Art for Health

Donate a Book to “Kid 2 Kid” program at Hudson Valley Hospital’s Cancer Center



Cortlandt Manor, NY - (February 27, 2013) – There is no better companion when you need a quiet moment than a book. And for children who have just learned that a family member has cancer, a book can console and help them to cope.


Gilda’s Club Westchester at Hudson Valley Hospital Center is asking for donations of new and gently used books about cancer for a children’s library it is developing for its Kid 2 Kid support group program at the Hospital’s Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Cancer Center.  The support group, which starts on March 21, is for children ages 5-12 who have a family member living with cancer. Peekskill’s Field Library recently donated a book cart to hold the collection.


“We are grateful to the Field Library for donating a book cart to the program,’’ said Anne Campbell-Maxwell, Director of Oncology Services at the Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Cancer Center. “We are now asking the public for help to fill our cart with books. We are looking for books that will help these children better understand and cope with the cancer diagnosis of a loved one as well as books that are just “great reads” for a child and parent or significant other.”

Miranda Dold, Director of Outreach and Program Development for Gilda’s Club Westchester, said ideally Gilda’s is looking for books from a list of those recommended for children dealing with cancer in the family, but other books on general topics are also welcome.  To donate a book, call the Hospital’s Marketing Department at 914-734-3794 or e-mail


Gilda’s Club Westchester, a leader in support for cancer patients and their families, brought its services to upper Westchester and Putnam residents in February through a partnership with Hudson Valley Hospital Center. Gilda's Club provides networking and support groups, workshops, education and social activitiesin a warm, inviting place where anyone impacted by cancer can come together to share their experiences.  

Offered at HVHC’s Cancer Center are two new support groups: “Living with Cancer’’ for recently diagnosed adults on the first and third Thursdays of the month from 6-7:30 p.m.  and “Kid 2 Kid” for children ages 5 to 12, who have a family member living with cancer, on the third Thursday of the month from 6-7:30 p.m.. For more information on these programs, call Miranda Dold, LCSW at 914-644-8844.


The following is a complete list of suggested books for donation:

Ages 3-8

Blake, C., Blanchard, E., & Parkinson, K.  (1998).  The Paper Chain.  Health Press.

An illustrated book that tells the story of how one family coped while their mother was in the hospital during her cancer treatment.

King, H. E.  (1995).  Kemo Shark.  Kidscope, Inc.

A cartoon illustrated book written by a child psychologist.  It features "Kemo" the shark who explains how chemotherapy works to fight cancer.   

Kohlenberg, S.  (1994).  Sammy's Mommy Has Cancer.  Gareth Stevens Publishing

An illustrated book for very young children.  Follows the story of a toddler whose mom gets diagnosed with cancer.  Explains in very simple sentences what cancer is and the treatment that his mom will go through.

Numeroff, L., & Harpham, W. (1999).  The Hope Tree: Kids Talk about Breast Cancer.  Simon & Schuster.

Children of women with breast cancer share their feelings and experiences to help families talk about the difficult issues of breast cancer in healthy ways.  Comforting animal characters are used to help make the information more accessible to children.

Ages 9-12

Ackermann, A. & Ackermann, A.  (2000).  Our Mom has Cancer.  American Cancer Society.

An illustrated book written by two sisters about their own experiences when their mother was diagnosed with breast cancer.  Gives the perspective of a 9-year-old and an 11-year-old during the process of things such as chemotherapy, hair loss, etc.

Clifford, C.  (1998).  Our Family Has Cancer, Too!  University of Minnesota Press.

A book for families to read together, this book addresses questions that children may have after a parent is diagnosed with cancer.  Contains suggestions for how to discuss certain issues as well as a glossary of cancer related terms.

Ganz, P. & Scofield, T.  (1996).  Life Isn't Always a Day at the Beach.  Ganz High Five Publishing.

A cartoon illustrated workbook for kids to color themselves to help them learn and understand their feelings about their parent's cancer.

Speltz, A.  (2003).  The Year My Mother Was Bald.  Magination Press.

Clare’s journal and scrapbook the year her mother is diagnosed with cancer and goes through treatment. Clare tells her story and shares her feelings. Young readers will learn to understand the science of cancer and its treatments and will take comfort in knowing that their feelings are normal and that they are not alone.

Ages 13+

Fine, J.  (1986).  Afraid to Ask: A Book About Cancer.  Lothrop.

An excellent and highly readable reference volume that includes information about more than 20 specific types of cancer, offered in a question and answer format. Addresses emotional concerns as well as scientific facts. Ages 12 and up.

Strauss, L.L.  (1988).  Coping When a Parent Has Cancer.  The Rosen Publishing Group.

Offers suggestions for dealing with the problems teenagers face when a parent has cancer.