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Acute Illness
Who's Sick Today?; Lynne Cherry; 1998; ages 2 to 5; fiction.   A delightful book using rhymes for various animals to describe the universal experience of acute illness.
I Wish I Was Sick Too;  Franz Brandenberg; 1990; ages 3 to 6; nonfiction. A picture book about the special attention that may be needed by siblings of children who have acute illnesses.
Anna's Special Present;  Yoriko Tsutsui; out of print; ages 3 to 6; fiction. An older sibling's protectiveness and other feelings about her sister who goes to the hospital and requires surgery.
When Vera Was Sick;  Vera Rosenberry; 1998; ages 3 to 6; nonfiction. The book describes the nurturing, the frustration of acute illness, and the joy of recovery of a Hispanic child who becomes acutely ill. Beautiful illustrations.
When Molly Was In The Hospital;  Debbie Duncan; 1994; ages 4 to 8; fiction. A child describes her feelings when her younger sister needs surgery. Acknowledges the complex feelings of concern and jealousy when illness consumes a family.
Adapted from:  Ellen C. Perrin, MD Susan Starr, MEd Addressing Common Pediatric Concerns Through Children's Books. Pediatrics in Review. 2000;21:130-138.  © 2000 American Academy of Pediatrics
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