Harry gets sick and he has to go to the hospital. But he's never been there and he's scared! There are lots of new people, he gets poked with needles, and he has to stay the night in a strange place. But with his parents' comfort and the help of lots of doctors, nurses, and especially his stuffed rabbit Barney, Harry learns that the hospital doesn't have to be a big, scary place.
About the Author
Howard J. Bennett, MD, practices pediatrics in Washington, DC, and lives in Maryland with his wife and two children. He is the author of Lions Aren't Scared of Shots, It Hurts When I Poop!, and Waking Up Dry: A Guide to Help Children Overcome Bedwetting. Dr. Bennett is also a clinical professor of pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine and a member of the Community Advisory Staff at the Children's National Medical Center. He maintains a website (Waking Up Dry) where he posts information related to bedwetting.
About the Illustrator
M.S. (Michael) Weber is a graduate of the Art Institute of Chicago. His illustrations appear in children's magazines and books, and online at Magickeys.com. "I look upon children as a new frontier," he says, "because if children are well influenced through their parents, education, and literature, the chances of our world becoming a better place will improve. This is why I illustrate children's stories." He lives in Chicago with his family.
Reviews & Awards
  • 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

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, Division of Ambulatory Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Children's Hospital of Michigan

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