New Children’s Book: Not Today, Butterflies! A Book About Food Allergy Anxiety

It’s here! Bumblebee Books has published SAFE Founder Nicole Ondatje’s new children’s book: Not Today, Butterflies! A Book About Food Allergy Anxiety. It is currently available for purchase through Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Please check it out!

About the Book

Living with a food allergy is challenging! Nine-year-old Quinn experiences several anxiety-provoking food allergy scenarios including her annual visit to the allergist, navigating a play date and a birthday party, being different from her friends, and having to speak up about her food allergies. These experiences generate uncomfortable feelings of butterflies in Quinn’s stomach. Quinn learns different tools to help manage her anxiety and tame the butterflies. Not Today, Butterflies! A Book About Food Allergy Anxiety provides an engaging and relatable experience for children who are coping with fears and anxiety about their own food allergies. Intended for children as well as parents and caregivers, this book offers some guidance on identifying signs of food allergy anxiety and helpful ways to teach kids how to manage it.

This book has been featured on Allergic Child and FARE’s blog!

About the Author

Nicole Ondatje has been an advocate for children with food allergies for nearly a decade. She founded S.A.F.E (Supporting Allergic Families through Education) of Boulder County, a community-based organization dedicated to improving the health, safety, and well-being of families with food allergies through increased awareness and education. She has served as a collaborator on an Emergency Medical Services Anaphylaxis Task Force, on Food Allergy Research and Education’s Support Group Leadership Council, and as an Allergy & Asthma Network ‘Anaphylaxis Community Expert’ and trainer. She lives in Colorado with her husband and her daughter who is severely allergic to peanuts and pine nuts.