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Medical Care: Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best children's books about medical care?

Children’s literature has many notable options when it comes to medical care. To help you find the right books for you and your young reader, we’ve compiled a list of the best kids books about medical care.

Our list includes board books, picture books, and chapter books. Board books are best for babies and toddlers from ages newborn to 2 or 3. Picture books are generally great options for toddlers and for preschool and kindergarten age children. Picture books are especially enjoyable for adults to read aloud with young kids. The chapter books on our list are generally best for elementary through early middle school age tween kids. You can filter to sort by the best book type for your kid.

When it comes to children’s stories about medical care, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like Here Come the Helpers to popular sellers like Berenstain Bears Go to the Doctor to some of our favorite hidden gems like Heal the Earth.

We hope this list of kids books about medical care can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book!

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The Berenstain Bears: Hospital Friends
Written & illustrated by Mike Berenstain
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

The Berenstain Bears take a trip to the hospital and get a special tour! While Brother and Sister Bear see all the amazing things that happen in the hospital, they make new friends along the way! Young readers will learn about doctors, nurses, patients, and more in this fun and informative 8x8 storybook.

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Heal the Earth
Written by Julian Lennon and Bart Davis & illustrated by Smiljana Coh
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Take a journey to help the Earth in the second book of the New York Times bestselling trilogy by Julian Lennon! Jump aboard the White Feather Flier, a magical plane that can go wherever you want. This time, Lennon’s interactive book immerses children in a fun and unique journey where they can: Bring medicine to people in need! Dive below the ocean to bleached coral reefs! Visit the city to cultivate green spaces! Help the rain forest return and give its animals a home! Explore the planet, meet new people, and help make the world a better place! The Flier’s mission is to transport readers around the world, to engage them in helping to save the environment, and to teach one and all to love our planet. Just press a button printed on the page, and point the plane up in the air to fly, or down to land it! An inspiring, lyrical story, rooted in Lennon’s life and work, Heal the Earth is filled with beautiful illustrations that bring the faraway world closer to young children. The book includes words to a new, special poem written by Julian Lennon, specifically for Heal the Earth. A portion of the proceeds from book sales will go to support the environmental and humanitarian efforts of the White Feather Foundation, the global environmental and humanitarian organization that Lennon founded to promote education, health, conservation, and the protection of indigenous culture.

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Here Come the Helpers
Written by Leslie Kimmelman & illustrated by Barbara Bakos and Leslie Kimmelman
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Look for the Helpers is a shaped board book that highlights the emergency vehicles that help make our world a better place.

It’s a big, beautiful world, filled with awesome adventures.

But sometimes emergencies happen. When they do, look for the helpers! Helpers are all around you.

Fire trucks, ambulances, police cars, and more crowd the pages of this shaped board book that teaches children to look for helpers wherever they go. With a search-and-find twist, each scene highlights different types of emergency vehicles in action. Look for the Helpers is an adventurous book that introduces little ones to the caring helpers who make the world safer.

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Berenstain Bears Go to the Doctor
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

It’s time for a routine check-up with Dr. Gert Grizzly. Sister Bear is brave
about her booster shot, and Brother Bear is fine, but–achoo!–is that Papa
Bear sneezing?

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Doctor Maisy
Written & illustrated by Lucy Cousins
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Recommend Ages: 2-5

Doctor Maisy helps Panda when he is sick, but who will help Maisy?

In Doctor Maisy, Maisy and Tallulah play hospital. Poor Panda is sick, but feels much better with Doctor Maisy in charge. When it’s Maisy’s turn to need help, Nurse Tallulah comes to the rescue!

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  • Dragons Get Colds Too - For fans of Dragons Love Tacos comes a fresh, funny story that deals with everyone’s least favorite thing: a cold. Is your dragon sleepy? Does he have a runny nose? Does he keep sneezing fire? Unfortunately, it sounds like your dragon has a cold. But luckily, this guide will help anxious dragon owners through the challenges of caring for their sick dragon! Balancing tongue-in-cheek humor through Charles Santoso’s illustrations with gentle reassurance, this story proves that laughter really is the best medicine and will appeal to anyone who has felt under the weather.

  • My Doctor's Visit - The bestselling scientific series is expanding! New topics covered using whimsical artwork and humorous text, from leading medical expert Cara Florance!

  • Patricia's Vision: The Doctor Who Saved Sight - The inspiring story of Dr. Patricia Bath, a groundbreaking ophthalmologist who pioneered laser surgery—and gave her patients the gift of sight. Born in the 1940s, Patricia Bath dreamed of being an ophthalmologist at a time when becoming a doctor wasn’t a career option for most women—especially African-American women. This empowering biography follows Dr. Bath in her quest to save and restore sight to the blind, and her decision to “choose miracles” when everyone else had given up hope. Along the way, she cofounded the American Institute for the Prevention of Blindness, invented a specialized laser for removing cataracts, and became the first African-American woman doctor to receive a medical patent.

  • A Friend Like Iggy - Iggy has an important job to do. The true story of Iggy, a special dog who helps kids navigate difficult times. When children disclose abuse, they often navigate an unfamiliar chain of events, sometimes testifying in court. Iggy is a specially trained facilitator dog, and his job is to make each child he meets comfortable with the job they have to do. Iggy eases their path with his gentle, non-judgmental friendship. He can be present for police interviews, counseling sessions, court preparation, and testifying. He helps children aged three to eighteen feel more comfortable and confident. It’s a big job, but not too big for a dog with an even bigger heart.

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Space for Smart Kids: A Little Scientist's Guide to Astronauts, Gravity, Rockets, and the Atmosphere (1) (Future Geniuses)
Written by Carlos Pazos
board book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Discover the mysteries of science with Future Geniuses!

Come along with Valentina, the astronaut, on this incredible journey to Mars and become a space genius!

Up past the exosphere, thermosphere, and mesosphere, we will find outer space and learn the answers to some big questions.

What is the ozone layer?

What is gravity?

Which countries have successfully traveled into space?

What are the parts of rockets called, and what does each part do?

What is space like?

Future Geniuses is a collection that will help families spend a lot of time reading and learning together. Through simple text and fun illustrations, author and scientist Carlos Pazos makes the subjects of space and space travel approachable and easy to understand for even the smallest scientists.

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Big Book of the Berenstain Bears
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

THE BERENSTAIN BEARS' First Time Books(R) are all about new experiences children encounter in their early years. With good-natured wisdom, love, and gentle humor, these books ease the way for kids - and their parents - through these first times. Collected in this treasury are: The Berenstain Bears Go to the Doctor, The Berenstain Bears and the Messy Room, The Berestain Bears in the Dark, The Berenstain Bears and the Sitter, and The Berenstain Bears' New Baby.

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Tiny Stitches: The Life of Medical Pioneer Vivien Thomas
Written by Gwendolyn Hooks & illustrated by Colin Bootman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 7-12

The life story of Vivien Thomas, an African American surgical technician who developed the first procedure used to perform open-heart surgery on children.

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Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care
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Recommend Ages: -

Bestselling author T. R. Reid guides a whirlwind tour of successful health care systems worldwide, revealing possible paths toward U.S. reform. <BR> In “The Healing of America, New York Times” bestselling author T. R. Reid shows how all the other industrialized democracies have achieved something the United States can t seem to do: provide health care for everybody at a reasonable cost. <BR> In his global quest to find a possible prescription, Reid visits wealthy, free market, industrialized democracies like our own including France, Germany, Japan, the U.K., and Canada where he finds inspiration in example. Reid shares evidence from doctors, government officials, health care experts, and patients the world over, finding that foreign health care systems give everybody quality care at an affordable cost. And that dreaded monster socialized medicine turns out to be a myth. Many developed countries provide universal coverage with private doctors, private hospitals, and private insurance. <BR> In addition to long-established systems, Reid also studies countries that have carried out major health care reform. The first question facing these countries and the United States, for that matter is an ethical issue: Is health care a human right? Most countries have already answered with a resolute yes, leaving the United States in the murky moral backwater with nations we typically think of as far less just than our own. <BR> “The Healing of America” lays bare the moral question at the heart of our troubled system, dissecting the misleading rhetoric surrounding the health care debate. Reid sees problems elsewhere, too: He finds poorly paid doctors in Japan, endless lines in Canada, mistreated patients in Britain, spartan facilities in France. Still, all the other rich countries operate at a lower cost, produce better health statistics, and cover everybody. In the end, “The Healing of America” is a good news book: It finds models around the world that Americans can borrow to guarantee health care for everybody who needs it.”

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Doctor Dan the Bandage Man
Written by Helen Gaspard
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Little Dan stops crying over a scratch as soon as Mother puts a bandage on it. Soon the dolls and teddy bears in Dan’s house are wearing bandages, too.

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  • The Doctor with an Eye for Eyes: The Story of Dr. Patricia Bath (Amazing Scientists) - If you like to think big, but some say you’re too small, or they say you’re too young or too slow or too tall… Meet Dr. Bath―the scientist who never lost sight of her dreams! As a girl coming of age during the Civil Rights Movement, Patricia Bath made it her mission to become a doctor. When obstacles like racism, poverty, and sexism threatened this goal, she persevered―brightening the world with a game-changing treatment for blindness! The Doctor with an Eye for Eyes: The Story of Dr. Patricia Bath is the second book in a brand new educational series about the inspirational lives of amazing scientists! In addition to the illustrated rhyming tale, you’ll find a complete biography, fun facts, a colorful timeline of events, and even a note from Dr. Bath herself!

  • Good Enough - A young girl with an eating disorder must find the strength to recover in this moving middle-grade novel from Jen Petro-Roy

    Before she had an eating disorder, twelve-year-old Riley was many things: an aspiring artist, a runner, a sister, and a friend. But now, from inside the inpatient treatment center where she's receiving treatment for anorexia, it's easy to forget all of that. Especially since under the influence of her eating disorder, Riley alienated her friends, abandoned her art, turned running into something harmful, and destroyed her family's trust. If Riley wants her life back, she has to recover. Part of her wants to get better. As she goes to therapy, makes friends in the hospital, and starts to draw again, things begin to look up. But when her roommate starts to break the rules, triggering Riley's old behaviors and blackmailing her into silence, Riley realizes that recovery will be even harder than she thought. She starts to think that even if she does recover, there's no way she'll stay recovered once she leaves the hospital and is faced with her dieting mom, the school bully, and her gymnastics-star sister. Written by an eating disorder survivor and activist, Good Enough is a realistic depiction of inpatient eating disorder treatment, and a moving story about a girl who has to fight herself to survive.

  • Walt Whitman: Words for America - Did you know that poet Walt Whitman was also a Civil War nurse? Devastated by his country dividing and compelled to service by his brother’s war injury, Walt nursed all soldiers–Union and Confederate, black and white. By getting to know them through many intense and affecting experiences, he began to see a greater life purpose: His writing could give these men a voice, and in turn, achieve his highest aspiration–to capture the true spirit of America. Dramatic, powerful, and deeply moving, this consummate portrait of Whitman will inspire readers to pick up their pens and open their hearts to humanity.

  • Sometimes - Toby loves his big sister Clemmie. She always looks after him and he looks after her–no matter what. Toby knows his sister 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. Their uplifting story will be loved by parents and children alike who find themselves in a similar situation, and will help encourage children to ease their fears and feel better about spending time in intimidating hospitals.

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Who Needs a Checkup?
Written & illustrated by Norm Feuti
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6
Harry has a checkup in this adorable early reader perfect for fans of Frog and Toad!
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Cone Cat
Written by & illustrated by Carmen Mok
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

One day, Jeremy wakes up at the vet’s with a giant cone around his head. In a momentary existential crisis, he resigns himself to his new role as clumsy, smelly Cone Cat. That is, until the cone becomes instrumental in lapping up the last few bites of cereal on the breakfast table. <p/> Surprisingly, Cone Cat can do a lot of things old Jeremy couldn’t. He can hunt spiders with ease, collect stuffing from the couch, and disguise himself as a bowl to steal a scoop of ice cream at a birthday party. When the cone is removed the next day, Jeremy starts to miss it. Will he ever get another chance to indulge in the tricks he pulled off as Cone Cat? It doesn’t take him too long to find out … <p/> With lively illustrations and plenty of wit, this hilarious picture book about adapting to seemingly im-paw-ssible situations is sure to please kids and cat-lovers alike.

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The Grave Digger
Written & illustrated by Rebecca Bischoff
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

In 1875 Ohio, twelve-year-old Cap Cooper is an aspiring inventor—and a reluctant graverobber—enlisted by his father to help pay for his mother’s medical expenses. When one of the dead returns to life at his touch, Cap unearths a world of dark secrets that someone at the local medical school wants to keep buried. On the brink of discovery, he’ll have to use every ounce of cunning he has to protect those he loves most and save his own skin. The Grave Digger is an eerie mystery set in the aftermath of the Civil War, filled with action, friendship, and a hint of the paranormal, perfect for those who enjoy reading late into the night and long after the lights go out.

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Leo Gets a Checkup
Written by Anna McQuinn & illustrated by Ruth Hearson
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

When Dad takes Leo to visit the doctor, Leo learns to wait his turn, sit quietly while his eyes and ears are checked, and be brave during a shot. And, of course, Leo gets a book before he leaves! Little brother Leo was first introduced through the best-selling Lola Reads series in Lola Reads to Leo. In 2014, Leo made his debut with his own adventure, Leo Loves Baby Time, followed by 2016’s Leo Can Swim. This spin-off of the best-selling Lola Reads series is perfect for babies and toddlers.

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Urgency Emergency! Itsy Bitsy Spider
Written by Dosh Archer
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A spider arrives at City Hospital with some strange head injuries. How did this happen? And does it have anything to do with all the water rushing down the water spout? Early readers have never been such fun! With bright color illustrations on every page, minimal easy-to-read text and a brilliantly fast-paced plot, this animal hospital adventure story will have young readers devouring the pages.

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  • Maisy Goes to the Hospital - One day as Maisy is bouncing on her trampoline, she bounces a LITTLE too high. Oh, no! What will happen after she falls and hurts her leg? Maisy’s friend Charley goes with her to the hospital, where X-rays, a cast, and an overnight stay ensue. Maisy feels strange to be away from home, but a friendly patient soon helps her feel better. Little readers will be relieved and intrigued to share a memorable — and perhaps familiar — experience with Maisy.

  • Urgency Emergency! Humpty's Fall - Humpty Dumpty arrives at City Hospital with a cracked shell. All the kings’ men tried to help him, but all they did was make him leak yolk. Can he be fixed? With thickly illustrated pages, this story brings a unique twist to a well-known nursery rhyme making it perfect for beginning readers who wait to see if Doctor Glenda and Nurse Percy can save the day and put this egg back together again.

  • Urgency Emergency! Big Bad Wolf - A choking wolf is rushed to City Hospital. What on earth did the wolf eat? This zany hospital adventure based on the classic Little Red Riding Hood tale will have young readers devouring the pages and howling for more!

  • Hospital - How long will I be there? Will I stay the night? Who will look after me? Reading Hospital with your child is the perfect opportunity to talk about these questions, and many more!

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Fish Are Not Afraid of Doctors
Written & illustrated by J E Morris
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Maud the koala knows a visit to the doctor will help keep her healthy–so why is she so scared? Maud gets nervous waiting at the doctor’s office for a checkup, so she looks to the fish tank in the waiting room for comfort. Fish don’t have to go to the doctor–she wishes she could be a fish. So when Maud has to get a shot, she shuts her eyes and pretends exactly that: She becomes an aquatic version of herself and pretends to swim through the sea, blowing bubbles and meeting other marine life, until she hears the doctor telling her it’s all done!

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