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Resources – Hospitalization and Surgery

Kaitlin Atkinson Family Resource Library
Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario                                                        Printer Friendly Version
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Benjamin va a` l'hôpital / Bourgeois, Paulette -- Markham, ON: Éditions Scholastic, 2000.
Les enfants vivront avec Benjamin les petites peurs et les grandes angoisses liées à un séjour à l'hôpital, en l'accompagnant pas à pas dans l'opération qui permettra à docteure Ourse de réparer sa carapace brisée.
FAM RJ 242 .F72f

Children in the hospital: a guide for family and caregivers / Lansdown, Richard -- Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996.
This book provides an introduction to the everyday life and emotional needs of hospitalized children, their families and hospital staff.
FAM RJ 242 .L36

Cooper gets a cast / Olson, Karen -- Atlanta, GA: Pritchett & Hull Associates, 2003
Cooper shares his experience of having a cast, so other children can learn about this simple medical procedure.
FAM RD 101 .O44 2003

Cooper gets a CT Scan / Olson, Karen -- Atlanta, GA: Pritchett & Hull Associates, 2002
Cooper wants you to know that sometimes a CT scan is the best way for a doctor to tell if you are okay on the inside.
FAM RD 51 .O442 2002

Cooper gets an X-Ray / Olson, Karen -- Atlanta, GA: Pritchett & Hull Associates, 2001
Cooper share his experience of having an x-ray, so other children can learn this simple medical procedures.
FAM RD 51 .O44 2001

Day by day: children tell their journeys of faith and determination living with a sick brother or sister / Frisbee, Christine. -- New York: Frisbee Foundation Publishing, 2008.
This book gives siblings who have a sick brother or sister a voice, allowing them to tell their own stories.  The purpose of this book is to bring understanding and hope to families with a seriously ill child, as well as to educate others about how to take a difficult situation and use it to make you stronger and wiser.
FAM BF 723 .S431 2008

Franklin goes to the hospital / Bourgeois, Paulette -- Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2000.
Franklin the turtle has an operation and has to stay in the hospital because he cracked his shell. Appropriate for ages 4-8 years.
FAM RJ 242 .F72

Healing the child: a mother’s story: an inspirational & practical guide for parents when kids are sick / Cain, Nancy -- New York: Rawson Associates, 1996.
The author's account of her four-year-old son's recovery from a life-threatening infection is accompanied by practical information for parents, covering topics from involvement in a child's medical care to financial, legal, and support services.
FAM RJ 61 .C16


Health talk: how to communicate with your doctor / Hawkins, Mary F --Toronto: MacMillan, 2000.
Health Talk provides strategies for finding a new doctor, and communicating on behalf of a child or with a palliative care team.
FAM R 727.3 .H384

Jessica's x-ray / Zonta, Pat -- Toronto: Firefly Books Ltd, 2006.
When Jessica goes to hospital after she breaks her arm, she learns about different x-ray techniques. Includes six actual x-ray images printed on film.
FAM RJ 51 .Z65 2006

Making informed medical decisions: where to look and how to use what you find / Oster, Nancy -- Sebastopol, CA: O’Reilly & Associates, 2000.
This book contains information on the following: tips for researching for someone else; reading a journal article (and understanding what it says); making practical sense of statistics and risk; understanding variations and advances in standard treatment options; exploring complementary treatments; locating a likely clinical trial and making a powerful ally of your doctor.
FAM R 727.4 .O87

Max va a l'hopital / De Saint Mars, Dominique -- Fribourg, Suisse: Calligram, 1995.
Max se casse la jambe et doit aller à l’hôpital pour avoir une opération pour la réparer. Pour les enfants de 4 à 8 ans.
FAM RJ 242 .D4

Oliver's story: for 'sibs' of kids with cancer / Dodd, Michael. -- Kensington, MD: Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation, 2004.
Written through the eyes of six-year-old Oliver, this book focuses on the many questions that siblings have when their brother or sister is diagnosed with cancer, and offers constructive ways that they can provide support.
FAM RC 262 .D6 2004

The patient's checklist: 10 simple hospital checklists to keep you safe, sane and organized / Bailey, Elizabeth. -- New York: Sterling Pub, 2011.
From a trip to the emergency room to open heart surgery, all patients can experience not just perplexing and impersonal care but serious communication failure among care providers and basic safety issues that can put them at risk. These checklists can play a big role in helping patient and family both guard against human error and improve communication.
FAM R 727.4 B35 2011

Le sejour de mon enfant a l'hopital / Amyot, Isabelle -- Montreal: Editions de l'Hopitale Sainte-Justine, 2004.
Ce livre a pour objectif d'aider les parents à apprivoiser le séjour de leur enfant à l'hôpital et de les familiariser avec les différentes facettes que comporte l'hospitalisation : l'arrivée à l'hôpital, les habitudes de vie dans l'unité d'hospitalisation, les appareils utilisés, le rôle des parents, la réaction des enfants, la préparation à la chirurgie, la douleur, l'impact de l'hospitalisation sur la fratrie et la famille, etc.
FAM RJ 242 .A49 2004

A visit to the Sesame Street Hospital / Hautzig, Deborah. -- New York: Random House, 1985.
Grover gets a tour of the hospital in preparation to have his tonsils removed. Appropriate for ages 4-8 years.
FAM RJ 242 .H38

Votre enfant et sa chirurgie d’un jour / Tourigny, Jocelyne -- Montréal: Meriden, 1999.
Ce livre traite : des réactions des parents et de leur enfant face à une chirurgie; de déroulement de la journée de l’intervention; des diverses manières de préparer l’enfant à sa chirurgie et des moyens simples de l’aider à passer à travers sa journée d’hospitalisation. L’ouvrage comprend aussi des exercices, des petits questionnaires et un lexique de termes couramment employés dans les hôpitaux. Il est illustré des dessins faits par des enfants ayant subi une chirurgie.
FAM RJ 242 .T68

When Molly was in the hospital / Duncan, Debbie -- Windsor CA: Rayve Productions Inc. 1994.
Anna’s little sister Molly needs to go to the hospital for an operation. In this sensitive and emotional story, Anna tells about the experience from her point of view. Appropriate for ages 4-8 years.
FAM RJ 242 .D863

Working with your doctor: getting the healthcare you deserve / Keene, Nancy -- Sebastopol, CA: O’Reilly, 1998.
This book will help you to be your own advocate, to get the very best in healthcare, and to have the best possible relationship with your doctors. It contains stories from both doctors and patients -- medical "frequent fliers," who share, in their own words, the lessons and strategies they have learned in their medical journeys. These first-hand accounts are a reminder that with the right tools we can manoeuvre through the often complicated maze of medical information and get the best care available.
FAM R 727.3 .K44

Your child in hospital: a practical guide for parents / Keene, Nancy -- Sebastapol, CA: O’Reilly & Associates, 1999.
Millions of parents take their children to the hospital each year, whether for stitches, outpatient surgery, or longer stays. Children who are reassured about what lies ahead have less anxiety and cope more easily with procedures and treatments. This book will help parents remain calm and be effective advocates for their children in a situation that can otherwise be traumatic.
FAM RJ 242 .K44

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Web Sites

Surgery Virtual Tour - CHEO / Visite virtuelle - CHEO

Surgery - CHEO / Chirurgie - CHEO

Getting Ready for Surgery – CHEO / Préparation pour une intervention chirurgicale - CHEO

Guide to Your Child’s Surgery - Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Your Child’s Health - Surgery - Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Centre

Preparing your Child for Surgery - Kids Health - For Parents, Teens and Kids from the Nemours Foundation

Preparing your Child – Duke Children’s


This guide provides medical material for information purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your physician. The information may not always apply to your individual situation.

The guide
represents material available in the Family Resource Library collection at CHEO. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list. Your local public library may also be able to provide valuable information. 

If you require materials in alternative formats, please contact the library at 613-737-7600 ext. 2157 or at library@cheo.on.ca.

Last Updated: February 2016
Links Tested: February 2016

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