Best disease books for children according to redditors

We found 77 Reddit comments discussing the best disease books for children. We ranked the 40 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.

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u/golfpinotnut · 16 pointsr/Parenting

I strongly recommend giving the child a copy of the book Wonder or maybe reading it with her.

u/Mabel_Mabel_Not · 11 pointsr/atheistparents

My kids responded well to the idea that we are all part of the universe, so we don't "go" anywhere. Whatever we are has always been here (atoms, etc.) and always will be (well, more or less). They also both liked this book… it's more of about origins, but in the end it's all the same.

u/wanderer333 · 6 pointsr/Parenting

> he's huge on life cycles so we've discussed the fact that everything is made of the same tiny pieces, and those endlessly recycle into other things (Sagan's starstuff quote was a hit).

Your kid would love the book You Are Stardust by Elin Kelsey :)

u/Z7Z7Z · 5 pointsr/Vermiculture

Check out the classic Worms Eat My Garbage

u/nitarrific · 4 pointsr/xxfitness

I love my SO, I love his kids, but I swear that one of them actively tries to irritate me.... I was reading this science book with my son at the table the other day. It talks about all sorts of physical science things in a way that kids understand and even has pop-ups and stuff to demonstrate a bunch of it. It's awesome and my 6 year old loves it. My SO's middle child comes over, starts reading over our shoulders (which didn't bother me), and then exclaims that the book is wrong because the big bang wasn't real and the earth isn't that old because church told him so.

...So now my son is looking back and forth between us, obviously confused and concerned about the validity of one of his favorite books, and I am trying to figure out how to intervene without overstepping boundaries and confusing my son more... So finally I explain that while some religious people hold that belief, we prefer to believe in the science-backed version. Then he started arguing with me and told my son that I was wrong because I don't believe in god.... I had to tell him to leave the room so I wouldn't blow up at him.... I'm not against religion, to each their own and all that, but when your SO's ex goes all religious and indoctrinates their kids with these religious beliefs so strongly that they feel the need to tell your six year old that he's going to hell for not believing in god, I just..... sigh I don't know whether to be angry or upset or sad or disappointed or what.... It just irritates me. Especially since I think a lot of his drive behind this was simply to irritate me because that has become his new hobby over the last two weeks...

u/thandirosa · 4 pointsr/whatsthatbook

Running Out of Time by Margaret Peterson Haddix

u/JeebusChrist · 3 pointsr/movies

That movie is a complete ripoff of some random book I read when I was in 4th grade called "Running Out of Time."

Other than a handful of character differences, the story is the exact same. No credit was given.

EDIT - link

u/Too_many_pets · 3 pointsr/justfinishedreading

I have The Book Thief but haven't read it yet, so I'll move it to the top of my list. I heard that it was great, but perhaps a bit of a tearjerker? Normally that's great, but I recently finished Wonder and The Fault in Our Stars and was tired of sobbing in front of the kids. Both were great books, though.

EDIT: also just added House of the Scorpion to my Amazon list so that I'll remember it when I'm ready for another book. Thanks for the recommendation!

u/Boldly_GoingNowhere · 3 pointsr/booksuggestions

Wonder by R.J. Palacio, about a boy with facial deformities who goes to public school for the first time.

Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli, as recommended above.

Rules by Cynthia Lord, about a girl who has a brother with autism.

Pretty much anything by Laurie Halse Anderson, although her books tend to gear a little older than middle school (in my opinion, anyway).

Mockingbird by Erin Erskine, about a girl with aspergers.

The Thing About Luck, a National Book Award winner about a Japanese-American girl in the Midwest dealing with family issues.

Books that might be a stretch, but I'm not sure since I don't know all the details of your assignment (and some I just like for that age):

Holes by Lois Sachar. The Giver by Lois Lowry. Maniac Magee by Jerri Spinelli. Hoot by Carl Hiaasen. The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin. Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool. Savvy by Ingrid Law.

Hope these help!

u/searedscallops · 3 pointsr/AskWomen

I'm in the middle of House of Leaves.

I'm also reading More Than Two.

And I'm about to start Wonder. My son is reading it at school and I want to read along.

u/MichaelJSullivan · 3 pointsr/Fantasy
u/webdoodle · 3 pointsr/collapse

I apologize for the horrible phone picture. The author is Cheryl Jakab. I saw it at the local library. Well written, and covers most of the issues. Written for 2nd graders roughly...

u/brycesky · 3 pointsr/TwoXChromosomes

Oh, haha, forgot the link:


It's even being made into a movie now starring Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson.

I wouldnt wait for the movie though. Let the healing begin now!


u/UnaccompaniedMinor · 2 pointsr/booksuggestions

Wonder by R.J. Palacio.

About a young boy born with severe facial deformities. The book chronicles his first year in a public school (as he enters the 5th grade) after being home schooled his whole life. The story is told in 5 parts; his perspective, his sister, his sister's boyfriend, and 2 of his school friends. Each and every voice is believable, and relate-able.

A truly powerful read.

u/Aahzmundus · 2 pointsr/Permaculture
u/lifeandall · 2 pointsr/booksuggestions

I don't know if this qualifies, but Wonder seems to fit your criteria.

u/sharer_too · 2 pointsr/suggestmeabook

I don't know your 10 year old, but the ones I have known (a bunch, as I taught this age for some years) wouldn't be up for books whose sole purpose is self-improvement.

That said, there are many books that tell great stories that you can't help but learn something important from - [Wonder] ( being the first one to come to mind -

u/MaiaOnReddit · 2 pointsr/booksuggestions

There's this on Amazon. It's rated 4.9 out of 5 stars. I just searched "kids science crystal book" on Amazon and it came up. Adding the first two words eliminated all the weird crystal healing stuff.

u/Mr_Evil_MSc · 2 pointsr/politics
u/merebrillante · 2 pointsr/atheism

You could search Amazon. I did and it took me 3 minutes to find this.

u/FakeWings · 2 pointsr/TrueAtheism

There's a picture book which your 8 year old probably could still appreciate and the 5 year old might like (I'm a children's librarian and I love this book). It's not really atheistic per se, but it's called You Are Stardust. I love the illustrations too. Here's an amazon link

u/vawksel · 2 pointsr/changemyview

I have an artificial left leg due to being born with Proximal femoral focal deficiency. My femur bone is only a few inches long, making my left foot end at the length of my right knee. Fortunately, it's also deformed enough that it turns downwards and I only have 3 toes, so it all fits nicely into an artifical leg. Although because of the length, I don't have an artificial knee. My knee is near my hip, so I can still pick up my leg easily to walk or run, albeit with a large limp in my gait.

I'm 35 years old now. When I was a teenager, I used to cry myself to sleep sometimes because "it wasn't fair" that I was this way. I would sit there and try to use my mind to heal my leg, wishing it would be normal. I would walk through the hallways of my high school always with my head held down in shame, "knowing" that I was worth less than everyone else. I stopped taking care of myself. I stopped taking showers and baths. I would go 4 to 6 weeks at times before my parents would finally effectively ridicule me enough in my own home not knowing what else to do, my mom making fun of how badly I smell so I would go wash myself. I didn't see the point as I was damaged goods.

As I got older, with enough experiences, I finally found acceptance that my experience with life will be different. I won't ever do regular squats, I won't even look great in shorts (e.g. normal), my leg will speak volumes because it's different and that's perfect. It's perfect because I found that the more confident I am, the more it amazes other people because they see my leg.

I realized in my situation, that most girls are even more attracted to me if I am super confident with my leg, because they are blown away "He must be really stable/smart if he's that happy and has an artificial leg" is what I imagine is going through their heads.

Now, because of my leg, I have the opportunity to help someone else over the internet (you) possibly see that they too are not of less value because of how their body looks.

Sure, you are missing out on the experience of a guy being into your breasts. Honestly though, I really dislike implants. They look good with clothes on to me, and that's it. Surely, I'm not every guy, but you also have to understand that there is nothing you could possibly due to look completely "normal" naked with regular nipples and breasts void of scars, lumps, feels natural etc. Just like I can't magically have a normal working new leg. The question is, can you accept that. Sure, you could improve yourself, but there is no "fixing" yourself, because you're already perfect. Your story of your issues could help a lot of other girls out there with the same self image issue. Your perfect the way you are the same reason I am. If I weren't this way, I wouldn't be relating my message to you.

The absolute best advice I can give you is to find self acceptance. Accept whatever situation you are in no matter what. To best illustrate this, I will leave you with a passage by Eckhart Tolle: (please excuse any typos).

"In the late seventies, I would have lunch every day with one or two friends in the cafeteria of the graduate center at Cambridge University, where I was studying. A man in a wheelchair would sometimes sit at a nearby table, usually accompanied by three of four people. One day, when he was sitting at a table directly opposite me, I could not help but look at him more closely, and I was shocked by what I saw. He seemed almost totally paralyzed. His body was emaciated, his head permanently slumped forward. One of the people accompanying him was carefully putting food in his mouth, a great deal of which would fall out again and be caught on a small plate another man was holding under his chin. Occasionally the wheelchair-bound man would produce unintelligible croaking sounds, and someone would hold an ear close to his mouth and then amazingly would interpret what he was trying to say.

Later I asked my friend whether he knew who he was. "Of course," he said, "he is a professor of mathematics, and the people with him are his graduate students. He has motor neuron disease that progressively paralyzes every part of the body. he has been given five years at the most. It must be the most dreadful fate that can befall a human being."

A few weeks later, as I was leaving the building, he was coming in, and when I held the door open for his electric wheelchair to come through, our eyes met. With surprise I saw that his eyes were clear. There was no trace in them of unhappiness. I knew immediately that he had relinquished resistance; he was living in surrender.

A number of years later when buying a newspaper at kiosk, I was amazed to see him on the front page of a popular international news magazing. Not only was he still alive, but he had by then become the world's most famous theoretical physicist, Steven Hawking. There was a beautiful line in the article that confirmed what I had sensed when I had looked into his eyes many years earlier. Commenting upon his life, he said (now with the help of the voice synthesizer), "Who could have wished for more?".

If you would like a really inspirational book that should also help you, it's called "Wonder". It's about a boy with almost no physical face, and his story of acceptance. Highly rated book. It's quite amazing and gave me inspiration in accepting myself:

I wish you the best! If you do get surgery, fully embrace it and love yourself afterwards regardless how it turns out.

u/beckyrcr · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

It's the weekend! Thanks for the chance. I am trying to gather materials for a fifth grade classroom I TA at. Our school district is suffering so I know any little thing would help. I was looking at this book for the students. Again. Thanks :)

u/notaneggspert · 2 pointsr/HighQualityGifs

Does anyone have Bill O'Reillys PO box or have a way I can send him a children's book on the moon since this is apparently either too hard to understand or has to be fake news.

I love how in the full interview the next segment is on illegal immigration. Like who saw that coming?

u/bambisausage · 2 pointsr/DotA2

I think I'd rather watch a dramatic reading of The Great Katie Kate Discusses Diabetes.

At least then we might learn something valuable and better connect as people.

u/ilikeagedgruyere · 1 pointr/aquaponics

if you monitor the water temp and chemistry close enough to keep your fish happy, your worms will do just fine. they don't care for high pH though. if you want to breed worms for the purpose of harvesting them, I'd suggest vermicomposting.

u/redditrobert · 1 pointr/IWantToLearn

If composting, check out the book Worms Eat My Garbage.

u/Cazcom · 1 pointr/AdviceAnimals

Congratulations on the engagement! I hope the two of you have a wonderful and happy life together. :)

I don't know what you and his plans are for the future, but if you do end up having kids some day, I wrote a Children's book about Multiple Sclerosis, meant to provide an easy way to talk to your kids about MS, and explain the various ways MS affects people in a way they can understand.

But babies are probably far in the future, or not at all! So my best wishes to both of you and congratulations on finding a love worth holding on to.


p.s. Because recommending a book I wrote is awkward, I just want to say that I get no money from this. Every penny (less the publisher's cut) goes to MS research :)

u/_Justforthis66 · 1 pointr/ZeroWaste
u/Appa_YipYip · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Hopefully this works!

Your most used app is Candy Crush Saga! (I love that game haha)

Your paypal balance is $16.89

Thanks for doing this! :)

If I win the $5 prize, I'd like these pink sunglasses please!

If I win the $10 prize, I'd like this ebook please!

u/Marilolli · 1 pointr/askscience

Excellent book with accurate info: Life on Earth: the story of evolution by Steve Jenkins and also The tree of life: the wonders of evolution by Ellen Jackson which involves more details on the topic while not over-complicating it for children. If you would like to learn more so that you can address your child's questions a little better, a great reference would be to seek out the 8 hour PBS special "Evolution" which was often a reference in my college evolution class.

u/mirkyj · 1 pointr/self

Wonder is an incredible book for any kid, but for someone going through what your daughter is going through, it might help.

u/m_toast · 1 pointr/composting

I do both an outdoor compost bin and an indoor vermicompost bin. Have found these very helpful:


Home Composting Made Easy

Red Worm


Let It Rot! The Gardener's Guide to Composting

Worms Eat My Garbage: How to Set Up and Maintain a Worm Composting System

u/carissalf · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

My name is Carissa, hence the boring and unoriginal username. I would like the Kindle Fire because I had one and it was lovely. It served all of my purposes just fine. I was able to keep in contact with my Mom via FB, and I could read, check the weather etc. However, this weekend, while moving into our house it had a little accident. It was very wet outside, the bottom of the box broke and everything fell out into the muddy puddle. I tried to save it, but it was a lost cause. :(

Anyway, I've actually never read this book but I have always wanted to. I hope it's OK to post a book that is not [yet?] my favorite book.

u/GraphicH · 1 pointr/funny

If you like the Village I have a book for you

> Jessie lives with her family in the frontier village of Clifton, Indiana, in 1840 -- or so she believes. When diphtheria strikes the village and the children of Clifton start dying, Jessie's mother reveals a shocking secret -- it's actually 1996, and they are living in a reconstructed village that serves as a tourist site. In the world outside, medicine exists that can cure the dread disease, and Jessie's mother is sending her on a dangerous mission to bring back help. But beyond the walls of Clifton, Jessie discovers a world even more alien and threatening than she could have imagined, and soon she finds her own life in jeopardy. Can she get help before the children of Clifton, and Jessie herself, run out of time?

Required reading in my 5th grade class. When I watched the Village I was like "why is this familiar .... "

u/MackieDrew · 1 pointr/atheism


  1. Title is misleading. Natural refers to anything that actually happens. If it has an influence, then it is natural. So what do you propose we use instead?
  2. It's not, its just not proven. If it is un-falsifiability than it is not science. We can't prove it any more or less than an invisible pink unicorn. Show me a creator that has a test (or a shred of evidence) and it'll be right in as a theory.
  3. There is a zero sum of the universe. This is pure ignorance. Look into it and I'm willing to chat, but honestly this is fifth grade stuff.
  4. Every single process of life we have ever seen are totally explainable natural naturally. Show me one that's not. Show the scientists. Until then it is not an assumption its just the data.
  5. We have in-lab demonstrations of self-assembling, monomers becoming self-replicating polymers. Again just the data.
  6. All data reflects this. This is not an assumption, this is just looking around and writing down what happens and making prediction based on it. (Science)
  7. An intended goal is a positive claim, the non-position is the default. This is not an assumption anyone would make, just not proven yet.
  8. This makes the assumption that we will find all transitional forms, its a wonder we've found one. But yet we have thousands. We have these and you can't argue that. The way science works is we develop a theory and make predictions based on the data. And we have. And guess what, evolution happened.
  9. Carbon dating has been corroborated with tree rings and is always true. The magnetic shit is literally all lie. Carbon dating is not the only method for dating and even if we had none we would still have enough evidence to say it was thoroughly true. Even 'macro-evolution' has been observed in nature and in the lab.
  10. This is not needed to prove evolution true, many people consider us exempt from (at least) evolution by natural selection since we are aware of it. I don't buy it at all, just some opinions.

    This is such shit, its either a straw man or wrong. Show me some fucking evidence and well chat.

    In the mean time check out this light reading.
u/elizinthemorning · 1 pointr/evolution

This might sound strange, and I don't mean it as a really comprehensive work on the subject, but see if the children's section of your local library has Life on Earth: The Story of Evolution by Steve Jenkins. It's a picture book, yes, but an accurate one and pretty detailed for its length. It also has completely gorgeous collage pictures. As I said, it's hardly as comprehensive as a big book for adults, but it's a good overview/starting point. Heck, buy it as a gift for some kid you know and read it before you give it away.

(I made a list of other evolution-related picture books on my blog, if anyone's interested.)

u/suckinonmytitties · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Wonder is a book about a ten year old boy with a facial deformity and how he sees himself and how others react to him. My professor recommended that everyone in my class read it and said that it is really moving! Its also a new york times bestseller. If I win I would love a copy of this book!

u/AlbinoMooseEsquire · 1 pointr/ScienceTeachers

Ok, so you have kids that you want to engage in super sweet science stuff, but they just don't care. You could do messy activities, if you know the classes will clean up - like slime (so many different types of slimes), volcanoes, lava lamps, bouncy balls, egg drops, etc. You could do anything you don't want them to do as a science fair project because it is a demonstration and not an experiment. (Here's a link for more demonstrations: ) But at the end of the day, if you run out of time then you get to clean up.

You could do boring scientific method things, but that will put them all to sleep and they probably won't do it. Things like, observation vs. inference, defining variables, etc. The basic science things they need, but don't want to do.

You could do a genius hour, but you need technology or book resources for that. And you have to guide the students every day. In 7th grade, they can't be left to just research on their own, at least not at my school.

So, you need a hook to pull them in. Something like "Science Survivor". (Here is a link: ) Day 1 you set up the scenario, and every day after that you include an activity with measuring, or observing, or some science skill that is hidden as a competition.

Sounds great, so where do you find the resources? Science Spot is great (linked above) - they have a CSI section, a Bald Eagle section, etc. I like teachers pay teachers too. ( ) You could find a resource pack there and fluff it out to fill your time.

I also like finding a grade appropriate book on amazon and including some text dependent analysis. There's this book for you as the teacher :

Or there's this type of book for kids: You read a section as a class and then answer some questions, or maybe do an activity based on the topic. Something with a basis in text shows the admin that you are not just playing around in class. :)

Happy hunting!

u/Iguchur · 1 pointr/Parenting

Take a look at "Luntik" series and f.ex. "Catch a cold" in series about Eyemonster. They are all pretty funny and written in a way so that creatures help each other in all kind of difficult situations.

u/jonalisa · 1 pointr/Vermiculture

Styrofoam is not the best container. You need something to hold bedding (Shredded cardboard, coconut coir, etc) and that you can add drainage holes on the bottom (sit the bin on bricks) and holes for airflow on the sides. This is your worms screaming, "GET ME OUTTA HERE!" (These worms naturally live in leaf litter- not in soil.)

:) Been there, done that. Without pourous bedding and airflow, it is too wet and they will suffocate. I use a rubbermaid bin and use shredded cardboard egg cartons mixed with coir for bedding. If it gets too wet, I add more dry cardboard.Too dry? Just have a spray bottle nearby. For a cover, I use landscaping cloth. Keeps it dark, but provides air flow.

Pick up a used copy of this book:

Good luck!

u/stapleherdick · 1 pointr/tipofmytongue
u/rainbowmoonheartache · 1 pointr/AskParents

Talk to them. About everything. Point at stuff and name it in exhaustive detail ("Oh! A red, square block! Let's put that next to the blue, square block!"). Read him books -- especially simple books with big, simple pictures along a theme, like this, which has one main concept per page spread (1 one fuzzy guinea pig, etc).

You'll be amazed at what he can pick up with a little exposure. :)