We are starting a food allergy book collection for our elementary school library. The very first book I will suggest is the BugaBees.
The illustrations, the colors, the rhyme, and the rhythm are wonderful, and I adore the message. "It's okay, I can have fun without (fill in the offending reaction-causing food) anyway!" The story works perfectly for my 6 year old son and is ideal for younger children as well. The characters are insects--what young child isn't fascinated by bugs!? The challenges the BugaBees encounter--Halloween, lunch-time, and other social gatherings--are the same real-life challenges we and all food allergy families experience. It is very easy for children to relate to the characters. Good role models, the BugaBees don't let food allergies slow them down or spoil their fun.
Some doctors' offices provide books to their young patients. I think the BugaBees is a book which deserves that honor at the allergist's office and I encourage you to buy a copy for your allergic child or for your local library.
Kudos to Amy Recob on her lovely book!
the BugaBees is available for purchase online for $16.95 from Beaver's Pond Books.