Children's Books on Peanut Allergies
Peanut Allergy Children's Books
For a parent, the diagnosis of a peanut allergy is a frightening one. Not only must they learn how to use an Epi-Pen, read labels on anything they buy, and watch everything that comes in contact with their child, they must also teach their children to do this while boosting their self esteem.
Kids are bullied for peanut allergies and many parents/teachers don’t understand that a speck of a peanut can kill your child with a peanut allergy so these children must truly understand what is at stake and learn tips on how to live safely. Thankfully, now there are several children’s books available on the subject.
1. Jude the Dude: The Peanut Allergy Kid (Available on Amazon)
Jude the Dude is a rhyming 30 page book filled with vivid illustrations on how to live safely with a peanut allergy. The main character, Jude is upset on being recently diagnosed with his peanut allergy. But, soon he learns that life isn’t about the food you eat, it is about who you are. Jude learns (and teaches children) tips to live safely. He brings his own food to parties, reads labels on everything, sits at special tables, and learns to use his Epi-Pen. The reader is taught how to use an Epi-Pen with a catchy rhyme that will stay in the reader’s minds. At the end of the book, Jude the Dude grows up to become successful and teach his daughter all about peanut allergies.
As one Reviewer Stated:
“With full color illustrations, this useful book provides important information for children with peanut allergies, which they will be able to remember and use. It touches on the disappointment and other feelings of children who find themselves restricted in what they eat. Then, it talks about the things that will help a child find coping strategies. Epi-Pen use is described, and bring your own food to events is mentioned. Schools are working hard to keep children both safe and feeling like they are part of the group. This aspect of the situation is part of the story. There is a happy ending - always a plus for helping children to stay positive. I think that this book would be helpful in a family, at school, in waiting rooms, and available in libraries.”
2. Allie the Allergic Elephant (Available on Amazon)
Allie is an Elephant that suffers from a peanut allergy. Allie teaches children that peanut allergies are serious. She learns not to share snacks and that many foods actually “hide” peanuts. She also teaches children to be able to say "No thank you" to both friends and adults offering them food (something each child definitely needs to be able to do!). Allie the Elephant is a fun (yet informative) book with very cute illustrations of Allie (we absolutely love her facial expressions!).
As one Reviewer Stated:
"This is a great book for explaining food allergies to all children. My children do not have food allergies but this book did a wonderful job of explaining how serious they can be! My three-year-old was able to grasp the concept that some foods can make other children sick and should not be shared. And my seven-year-old was surprised to learn all the foods which "hide" peanuts. In addition to being educational, this is an enjoyable and humorous book that my youngest child chooses at bedtime again and again."
3. The Princess and the Peanut Allergy (Available on Amazon)
The Peanut Allergy Princess centers around two friends: Regina and Paula. Regina is having a party with nutty fudge brownies and peanut butter candies. Paula is upset since she cannot have any of the cake and Regina is upset that she won’t have any of the cake. Regina goes home and creates an interesting plan to make everything right. This book has very cute illustrations and I love the title and the story. A few things parents need to be aware when reading this story to their child is that even if a cake does not have peanuts, it should not be eaten (unless it is a specially made cake). Most baked goods are contaminated with peanuts so peanut allergy sufferers cannot eat store bought cakes. The second thing parents need to be reminded while reading this story is that if a party served that many nuts and peanut butter, your child should probably not be attending. The children will have peanut butter all over them for the rest of the party. Nonetheless, it is very cute and whimsical.
As one reviewer stated:
“The book analagizes a tiny bit of peanut to a little tiny pea under a princesses bed in "the princess in the pea"-- helps kids to understand that even a tiny little bit can hurt. Also addresses some social problems kids might have regarding allergies. Really a sweet story that my two year old non-allergic girl loves even more than my four year old with allergies. I think it would be great for older children as well.”
4. The Peanut-Free Café (Available on Amazon)
The Peanut-Free Café actually takes a different approach and centers around a child without a peanut allergy. The most popular food at the elementary school is peanut butter but when a child with a peanut allergy enrolls, he must sit at a special table without peanut butter. The first, Grant, the peanut allergy child, sits there alone. But after developing a plan to make his table fun with crafts, other children start joining him. One non peanut allergy child, Simon, has difficulty giving up his peanut lunch, but eventually does to join in the fun. It is fun, lively, and inspiring for a fun peanut free table.
“One of the most interesting thing about Gloria Koster's peanut allergy picture book is its choice to make the main character a child without a peanut allergy. Kids with peanut allergies already know how important and inconvenient it is to avoid peanuts. By showing the growing understanding of the problem from the point of view of an "outsider," Peanut-Free Cafe allows every child to learn about peanut allergies and gain perspective about the difficulties of others who suffer this problem. With lively illustrations and a clever story, this book's educational value is only icing on the cake!”
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