Education & Awareness
“Ignorance is the curse of God; knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven.” –William Shakespeare
“Knowledge is love and light and vision.” –Helen Keller
The following is a list of resources that may be helpful to you.
SnackSafely Snack Guide (now includes skin care/cosmetics)
Diet Watch for Common Food Allergies (article with helpful links)
Education/Awareness Guidelines & Handouts
Education/Awareness Videos & Webinars
Food allergy documentary That Bites!, created by 12 year old allergy sufferer Jack Yonover
Books For Adults
- Food Allergies: A Complete Guide For Eating When Your Life Depends On It (by Scott Sicherer, MD)
- Understanding and Managing Your Child’s Food Allergies (by Scott Sicherer, MD)
- The Peanut Allergy Answer Book, 3rd Edition (by Michael C. Young, MD)
- The Stepping Stones to Food Allergies (by Tracy Bush)
- From Emotions to Advocacy: The Special Education Survival Guide (by Pam Wright and Pete Wright)
- Allergic Girl: Adventures In Living Well With Food Allergies (by Sloane Miller)
- AllergicChild.com™ Books for Young Children and eBooks for Parents & Teachers
- Food Allergies: Traditional Chinese Medicine, Western Science, and the Search for a Cure (by Henry Ehrlich)
- The Positive Power of Negative Thinking (by Julie Norem)
- Another Person’s Poison: A History of Food Allergy (by Matthew Smith)
- Parenting a Positive Reaction: A parent’s guide to help promote safe care at school for your food allergy child. (by Lisa Musician)
Books For Kids
- Show-and-Tell Scout: Mylan and Disney’s online storybook teaches children about food allergies and anaphylaxis. This is a wonderful resource to educate young children with food allergies, their classmates, families, and friends. There’s also a great FAQ that might teach parents a thing or two as well.
- Food Allergies and Me: A Children’s Book provides an engaging and relatable experience for children who are beginning to learn about and cope with food allergies (the story is told by a human boy). This is also a great book to share with other children who do not have food allergies!
- A great book by Nicole Smith, “Chad the Allergic Chipmunk,” educates children and caregivers about tree nut allergies.
- “The Princess and the Peanut Allergy” by Wendy McClure does an excellent job of explaining that even a tiny bite of peanut is dangerous for anyone with a peanut allergy. The story is charmingly illustrated.
- To help children learn how to explain their food allergy to others, and the importance of having a food-safe environment, Jessica Jacobs wrote, “The Peanut Pickle.” This book helps kids manage tricky or awkward situations that can occur when someone has a life-threatening allergy to peanuts or other foods. This book includes a guide for parents helping their children cope with food allergies.
- “The Bugabees: Friends With Food Allergies” by Amy Recob is an imaginative, rhyming story of eight friends, each with a different food allergy.
- Amy Recob’s second book, “The Bugy Bops – Friends for All Time” presents simple ways kids can prevent allergic reactions, and introduces children to epi-pens, the signs of an allergic reaction, and cross-contamination.
- “To Be a Nut or Not!” by Michelle Nel Chow provides a safe manner to learn what different tree nuts look like as well answering ‘the’ question, “Just what IS a peanut?”
- “Joey Panda and His Food Allergies Save the Day” by Amishi Murthy, MD and Vivian Chou, MD – this charming book was written by board-certified allergists who saw the need for educating and empowering young children with food allergies.
- Dr. Michael Pistiner and The No Biggie Bunch make food allergy education enjoyable and engaging in “The No Biggie Bunch: Everday Cool with Food Allergies“. Kids and caregivers will find answers to their food allergy safety and management questions, and solutions to their everyday challenges. This unique educational platform helps caregivers foster confidence and encourage best practices, while letting kids be kids! Engage. Educate. Empower. The No Biggie Bunch is a book series for Kids Creatively Coping with Food Allergies. Their stories are meant to act as springboards for conversation among children, parents, teachers, friends and family members.
- Look for other No Biggie Bunch books for kids by Heather Mehra and Kerry McManama too!
- My Food Allergy Friends is a series of educational books aimed at preschool and school children. The books help educate young children about food allergies and foster allergy awareness in the community.
- My Year of Epic Rock by Andrea Pyros is recommended for young readers (ages 10-14) with food allergies.
- My Immune System Needs Glasses by Michelle Nel explains to kids what goes on inside the body when a food allergy reaction occurs.
- The Great Katie Kate Offers Answers About Asthma by M. Maitland DeLand, MD, is a great book for explaining what asthma is, how it can be triggered, and how medications control it. Definitely geared towards older kids – maybe ages 6 and up??
Books/Articles Addressing Food Allergy Anxiety or Bullying:
- Relieving food allergy anxiety with mindfulness
- Allergy’s High Anxiety: How to Tame Kids’ Fears of Food Reactions
- Living with food allergies mindfully
- The Bouncing Worry Ball and Mighty Mitt, by Leslie Brody, PhD
- What To Do When You Worry Too Much: A Kid’s Guide To Overcoming Anxiety, by Dawn Huebner, PhD
- Sea Otter Cove: A Relaxation Story, by Lori Lite
- Is A Worry Worrying You? by Ferida Wolff and Harriet May Savitz
- David and the Worry Beast, by Anne Marie Guanci
- Don’t Panic, Annika, by Juliet Clare Bell (a nice book for even younger kids, teaching them to stop, take a deep breath, and count to 10)
- Frenemy Jane by Stephanie Sorkin teaches kids what bullying can look like and how to stop it.
- Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon, by Patty Lovell
- Spaghetti In a Hot Dog Bun: Having the Courage To be Who You Are, by Maria Dismondy
- One, by Kathryn Otoshi
- Stop Picking on Me (A First Look At), by Pat Thomas
- The Survival Guide To Bullying, by Aija Mayrock
- The Hundred Dresses, by Eleanor Estes
- How to talk to kids about bullying, and a helpful app