Continue to Educate Yourself
Resources and Books
Children’s Health has on-campus libraries in both Dallas and Plano so our families have ready access to the information they need about their child’s condition. Our Family Resource Libraries have staff librarians to assist your search for information.
There are two Family Resource Libraries located in the main hospital and one in the Ambulatory Care Pavilion. In addition to research information our libraries also offer: computers with wireless access, children's and adult leisure books and magazines, medical brochures and pamphlets, as well as story times and other family programming.
The library hours vary by location.
To speak to a librarian, call the individual libraries directly:
- Krissi Holman Family Resource Library (7th floor), call 214-456-7735 ·
- Judith Kaplan-Einstein Family Resource Library (Lobby level next to the Gift Shop), call 214-456-4787
- Karahan Library (Lobby level of the Ambulatory Care Pavilion), call 469-303-7735
If you’re looking for specific book recommendations, sometimes a light-hearted and informative read can put your child’s worries to rest. We have several book suggestions from national experts that including popular stories with well-loved characters like Curious George, Franklin the Turtle or Mr. Rogers.
These books convey a message that will help alleviate fears about spending time in the hospital:
- “Franklin Goes to the Hospital” (ages 3 to 8 years)
- “Curious George Goes to the Hospital” (ages 4 to 8 years)
- “Going to the Hospital” (Mr. Rogers) (ages 2 to 6 years)
Other highly recommended books include:
- “Little Tree: A Story for Children With Serious Medical Problems,” for preschool age and up
- “What About Me? When Brothers and Sisters Get Sick,” for siblings, preschool age and up
- “The Invisible String,” an appropriate book for all ages for anyone who has to be separated from a loved one for any amount of time
- "Wilma Jean the Worry Machine,” for ages 8 to 12, takes a silly but compassionate look at worry. It offers creative strategies to help parents and caregivers to reduce their anxiety. The goal of the book is to give children the tools needed to feel more in control of their anxiety.
Another heartfelt read for older children is “Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie” (ages 8-12). The book was inspired by a real story. Author Jordan Sonnenblick wrote it when he had a student named Emily, whose little brother was in treatment for cancer. He explains, “Emily rarely talked about her brother’s illness, but of course it was very hard on her. One day I asked her mom whether it would be helpful if I found a book for Emily to read about a teen going through a similar situation. Emily’s mom said yes, but I couldn’t find a novel that I thought would be just right for Emily.”
Compassionbooks.com is another excellent resource that carries a wide variety of books appropriate for children, teens and adults facing illness or hospitalization.
Whether you are at home or the hospital, if you have questions or want to learn more about your child’s condition, the hospital stay or any upcoming medical procedures, several organizations have beneficial web-based publications and podcasts that can help. These resources have been vetted and contain reliable tips
geared toward family preparation and commonly sought health information. For your convenience, we have assembled an alphabetized listing of nationally recognized sites and databases:
- American Academy of Child publishes the Facts for Families guide that provides concise information on issues that affect children and their families
- American Association of Poison Control Center contains a search function for locating local poison centers.
- Consumer and Patient Health Information Section (CAPHIS) is the website of the Medical Library Association which offers a list of the top 100 health websites, including a special section for children’s health issues.
- Centers for Disease Control promotes health and disease prevention through research, advancement of healthy behaviors and environments, and advocacy for sound public health policies.
- CenterWatch lists thousands of active clinical trials and recently approved drug therapies.
- Centers for Drug Evaluation, U.S. Food - This FDA site includes drug information sheets, links to drug-information websites and a section on pediatric drug development.
- ClinicalTrials.gov is a registry and results database of human clinical studies worldwide.
- Drugs.com: Drug Information Online or Pillbox helps consumers identify unknown pills based on the imprint, size or color of a pill.
- FamilyDoctor.org: Health Information for the Whole Family is operated by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), a national medical organization representing more than 115,900 family physicians, family practice residents and medical students.
- Household Health, Environmental Health publishes information from the National Library of Medicine/NIH on occupational exposure to hazardous chemicals and occupational diseases.
- Household Products Database offers health and safety information on household products, searchable by category and alphabetically
- KidsHealth provides families with perspective, advice and comfort about a wide range of physical, emotional and behavioral issues that affect children and teens. · Lab Tests Online has resources on how to understand lab reports, information about how lab tests work, laboratory testing in the news and an index of articles.
- Medline Plus offers consumer health information from the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health and includes a page of games specifically designed for children to use.
- National Institute of Allergy includes scientific resources for researchers, links to clinical trials networks, news and events, and summaries of a range of topics related to infectious, immunologic and allergic diseases.
- National Institute of Mental Health is part of the National Institutes of Health and promotes the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses.
- National Organization for Rare Disorders has a database of uncommon diseases with an index of related organizations and provides information not always found on other health sites.
- National Consumer Products Safety Committee links to recalls of toys, child products, and household and outdoor products.
- Preparing Your Child for Medical Procedures is a podcast and published article from Cancer.net that is suitable for any hospitalization a child may be facing.
- Tox Town includes information on environmental health concerns and toxic chemicals where you live, work and play.
Disclaimer: The information provided on this web page is for general educational purposes only. It is not intended to be used as a substitute for medical advice. Any concerns or questions you have about your health or the health of your family should be discussed with your family physician. Please note that medical information is constantly changing. Therefore some information may be out of date.