A book for kids about “automated insulin delivery” technology, explained with an analogy of scuba diving. Available in print format and Kindle format on Amazon, and also in a free online animated video. There is also a French translation in print and Kindle format.
I’ve started writing children’s books to help me explain to my nieces and nephews how people are different. For me, my ‘different’ includes diabetes & celiac disease, but I’m also striving to help teach them that everyone is different in different ways. I’m hoping these books may also be helpful for others in having these conversations with the kids in their lives, too.
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Carolyn’s Robot Relative is a book about diabetes devices. You can read more about the story behind the book in this blog post. This book is available for sale on Amazon. It is priced so that every 2 copies purchased will fund 1 author-priced copy to libraries, schools, hospitals, etc. This book is illustrated by my amazing artist aunt, Sandra Massengill. There is also a copy available in German: “Ist Carolyns Tante ein Roboter?”
Parker’s Peanut Butter is a book about celiac disease and cross-contamination. You can read more about the story behind the book in this blog post. This book is available for sale on Amazon. It is priced so that every 2 copies purchased will fund 1 author-priced copy to libraries, schools, hospitals, etc. This book is illustrated by Beatrice Baumgartner-Cohen. There is also a copy available in German: “Parker und die Erdnussbutter“. There is also now a copy available in French: “Parker et le Beurre de Cacahuète“.
Cooper’s Crutches is a book about using crutches and mobility or assistive devices. Did you know some people use mobility or assistive devices for different periods of times? And assistive devices are more common than you might think – like eye glasses or contacts. This book is available for sale on Amazon here, and has both print and Kindle formats.
Chloe’s Cookies is a book about lactose intolerance and exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI), for which people need to take different types of enzymes when they eat food or have certain types of drinks. With lactose intolerance, people take lactase (an enzyme to help break down the sugars in milk) and with exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI/PEI), people take pancreatic enzyme replacement therapy (enzymes to help break down fat, protein, and carbohydrates). This book is available for sale on Amazon here, and has both print and Kindle formats.
Note: I may do more books in the future if there are artists interested in helping illustrate these stories! Please do reach out if you are an artist interested in collaborating! Please also reach out if you are interested in translating any of the books into a different language.
As of December 2022, here are all the available language translations of each book