Links to Sibling Resources
Lobato, D. J. (1990). Brothers, sisters, and special needs: Information and activities for helping young siblings of children with chronic illnesses and developmental disabilities. Baltimore: Paul H. Brookes. 

McCaffrey, F. D., & Fish, T. (1989). Profiles of the other child: A sibling guide for parents. Columbus, OH: OSU Nisonger Center. 

The next step [videorecording]. (1992). Columbus, OH: Nisonger Center, Ohio State University. 

Peterkin, A. (1992). What about me?: When brothers and sisters get sick. New York: Magination Press. 

Powell, T. H., & Gallagher, P. A. (1993). Brothers & sisters - a special part of exceptional families, 2nd ed. Baltimore: Paul H. Brookes. 

Rosenberg, M. B. (1988). Finding a way: Living with exceptional brothers and sisters. New York: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books. 

The sibling experience [videorecording]. (1989). Minneapolis: PACER Center. 

Smieja, L. L. (1990). Brothers and sisters of children with disabilities: An annotated bibliography. Portland, OR: Families as Allies Project, Research and Training Center on Family Support and Children's Mental Health, Portland State University. 

Stoneman, Z. & Berman, P. W. (1993). The effects of mental retardation, disability, and illness on sibling relationships: Research issues and challenges. Baltimore: Paul H. Brookes. 

And books for siblings of children with medical problems:

Amadeo, D.M. (1992). There's a little bit of me in Jamey. Morton Grove, IL: Albert Whitman & Company (Common feelings among siblings of children with cancer are explored in this story, which includes a brother donating bone marrow. Elementary level). 

Anderson, K. (1982). Don't forget me, Mommy! San Rafael, CA: Marin Publishing Company.
 (This novel portrays a wide range of feelings while telling the story of a family's efforts to help their child with Down's syndrome. High school level.) 

Baznik, D. (1981). Becky's Story. Bethesda, MD: Association for the Care of Children's Health. (Reactions and needs of siblings of hospitalized children are explored in this story. Elementary level). 

Berkus, C.W. (1992). Charlsie's Chuckle. Rockville, MD: Woodbine House. (Charlsie has Down's syndrome and delights in many things. Elementary

Blackburn, L.B. (1991). I know I made it happen: A gentle book about feeling guilty. Omaha, NE: Centering Corporation. (Sections of this small book address typical feelings of guilt siblings may experience when a brother or sister becomes injured or ill and provides reassurance. Preschool and elementary levels.) (Centering Corporation publishes a catalog of materials on grief and loss, including many resources for children: 1531  Saddle Creek Rd.; Omaha, NE 68104; 402-553-1200; FAX 402-553-0507). 

Gartenberg, Z. (1998). Mori's story: a  book about a boy with autism. Lerner Publications. This is a book written by ten-year-old Zachary about his brother. It is a heartfelt account of not only his brother, but of how the entire family deals with Mori's illness. Photos throughout. 
ISBN:  0-8225-2585-2

Getz, D. (1990). Thin air. New York: Henry Holt & Company. (This fictional story depicts a sixth grader who struggles to overcome asthma and the attentions of his overprotective brother. Upper elementary and junior high level). 

Hall, L. (1982). Half the Battle. Riverside, NJ: Charles Scribner & Sons. (A boy who is visually impaired and his younger sibling face their feelings toward each other, including resentment and jealousy, in this story of an endurance ride on horseback. Junior high level). 

Hawkins-Walsh, E., with Centering Corporation. (1985). Katie's premature brother.
Omaha, NE: Centering Corporation. (Simple text and line drawings to be colored make this very accessible to young children. Preschool through elementary levels). 

Heegard, M. (1991). When someone has a very serious illness. Minneapolis, MN: Woodland
Press. (The workbook format encourages children to draw about their feelings and experiences as they are guided in exploring what it is like to have a seriously ill family member. Elementary and junior high level). 

 Metzger, L. (1992). Barry's sister. New York, NY: Atheneum Press, Macmillan Publishing Company. (This fictional story explores the feelings of a girl whose brother has cerebral palsy. Junior high level.) 

Meyer D., & Vadasy, P. (1996). Living with a brother or sister with special needs: A book for sibs. Seattle, WA: University of Washington Press. (Many specific disabilities are discussed and sibling questions and emotions are addressed in this comprehensive book that will be of value to professionals, parents, and siblings. Elementary through high school level). 

Muldoon, K.M. (1989). Princess Pooh. Niles, IL: Albert Whitman and Company. (Colorful pictures and realistic, humorous text tell the story of a girl who is jealous of her sister's "royal" treatment while in a wheelchair, until she tries out the wheelchair for herself. Elementary level). 

Roy, R. (1984). Where's Buddy? New York: Clarion Books. (This fictional story tells of a boy searching frantically for his lost brother who has diabetes, and the difficult lessons about responsibility both boys learn. Junior high level). 

Tasker, M. (1992). Jimmy and his family. Bethesda, MD: Association for the Care of
Children's Health. (With text in English and Spanish, this simple story is presented through the eyes of a child who has AIDS. Preschool and elementary levels). 

Thompson, M. (1992). My brother Matthew. Rockville, MD: Woodbine House. (How a family often focuses attention on the special needs of a child with a disability and the effects of this on siblings, are explored in this fictional story. Elementary level) 

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Joan Fleitas, Ed.D., R.N.
Associate Professor of Nursing, Lehman College, CUNY
Bronx, New York 10468

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