Monday, January 20, 2014

Children's Book Review: Gluten-Free Me: Beckmin Goes to School by Christy E. Bykowski

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book, free of charge, from the author, via World of Ink Book Tours, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it.

Welcome to our spot on this latest World of Ink book tour!

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Gluten-Free Me: Beckmin Goes to School cover


 “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. “Beckmin Goes to School” is Bykowski’s first children’s book and was inspired by her middle son Beckmin, who was diagnosed with celiac disease at 18 months, after extensive sickness and a series of hospital visits. 

Since then, Christy has worked with Beckmin through the everyday challenges of being a kid with this disease, dealing with his frustrations and his own learning curve as to what celiac disease is, how to explain it and what it means in his day-to-day life. Beckmin’s stories, written to help children define, understand and explain celiac disease, are meant to be both empowering and educational for kids and their parents. Written for children to help them express and understand celiac disease, the book is a wonderful tool for children and adults alike.


I wanted to check out this book with Miss Grace as she has already had teasing from schoolmates (teacher's kids, surprisingly) about her gluten-free diet. She's happy with the food she's eating, but kids will tease about anything they don't understand. I was hoping this book would help her to understand that her sensitivity is not as bad as some with celiac disease, and not that unusual ('there's a book!'). It has the effect I'd hoped for, and we had quite a great discussion , and she want's to take the book to share with her classmates (which we will be doing). We highly recommend this for teachers of pre-K to 2nd grades, and for anyone with a celiac/gluten-sensitive child in their family!

About the Author: 
Christy E. Bykowski is an award-winning public relations and marketing practitioner, as well as a wife and mother. She lives and works in Cleveland, Ohio, with her husband, Benjamin, raising their three boys and spreading awareness about celiac disease and the need for a gluten-free environment for individuals diagnosed with celiac disease. You can find out more about Christy E. Bykowski on her Website or on Twitter!

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