At Scottish Book Trust, we believe books and reading can provide magic, comfort and joy. For children and young people who are unwell, a stay in hospital can often seem daunting and scary. Books can be a brilliant place to start for understanding illness, opening up about hard topics and working through big emotions. They can also be a wonderful place to escape from reality. In this book list, you'll find a range of reads for all ages and stages: from mindful colouring books and beautiful photography collections to moving stories and fantastic page-turners for pure distraction.