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Today, on World Book Day, every child in full-time education in the UK receives a £1.00 book voucher. We wanted to share some good quality books about cancer or bereavement, for children to read on their own or with a trusted adult. In this blog, our Information Materials Researcher Sue Hawkins explains why and how we review children’s books about cancer. She shares some book suggestions, where to read the reviews, and how to get involved.
A diagnosis of cancer in the family is a difficult time for any child or young person. There is no right or wrong way to feel and we have information about coping with your emotions and talking to children and teenagers about cancer that you may find helpful.
Some parents might feel that by not telling a child or teenager about a cancer diagnosis, they are protecting them. This is a normal response. But not explaining what’s happening may make some children feel more vulnerable. Speaking about it can also help to give children the chance to talk openly about their fears and worries.
If you don’t know how to start the conversation, you may find our booklet Talking to children and adults when an adult has cancer helpful or you may wish to look at some of the children’s books we have reviewed. Read on to find out more about these books. Reading a good book on their own or with a parent, trusted family member or carer can help children understand and manage their feelings and worries.
The reviews also help us advise our cancer information and support centres and public libraries about the most appropriate children’s cancer books to stock. The books are all reviewed by volunteers, including people affected by cancer and health professionals.
Since 2007, we have reviewed over 80 books for children on a wide range of topics such as:
Books come in different formats, such as picture books, comic books, or fiction. You can read more about the review process.
Below are links to download the pdf reviews for these books for children and teenagers:
You can find all our book reviews in the Macmillan Cancer Support web directory of information materials, for people affected by cancer. Here, you can search for a book by title or author or you can find all the reviews by searching for “Book reviews”. Click on the title of the book to see the full record, where you can find a link to download the reviews. You can also download the Macmillan Core Book List – a list of suggested books about cancer for public libraries.
How does the book reviewing process work?You can volunteer to review books for us through the Volunteering Village website.
You can search by opportunity type, then select “Review documents” and “Search” to see a selection of the books currently available for review. This is what the page looks like:
When you see a book on the Volunteering Village that you would like to review, you can apply for the opportunity there, or contact Sue Hawkins. We send you a copy of the book free of charge. Then you will have two months to complete your review! Once we have several reviews of one book, we post them on our website for people to read. Want to know more? Download this pdf.
Our volunteers enjoy reviewing books for us, here’s what some of them have said:
We hope this blog has given you some ideas of books you might find helpful this World Book Day. And we are always looking for more book reviewers! So please visit the Volunteering Village or get in touch with Sue Hawkins if you are interested.
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