talking It Through)
Author: Althea
Illustrator: Frances Cony
How this book may help: This book contains lots of information about the causes, symptoms and treatment of asthma. It is positive and realistic in style.
The book opens by emphasising that asthma is not catching. It describes some of the causes... read more

Tags: asthma, doctor, eczema, health, illness, medicine, pet

Who's Poorly Too?
Author: Kes Gray
Illustrator: Mary McQuillan

Tags: illness

Have Chickenpox (Topsy & Tim)
Author: Jean and Gareth Adamson
Illustrator: Jean Adamson

Tags: illness

My Visit to the Doctor
Illustrator: Rebecca Finn
How this book may help: A positive and appealing board book which will explain some simple facts about illnesses and doctor's visits to very young children.
Publisher's summary: "This reassuring book about going to the doctor for the first time is designed especially for..." read more

Tags: doctor, illness, medicine

Spotty Dotty
Author: Miriam Moss
Illustrator: Joanna Mockler
How this book may help: An entertaining story to comfort a child who is ill with chicken pox
Publisher's summary: "Tilly loves spots! Any sort of spots! So when her twin brother, Toby, gets chickenpox, Tilly thinks..." read more

Tags: illness, sibling

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