Harry Goes to the Hospital

A Story for Children About What It’s Like to Be in the Hospital

The Story

Harry is sick and has to go to the hospital. But he’s never been to a hospital before, and he’s scared. There are lots of new people to meet, he gets poked with needles, and he has to spend the night in a strange place. But with his parents’ comfort and the help of lots of doctors, nurses, and his stuffed rabbit, Barney, Harry learns that the hospital doesn’t have to be a big, scary place.

Reviews & Awards

• 2008 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award for Health Issues (Silver)

“Dr. Bennett brings compassion and honesty to his child-centered tale of a stay at the hospital. This book should help answer the questions and allay the fears of young readers.” 
—Mary Quattlebaum, Author of Jackson Jones and the Puddle of Thorns

“Harry Goes to the Hospital is the resource parents are looking for. Dr. Bennett captures all the questions and fears children may have about impending or unexpected hospital visits and addresses them in an engaging and informative way! This book encourages children to explore their feelings and express their thoughts. I highly recommend it!” 
—Terry Spearman, CCLS, Team Leader, Child Life Services, Children’s National Medical Center

“This deftly written story of a stay in the hospital empathetically answers the questions and calms the fears of a young child entering that strange environment. I highly recommend this book.” 
—Howard Fischer, MD, Chief of Ambulatory Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Children’s Hospital of Michigan

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