Which children's book about celiac do you recommend for my newly diagnosed daughter? She's 5.
Hi Dave. Thank you for your question, and kudos to you for trying to find resources for your daughter to help her better understand her celiac diagnosis. I have two children, ages 7 and 9, and as I mom I think it is so important to provide our children with the tools they need to enable them to take control over their own health, even at a young age.
There are several wonderful books on celiac disease that are specifically geared towards younger children. How I Eat Without Wheat, by Karen Fine, is a fun rhyming book that celebrates all the wonderful foods that are still available to someone with celiac disease.
Another fun book for young children is called Eating Gluten-Free with Emily, by Bonnie J. Kruska. In this story, Emily (also 5 years old) learns that even though living with celiac disease isn’t always easy, she’s a very special girl, and her family is always there to support her on her gluten-free journey.
Finally, one more book I want to share with you is an activity book called Gluten-Free Friends: An Activity Book for Kids, by registered dietitian Nancy Patin Falini. This is a fabulous book full of information on living a gluten-free lifestyle along with lots of fun activities that you and your daughter can do together.
All of these books are available through Amazon. I wish you and your daughter a wonderful gluten-free journey together!
In good health,
EA Stewart, BS, MBA, RD
*For more book ideas, including the children's book Mommy, What is Celiac Disease?, visit NFCA's Gluten-Free Books & Magazines page.