I have a hard enough time trying to explain my cancer to my friends and family; I cannot imagine having to explain my illness to rug rats and knee bitters too.
Even though I don’t have kids, I’m big on sharing good resources for parents with cancer. Some picture books about Mommy’s cancer seem a bit touchy-feely-creepy in a flashback to Mister Roger’s way (no offense Fred), but not so with the super vibrant book This Year, Last Year.
Author Kelley Corrigan and illustrator Nan Davenport created Last Year, This Year. Using images drawn by Kelly’s daughters, plus their handwriting, Nan blends her own original paintings and digital illustration with archival materials from Kelly’s cancer treatment. 100% of the proceeds go to Breastcancer.org.
Have you used books to explain your cancer to your kids? Were they helpful? Which ones did you like the best?