Here’s a list of the 16 best diabetes books to read to kids with T1D! Almost all of these books are written by T1D parents themselves! How cool is that?!

 

The 16 Best Diabetes Books to Read to Kids with T1D

 

Recently there has been an explosion in T1D books! People saw a need and filled it – I LOVE it! Now, instead of just adult self-help books on T1D and how to manage it, there are story books for kids! These books help kids understand T1D and what it might look like to go to school, play sports, and have sleepovers with T1D.

 

And most of these books are written by T1D parents! How cool is that?!

 

Here’s a list of the 16 best diabetes books to read to kids with T1D! Most of these can be bought on Amazon so I’ll provide the links.

 

Let’s go!

 

1. Year One with Type One

type 1 diabetes books for kids. Year one with type one

How does a child respond to a sudden diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes? This book is based on a true story about Andrew, a 4 year old boy from Massachusetts who gets diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Follow along Andrews journey as he experiences symptoms, diagnosis, and the everyday routine of type one diabetes. Get it here.

 

2. Twas My Type of Christmas

diabetes books for kids twas my type of christmas

Join Andrew, the T1D character from Year One with Type One as he guides us the holiday season – which can be especially tough on someone with T1D, but knowing that others can relate makes a big difference. From the reindeer and elves, to Santa himself, the characters in this tale share many of Andrew’s wonderful qualities. They responsibly manage their T1D. They know how to enjoy themselves. And they love preparing for their favorite day of the year. Get it here.

3. Taking Diabetes to School

taking diabetes to school. a kids story book

This book is aimed towards elementary aged kids. It tells a story of boy with type one diabetes who teaches his classmates about the disease and how he manages it. The story offers sensitive insight into the day-to-day school life of a child with T1D. Get it here.

 

4. Mommy Beeps

mommy beeps book cover. a book explaining type 1 diabetes to kids who have a t1d parent

Mommy Beeps is a story for children who have a parent, sibling, or loved one who has diabetes. Explore the day in the life of a Mom with T1D and her child as they go on adventures – dealing with high and low sugars, waiting on hold for lab results, and visiting the endocrinologist. Get it here.

 

5. Super Sammy

book cover: super sammy - a kids book about t1d

When Sammy is diagnosed with T1D confusion and worries set in. Will Sammy still be able to be a normal kid? Will life ever be the same? Super Sammy is a heartwarming tale about a young kid who develops Type 1 Diabetes, and learns to embrace the change and continue living life to the fullest. Get it here.

 

6. Even Super Heroes Get Diabetes

book cover: even superheros get diabetes

Even Superheroes Get Diabetes focuses on the gift within the illness. It is the story of a boy named Kelvin who loves Superheroes. His childhood days are spent in imaginative play-saving the day. One day, his fantasies are hit by the reality of getting diabetes…the finger pricks, shots, and the constant doctor’s appointments. When a mysterious doctor uncovers that Kelvin has superpowers, the story reveals itself as the beginning of a NEW kind of superhero. Kelvin is named ‘Super K’ and uses his superpowers to help other kids with diabetes. The discovery of Super K’s superpowers is similar to the discovery of one’s inner strength in the face of adversity–in the face of illness. Get it here.

 

7. Diabetes Doesn’t Stop Maddie

book cover: diabetes doesn't stop maddie

Maddie was just diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. She’s nervous about managing it and telling others. But as she goes back to school, plays soccer, and spends time with her friends, she becomes more comfortable and confident talking about her health. A sensitive story that’s a great introduction to understanding diabetes for anyone who has it or knows someone who does. Get it here.

 

8. Peter’s Special Concoction: How a Little Boy Learned to Manage Type 1 Diabetes

book cover: peters special concotion - a kids book about type 1 diabetes

Peter was just a little boy when he was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. He was scared of having his blood checked and fearful of the insulin injections. Peter thought about his special skills and developed several strategies he can use to cope with the injections and other challenges he will face. These are strategies anyone can use, child or adult, who is in a similar situation and needs to find an effective way to cope. Get it here.

 

9. Lara Takes Charge

book cover: lara takes charge - a kids book about type 1 diabetes

This book is about Lara. Lara is an active girl who is normal in every way except she has diabetes. Lara Takes Charge helps children meet their challenges and feel accepted and capable of achieving anything. Get it here.

 

10. Teddy Talks

book cover: teddy talks - a kids book about type 1 diabetes

Teddy isn’t your average fur-iend…but neither is Emily! When she was first diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, it all seemed overwhelming. But now, the pair never lets anything stand in the way of everyday adventures…and they can teach you how too! Written by a Type 1 Diabetic mother of two who knows firsthand how challenging it can be to explain the condition to kids, this engaging story features a glossary of common terms and showcases how Emily uses her Continuous Glucose Monitor to track her sugar levels throughout the day. Get it here.

 

11. Little Red Sports Car

book cover: the little red sports car - a kids book about type 1 diabetes

This is a fun, upbeat story about a little car that meets a new challenge in life. Rudy, The Little Red Sports Car, is not feeling well one day and his owner Bob takes him into a garage for a checkup. Bob learns that he has to make some adjustments in the way he drives his little car. Rudy’s automatic transmission (the pancreas) is broken and Bob now has to use a manual transmission. Bob also has to add a special additive to the oil (insulin). There are many parallels to diabetes but the main message in this upbeat tale is that life with diabetes can go on as usual – just with a few adjustments. Get it here.

 

12. The Ups and Downs of Audrey May

book cover- the ups and downs of audrey may

Nine year old Audrey May knows that life can be full of changes. She’s traveled all over the world with her Dad who works on movies, but she’s never been to a school with other kids. She has no idea that starting a new school will be much easier than finding out she has Type 1 Diabetes. Thankfully she won’t face it alone, she has the love of her parents and her crazy little sister to get her through the ups and downs. Get it here.

 

13. I’m Still Me, Can’t You See? Diabetes Won’t Stop Me

book cover: im still me - a book about juvenile diabetes

Have you ever wondered how children perceive themselves and their families’ reactions after being diagnosed with diabetes? It’s tough fighting diabetes, a disease that they might not understand and certainly can’t see. I’m Still Me—Can’t You See is told through the eyes of a child conquering diabetes. Together you will find inspiration and peace as you fight an invisible disease. The rhythmic story along with the imaginative illustrations will entertain and empower your child. Get it here.

 

14. Calliou: Emmas Extra Snacks

book cover - caillou emmas extra snacks - a book about diabetes

Caillou is confused when Emma is allowed to have extra snacks at preschool. He’s even more confused when Miss Martin explains that Emma has juvenile diabetes (type 1). He is worried about his friend Emma and becomes very protective of her. He doesn’t want her to do anything, even go down the slide. But when Emma outruns Caillou in a race, he realizes that diabetes isn’t like a cold or the flu. It’s something Emma has to live with every day ― and she’s doing a pretty good job of it. Get it here.

 

15. The Bravest Girl in School

book cover: the bravest girl in school - a kids book about type 1 diabetes

A story about diabetes and taking insulin for young kids. Although parents are of course primarily responsible for the care of their childs diabetes, it is important that the children themselves are aware that they too must take some responsibility. This book encourages children to follow the instructions given to them by their doctors and parents, to eat healthily, and to see their insulin injections as something brave that they do, that other children cannot! Instead of viewing diabetes and their daily injections as something negative, the story encourages them to think of it as something that sets them apart from their peers in a positive way! Get it here.

 

16. Disney’s Coco Series

book covers for the Disney and Lilly Diabetes Coco series

Disney and Lilly Diabetes have partnered up to create a kids book series on type 1 diabetes. The main character is Coco, a little monkey who has type 1 diabetes. The books in this series follow Coco through sports, sleepovers, school, parties, and more. Ask your endocrinologist for a FREE copy or get the digital version online for free. The digital versions offer a read-out-loud option; get them below:

Go, Team Coco // Read Digital Version

Coco’s First Sleepover // Read Digital Version

Coco Goes Back to School // Read Digital Version

Coco and Goofy’s Goofy Day // Read Digital Version

 

Check Back for NEW Kids Books as They Come Out!

The niche for T1D kids books is BOOMING! There are new books coming out in this category constantly, so check back for the latest books!

 

If you have a favorite book that’s not on this list let me know!

 

More T1D Book Recommendations:

If you have older kids, or for yourself, check out these books with T1D characters!

 

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10 Comments

  1. Polly February 18, 2022 at 2:52 pm - Reply

    These all look so good! My son is really into superheros right now so i’ll have to get that one. Thank you for this list!

    • T1D Living February 19, 2022 at 6:12 pm - Reply

      you’re welcome!

  2. Fallon February 18, 2022 at 4:05 pm - Reply

    WOAH! This is amazing! I’m so happy parents are stepping up and creating a space in the marketplace for T1D. Way to go parents!

    • T1D Living February 19, 2022 at 6:14 pm - Reply

      Right?! Parents are a force to be reckoned with!

  3. Rick Phillips February 18, 2022 at 7:43 pm - Reply

    Such a great list. Thank you for publishing it. When I was a kid I was so afraid for my mom. I worried about her almost every day while at school. Even when diabetes isn’t yours (at first) you grow up quickly. Great books would have meant the world to me.

    • T1D Living February 19, 2022 at 6:17 pm - Reply

      Agreed! I’m so glad there are so many great options now.

  4. Hannah February 19, 2022 at 12:51 pm - Reply

    The Adventures of Capitan Lantus is a good book too! https://www.captainlantus.com/

    • T1D Living February 19, 2022 at 6:19 pm - Reply

      i haven’t heard of that one! I’ll check it out and add it to the list. thank you!

  5. Gary Rapson March 10, 2022 at 3:06 pm - Reply

    Hi All

    My Name is Gary Rapson, me and My son Max who has type has have also created a children’s book, please check us out.. The Adventures of Captain Lantus

    • Gary Rapson March 10, 2022 at 3:08 pm - Reply

      My Name is Gary Rapson, Me and My son Max who has type one has also created a children’s book, please check us out.. The Adventures of Captain Lantus

      Hannah thank you for the shoutout

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