Stories have always been an enjoyable and effective teaching tool.
Most of us can more easily recall facts and concepts when they are part of a good story.
Because one picture is worth a thousand of words, illustrated stories are a doubly effective way of sharing information. Here are nine illustrated storybooks that educate children, parents, and other caregivers about peanut and tree nut allergies.
Nine Stories About Nut Allergies
- “Allie the Allergic Elephant” by Nicole Smith is a delightfully illustrated book written for preschool and first grade level children. Allie the elephant shares what living with a peanut allergy is like and explains how to say “No, thanks” to foods offered by other kids, or adults.
- Another book by Nicole Smith, “Chad the Allergic Chipmunk,” educates children and caregivers about tree nut allergies.
- Elizabeth Sussman Nassau and Margot J. Ott authored a book about an anaphylactic reaction to peanut butter during school. It is called “The Peanut Butter Jam,” and though written for children 4 to 8 years old, it is suitable for 9 and 10 year olds as well.
- “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.
- When young children are first learning about their allergy, reading them “Mommy, Is This Safe to Eat? A Guide for Preschoolers Allergic to Peanuts and Tree Nuts” by Christina Black can be a help. The book tells kids what is, and is not, safe to eat.
- Christina Black also wrote a book about food safety with peanut allergies for children who are beginning elementary school. It is called “Starting School with a Food Allergy.”
- “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.