[Update: Congratulations, Jennifer! You win the free copy of Adam’s Gluten-Free Surprise. Thank you to all who entered. You can still order a copy via the websites mentioned below.
This book review was written by NFCA intern Rachel.]
If you have a child with celiac disease, you probably are on the hunt for ways to better educate your kid’s teachers and classmates about their dietary needs. Adam’s Gluten-Free Surprise is a new educational book that gets the gluten-free point across.
Author Debbie Simpson takes the reader on a gluten-free journey through Adam’s life, showing his disappointments and successes as a child diagnosed with celiac disease. The book addresses the challenges of coping with celiac disease and teaching others how to understand the condition.
As the book develops, readers watch Adam go through the first 6 months of school just after being diagnosed with celiac. His teacher, Mrs. Brown, is learning how to adapt to his needs and Adam is learning how to deal with being gluten-free. At the end of the school year, a party is held that is all gluten-free, which teaches tolerance of others and understanding of new lifestyles.
Not only is this book educational for those who don’t fully understand the disease, but it also offers support for those children who have celiac disease and who struggle with it day-to-day. This picture book is comforting and was illustrated by Debbie herself.
Debbie understands a child’s mind: she has three children, and has worked as a teacher in early childhood classrooms for more than 10 years. She writes not only about life lessons essential to growing up, but also about solid lessons that teach kids about different routines.
Whether your child has celiac disease or not, this 13-page book is a great story to read to your little one before bed or after school. It teaches them acceptance and can help the whole family learn new ways to cope. If you’re a teacher, keep this on hand for a special, educational storytime.
Adam’s Gluten-Free Surprise is available on AuthorHouse.com and Amazon.com.
Debbie’s goal is to get the book into as many teachers’ hands before kids return for the new school year. To help that along, she’s offering a free copy of Adam’s Gluten-Free Surprise to one lucky winner.
To earn your shot in the drawing, leave a comment sharing the best tip you give teachers to help them understand your child’s gluten-free needs.