As a wanna-be children’s book author, I have never been satiated with the number of children’s books I hoard. For a brief period of my life I was lucky enough to work managing the children’s department of a well-known chain book store. I coveted my time there, and was often found parked in the corner of that department during my lunch break (instead of eating lunch) enjoying the newest titles that had been recently delivered. Much to my disappointment, that gig didn’t last nearly as long as I would have liked. But I hold those memories quite fondly in my heart.
So when I come across a children’s book that has fun illustrations, a catchy character, and shares with its readers an important message … well, that’s like whipped cream on the top of a chocolate brownie to me! I’ve recently found such a book!
I’m excited to share with you The Gluten Glitch by Stasie John. In her debut book as a children’s book author, she brings to life the story of a young boy, Gideon, who “feels” different than other kids because of he has to “eat” differently than others. A school party with cupcakes is the culprit this time. While the book touches on the explanation of how gluten can make some people sick, the author’s primary focus is on sharing the emotions that come with being “different”. Through the expressive feelings shared between mother and son, and the age-appropriate and honest conversation, Gideon is reminded how gluten causes such a “glitch” for him when he eats it. Without giving away too much of this tale, let me just share that I love the way whimsical, yet believable, reasoning helps turn the story, and Gideon’s emotions, into a positive experience in a realistic scenario.
When I was fortunate to meet Ms. John in person, she shared with me that the inspiration for the story comes from an actual conversation which took place with her own son. I think Ms. John’s perspective of addressing the emotional side of being a gluten-free child can help facilitate a better understanding for many children dealing with the everyday aspects of being gluten-free. It’s nice to see a children’s book that can home in on an important topic in such a touchable way.
Another important point to note is that a portion of the proceeds from each book is being donated to the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) and The Celiac Disease Foundation. What a great way to help raise extra money!
P.S. There's a fun "extra" at the end of the book. Love this addition!
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Safe food is a journey … Thrive!