Welcome to the Jellybean Kid Resource Page!

The Jellybean Kid: A tender, family-friendly story about a young boy’s difficult health journey is the sixth book in the Compassion Series, written for children and the grownups in their world to foster thoughtful, meaningful, and compassionate conversations.

Below you’ll find all resources related to The Jellybean Kid. These have been curated to help you go a bit deeper as you consider the sensitive experiences unique to young people living with critical and chronic illnesses and their families. 

Gently By Mike Janzen:  A Musical Companion Piece for The Jellybean Kid

There are two things we know to be certain when it comes to the matter of critical, chronic, and terminal illnesses among children. First, we know that no amount, or choice, of words do justice to what hearts, minds, and souls carry with them. Second, words and gestures that have the greatest likelihood of being helpful in any way always come gently.

The song “Gently” has been written, arranged and recorded by artist and composer Mike Janzen specifically for The Jellybean Kid project. This beautiful composition is purposely both wordless and gentle. Our hope is that in some small measure this music blesses your reflection and/or prayer time, alone or with loved ones.

Jellybean Kid Colouring Pages

Click below to download three colouring pages that you can print off and share with the children in your care and/or classroom. These are special illustrations by Tim Huff created to match the themes and visuals in the book, inviting children to have fun colouring as they ponder the thoughts they have been introduced to in the book. Click on an image to open the PDF colouring page. 

Helpful Resources

We’ve listed below some resources that may be useful for you as you consider how to support someone who has a child with a chronic or critical illness. We’ll keep growing the list over time. If you know of a resource you think should be added, please contact us and let us know!

Articles & Personal Stories

Caring for the caregiver: Raising children with a disability or chronic disease – Global News article

A nurse finds her medical skills put to the test raising her daughter – An Interview on the Holland Bloorview website

Talking with Children and Youth about Serious Illness – Article by Susan McClement RN, PhD & Simone Stenekes RN, MN, CHPCN(C), CNS 


Sweet Dreams for Chiyo – A CBC documentary about how one family copes when their toddler is diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes

Everything Happens for a Reason and Other Lies I’ve Loved – TED Talk by Kate Bowler

Books & Podcasts

Everything Happens For a Reason: And Other Lies I’ve Loved – Book by Kate Bowler 

Everything Happens – Podcast with host Kate Bowler

A Different Dream for my Child: Meditations for Parents of Critically or Chronically Ill Children  – Book by Jolene Philo

Resource Lists

Resources for Caregivers of a Child with a Serious Illness  – Resource page on The Conversation Project website

Books for Families with A Sick Child – Resource page on Caringbridge


Ronald McDonald House Charities 


Watch the launch event video