Happy World Book Day!
World Book Day is celebrating 25 years and in recognition of the event, I have put together a list of recommended books for those with diabetes. Some of these provide a really good read for those new to the condition, especially if you're trying to explain the condition to others.
I have separated the books roughly into age groups so hope there's something suitable for everyone to enjoy whether you're a parent, carer or PWD.
Reference books (adults)
think like a pancreas | Gary Scheiner, 3rd ed. 2020
Authored by a Diabetes Educator, the book answers many questions with clear explanations and actionable insights. A good reference source too. Be wary of some americanisms, terms & measurements etc.
Bright Spots & Landmines | Adam Brown, 2017
Author of a regular column on DiaTribe (www.diatribe.org). The book is divided into 4 topics; food; mindset; exercise; and sleep with actionable guides for readers to follow/complete. A more suitable book for those looking to take actions with their diabetes management rather than just passive information.
Sugar Surfing | Stephen W. Ponder
Promoting the author’s method of managing diabetes and self-care, this is a very popular book, especially with those newly diagnosed. However, as the book was published in 2014, the philosophy and approaches are now a little dated. It uses American terminolgy and measurements.
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Books for Young Adults & Teens
Actually, I Can. Growing Up with Type 1 Diabetes, A Story of Unexpected Empowerment | Morgan Panzirer, published 2020
An autobiographical account of a T1D teen growing up in the USA. It provides helpful information, insights and tips based on the author’s own very relatable experiences.
Available on Amazon.
Bitter Sweet | Duke Al Durham, published 2022
A collection of original poems about having type 1 diabetes by Duke Al, who has the condition himself.
The poems explain lots of details about managing the condition in a moving and inspirational way. Some profit from the book sales is donated to JDRF and Diabetes UK. Available from Amazon.
Type 1 Comics/Graphic novels | https://revolvecomics.com
Revolve Comics have collaborated with Diabetes Specialists from Portsmouth and Southampton diabetes teams and people living with type 1 diabetes to create a comic series (3 issues) based on Type 1 Diabetes. Recommended for age 10 years+.
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Books for children
Bionic T1D | Nina Wadia
Aimed at KS2 children (age 7-11 years) this is the story of a young boy with special super powers.
The author is well-known actress and comedian in the UK, who has appeared in Eastenders and on Strictly Come Dancing. She has a son with type 1 diabetes and is an ambassador for the diabetes charity JDRF.
Daisy Donald | Jade Byrne
Available directly: https://www.prickstheplay.co.uk/about-daisy-donald
Daisy wears an invisible cape everyday, to help her fight an invisible illness, her monster, Type 1 Diabetes. This book is aimed at explaining type 1 diabetes to young children around the age range 2-8 years.
Jade is an actress who has type 1 diabetes. She has written and starred in her own play called 'Pricks' which will be touring the UK in 2022. Find out more here: https://www.prickstheplay.co.uk
Mommy beeps! | Kim Baillieul, published 2019
Self-published and authored by a person with type 1 diabetes. The story is about a mother who lives with T1D and is educating her child on why things are a certain way living with the condition.
Teddy Talks | Vanessa Messenger, published 2021
Teddy isn’t the average fur-iend...but neither is Emily! When she was first diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, it all seemed overwhelming. But now, the pair never lets anything stand in the way of everyday adventures...and they can teach you how too!
The book includes a glossary of common terms and explains how Emily uses a Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM).
Written by a Type 1 Diabetic mother and available on Amazon and other book shops.
The adventures of Captain Lantus | Gary Rapson, published 2022
The author was inspired to write the story by his 6 year old son, Max Rapson. You can find out more and order here: https://www.captainlantus.com
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