Sick Lit: 12 Kids’ Books To Have On Hand for Sick Days

by Dena McMurdie

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Schools are like amusement parks for germs, so it’s no wonder my kids get sick all the time. When my oldest daughter caught the latest illness going around, I gave her a dose of medicine, wrapped her in a blanket, and pulled out our “sick day” books.

A good book can help keep your mind off your discomfort and make you feel almost normal (at least for a little while). These are the books we read when someone in our family is feeling under the weather.

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in 2017 and updated in 2023.