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Paperback 8.5” x 11”
32 pages
ISBN 978-1-63381-046-4


Daniel and His Starry Night Blanket


written and illustrated by Sally Loughridge

When a sibling is seriously ill, a child may become confused, angry, scared, lonely, and even jealous. Written particularly for healthy younger children, this book can help them safely express and explore their feelings. This is one family’s story, but the emotions Daniel and Kate experience are often present in families with similar health challenges.

As their family weathers her illness, Daniel and Kate are growing older—physically, socially, emotionally, and cognitively. Daniel’s changing bond with his special childhood blanket reflects his emotional growth during his sister’s cancer treatment. A vehicle for encouraging discussion and understanding, Daniel and His Starry Night Blanket can be used in home, school, counseling, and medical settings. It can help reassure the healthy sibling of their place and importance in the family, model strategies for parents juggling attention to all their children, and increase siblings’ understanding of one another.

Daniel and His Starry Night Blanket is a compassionate and validating story for families balancing the needs of all their children when a child is diagnosed with cancer…Sally Loughridge has provided a valuable resource for navigating the emotional and relational struggles when a sibling has cancer.
Youth and Family Services Coordinator
The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing, Lewiston, Maine

This lovely story acknowledges the many dimensions of a sibling’s experience when a brother or sister is diagnosed with cancer. The thoughtful words and illustrations normalize siblings’ feelings and encourage more open dialogue within families about an often overlooked aspect of pediatric cancer.
Pediatric Oncology Counselor
Inova Life with Cancer, Fairfax, Virginia

“This project has been funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.”

2015 Gelett Burgess Book Awards Gold Medal (Category: Lifestyle Emotions and Feelings)
2015 Honorable Mention, New England Book Festival (Category: Children’s Books)


SALLY LOUGHRIDGE, PhD, is a professional artist living on the coast of Maine, who previously practiced clinical psychology in Vermont for over twenty five years. Raised by creative, curious parents and trained as a developmental psychologist, she believes strongly in the power of art in its many forms to foster understanding, connection, and healing. Daniel and His Starry Night Blanket originally began as a picture book tracing a child’s emotional growth. After Sally had cancer several years ago, she changed the book into the story of a young sibling as he is impacted by his sister’s cancer journey. Daniel and His Starry Night Blanket reflects Sally’s deep empathy for those going through serious illness, whether as patient or family member, and her expertise as a child psychologist and visual artist.

Sally is the author of Rad Art: A Journey Through Radiation Treatment (Atlanta, GA: American Cancer Society 2012). The book presents the personal visual and written diary she kept over thirty-three consecutive days of radiation treatment after surgery. As a clinical psychologist, she also co-authored three books for children going through significant family change: The Divorce Workbook, Changing Families, and My Kind of Family (Burlington, VT: Waterfront Books 1985, 1988, and 1990).

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