Diabetes Doesn’t Stop Maddie! By Sarah Glenn Marsh & Maria Luisa Di Gravio

Back of Book:
Maddie was just diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. She’s nervous about managing her disease and telling others. But as she goes back to school, plays soccer, and spends time with her friends, she becomes more comfortable and confident talking about her health. A sensitive story that’s a great introduction to understanding diabetes for anyone who has the disease or knows someone who does.
My Review:
I received a copy of this picture book from Albert Whitman Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
I was thrilled to see that Sarah Glenn Marsh wrote a story that is focused on the explanation of childhood diabetes. The story follows a young named Maddie who is nervous about returning to school after being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. The text follows her as she navigates the tough questions from her classmates about what her pump is for, and why she needs it. I love that story focuses on how to teach others about the disease as well as how children who have diabetes can still do all the same things they love. The illustrations by Maria Luisa Di Gravio are bright and capture the classroom environment beautifully. She also realistically showcased the emotions of Maddie as she learns to speak up about her needs. As a teacher, this is the type of story I seek out to help students understand differences in others. The back of the book has a note from the author about she manages her own diabetes as well as more information about what diabetes is. If you have someone in your life who has diabetes then this is an excellent resource to have.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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