The CAN in Cancer

An Encouraging Picture Book About Finding Hope in Childhood Cancer


SKU: B409-Net

Eli is a young boy who finds out that he has cancer. Not knowing how to feel, his doctor tells him…

“There is a ‘can’ in cancer, so when your life seems kinda rough,
breathe in and out and clear your head and think about better stuff.”

This creatively written book of hope follows Eli’s journey through the eyes of a patient, parents, siblings, teachers, health care providers, and friends. A must read for all who are searching for their “CAN” in cancer.

Written by Julia Cook
Illustrated by Allison Valentine
Paperback ISBN 9781937870171
Grades 2-6
32 pages
Release Date August 25, 2013

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National Center for Youth Issues

Julia Cook, M.S. is a award-winning children’s author, counselor, and parenting expert. She has presented in thousands of schools and speaks at education and counseling conferences nationally and internationally. Julia has published almost one hundred children’s books on a wide range of character and social development topics, and regularly contributes to print and television media about these topics. The goal behind Cook’s work is to actively involve young people in fun, memorable stories and teach them to become lifelong problem-solvers. Inspiration for her books comes from working with children and carefully listening to counselors, parents, and teachers, in order to stay on top of needs in the classroom and at home. Cook has the innate ability to enter the worldview of a child through storybooks, giving children both the “what to say” and the “how to say it.”

I am a St. Jude cancer survivor and my story helped create this book. I think this book will help others find their “CAN” in cancer.

Ben (age 11)

This book would be great for explaining what I am going through to my friends and classmates. I am the “CAN” in cancer…

Eli (age 8)

I am being treated for leukemia at Children’s in Omaha, Nebraska. This book helped me to see that there really is a “CAN” in cancer. It also helped my family and friends understand what having cancer is really like!

Cole (age 12)


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