Christy E. Bykowski’s Gluten-Free Me: Beckmin Goes to School is meant to raise awareness for celiac disease and the everyday challenges children with this ailment face in their otherwise normal activities. As diagnosis of celiac disease increases, education, awareness, and understanding will be the keys to making celiac kids feel normal and included. Written for children to help them express and understand the disease, the book is a wonderful tool for children and adults alike.
This is a great book for kids starting school as Beckmin is going off to kindergarten for the first time. Children will not only understand the fears of going off to school or to a new school, but also how making friends can be hard. Beckmin has celiac disease (allergy to wheat based products) and because of this kids might decide to pick on him, but this doesn’t stop him. Instead, Beckmin explains and shows how much he knows about his “silly” disease as a few kids start to call it. I love this because Beckmin doesn’t get upset, but instead turns this into an opportunity to share about himself and celiac disease.
I really felt this was a great awareness book on so many levels from making friends, over-coming fears and even not allowing yourself to be bullied.
The illustrations are kid-friendly and only add to the appeal of this wonderful book.
Gluten-Free Me is available for sale through Halo, Amazon, Barnes & Noble.
Author Website: www.glutenfreekids.info
Twitter URL: @christybyk