Recently there has been an explosion in children’s diabetes 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 best children’s diabetes books! Most of these can be bought on Amazon so I’ll provide the links.

Let’s go!

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

Year One with Type One by Mike Suarez

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.

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diabetes books for kids twas my type of christmas

Twas My Type of Christmas by Mike Suarez

Join Andrew, the T1D character from Year One with Type One (above) 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.

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taking diabetes to school. a kids story book

Taking Diabetes to School by Kim Gosselin

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.

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

Mommy Beeps by Kim Baillieul

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.

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book cover: super sammy - a kids book about t1d

Super Sammy by Kim Baillieul

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.

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book cover: even superheros get diabetes

Even Superheros Get Diabetes by Sue Ganz-Schmitt

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.

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Diabetes Doesn’t Stop Maddie by Sarah Glenn Marsh

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.

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

Peter’s Special Concoction: How a Little Boy Learned to Manage Type 1 Diabetes by Angela Cleveland

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.

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

Laura Takes Charge by Rocky Lang

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.

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

Teddy Talks by Vanessa Messenger

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

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

Little Red Sports Car by Eleanor Troutt

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.

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book cover- the ups and downs of audrey may

The Ups and Downs of Audrey May by Missy Mareau Garcia

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.

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

I’m Still Me Can’t You See by Valorie Hergenreter

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.

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

Caillou: Emmas Extra Snacks by Anne Paradis

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

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

The Bravest Girl in School by MRS Kate Gaynor

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!

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book covers for the Disney and Lilly Diabetes Coco series

The Coco Series by Disney (a FREE digital book 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

Rosie Becomes a Warrior by Julia Flaherty

Rosie Becomes a Warrior is a children’s story designed to empower children with type 1 diabetes to live their happiest lives, written by an author who has lived with type 1 diabetes for almost 20 years herself. “Rosie Becomes a Warrior” follows the story of Rosie as she navigates her type 1 diabetes diagnosis with her parents. Rosie is a second-grader with bright green eyes and beautiful red hair who loves to draw, eat ice cream, and spend time with her best friends. In this children’s book, Rosie learns from doctors, meets new friends along the way, and finds the bright side of type 1 diabetes.

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Rosie the Type 1 Diabetes Warrior by Julia Flaherty

Rosie the Type 1 Diabetes Warrior Goes to Diabetes Summer Camp is the second story in the “Rosie Becomes a Warrior” children’s book series. The events in this story happen after the first book. This children’s book series is designed to empower children with type 1 diabetes to live their happiest lives.

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type 1 diabetes kids book open up your bag

Open Up Your Bag by Michael Lawson

Open Up Your Bag is a diabetes picture book for kids who are in the early stages of developing their routine of managing a life with T1D. These fun animals characters pull all sorts of diabetes things out of their bags like a glucometer, insulin, and more. And they do typical diabetes routines, like eating glucose or entering numbers into an insulin pump.

Find supplemental coloring sheets and activity page downloads at

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When I Go Low by Michael Lawson & Ginger Vieira

Jax the Cat likes to play soccer, eat sandwiches, and ride his bike with his friends — oh, and he also has type 1 diabetes! For Jax, one of the hardest parts of living with type 1 diabetes is noticing how he feels when his blood sugar is low. One day, he goes on a walk to find other kids with type 1 and learns a few new things about low blood sugars along the way!

Find supplemental coloring sheets and activity page downloads at

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Ain’t Gonna Hide My T1D by Michael Lawson & Ginger Vieira

Sherry the Sheep loves to draw, play basketball, and swim with her friends—oh, and she has type 1 diabetes! At school, Sherry is nervous about what her new friends might think when they see her taking insulin and wearing a CGM. Join Sherry as she learns how to teach her classmates about diabetes and decides she may not need to hide it after all.

Find supplemental coloring sheets and activity page downloads at

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the truth about stacey baby sitters club t1d

The Truth About Stacey by Ann M. Martin

The Truth About Stacey is book #2 in the Baby Sitters Club Graphic Novel Series. In this book, Stacey just moved to a new town and is still coming to terms with her diabetes, and is facing baby-sitting problems left and right. Fortunately, Stacey has three new friends — Kristy, Claudia, and Mary Anne. Together they’re the BSC — and they will deal with whatever’s thrown their way… even if it’s a rival baby-sitting club!

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Ballerina Dreams a childrens book about diabetes

Ballerina Dreams by Zippora Karz

Ballerina Dreams is the story of Zippy, a young girl who falls in love with ballet. With hard work she dances all the way to her pointes and the leading role in the performance. But soon Zippy and her family learn that she has type 1 diabetes. Will she still be able to dance in the performance? Zippy proves that she can take care of herself and still live her passion.

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ESPN and disney type 1 diabetes book series for kids

ESPN Book Series by Disney & Lilly (a FREE Digital Book Series)

  • Covering the Bases:  book about a boy named Phillip Mitchell who can’t wait to go to baseball camp. He’s been looking forward to it for months, and it’s finally here! There’s just one problem: he hasn’t spent so many nights away from home since he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, and he’s worried. What if something goes wrong and there’s no one around who can help him? Will Phillip be able to enjoy his first time at baseball camp, or will his nerves get the best of him?
  • Power Forward: Justin Cooper can’t believe it. He’s been chosen to captain his basketball team! Then everything changes. Justin is diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Suddenly Justin finds himself trying to navigate a changing life: learning how to manage his diabetes, all the while trying to keep his diagnosis from his friends. His diabetes care team tells him he can still play basketball, but he’s not so sure. And what’s more, Justin’s nerves are getting the best of him on the court. Justin knows he has to find a balance between his diabetes and the rest of his life, but how? And can he do it before he alienates his teammates for good?
  • Up for the Challenge: Allie should be thrilled at being made a starter on her soccer team. There’s only one problem: she’s just been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, and she’s not sure she’s ready to get back out on the field. Between balancing her new responsibilities to her team and learning how to manage her diabetes, Allie just feels lost. But when Allie opens up to her friends and family about her feelings, she gets nothing but support. Soon Allie is back on the field, trying to put her worries behind her and be the best player she can be. But is she up for the challenge?
the adventures of capitan lantus kids diabetes book

The Adventures of Capitan Lantus by Gary Rapson & Max Rapson

The Adventures of Capitan Lantus: 7-year old Max has type 1 diabetes, in fact ,everyone in beta town has but that’s what makes beta town so cool. One day, while guarding the insulin cube against the dastardly king carb’s plans to steel it, Max gains superpowers from a top secret insulin pump and turns him into Beta town’s very own superhero, Captain Lantus.

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diabetes helpers book for kids

Diabetes Helpers by Jalanah Deroze & Dr. Phyllisa Smith Deroze

This is the first children’s diabetes book to focus on kids who help their loved ones with diabetes. It combines discussions about three types of diabetes all in one book (T1D, LADA, T2D)! The book follows three characters named Jalanah, Grace, and Antonio, and shows how they lend a hand to their loved ones with diabetes.

The book was written by Dr.Deroze, a mom with LADA and her seven-year-old daughter, Jalanah. Jalanah is her Mom’s real life, little diabetes helper.

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not the worst thing ever-book on type 1 diabetes

Not The Worst Thing Ever: A Gross, Giggly Guide to Dealing with Diabetes by Gillian King-Cargile

It turns out that there are a lot of things that are way worse than checking blood sugar, getting a shot, changing an insulin pump infusion site, and changing a continuous glucose monitor. As the old saying goes, taking care of your diabetes is a lot better than getting pooped out by a great white shark. With laugh-out-loud lines by Gillian King-Cargile and delightfully disgusting illustrations by Shawn Turek, this feel-better diabetes book will reassure readers that getting (or giving) a little poke is not the worst thing ever!

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Ava Ann Makes Art: The Story of a Rabbit with Diabetes by Rachel Leland

Ava Ann Rabbit has recently been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. She has to learn to navigate this new medical world she’s been thrown into, all while still being a kid and finding out where she fits in the world. When her teacher gives the class an assignment to make an art piece about their life, Ava Ann digs deep, and creates a unique project that combines aspects of her life from before and after her diabetes diagnosis.

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diabetes darling t1d book for kids

The Diabetes Darling by Jennifer Cheatham

Type 1 Diabetes is hard – life as you know it changes immediately. Now, imagine that a fairy will be assigned to each kid on that very first day whose sole job is helping to navigate their new normal. Awesome, right? In The Diabetes Darling, there is a special world where they do exist – it’s called the Enchanted Cloud! It’s a place in the sky where young fairies work hard so kids don’t have to face their new challenges alone. Together, we follow one such fairy (Faye) as she tries to help her very first kid with T1D.

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the robot on my belly kids books

The Robot on My Tummy by Gillian King-Cargile

Meet the robot on your tummy! Getting a continuous glucose monitor (CGM) is a big adjustment, but it is also a big help in learning to monitor blood sugar and live well with diabetes. Featuring fun rhymes, hand-painted illustrations, and colorful scenarios, The Robot on My Tummy takes T1D children on an imaginative journey through the ways a CGM can change their care routine for the better. Helpful backmatter explains how CGMs can assist kids and caregivers in anticipating blood sugar levels and managing the highs and lows of diabetes. Whether kids dream of being a popstar, mountain climber, or space wizard, this book will help them develop a positive attitude about their new CGM companion, the robot on their tummy!

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T1D Superhero: Origins by Emily M. Goff

Luka is just your average kid. He lives with his mom, and he has a teddy bear named Blue. But Luka is also a superhero. Luka has Type 1 Diabetes. According to his mom, living with Type 1 Diabetes every day makes him a superhero. But how did it all start? How did he find out he has Type 1 Diabetes? This story explains the signs and symptoms leading up to Luka’s diagnosis from a kid’s point of view, and mom throws in some info for the grown-ups along the way!

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rufus comes home t1d book

Rufus Comes Home

When Brian discovers he has diabetes, his mother makes him a teddy bear who also has the disease, and with whom he can share his experiences with.

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Check Back for NEW Kids Books as They Come Out!

The niche for children’s diabetes 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!


  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!

    • 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

    • T1D Living October 26, 2022 at 11:17 am - Reply

      Awesome! I’ll add it to the list!

  6. Emily Goff November 4, 2022 at 1:25 pm - Reply

    Hi! My son has T1D, diagnosed at age 8 in 2017, and a couple years ago I wrote, illustrated, and self-published a childrens book about T1D. It’s called “T1D Superhero: Origins.” It’s about his diagnosis and the symptoms to look out for, and it makes a great gift for schools, local libraries, and pediatrician offices. I don’t have it on Amazon, only in my Etsy shop since I had them all printed at a local print shop. If you’d like to take a look, you can find info at — I found you through following Rosie the T1D Warrior!

    • T1D Living July 7, 2023 at 10:11 am - Reply

      Hi! I’d love to add it to the list! Thank yoU!!

  7. Susan Fleisher January 13, 2023 at 2:16 pm - Reply

    I am a book buyer for The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. I would like to purchase a number of these books to sell in our gift shop but I’m obviously looking to get them at a wholesale rate. Who do I contact to do this? Is there a distributor?

    • T1D Living July 7, 2023 at 9:58 am - Reply

      That’s great! You’d have to reach out the authors/publishers of each book.

  8. Clint Cargile March 23, 2023 at 3:19 pm - Reply

    Hi Rachel,
    Love this list! My wife and I started our own small press after our daughter was diagnosed with T1d at age 4. We have two diabetes picture books out now and a third in production. Could you add our books to your list: Not the Worst Thing Ever: A Gross, Giggly Guide to Dealing with Diabetes; and The Robot on My Tummy: A Type 1 Diabetes Book to Help Kids Learn to Love Their Continuous Glucose Monitors. They are fun and silly books for kids who are already well into their diabetes care routine. Both books are available on Amazon and in most online bookstores. Thanks!

    • T1D Living July 7, 2023 at 9:57 am - Reply

      Thank you! I will add these to the list!

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