Reading Books

Is there a book about diabetes that you’ve found helpful or a book with a character that has diabetes that you’d like recommend to others? To make a recommendation about a specific book or to submit a brief book review, please email us. We will post the book titles and reviews on this website.

A short list of titles that we’ve found is listed below. If you have read one of these books, send us your thoughts about it.

  • Lara Takes Charge by Rocky Lang
    Lara tells all the things she does that regular kids do -- run, swim, dance -- and she talks about her insulin pump and doing blood tests.
  • Life with Diabetes: Lacie the Lizard's Adventure by Dana Sheppard
    Lacie the Lizard on an insulin pump. Read about Lacie’s adventures and friendships, and learn why she is just like any other Lizard.
  • Even Little Kids Get Diabetes by Connie White Pirner
    Written for children who have recently learned that they have diabetes, this book discusses symptoms, diagnostic procedures, and treatment.
  • Rufus Comes Home by Kim Gosselin
    Brian finds out he has diabetes. His mother gives him a stuffed bear which Brian shares his fears and experiences with.
  • The Baby-Sitters Club: The Truth About Stacey by Ann Martin, adapted by Raina Telgemeier
    Stacey, a member of the Baby-sitters Club, is still coming to terms with her diabetes.

Review from Sarah B.:  

    "I have read The Baby-Sitters Club: The Truth About Stacey by Ann Martin and I loved it. I read the whole series. I loved how it did explain about diabetes and it helped because my friends did read them when i did and knew a lot after the book. I recommend it to all girls!"
  • Last Dance by Lurlene McDaniel
    Rachel Deering loves to dance and hopes to become a professional ballet dancer. She is diagnosed with diabetes, and learns that she can still follow her dreams.
  • The Best Year of My Life: Book 1: Getting Diabetes by Jed Block
    The true story of Caitlin Block, diagnosed with diabetes at age seven. Caitlin tells about all the fears, anxieties, questions she and her family had when she was first diagnosed, and why her first Halloween with diabetes was the best one ever, even though she had to give away most of her candy to her sisters. This is an excellent book for young children with diabetes who will undoubtedly share in Caitlin’s experiences.
  • Making the Best of Life: Book 2: Learning to Live With Diabetes by Jed Block
    A follow up to The Best Year of My Life, Caitlin is now 10 years old and facing new challenges at school. Fortunately, Caitlin meets Ellie, another girl with diabetes, and together the friends share experiences and help each other cope, with some adventures along the way.
  • The Diabetes Game: A Teenager’s Guide to Living Well with Diabetes by Nora Coon
    This is one of the few books about diabetes for teens written by a teen. Nora begins at the time of her diagnosis and talks about food, insulin, diabetes burnout and relationships as well as sex and alcohol - all things that teens worry about and want to know about. Parents can gain some valuable insight into their teen’s perspective here as well.
  • The Dinosaur Tamer and Other Stories for Children with Diabetes by Marcia Levine Mazur, Peter Banks and Andrew Keegan
    A collection of short stories about children with diabetes and some common challenges including being different, family relationships, friendships at camp, and beginning to take charge of their diabetes care. These stories will help to ease a child’s frustrations and they are very entertaining as well.
  • Donnie Makes A Difference by Sandra Haines
    Donnie, a young boy, tries out for the school football team but finds out he has diabetes. He is upset that he can’t play on the team until his blood glucose stabilizes. Family, friends, and coaches find a way to show Donnie he can still make a valuable contribution to the team.
  • Eagle’s Nest books by Georgia Perez
    This 4 part series of books targeted toward the Native American population. Animal characters such as Mr. Eagle, Miss Rabbit, and Coyote, the clever trickster, teach their young friends about physical activity, eating healthy foods, and learning about health and diabetes prevention from their elders. The books feature enchanting illustrations by Patrick Rolo and Lisa A. Fifield. They not only educate children about diabetes, but teach students more about Native American culture as well. This series of books is available FREE (1 copy) by calling the Centers for Disease Control at 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636). Accompanying coloring books are also available to be downloaded FREE at
  • Even Little Kids Get Diabetes by Connie White Pirner
    A young girl tells about getting diabetes when she was two years old. She discusses her experience including symptoms, diagnostic procedures, and her daily routine of insulin and glucose testing in a matter-of-fact but reassuring manner. The information about never being able to eat sweets is out-of-date but this book fills a void for kids from ages 4 – 8 that are recently diagnosed.
  • Getting a Grip on Diabetes: quick tips & techniques for kids and teens by Spike and Bo Loy
    This is a book written for kids with diabetes by kids with diabetes. Spike and Bo Loy were diagnosed exactly one year apart and have lived successfully with Type 1 for over 10 years. Here, they communicate to other kids in language they can relate to, discussing how to cope with diabetes from elementary school through the college years without missing a thing.
  • The Gift of the Pirate Queen by Patricia Reilly Giff
    Grace and Amy’s mother has recently died, and the household responsibilities have fallen to Grace, as well as the responsibility of making sure Amy takes proper care of her diabetes. An older cousin arrives from Ireland to take charge of the household and tells the girls about the Irish legend of Grania (Grace) the Pirate Queen and her courage. The tale teaches Grace some valuable lessons along the way.
  • Grilled Cheese at Four O’clock in the Morning by Judy Miller
    Scott, a sixth grader, learns to live with diabetes and copes with soccer, school, friends, and family.
  • How I Feel: A Book about Diabetes by Michael Olson
    The author wrote this book for his brother Steven who was diagnosed when Michael was twelve. His illustrations capture the feelings of a young child when first diagnosed and add to the appeal of the book. Young children will relate to the experiences in this book and know at the end that they are not alone.
  • How Many Carbs is a Booger? by Richard and Rania Morrill
    A short and humorous look at carb counting from a child’s perspective. Kids love to laugh at things that are gross, and boogers are definitely gross. This brings a little humor to a task that is often tedious and becomes a daily chore.
  • A Magic Ride in Foozbah-Land? by Jean Betschart
    Take a magical journey with Nurse Kelly, Julie and Jeff inside Mr. Foozbah to learn about digestion and diabetes. The text is written in rhyme, which makes it easy for beginning readers and a pleasure to the ear for those that are younger. Kids will learn why insulin is so important. Their journey includes a visit to “Pancreas, Inc., A Division of Guts, Inc.”
  • My Sister Rose Has Diabetes by Monica Driscoll Beatty
    James is twelve years old and his sister has diabetes. His story is written from the original and refreshing point of view of the sibling of a child with diabetes. Rose also tells her story and they both dispel some diabetes myths along the way.
  • My Own Type 1 Diabetes Book by Sandra J. Hollenberg
    “Grandma Sandy” became a diabetes activist when her grandson Malcolm was diagnosed at age 2. This book is downloadable in PDF format FREE from her website, This easy-to-read primer for kids covers everything they need to know about diabetes, is colorfully illustrated and dispels some common fears. This would be a great book for early elementary or daycare classrooms. My Own Book about Pumping is another book available on this website, as well as lots of fun games and activities for young kids with diabetes.
  • Return to Skoki Lake by Nikki Tate
    Jessa is a young girl diagnosed with Type 1 who loves horses. This story, excellent for pre-teens and older, tells the story of her reaction to the diagnosis and how she manages to resume her normal activities afterward.
  • Sugar Was My Best Food: Diabetes and Me by Carol Antionette Peacock, Adair Gregory, and Kyle Carney Gregory
    Co-author Adair Gregory tells about his first-hand experience after he was diagnosed at age 9. He describes how he felt when he heard the word “die-a-bee-tees” and thought that he would die (a common belief among young children with diabetes). He discusses his frustrations with his nutrition plan stating that he “lived for candy”. He also talks about the fun he had at diabetes camp. Other kids will relate to this story as told by another kid with a kid’s perspective.
  • Taking Diabetes to School by Kim Gosselin
    This story is simple and instructional as Jayson tells his classmates all about his life at school with diabetes. He talks about his meal plan, testing, insulin, and low blood sugar and about his friend Laci who uses an insulin pump. This book would be a great addition to a teacher’s classroom library. It even includes tips for teachers and a diabetes quiz for the students.
  • Taming the Diabetes Dragon by Anne Dennis
    When the dragon named Diabetes invades Pancreas village, a brave young boy named Preston shows the villagers how to defeat him (with insulin, exercise and healthy eating of course). Anne Dennis is Preston’s mom, and she wrote this book to help the family adapt and to teach Preston that diabetes would not defeat him.
  • When Cody Became a Mouse Potato by Bonnie Nygard and Susan Koonce
    This book is not about diabetes in particular. However, with the increase in Type 2 diabetes in children and adolescents, it gives a valuable message. Eight-year-old Cody used to be involved in lots of physical activity and team sports until he received a computer for his ninth birthday. Suddenly, things changed…and not for the better. The story is written in rhyme and fun to read. Cody eventually uses some information he has found on the internet to make his way back to making healthy choices.

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