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We are proud to offer quality materials for children and families who are dealing with childhood cancer. The books in this section are published by the American Childhood Cancer Organization. We will provide a copy of the books listed below, and our other resources at no cost to families of children with cancer.

Our books are also available online in our free-to-use Digital Library. (Not all books are currently available in the Digital Library.)

Family Resources 
Educator Resources 
Hospital Resources


Along the Way, Documenting My Child’s Cancer Journey

by Ruth I Hoffman, MPH

A parental resource that provides a way to document medical treatments, hospital contact information, treatment expenditures, and local resources. This log book also contains information about clinical trials, treatment procedures, blood counts, side effects, a journal section, and a place to take notes.

A Parent’s Guide to Clinical Trials

by Adam Cohen MS, MD & Howard Colman MD, PhD

A concise reference guide which explains what clinical trials are. It defines in easy to understand language, a clinical trial’s process and structure.

Read it right now: A digital version of this book is available in our Digital Library.

Understanding the JourneyUnderstanding the Journey, A Parent’s Guide to DIPG

Edited by Ruth I Hoffman, MPH

A 368-page comprehensive resource that guides the family whose child has been diagnosed with a diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma through this difficult diagnosis. Chapters are written by pediatric neuro-oncology experts and cover all aspects of treating a child with a DIPG including diagnosis, imaging, pontine function and anatomy, steroid treatment, radiation therapy, radiosensitizers, surgery, chemotherapy, and biologics. Helpful chapters on the loss of communication and caring for the child at home provide practical advice. Research chapters focused on animal models of DIPG, stem cell research, vaccine research, convection-enhanced delivery and genomic research provide hope for a brighter future. The final chapters on organ and tissue donation as well as integrating palliative care answer the questions that families ask at their child’s end of life. The book includes 164 parent stories that provide personal insight into the DIPG journey.

Read it right now: A digital version of this book is available in our Digital Library.

Educating the Child with Cancer: A Guide for Parents and Teachers, 2nd Edition

Edited by Ruth I Hoffman, MPH

An essential resource for families who have faced the childhood cancer diagnosis. Written by top researchers in the field, and balanced with parents’ personal experiences, this 334-page resource focuses on educational issues for children treated for cancer. It is intended to promote understanding and communication between parents, educators and medical professionals so that together they can provide an appropriate education for children who have been treated for cancer which in turn will lead to a productive and rewarding life.

A Parent's Guide to Enhancing Quality of LifeA Parent’s Guide to Enhancing the Quality of Life in Children with Cancer

Edited by Ruth I Hoffman, MPH and Sandra E Smith
An essential resource for families who have a child diagnosed with cancer. Written by experts in the field, and balanced with parents’ personal experiences, this 261-page resource focuses on improving the quality of life of the child through an understanding of pain and symptom management, enhanced communication skills and practical ways to simply help sick kids be kids.


Cozy Cares Journal

Written by Ruth I Hoffman, MPH and Illustrated by Trevor Romain

A fun keepsake that provides a way for the child to document his or her cancer journey. While it is a helpful tool for the child undergoing treatment, this journal is also a cherished treasure for family and friends, who can read it and experience the cancer journey through the thoughts and words of a child. A Cozy-Port-A-Cat and colorful Gesture Pen may also be ordered with this resource.

Read it right now: A digital version of this book is available in our Digital Library.

Dance in the Rain

Written by Ruth I Hoffman, MPH and Illustrated by Trevor Romain

A Teen Journal that allows adolescents a place to write out their thoughts and feelings throughout their cancer journey. This resource is accompanied by a wooden pen and pencil set.

Chemo, Craziness, and Comfort, My book about childhood cancer

Edited by Ruth I Hoffman, MPH and illustrated by Trevor Romain and Tommy Burns

A 200-page resource that provides practical advice for children diagnosed with cancer between 6 and 12 years of age. Warm and funny illustrations and easy-to-read text help the child (and parents) make sense of cancer and its treatment.

Read it right now: A digital version of this book is available in our Digital Library.

Color-Me Cozy

by Anya Broverman-Wray

This 22-page coloring book is filled with inspirational pictures and activities for kids and teens diagnosed with cancer.

Color it right now: You can download, print, and color every page in this book and more at our Coloring and Activity Sheets page.

Marvelous Marleigh

by Ruth I Hoffman, MPH Photography by Marie Dominique Verdier

A 31-page book for preschoolers diagnosed with cancer (ages 1 to 5 years). Through real-life photos, preschool children are able to identify with Marleigh’s treatments and hospital stays. The last page of the book includes a mirror so that children can see themselves and reflect upon the thought that Marvelous Marleigh is “just like them.”

Read it right now: A digital version of this book is available in our Digital Library.


La Fantastica Hannah: Miren todo lo que puedo hacer!

by Amy Klett and Dave Klett

For Spanish-speaking children diagnosed with cancer between one and five years of age. This 28-page picture book is written for the preschool (1 to 5 years) child who has been diagnosed with cancer. Through real-life photos, children will be able to identify with Hannah’s hospital stay, special friends, tests, treatment and germ care.

Repeat cover Oliver

Oliver’s Story

For ‘Sibs’ of Kids with Cancer,  Oliver’s Story is a 40 page illustrated book targeted for the 3-8-year-old sibling of children diagnosed with cancer. Illustrated by Mike Dodd and written through the eyes of his six-year-old son Oliver, this resource focuses on the many questions that siblings have when their brother or sister is diagnosed with cancer and offers constructive ways on how they can provide support. ACCO extends their heartfelt appreciation to the Davenport Family Foundation and Computer Associates for funding to make this publication possible.

Oliver's Story Spanish

La Historia de Oliver

Para los hermanos de niños con cancer, Oliver’s Story in Spanish.



“Helping to Heal”

With topics such as healthy food choices and homemade cleaning supplies, this resource provides advice for safe, affordable household practices for families. Provided free to families by the Helping to Heal Foundation.