Speaking Volumes :: Diabetes Awareness

November is Diabetes Awareness Month! Thanks to a generous donation from The Solon Centennial Lions Club last year, we've been able to expand our library collection to ensure that we have up to date and accurate information and stories to share that include and support those living with diabetes. These are just a few of the books in our collection on this theme.


Picture Books

The Great Katie Kate Discusses Diabetes by DeLand, M. Maitland

A superhero figure, magical Katie Kate, explains diabetes to kids in order to increase their understanding and lessen their worries about the disease.

I'm Still Me Can't You See? Diabetes Won't Stop Me by  Hergenreter, Valorie

A rhythmic story with imaginative illustrations told through the eyes of a child conquering diabetes.

Just Ask by Sotomayor, Sonia

In this creative non-fiction story, Sonia and her friends plant a garden, and each one contributes in his or her own special way, in a book that celebrates the many differences among humans. In this warm and inclusive story by U.S. Supreme Justice Sonia Sotomayor, inspired by her own childhood diagnosis of diabetes, readers join along as differently abled kids use their strengths to work together and learn about each other.

Picture Books



The Ups and Downs of Audrey May by Garcia, Missy Mareau

Nine year old Audrey May knows that life can be full of changes. She’s traveled all over the world with her Dad who works on movies, but she’s never been to a school with other kids. She has no idea that starting a new school will be much easier than finding out she has Type 1 Diabetes. Thankfully she won’t face it alone, she has the love of her parents and her crazy little sister to get her through the ups and downs.

The Truth About Stacey by Martin, Ann M.

Stacey, a member of the Baby-sitters Club, learns to cope with her diabetes and her overprotective parents.

Turning Pages: My Life Story by Sotomayor, Sonia

As the first Latina Supreme Court Justice, Sonia Sotomayor has inspired young people around the world to reach for their dreams. But what inspired her? For young Sonia, the answer was books! They were her mirrors, her maps, her friends, and her teachers. They helped her to connect with her family in New York and in Puerto Rico, to deal with her diabetes diagnosis, to cope with her father's death, to uncover the secrets of the world, and to dream of a future for herself in which anything was possible.

J Fic / Non Fic


Teen / YA

Patina by Reynolds, Jason

"Patina, or Patty, runs like a flash. She runs for many reasons—to escape the taunts from the kids at the fancy-schmancy new school she’s been sent to since she and her little sister had to stop living with their mom. She runs from the reason WHY she’s not able to live with her “real” mom any more: her mom has The Sugar, and Patty is terrified that the disease that took her mom’s legs will one day take her away forever. So Patty’s also running for her mom, who can’t. But can you ever really run away from any of this?" -- Goodreads

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Adult Non-Fiction

The Type 1 Life: A Road Map for Parents of Children with Newly Diagnosed Type 1 Diabetes by Freeman, Jessica

"If your child has been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, you're likely feeling overwhelmed with what to do next. While there's nothing cookie-cutter about Type 1 diabetes management, The Type 1 Life helps parents understand how to:tell friends and family about your child's diagnosis, navigate school and sports with diabetes, foster independence and self-management, deal with the mental and emotional side of having Type 1 diabetes, and prepare your child for college and adulthood"--Amazon.com

Diabetes snacks treats and easy eats for kids : 150 recipes for the foods kids really like to eat by Grunes, Barbara

"This redesigned and expanded third edition of Diabetes Snacks, Treats, and Easy Eats for Kids offers even more simple, delicious recipes for healthy, well-balanced diets. Author Barbara Grunes has developed more than 150 recipes for snacks and meals that kids really like and that stay within diabetic guidelines. Grunes's goal is to help all kids enjoy food that is good for them--even if they have diabetes. After all, it's not about "good," "bad," or "forbidden" foods--it's about readers feeding their families sensibly.

Bright Spots & Landmines: The Diabetes Guide I Wish Someone Had Handed Me by Brown, Adam

The author shares the food, mindset, exercise, and sleep strategies that have had the biggest positive impact on his diabetes with hundreds of tips, questions, and shortcuts, including what to eat to minimize blood sugar swings; helpful strategies to feel less stressed, guilty, and burned out; and simple ways to improve exercise and sleep. Along the way, Adam argues that the usual focus on problems and mistakes in diabetes (Landmines) misses the bigger opportunity: Bright Spots. By identifying what's working and finding ways to do those things more often, we can all live healthier, happier, and more hopeful lives.

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