The best children’s books about food allergies

Who am I?

I’m a kidlit author myself. I’ve written two middle-grade novels, one of which is all about having a food allergy, but my interest in food allergies is all due to my first kid. Amelia was born with multiple allergies to common ingredients like eggs and dairy. At first it was hard! Figuring out how to cook for her at home and keep her safe when she was in school or at a friend’s house felt daunting and frightening, so we turned to books for advice, recipes, and education for the entire family. Even if your reader isn’t the one with allergies, they’ve no doubt got a classmate or family member who does. 


I wrote...

My Year of Epic Rock

By Andrea Pyros,

Book cover of My Year of Epic Rock

What is my book about?

A funny, relatable tale about friendship, first crushes, and...anaphylactic shock? When Nina's BFF ditches her on the first day of 7th grade, Nina is banished to the peanut-free table where she forms a band with the other allergic kids called The EpiPens. A rollicking debut from journalist Andrea Pyros, whose spot-on tween voice rings with authenticity.

The books I picked & why

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The Princess and the Peanut Allergy

By Wendy McClure, Tammie Lyon (illustrator),

Book cover of The Princess and the Peanut Allergy

Why this book?

Paula has a food allergy to peanuts. When her best friend Regina finds out, Regina decides that serving a cake filled with peanuts at her birthday party could hurt her friend, and she decides to plan a different princess-themed party instead. This sweetly illustrated picture book is about living with food allergies, and how friends can help keep other food-allergic children safe and feel included on all sorts of special days. 


Daniel Has an Allergy

By Angela C. Santomero, Jason Fruchter (illustrator),

Book cover of Daniel Has an Allergy

Why this book?

Little kids who are already familiar with Daniel from the beloved Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood animated television series will be drawn to this story, whether or not they themselves have a food allergy. Daniel eats a peach and discovers he’s allergic to the fruit, but with some help from his dad and his awesome doctor, Daniel learns he can take care of himself no matter where he is.  


Peanut

By Ayun Halliday, Paul Hoppe (illustrator),

Book cover of Peanut

Why this book?

A graphic novel for teens, Peanut tells the story of a new girl in town who decides that she needs something to make her interesting to her new high school classmates. So Sadie pretends to have a peanut allergy. Sure, that might make her interesting, but when her lie starts to grow like a snowball rolling down a mountain, Sadie’s not sure how she’ll get out of this disaster of her own making.


Kid's Guide to Life with Food Allergies

By Kai Rel Brown, Karl Juridico (illustrator),

Book cover of Kid's Guide to Life with Food Allergies

Why this book?

There are times when having food allergies causes you to feel different. Left out. Why wouldn’t it? Your friends are happily eating pizza, cookies, and PB&J sandwiches and you can’t. So when you hear about other kids with food allergies living their best life, it can make you feel less alone. Kai is himself a food-allergic kid, and he wrote this book for children and their families to help them understand their allergies a little better and start the process of taking care of their condition. A good companion to other tools you might give a child with food allergies. 


The Divvies Bakery Cookbook: No Nuts. No Eggs. No Dairy. Just Delicious!

By Lori Sandler,

Book cover of The Divvies Bakery Cookbook: No Nuts. No Eggs. No Dairy. Just Delicious!

Why this book?

As a food allergy parent, I bought a lot of cookbooks so I could make safe meals and treats for my allergic child, and The Divvies Bakery Cookbook was one of our family’s favorites, even for the non-allergic members of the household. The recipes are delicious, the photos are gorgeous, and Sandler, the parent of a child with multiple food allergies, makes it easy and fun to duplicate all sorts of beloved desserts without nuts, eggs, or dairy. You may also find the simple recipes that use common household substitutions are fun ones to make together. 


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