In Hug-A-Beary Town, a new bear cub is born. However something seems different in the cub's health that draws the town closer to him and his family. Jeremiah is touched by a congenital heart defect (CHD). Dr. Toad helps to fix Jeremiah's broken heart so the cub can grow and strive to accomplish his goals in life. Heartbeat Hippo, Rare Rabbit and Cardiac Crane provide support and encouragement. Jeremiah's triumphant story is written and illustrated for children to better understand there is hope for CHDs, and they are not alone in the journey to defy odds. The story also brings awareness to parents unfamiliar of the existence of CHDs. Coloring pages follow Jeremiah's story. Silent Cries breaks through CHD awareness by producing books, event programs and films that help CHD communities spread the word and fund research for this disease that touches approximately 1 child in 100. For more information, visit SilentCriesMovie.com.
"Zip-Line" is a charming children's book written for young boys and girls that had open heart surgery and are left with a "zip-line" - a large scar on their chest. Written and illustrated by the father of a baby girl who had open heart surgery at 6 months of age, this heart warming rhyme book whimsically explains the answer to the question "How did that line get there?". Beautifully illustrated, "Zip-Line" sets a model for children to be comfortable with themselves, their scar, and the surgery that they were too young to remember.
Born With A Broken Heart, is an inspirational and educational children's book. From the authors: "It is our hope that this book will give parents and children the opportunity to learn about congenital heart disease (CHD) and to spread CHD awareness throughout the world. It is also our wish that the courage and spirit Alex showed in life will inspire others who face challenges to do so with faith, passion, and unconditional love." This book will be available through the following websites: 1) http://www.authorhouse.com 2)http://www.alexheartfund.com 3) Facebook Causes - Children's Heart Fund in Memory of Alexander Xavier Gallegos Illustrated by: John Shallenberger
Meet Charlie! A courageous young girl who has had her fair share of battles in this world. After being born blue, Charlie needed a special surgery on her heart. Charlie was given super powers that only she knew, and wore her mighty heart scar on her chest proudly. She with her sisters and friends, teach children to love and embrace each other’s differences. So put on your cape and mask and join Charlie the Courageous on her adventures!
Mr. Pump tells the story of Matthew Lewis going through heart surgery. He explains all the pre & post op procedures. It is written at a 3rd grade level with a narrative boxed section on each page, explaining the procedures in layman terms for older children & parents. This book prepares children for open heart surgery in a way that they can understand. It is also great to explain it to siblings, relatives, and teachers. This book is distributed exclusively by Kids With Heart National Association for Children's Heart Disorders.
Nathan's Special Heart is a children's book, tracking Nathan's journey as he experienced a new minimally invasive surgery to treat a one-inch hole in his heart. Nathan's hole was closed in the cath lab and this book helps children to understand this experience. This book is written by Jessica Ennis, publications editor for the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. This book is sold exclusively by Kids With Heart National Association for Children's Heart Disorders.
Born with a heart defect, Lewis has blue nails and lips and cannot run with the other children. The lack of oxygen to his limbs makes him small for his age, adding to his feelings of being left out and teased. When his parents bring home Sasha, a fluffy furball Maltese puppy, Lewis finds comfort in the loving antics of someone who is also small. Sasha delights Lewis’ friends, helps end his isolation, and makes him feel great. When Lewis finally has an operation to fix his heart, Sasha helps him recover and, with his new pink nails and lips, Lewis joins Sasha and his friends as they all run like the wind.
Riley worries about sharing her secret of having a heart defect and a pacemaker with her school friends. She tackles her fear of being different and reveals her secret to her friends in a unique way. Children will learn about accepting differences in others and embracing the attributes that make them special.
Patch the heart lion doesn't think of himself as brave or strong. He gets upset when he can't keep up with everyone else. But is he really as weak and scared as he thinks he is? Find out just how brave and strong Patch really is!" This book is sold exclusively at kidswithheart.org.
This is a light-hearted, friendly story of a family, with one child going to the hospital. The colorful illustrations provide children an opportunity to look at and talk about different hospital situations. The books illustrations include many people in each picture, demonstrating the busyness of a hospital. It provides a short phrase version on the top of each page for younger children and text of a few sentences on the bottom of each page for children with a longer attention span.
This is a children's book specifically for the healthy siblings of chronically ill, disabled or dying children. This book addresses and focuses upon some of the feelings that may be experienced by healthy siblings. This book is unique in that it is not illness specific and does not focus on the illness itself. It is appropriate for a variety of illnesses and medical situations. Hi, My Name is Jack is a wonderful resource and tool to facilitate communication in families with a chronically ill, disabled or dying child. It is appropriate for children between the ages of 3 and 12.
This a very special story about Pump, the bear born with a broken heart, who miraculously recovers and learns to live life as a happy, healthy bear. With the help of his family, doctors, and guardian angel, Pump recovers and realizes that he is blessed with a very special, loving heart.