Author: Christy E. Bykowski
Publisher: Halo Publishing, Int.
ISBN Number: ISBN 13: 978-1-61244-228-0
Publication Date: January 2014
Synopsis of book: “Beckmin goes to School” is meant to raise awareness for celiac disease and the everyday challenges children with celiac disease 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 celiac disease, the book is a wonderful tool for children and adults alike.
Overall Thoughts: We like this book for a few reasons. Besides being a great book for celiac disease awareness, kids also can relate to the book as Beckmin is going off to school for the first-time and starting kindergarten. He has to make new friends, while also explaining why he can't share certain foods with them.
We love the how lessons of sharing, making friends, having a positive attitude and not letting people who don't understand bully you are all wrapped into this picture book. Beckmin, who is based of the author's son, is a wonderful character for children. He shows kindness, patients and much more as he goes about his first day of school and explaining his allergy to those around him.
The other thing about this book is it helps adults understand celiac disease is more than a food allergy for some people. Those who have never known someone with celiac disease will learn it can affect everything in a child's life from the types of glue they can use to foods they eat.
At the back of the book the author shares a short informative explanation of celiac disease and the importance of being gluten-free.
Places available for sale: Halo, Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Author Website: www.glutenfreekids.info
Twitter URL: @christybyk