Help Empower Kids with Celiac - Celiac Disease
Sep 17 2012

Help Empower Kids with Celiac

It is hard as an adult to accept a change in diet and understand Celiac Disease, imagine being a kid!  Jon was diagnosed at 10 years old and he didn’t really understand, or even want to understand, what was going on.  All he knew was that he could no longer have his favorite foods because he had something called Celiac Disease.  I wish there would have been something like this new William Edward Book Series when Jon was initially diagnosed.

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“William Edwards and the Wizardly Glasses” is the first novel in the new William Edwards series.  More about the series:

The William Edwards book series targets kids 8 – 12 years old.  By this age, they usually have already been diagnosed and have a pretty good understanding of what the diagnosis means in terms of food restrictions. However, it is at about this age that exclusion as a result of dietary restrictions becomes more pronounced and when these kids begin to feel the impact of being different from their peers.

The William Edwards Book Series is all about empowering kids with food allergies, celiac, and/or gluten sensitivity.  It pokes fun at the self-involved parents who purchase William off of the Internet (on sale, no less!) and who throw mustard parties — with plenty of gluten! — forgetting that their son is allergic to mustard and has celiac!  They represent the uneducated people these kids (and their parents!) encounter.  As the story continues, William learns to roll his eyes at their thoughtless behaviors, learns to protect himself, and makes friends with kids who help protect him. He also grows as a character and begins to take the lead on many adventures all the while being conscientious about what he eats.

I can’t think of a better way to help kids understand what is going on with their bodies and how to overcome many of the obstacles that they may face on a day-to-day basis.  The next several books in the series are set to debut later this year.  Those books include:

  • “William Edwards and the Secret Mission” – October 2012
  • “William Edwards and the Tower of Tazidan” – December 2012
  • “Winkleberry: Waiting for William Edwards” – Prequel, available now

The books, written by Jonathan Berg and S.Z Berg, can be purchased for the Kindle or hard copy at Amazon.com.  More about the authors:

S.Z Berg is and award-winning journalist and author. She and her son have written a series of novels in which the main character, William, has celiac and a severe food allergy!

What an exciting way to help kids understand and feel like they have a little more control over their situation!  These books would make perfect stocking stuffers or “Newly Diagnosed” gifts for kids with Celiac Disease or other food allergies.

Article Written by:

Kyle Eslick is the founder of Gluten Free Media, as well as the creator of the popular Celiac Support Groups page. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and now Google+!

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