A reading list for children with diabetes
The following are written for children with diabetes from many different perspectives, to help them understand their condition and help them understand that they are not alone in their journey. A few of our favorites, including some lesser-known recently published books, are highlighted at the top.
A book written to help children understand that diabetes is a hurdle but when managed properly it really doesn’t have to stop you from doing anything. The author encourages people to talk about it more openly and not to hide it.
No Days Off
One of the NHL’s most talented young stars shares his inspiring coming-of-age story about following his dreams after being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.
In Just Ask, United States Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor celebrates the different abilities kids (and people of all ages) have. Using her own experience as a child who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, Justice Sotomayor writes about children with all sorts of challenges–and looks at the special powers those kids have as well. As the kids work together to build a community garden, asking questions of each other along the way, this book encourages readers to do the same: When we come across someone who is different from us but we’re not sure why all we have to do is Just Ask. (Free read aloud, by Reading Rhino).
Marina and the Microscope
A short read about the benefits of CGM written from a child’s perspective.
Mixing up Magic
A chapter book series that strives to both entertain and educate children as they face many different challenges. Sometimes kids have to deal with big issues and mental health is extremely important at every age. The authors and illustrators tackle type 1 diabetes head-on while also dealing with other issues kids face every day such as friendship, school, sibling relationships, divorce, loss, and so much more.
When I Go Low
A type 1 diabetes picture book written by Ginger Vieira and illustrated by Mike Lawson. Meet Jax the Cat on your journey towards talking about your blood glucose lows.
Find many more ideas on the JDRF Bookshelf.