Listed below are Children’s Books on the Topic of Food Allergies, Parenting Books, Books on Behavior Issues with Food Allergies, Cookbooks, and Alternative Treatments of Food Allergies, and Magazines.

Children’s Books on Food Allergies

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“Allie the Allergic Elephant”
By Nicole Smith

“Allie” is a wonderful book written about the perils and triumphs of an elephant that tells her life story of what it is like to live with peanut allergies. The illustrations are exceptional as the artist, Maggie Nichols, is a middle school student. Conceived and written by Nicole Smith, “Allie” is geared towards educating the pre-school to 1st grade level about peanut allergies, allergic responses and how to say “No, thank you.” to foods offered by other children and adults alike.

“Cody the Allergic Cow”
By Nicole Smith

“Cody” helps children learn about milk allergies and how to recognize an allergic reaction. Beautiful illustrations and a simple text make this book a must-have for your child, friends, grandparents and classrooms. This is the second book by Nicole Smith, and illustrated by Maggie Nichols.

“Chad the Allergic Chipmunk”
By Nicole Smith

“Chad the Allergic Chipmunk” helps children and adults learn about tree nut allergies and how to recognize an allergic reaction. “Chad” explains nut allergies in a way that parents, teachers, and children themselves can talk about allergies and understand them better. Written by the author of “Allie the Allergic Elephant” and “Cody the Allergic Cow,” “Chad” is her next book discussing severe food allergies.

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The Peanut Butter Jam
by Elizabeth Sussman NassauMargot J. Ott

The Peanut Butter Jam states it’s for ages 4-8,
however the content may be too advanced for young children. I feel it’s better suited for ages 7-10. It is an engaging story of an anaphylactic reaction to peanut butter in school.

The Princess and the Peanut Allergy

The Princess and the Peanut Allergy
by Wendy McClure

This is a great book to explain (especially to girls) that one small bite of a peanut can be lethal to a child with peanut allergies. The illustrations are great, and the story is wonderful for little princesses!

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Aaron’s Awful Allergies
by Troon Harrison

Aaron has terrible allergies to his dog and has to find an animal suited for him. This is a sweet story geared toward ages 4-8 about pet allergies.

The Peanut Pickle
by Jessica Jacbos

The Peanut Pickle will help children learn how to tell others about a food allergy and explain that they need a safe environment. It will teach them how to deal with difficult and awkward situations that inevitably arise when a child has a life-threatening food allergy. It also includes a guide for parents to help their children with food allergies.

Mommy, Is This Safe to Eat? A Guide for Preschoolers Allergic to Peanuts and Tree Nuts
by Christina Black

This is a nice book for children just learning about their allergies. With pictures of real kids, it gives children information about what is and what is not safe to eat.

Starting School with a Food Allergy
by Christina Black

This is the 2nd book by Christina Black on the topic of food allergies. This is a great book for preschool children heading to elementary school with simple explanations about food safety with peanut allergies.

No Lobster, Please!
by Robyn Rogers
A Story of a Child with a Severe Seafood Allergy

Written by a mother of a seafood allergic boy, this is the only children’s book on seafood allergies. The illustrations are by a first grade classroom, and the text does cover receiving an Epi Pen shot.

Peter Can’t Eat Peanuts
by Nadine O’Reilly

Peter Can’t Eat Peanuts is a delightfully written book for children with life-threatening peanut allergies. Written by a school psychologist and mother of a peanut-allergic boy, the book is written in rhymes to appeal to children of all ages. Peter’s narrator takes the reader from his initial exposure to peanuts, through his learning about his allergy, to his ultimate empowerment and ability to self-advocate.

Peanut Butter, Milk, and Other Deadly Threats: What You Should Know About
Food Allergies

by Sherri Mabry Gordon

This book is for older kids in the middle school to high school age range. It is a good resource, and would be great for a middle school library!

The GF Kid: A Celiac Disease Survival Guide 
by Melissa London

This is a great book about an 11 year old girl with Celiac Disease written by her parents. The writing is great for kids, easy to understand, yet filled with heartfelt feelings and awareness that let you know they’ve been there!

One of the GangOne of the Gang: Nurturing the Souls of Children with Food Allergies (Paperback)
by Gina Clowes

This is a great book for food allergic kids and their classmates to understand that the food allergic child is so much more than just food allergies. The inclusion of celebrities, old and young, and their accomplishments despite food allergies is a great addition.

Food Allergies: True StoriesFood Allergies (True Books) (Paperback)
by Christine Taylor-Butler

This book isn’t perfect, but it’s a good book to purchase for your child’s elementary school library. There’s a lot of good facts that a non-food allergic student would benefit from.

Abbey the Alley CatAbby the Alley Cat – Staying Safe from Dairy” (Paperback)
by Myronie McKee  and Sam McKee

“Abby” is one of the few children’s books on milk allergies, and it has a nice message all in rhyme. It’s very reminiscent of the Dr. Seuss tale, “Green Eggs and Ham.” The illustrations aren’t great, but the book will get the point across to milk allergic children.

Itchy Kids Club

The Itchy Kids Club: Silly Poems for Itchy Kids

This is a funny book that isn’t for the overly sensitive about their eczema and dermatitis! My son thought it was hysterical.

The Bug a Bees

The Bugabees: Friends With Food Allergies

An adorable rhyming book for children. Eight friends with different food allergies plus a quiz at the end to enhance the information about food allergies.

The Bugy Bops – Friends for All Time

From washing hands to reading labels, BugyBops show how a few simple steps can help prevent serious allergic reactions to Top 8 foods. Cross-contamination, Epipens, and the physical signs of an allergic reaction are also introduced.

The following are a GREAT bunch of books explaining food allergies in real-life situations. The illustrations are superb, and the story lines come right out of our experience with food allergies:

Sports-Tastic B-Day
Trade-or-treat Halloween
Peanut Free Tea for Three
Dairy-Free Dino-Licious Dig
The No Biggie Bunch Sports-Tastic Birthday Party
by Heather Mehra, Kerry McManama, and Michael Kline (Hardcover – 2009)
The No Biggie Bunch Trade-or-Treat Halloween
by Heather Mehra, Kerry McManama, and Michael Kline (Hardcover – 2009)
The No Biggie Bunch Peanut-Free Tea for Three
by Heather Mehra, Kerry McManama, and Michael Kline (Hardcover – 2009)
The No Biggie Bunch Dairy-Free Dino-Licious Dig
by Heather Mehra, Kerry McManama, and Michael Kline (Hardcover – 2010)
Everyday Cool with Food Allergies
Everyday Cool with Food Allergies 
by Michael Pistiner, MD
Dr. Michael Pistiner and The No Biggie Bunch make food allergy education enjoyable and engaging in this book. Kids and caregivers will find answers to their food allergy safety and management questions, and solutions to their everyday challenges.

For the specifics of parenting a child with severe food allergies, a few books I recommend are:

How Food Allergies Affect the FamilyHow Food Allergies Affect the Family: How to Cope, Stay Safe and
Enjoy Life!, an Amazon Short

By Nicole Smith

Parenting a food allergic child can be a daunting task. Doing so without stress and anxiety takes practice! Help your family survive the initial diagnosis of food allergies and find a ‘new’ normal that every family member can enjoy.

Food Allergies for Dummies

by Robert Wood, M.D.
and Joe Kraynak

This is a great book. There’s so much knowledge passed on because Dr. Wood
not only is an allergist, but also has peanut allergies himself. He truly
gets it!

Allergic Girl: Adventures in Living Well with Food Allergies

by Sloane Miller

This is a great book especially for gaining tips to help your child become a self-advocate. Teens also will like this book.

Feeding Eden: The Trials and Triumphs of a Food Allergy Family

by Susan Weissman

A memoir that will remind many of you with food allergic children of the challenges and triumphs of living with food allergies.

History of the Peanut Allergy Epidemic

The History of the Peanut Allergy Epidemic

by Heather Fraser

This book is the most well researched one I’ve read about the peanut allergy epidemic. While it reads more like a dissertation, the supporting research is voluminous and necessary. The chapters on the history of vaccination and the impact on the current epidemic of peanut allergies is shocking!

Food Allergies and Schools

Pocket Guide for Educators Food Allergies & Schools

by Julie Trone and Maria Acebal

A handy, quick reference guide to managing food allergies in a school setting. This book contains helpful information to prevent, recognize, and treat food allergy reactions.

In addition there are short stories about school children, comments from teachers, guide to substituting materials and foods, and recipes for art supplies.

Understanding and Managing Your Child’s Food Allergies”

by Scott Sicherer

This book is especially good if your child has been newly diagnosed. Also, if you enjoy statistics and research, both abound in the book. Our experience has been different regarding schools and camps than what Dr. Sicherer suggests, and since he is a doctor and not a food allergic parent – take that into consideration.

caringbook.jpg (3371 bytes)Caring for Your Child With Severe Food Allergies: Emotional Support and Practical Advice from a Parent Who’s Been There”

by Lisa Cipriano Collins

This book is so good that I bought one for my mother also! Anyone who takes care of your child should have this book. It is so wonderful because it is specific. Every situation you can think of where food allergies prevail– vacation, restaurants, day care, school – is discussed in detail. Lisa’s son has peanut and tree nut allergies, and her experience in writing this book is priceless.

parent.jpg (6286 bytes)“The Parent’s Guide to Food Allergies: Clear and Complete Advice from the Experts on Raising Your Food Allergic Child”

by Marianne S. Barber

Marianne’s son has several serious food allergies. She teamed up with a pediatric allergy specialists to write this book. She details many issues relating to families whose children have severe food allergies: handling emergencies, helping your child adjust to school, traveling, and dealing with stress in the family.

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by Tanya Wright

This book is great for British citizens, and for those
planning a trip to Britain. The details of the UK health system and the differing names of ingredients are very helpful.

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“The Peanut Allergy Answer Book”

by Michael Young

Written by Michael Young a pediatric allergist, the book explains how the peanut allergy works, how to prevent reactions and how to handle teaching your child to be wary of foods without scaring him/her.

The Complete Peanut Allergy Handbook 
by Scott H. Sicherer, M.D.

Everything You Need to Know to Protect Yourself and Your Child from the Most Deadly Food Allergy. Dr. Sicherer is Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City and a
researcher in the Jaffe Food Allergy Institute.

“How to Live with a Nut Allergy”
by Chad K. Oh, M. D.

Diagnosing and treating nut allergies, along with travel
recommendations and ways to eat out.

What Your Doctor May Not tell You About Children’s Allergy & Asthma: Simple
Steps to Help Stop Attacks and Improve Your Child’s Health 

by Paul Enrlich, Larry Chiaramonte

Two pediatric allergy and asthma specialists wrote this book. It’s very informative, especially for the parent just learning about their child’s allergic condition.

How to Manage Your Child’s Life-Threatening Food Allergies: Practical Tips for Everyday Life
by Linda Marienhoff Coss

Provides the step-by-step information you need to create a safe and enjoyable home, school and social life for your child

Parenting Children With Health Issues: Essential Tools, Tips, and Tactics for Raising Kids With Chronic Illness, Medical Conditions, and Special Healthcare Needs 
by Foster W. Cline Lisa Greene

If you haven’t yet read the Love and Logic series of parenting books, you might want to read those books prior to this one. Yet, this is a good book explaining difficult health situations with children. It does focus more on cystic fibrosis and other diseases than on food allergies. Yet, the overall tone of the book can be used in parenting a severely food allergic child.

Dealing with Food Allergies in Babies and Children 
by Janice Vickerstaff Joneja

A great book for the newly diagnosed, and written by the mother of two food allergic children. The author also has a PhD in medical microbiology and is a Registered Dietician.

Behavior Issues and Food Allergies

Louder Than Words: A Mother’s Journey in Healing Autism (Hardcover) 
by Jenny McCarthy

You’ll have to get over reading plenty of curse words, yet this book is a very interesting read. While we may not have the financial abilities that Ms. McCarthy does, it’s uplifting to read about a mother willing to go to any lengths to get her child help.

Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma, and Allergies: The Groundbreaking Program for the 4-A Disorders (Hardcover) 
by Kenneth Bock Cameron Stauth


If we lived closer to Dr. Bock and his practice, I’d be getting an appointment! This book offers some amazing possibilities for really curing allergies and other behavior issues.


imageThe Whole Foods Allergy Cookbook: Two Hundred Gourmet & Homestyle Recipes for the Food Allergic Family (Paperback)
by Cybele Pascal

All of the recipes in the book are free of the top 8 allergens: dairy, wheat, eggs, soy, peanut, tree nuts, fish and shellfish plus refined sugars. Amazing!


Go Dairy Free

Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living
by Alisa Marie Fleming

This book is in conjunction with Alisa Fleming’s website: which is a great resource for the dairy allergic. The book has recipes, lifestyle suggestions and great info for all who need to avoid dairy.

Sophie-Safe Cooking

by Emily Hendrix

This cookbook is written by a Mom of a food allergic child and
the recipes are free of Milk, Eggs, Wheat, Soy, Peanuts, Tree Nuts, Fish and
Shellfish. She does use oat flour in most of the recipes, so for those of
you with celiac disease, this cookbook is probably not for you!

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

by Lori Sandler

The Divvies products are amazing, and now Lori comes out with a great cookbook! I only hope that my recipes can produce the beautiful results that she creates!

milkfree.jpg (5468 bytes)The Milk Free Kitchen : Living Well Without Dairy Products  

by Beth Kidder

A recommended book from other parents of milk allergic children.

What’s to Eat? The Milk-Free, Egg-Free, Nut-Free Food Allergy Cookbook
by Linda Marienhoff Coss

An easy-to-use, comprehensive cookbook for those who must eliminate dairy products, eggs, and nuts from their diet.

What else is to eat?What Else is to Eat? The Dairy-, Egg-, and Nut-Free Food Allergy Cookbook (Paperback) 
by Linda Marienhoff Coss


With an emphasis on fast and easy cooking, the book includes recipes for baked goods, soups and salads, main dishes, side dishes, and breakfast foods all based almost entirely on normal, easy-to-find ingredients.

Wheat-Free Recipes & Menus
by Carol Fenster

Hundreds of tasty, nutritious recipes and menus without wheat or gluten.

Bakin’ Without Eggs
by Rosemarie Emro

Delicious Egg-free Deserts from the Heart and Kitchen of a Food-Allergic Family

The Allergy Self-Help Cookbook
by Marjorie Hurt Jones

Over 325 Natural Food recipes Free of All Common Food Allergens: wheat-free, milk-free, egg-free, corn-free, sugar-free, yeast-free.

Allergy Free For All Ages: Milk-Free, Egg-Free, Nut-Free Recipes
 by Penny L. Webster

Written by a mother of a food allergic child. The book includes
recipes for salads, main courses and the most important dessert!

Let’s Bake! (Paperback)
by Jodye Hall

All recipes free of wheat, gluten, dairy, eggs, soy, bean flours, peanuts & tree nuts. Easily made substitutions depending on dietary allowances.

8 Degrees of Ingredients (Paperback)
by Melisa K. Priem

This is a great cookbook for those with multiple food allergies. All of the recipes are minus the 8 most common allergens. There are recipes great for kids, like corn dogs, while many are also for the adult tastes!

Dairy-free &/or Wheat-free &/or Soya-free BUT Always Totally Nut-free Family Cookbook (Paperback)Dairy-free &/or Wheat-free &/or Soya-free BUT Always Totally Nut-free Family Cookbook (Paperback)

by Clare ConstantSuzanne Wood

An easy-to-use restricted diet cookbook written by two English moms, with 100+delicious recipes that everyone in your family can enjoy whether it’s dairy &/or wheat &/or soya and nuts that individual members have to avoid.

The Allergy-Free Cook Bakes Bread
The Allergy-Free Cook Bakes Bread: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free [Paperback]

By Laurie Sadowski

Dealing with any food allergy is a challenge, especially when you find yourself coping with more than one of the common food allergens: gluten, wheat, dairy, or eggs, as well as soy, corn, tree nuts, or peanuts. Laurie has great use of alternative flours and ingredients.


The Allergy-Free Cook Bakes Cakes & Cookies

By Laurie Sadowski

A follow-up and companion to The Allergy-Free Cook Bakes Bread, this book is designed for anyone who needs to avoid gluten, dairy products, and other common food allergens but doesn’t want to feel deprived.

Books on Alternative Methods to Treat Food Allergies

“Say Goodbye to Illness”

by Dr. Devi S. Nambudripad

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Allergy Free Naturally: 1,000 Nondrug Solutions for More Than 50 Allergy-Related Problems by Rick Ansorge, Eric Metcalf

This comprehensive book details traditional and alternative treatments for every allergy you can think of. There’s also a section on ADHD, skin ailments and several sections on food allergies.

There are several magazine publishers that have created monthly and bi-monthly magazines that are geared toward people with food allergies.

If you’re interested in getting up-to-date research information and other timely food allergy news, check out these magazines:

Recommended Magazines

Allergic Living

Canadian based magazine for people dealing with serious food
and environmental allergies and asthma. US subscriptions are available.

Food Allergy News by The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN)

This newsletter comes bi-monthly as part of becoming a member of FAAN. Recipes, food allergy in the news, and a specific newsletter for kids are all part of the membership.

Foods Matter for UK citizens

The UK’s only magazine for people with food allergies, intolerances or sensitivities.

Living Without

This is a lifestyle magazine for people with food allergies. It’s especially good for people with celiac disease and wheat allergies.

Coping with Allergies & Asthma

Coping® with Allergies & Asthma is America’s consumer magazine for those with allergies or asthma.

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