Resources Just for Kids

These books and guides are great resources for helping a child learn about their transplant.

The Inside Story

The Inside Story

A kids' guide to kidney and liver transplantation written by Karen Crowe. Published in 2001 by Fujisawa Healthcare Inc. Download or view online with Adobe Acrobat. 50 pages. Sections include:

  • Transplant Basics
  • Hospital Questions
  • Your Surgery
  • Family Matters
  • Back to School
  • Transplant Power!
  • ...and much more.
Painted Turtle Camp

Painted Turtle Camp

This camp provides a meaningful, medically safe camp experience for children ages 7 to 16 at no cost to the child or his or her family. Each summer, 1,000 children suffering from a chronic or life threatening illness enjoy a true camp experience -- swimming, fishing, arts and crafts projects, horseback riding, basketball, and many other great activities.

Pennies, Nickels & Dimes

Pennies, Nickels & Dimes

by Elizabeth Murphy-Melas. This excellent book tells the story of a little girl named Ashley who is waiting for a liver transplant. While Ashley and her friends try to raise money for her operation, she learns about the transplant process, including where the donor organ comes from and how the waiting list works. This book is for children ages 5 and older.

Lizzy Gets A New Liver

Lizzy Gets A New Liver

This is Lizzy's story, written by Lizzy herself, of her transplant experience. Filled with love, humor, and honesty, this book is Lizzy's gift of encouragement to children undergoing similar experiences. Available at Amazon.com.

Dorien’s New Liver

Dorien’s New Liver

Written and illustrated by a 15-year-old girl from the Netherlands, this positive and reassuring book takes children through the entire transplant experience from beginning to end. The entire book can be viewed online or downloaded and printed.

STARBRIGHT Foundation

STARBRIGHT Foundation

Dedicated to the creation of projects that empower seriously ill children and teens. STARBRIGHT is currently launching a series of CD-ROM based programs called the Explorer Series that allows children and their families to learn in a fun, interactive way about medical procedures such as blood tests and IVs, as well as conditions such as cystic fibrosis.

Band-Aides & Blackboards

Band-Aides & Blackboards

A site about growing up with medical problems. Its goal is to help people understand what it's like, from the perspective of the children and teens.