Resources For Helping Children Understand What to Expect from Their Hospital Experience

For children of all ages, books can be helpful in knowing what to expect. Here are some suggestions:

Preschool Children: (Ages 2-4 years)

  • A Visit to the Sesame Street Hospital, by Deborah Hautzig
  • First Time Hospital, by Jess Stockham
  • Franklin Goes to the Hospital, by Paulette Bourgeois

School-Age Children: (Ages 5-12 years)

  • A Hospital Book, by James Howe
  • A Sleepy Tale: My First Surgery, by Jennifer Maziad
  • Curious George Goes to the Hospital, by Margaret Rey and H.A. Rey
  • Franklin Goes to the Hospital, by Paulette Bourgeosis
  • Good-bye Tonsils, by Craig Hatkoff
  • The Surgery Book for Kids, by Shivani Bhatia
  • Why Am I Going to the Hospital? by Claire Ciliotta and Carol Livingston

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