I’ve seen a lot of questions on social media about children’s books that explain the transplant process in an age-appropriate way. Books are such powerful tools when children are young. Kids identify with protagonists, and how they view the world can be shaped through those portrayals. Books help teach life’s most difficult lessons, and they illustrate those lessons in a way that children can understand.
I have yet to find a children’s book about transplants (in general), so I wrote my own for N. I call it “My Special Gift.” I have included my original sketches and the text below. I used Shutterfly to create a hardback book, and I used a coupon to get the book for free! If you want to use the text and images below, you can make your own book and dress it up however you please. Shutterfly gives out discounts and coupons pretty regularly for free or 50% off photo books, so keep your eye out for one of those! If you do decide to use my book, all I ask is that you consider making a donation to the John Clarke Perry Foundation or to the charity of your choosing.
“My Special Gift”
Sometimes when a child gets sick
And they don’t feel so swell,
They have to get a transplant
To help make them get well.
A transplant is a piece of you
That’s healthy and brand new.
It’s given by a special donor,
A present just for you!
Your donor gave your transplant
With lots of love galore,
Because they didn’t need that piece
Of themselves anymore.
There are lots of different transplants
That boys and girls may need.
Each one is a special gift
That is true, indeed!
Some get a new heart,
or marrow from bone
You got a ____________
That is now all your own!
Sometimes when you get a transplant
You may get some scars.
Some look like big zippers,
Some even look like stars.
Your scars are your life lines.
They tell a special tale
Of how you won your battle
And how you did not quit or fail.
You should always take your medicine
So that the whole day long
You can keep on playing
And stay healthy, big, and strong!
When you have to see the doctor
It can be a scary place.
But you don’t need to be afraid
Just keep a smile upon your face!
The doctors use machines
To help make sure you stay
Extra strong and healthy
In each and every way!
Not all kids get transplants
But there are lots who do.
Yours is part of what makes you special.
It is part of what makes you YOU!