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books for brothers and sisters


 I Feel Jealous, Gordon 

I Feel Jealous, Mike Gordon

I Feel Jealous looks at the emotion jealousy, in a light-hearted but ultimately reassuring way. This book examines how and why people get jealous, illustrates scenarios of people behaving in a jealous way, and the best way to cope with it.

 A Terrible Thing Happened, Holmes 

A Terrible Thing Happened, Margaret Holmes

Sherman Smith saw the most terrible thing happen. At first he tried to forget about it, but soon something inside him started to bother him. He felt nervous for no reason. Sometimes his stomach hurt. He had bad dreams. And he started to feel angry and do mean things, which got him in trouble. Then he met Ms. Maple, who helped him talk about the terrible thing that he had tried to forget. Now Sherman is feeling much better.
 What About Me? Vlakamis 

What About Me? A Story for the Siblings of Sick Children, George Vlamakis

A heart-warming story about Jamie, who is initially confused, resentful, jealous and sad when his sister Susie has to go to hospital and his mother spends a lot of time there with her. He acts up to attempt to get his parents attention, other times withdrawing into silence. Through the love and understanding of his parents he is eventually able to realise he is very much loved and appreciated.

Book Club: Sometimes - Rebecca Elliott 

Sometimes, Rebecca Elliott

Toby knows his elder sister Clemmie is very brave, but when she has to go to the hospital again, they both have to help each other face their fears. Together, they still find ways to have fun and make the hospital a much better place. This story will help encourage children to ease their fears and feel better about spending time in intimidating hospitals. 


When Fuzzy Was Afraid of Losing His Mother 

When Fuzzy Was Afraid of Losing His Mother, Inger Maier

While Fuzzy the Little Sheep is out playing with his friends, he falls and skins his knee. When he cannot immediately find his mother to comfort him, he feels scared and alone. When he finally does find her, he is afraid to let her out of his sight ever again. So Fuzzy's mother comes up with several ideas to help him cope with being away from her, which he practices, and soon is able to play comfortably without her near. 

When Fuzzy Was Afraid of Big and Loud Things 

When Fuzzy Was Afraid of Big and Loud Things Inger Maier

In this tale, Fuzzy is afraid of loud sounds such as thunder and lightning, and the large animals on the farm making big noises! Fuzzy's father helps him desensitize to these big and loud noises using a number of behavioural practices. Each time Fuzzy is afraid, his father gently encourages and reassures him, helping him imaginatively practice exposure to the loud sounds so he can get used to them.  

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We’ve chosen a wide range of books to cover as many different themes, situations, beliefs and stories as possible. The opinions, recommendations and stories expressed are those of the authors only. They don’t necessarily represent the views of Redkite.


While a great deal of the information in Book Club books is helpful, none of it replaces the information given to you by your hospital. If you have any questions or concerns, please discuss them with your treating hospital team. 


These books come from a number of different countries and don’t always reflect the medical practices in Australia.

Last updated September 2015.