Mothers are superheroes when they're battling cancer, and this empowering picture book gives them an honest yet spirited way to share the difficult experience with their kids. Author Jessica Reid Sliwerski was diagnosed with breast cancer four months after giving birth to her daughter. And through all the stages of treatment--surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, losing her hair--she thought about how hard it would be to talk to your child about cancer while coping with it. She wrote this picture book to give other parents and their children an encouraging tool for having those conversations--a lovingly upbeat book that is also refreshingly authentic and straightforward. With its simple text and heartwarming illustrations, Cancer Hates Kisses is relatable to any type of cancer.
Review Citation(s): Kirkus Reviews 07/15/2017 School Library Journal 10/01/2017 Hornbook Guide to Children 01/01/2018 pg. 63 - Recommended, Satisfactory
About the Author Jessica Reid Sliwerski is a literacy specialist, reading enthusiast, and former elementary school teacher. This picture book was inspired by her own breast cancer treatment and recovery. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and daughter.
Mika Song grew up in Manila, Philippines, and Honolulu, Hawaii before moving to New York to study at Pratt Institute. She worked in children's educational animation before devoting herself to writing and illustrating children's books. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter. Cancer Hates Kisses is her second picture book.