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Children’s Books About Prematurity

How do you explain delicate topics of prematurity, loss and the NICU to a child? The following books have been reviewed and recommended for parents looking to teach children about their own journey through prematurity or looking to support the sibling of a preemie.

For even more books for children, specifically siblings of premature babies, visit our Sibling Support section of the Hand to Hold website.


soon jessica watsonSoon by Jessica Watson

Soon is a simple, yet lovely story about a baby born prematurely, whose family anxiously awaits the day when she comes home. Read Leigh Ann’s review of Soon here.


kate polley personalized child loss bookThe Story of… by Kate Polley

After the loss of one of her premature twins, Kate Polley started creating personalized books for families who have experiences a loss. Read Kate’s story here.




peanutbookPeanut: A Storybook for Mighty Preemies by Lindsay Nolan

Sometimes preemie parents take their traumatic NICU experiences and turn them into something positive. Preemie mom, Lindsay Nolan, is one of these parents. Read Andrea’s review of Peanut here.


go preemies book cover book reviewGo Preemies! by A.P. Male

Andy’s motivation for writing Go Preemies! was to write a book about some of the greatest minds who were preemies, like him. He wanted to know if they experienced the same struggles with learning and development. Read Katie’s review of Go Preemies! here and check out the Go Preemies! app.



i was a preemie just like you, preemie booksI Was a Preemie Just Like You (giveaway?)

With colorful graphics and easy to understand language, I Was a Preemie Just Like You is a simple story that shows young preemies not only what they went through, but that they are not alone. Preview I Was A Preemie Just Like You.




good things small packages, preemie booksGood Things Come in Small Packages (I Was a Preemie) by Candy Campbell

Good Things Come In Small Packages (I Was A Preemie) is a delightful story of one little person’s journey of realization as he discovers his difficult beginnings, and the real meaning of love. Suitable for children ages 0-8.


born early preemie bookBorn Early: A Premature Baby’s Story for Children by Lida Lafferty

This award-winning book follows baby Carrie from her premature birth to her homecoming. Find Born Early: A Premature Baby’s Story for Children here.



Leigh Ann Torres About Leigh Ann Torres

Online Community Coordinator, Preemie Babies 101 Lead Blogger – Leigh Ann Torres is a freelance writer, blogger and mother of three living in Austin, TX. After a short and sudden bout with severe preeclampsia, Leigh Ann’s identical twin girls were delivered at 31 weeks, spending 38 mostly uneventful days in the NICU. Two years later the Torres family welcomed another baby, this time at term, with only a mild case of preeclampsia. Leigh Ann currently runs Hand to Hold’s official blog and social media channels. When she’s not doing laundry or fulfilling requests for snacks, she usually has her nose stuck in a book. You can keep in touch with Leigh Ann on Twitter or via email.


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