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Aaron's Awful Allergies. Troon Harrison & Eugenie Fernandes, $5.95 (preschool)

Aaron loves animals more than anything else in the world. But when he is diagnosed with allergies, the doctor tells him that his pets — a dog, a cat, six kittens and six guinea pigs — have got to go. After Aaron reluctantly finds each pet a new home, he discovers other ways to make animals a part of his life.


Abby's Asthma and the Big Race. Theresa Martin Golding, $21.95 (Gr. 1-3)

Abby has asthma, but that doesn’t stop her from wanting to run in the big race.  Abby is determined not only to run in the race, but to win it as well.  With her doctor's approval and recommendations, she exercises every day with her father, takes her medicine, and does her breathing exercises in anticipation of the big day.  When that day arrives, Abby is ready. 


The Allergen-Free Baker’s Handbook: How to Bake Without Gluten, Wheat, Dairy, Eggs, Soy, Peanuts, Tree Nuts and Sesame. Cybele Pascal, $29.95

100 vegan recipes for a delightfully familiar array of treats.

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Allergies. Sharon Gordon, $7.95 (ages 5 & up)


Allergies & Asthma: What Every Parent Needs to Know, 2nd Edition. Michael Welch, Editor, $16.95

An invaluable resource for parents and caregivers trying to cope with the challenges of childhood asthma and allergies. This 2nd edition provides updated information on allergies and the treatments, along with new information on asthma control, patient education and controlling environmental factors.


Asthma. Sharon Gordon, $7.95 (ages 5 & up)

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The Best Audience: a Lesson about Food Allergies for Young Children. Diana Brock, $12.95

This is a beautifully illustrated educational storybook about food allergies geared to children in Kindergarten to Grade 3. It was created as an educational tool; intended to be read to young children in an effort to raise allergy awareness. THE BEST AUDIENCE is meant to be a dialogue between the reader and the children.


Breathe Easy: Young People's Guide to Asthma. Jonathan Weiss, $14.95 (ages 8-13)

This practical guide is filled with information, tips, checklists, resources, diagrams, and illustrations to help young people learn to control their asthma, gain self-confidence, and live their lives to the fullest.

BREATHE EASY explains:

  • How to recognize situations that trigger asthma attacks
  • Early warning signs of an attack, and what to do about them
  • Asthma medicines and how they work
  • What happens in the respiratory system during an attack
  • Relaxation of body, mind, and breathing to help control asthma
  • Communicating with your doctor

Can I Tell You About Asthma? A Guide for Friends, Family, and Professionals. Lesley Mills, Illustrated by Rosy Salaman, $15.95

Meet Alfie — a young boy with asthma. Alfie invites readers to learn about asthma from his perspective, describing how it feels to have an asthma attack and what the common triggers are. He talks about the challenges of having asthma and how important it is that his friends and the people around him can recognize the signs when he starts feeling short of breath and know how to help. Alfie also gives simple instructions on using asthma inhalers and other medical treatments.

This illustrated book is full of useful information and will be an ideal introduction for young people, as well as parents, friends, teachers and nurses. It is also an excellent starting point for family and classroom discussions.

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Can I Tell You About Peanut Allergy? A Guide for Friends, Family and Professionals. Sharon Dempsey, illustrated by Alice Blackstock, $15.95

A boy with a peanut allergy explains what they are and how having one affects his daily life. He talks about how to make sure he lives a nut free life and how his friends and family can help with this. He also explains what treatment is used in emergency situations and how to handle special occasions, trips to friends' houses and going on holiday.


The Complete Kid's Allergy and Asthma Guide: the Parent's Handbook for Children of All Ages. Hospital for Sick Children, Dr. Milton Gold, editor, $24.95

The Complete Kid's Allergy and Asthma Guide provides a comprehensive and authoritative look at current guideline, recommendations and tips on dealing with the many allergy and asthma problems that children can experience. Written and edited by allergy and asthma experts in collaboration with Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children, this is a practical, easy-to-read and comforting handbook for parents and caregivers.


Cooking for Your Gluten-Free Teen: Everyday Foods the Whole Family Will Love. Carlyn Berghoff, Sarah Berghoff McClure, Suzanne Nelson & Nancy Ross Ryan, $22.99

COOKING FOR YOUR GLUTEN-FREE TEEN offers a unique perspective on living gluten-free from not only someone living with gluten-intolerance, but also from a parent who is also a chef, and a doctor who specializes in treating teens and others with Celiac disease.  

This creative book is filled with more than 100 recipes and helpful tips on everything from the top foods that gluten-intolerant teens crave, to converting family favorite recipes to make them gluten-free, as well as strategies for packing healthy and delicious lunches and snacks.  Straightforward tables and lists of naturally gluten-free foods, gluten-laden foods to avoid, and secret sources of gluten are also included, as is a take-along game plan for kids and adults when they are out and about.


Dealing with Food Allergies in Babies and Children. Janice Vickerstaff Joneja, $26.50

Dealing with Food Allergies in Babies and Children guides the reader toward nutritionally sound diets for children with food allergies, drawing on the experience of clinicians, parents, and families of children afflicted with often difficult food allergies and food intolerances. It presents methods for analyzing and treating problems, but never loses sight of the child's nutritional needs.

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Eat Like a Dinosaur: Recipe & Guidebook for Gluten-free Kids. Paleo Parents, $34.50

Don't be fooled by the ever-increasing volume of processed gluten-free goodies on your grocery store shelf! In a world of mass manufactured food products, getting back to basics and cooking real food with and for your children is the most important thing you can do for your family's health and well-being. It can be overwhelming when thinking about where to begin, but with tasty kid-approved recipes, lunch boxes and projects that will steer your child toward meats, vegetables, fruits, nuts and healthy fats, EAT LIKE A DINOSAUR will help you make this positive shift.

Colorful, mouthwatering photographs illustrate recipes without grains, dairy, soy and refined sugar. For those with food allergies, the top 8 allergens have been visually marked on each recipe for children to self-identify recipes that may contain eggs, nuts, fish, or shellfish. Details on the tools and products your family needs to get started have been provided, as well as an assortment of tips to help you along the way. EAT LIKE A DINOSAUR will inspire your entire family to shop for new ingredients and get into the kitchen together. Fun and practical - even the healthiest children sometimes want cupcakes and chicken nuggets—this book simply provides healthier ways to give kids the foods they love.


Food Allergy Survival Guide: Surviving and Thriving With Food Allergies and Sensitivities. Vesanto Melina, Dina Aronson & Jo Stepaniak, $23.95

This comprehensive resource offers a unique blend of scientific research, practical advice, and culinary expertise that will show you how to:

  • understand the difference between food allergy, food intolerance and food sensitivity
  • avoid the foods and ingredients that trigger reactions
  • maintain a healthy intestinal boundary
  • create menus that meet your nutritional requirements.

Freedom from Allergy Cookbook. Ronald Greenburg & Angela Nori, $24.50

Over 400 recipes free of wheat, yeast, milk and sugar.

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Getting Your Kid on a Gluten-Free, Casein-Free Diet.  Susan Lord, $24.95

Gluten-free casein-free diets are widely used to improve cognitive function, speech patterns, behavior, and general well-being in children on the autistic spectrum. Written by a registered dietitian and mother of a child who is thriving on a gluten-free casein-free diet, this practical guide covers everything from how to get your child on the diet, to daily meal plans, recipes and handy shopping lists. Susan Lord offers sound nutritional advice on how to implement the diet correctly, without harming your child by omitting major nutrient groups.

Whether you are a parent or care-giver, this book will make removing gluten and casein from an autistic child's diet simple and stress-free. The easy-to-follow meal plans, complete with delicious recipes and ingredient lists, will guide you with confidence in providing a nutritionally-balanced diet for your child, as well as healthy meals the whole family will enjoy.


A Gluten-Free Birthday for Me! Sue Fliess, illustrated by Jennifer Morris, $23.99

With bright and charming illustrations and sweet text, A GLUTEN-FREE BIRTHDAY FOR ME is a celebration you won’t want to miss!


Gluten-Free Cooking: More Than 150 Gluten-Free Recipes. Ruby Brown, $21.95

Everything you need to make healthy food choices and manage celiac disease or gluten intolerance is here. In addition to the recipes, Gluten-Free Cooking includes a glossary, measurements and conversion tables and introductory essays on dietary principles, celiac disease and eating well on a gluten-free diet.

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Gluten-Free Kids: Raising Happy, Healthy Children with Celiac Disease, Autism, and Other Conditions. Danna Korn, $25.95

As public awareness has grown about the gluten-free (GF) diet being a requirement for anyone with celiac disease, so has evidence that suggests the diet can help improve other conditions; it seems to reduce the symptoms of autism, and helps diabetics lower their glycemic index. Written by an authority on gluten-free living and the mother of a son with celiac disease, the author’s conversational, can-do attitude gives anyone the confidence and know-how to manage the challenges of the GF diet, especially those who need to maintain the diet for a lifetime. Parents, doctors, dietitians and other medical professionals who prescribe GF diets will find this a useful and practical resource. 


Horace and Morris Say Cheese (which makes Dolores Sneeze!) James Howe, illustrated by Amy Walrod, $8.99

Horace and Morris, but mostly Dolores, love cheese. But everything changes when Dolores develops an allergy to her favorite food.


I Have Asthma. Jennifer Moore-Mallinos, illustrated by Rose M. Curto, $8.50 (Ages 4–7)

The child in this story suffers from asthma, a chronic condition that sometimes produces frightening attacks. But kids learn that with proper medical supervision and treatment, asthma can be kept under control, and kids who are affected by it can live happy, active, and normal lives.

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I Think I Am Going to Sneeze: a First Look at Allergies. Pat Thomas, $6.99

This reassuring little picture book will help younger children learn what causes allergies, what it feels like and how they can be treated. The book includes helpful notes for adults that provide ideas for sharing the book’s information and advice with children.


Incredible Edible Gluten-Free Food for Kids: 150 Family-Tested Recipes. Sheri Sanderson, $27.50

INCREDIBLE EDIBLE GLUTEN-FREE FOOD FOR KIDS provides delectable gluten-free recipes formulated especially for children. From breakfast muffins to Pineapple Upside-Down Cake, from Beef Stroganoff to Broccoli with Cheese Sauce, and from Quick Lunch Pizza to Hawaiian Punch, there are many dishes to entice any child (or adult). Numerous recipes take 30 minutes or less to make and are so easy parents can involve their child in the preparation. Teaching a child to cook gluten-free "gives the child ownership of his diet as well as reducing the desire to cheat," advises the author, a mother who cooks gluten-free for her child.

In addition to food recipes, there are tips for cooking substitution, entertaining, a list of resources, as well as a detailed trouble-shooting chart for the gluten-free baker. Sanderson also offers advice on how to deal with situations outside the home that may compromise a child’s diet, such as peer-pressure and day care.


Is This Your Child? Discovering and Treating Unrecognized Allergies in Children and Adults. Doris Rapp, $22.95

IS THIS YOUR CHILD shows parents how to identify the common foods, chemicals, or common allergic substances that could be the culprits that cause some children or adults to feel unwell or act inappropriately. If your child is always sick, hyperactive, a slow learner, or cranky, the first question you should ask is not "What drug should be prescribed?" or "What have I done wrong as a parent?" Instead, find out the cause.

Dr. Rapp gives sensible suggestions about how reactions to foods and environmental factors can be recognized, prevented, and treated. With this information, many affected children should feel, act, behave, and learn better.

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Kids’ Meals Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Cooking Instruction DVD. Jean Duane, $27.95 (Recipe booklet included)

Maintaining a gluten-free, dairy-free diet is made easier with this instructional DVD. The meals presented in this instructional DVD will satisfy the urge for comforting, delicious foods and along the way you’ll learn cooking techniques that will empower you in the kitchen.


The Kitchen Classroom: 32 Visual GFCF Recipes to Boost Developmental Skills. Gabrielle Kaplan-Meyer, $34.99

The Kitchen Classroom teaches kids how to cook — and how to boost their sensory, motor and social skills. Designed for kids with developmental delays, this book offers a multitude of learning opportunities while helping kids who must follow a gluten-free/casein-free diet develop healthy, tasty recipes the whole family will enjoy.


The Lion Who Had Asthma. Jonathan London, $10.95 (preschool)

Sean likes to pretend he's a lion, roaring in the jungle. But this lion starts to cough, his chest hurts, and it's hard to breathe. This lion has asthma. So Sean's mother gives him the mask to the nebulizer that will make his medicine into an easy-to-breathe mist. Now Sean imagines he's a jet pilot.

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My Immune System Needs Glasses! Michelle Nel, illustrated by Jenny Terry, $14.95

With an intergalactic twist, My Immune System Needs Glasses explores how allergic reactions happen.  


My Kid’s Allergic to Everything Dessert Cookbook, 2nd Edition. Mary Harris & Wilma Selzer Nachsin, $18.95

More than 100 recipes for sweets and treats the whole family will enjoy.


100 Questions & Answers about Your Child's Asthma. Claudia Plottel & Robert Feldman, $27.50

100 QUESTIONS & ANSWERS ABOUT YOUR CHILD'S ASTHMA gives you authoritative, practical answers to your questions about childhood asthma, treatment options, post-treatment quality of life, coping strategies for both patient and caregiver, sources of support, and much more. This book is an invaluable resource for understanding and coping with the medical, psychological, emotional and financial considerations of a child with asthma.


The Peanut Allergy Answer Book, 3rd Edition. Michael Young, $16.95

The most cutting-edge research on peanut allergy prevention, diagnosis, and treatment is presented in this new edition of Dr. Michael Young’s indispensible book. Families, patients, and medical professionals seeking clear and concise answers about prevention, diagnosis, and treatment will find the most recent recommendations here, along with promising new research into this wide-reaching phenomenon.

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The Peanut Allergy Epidemic: What's Causing It and How to Stop It, 2nd Edition. Heather Fraser, $35.99

In the early 1990s, tens of thousands of children with severe peanut and food allergies arrived for kindergarten at schools in Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and the United States. The phenomenon of a life-threatening allergy in kids in only these countries occurred simultaneously, without warning, and it quickly intensified. The number of peanut allergic children in the United States alone went from virtually none to about two million in just twenty years. As these children have aged, the combined number of American adults and children allergic to peanuts has grown to a total of four million. How and why has this epidemic occurred? In The Peanut Allergy Epidemic, Heather Fraser explains precisely when the peanut allergy epidemic began.

Fraser also highlights alternative medicines and explores issues of vaccine safety and other food allergies, making this fully updated second edition a must-read for every parent, teacher, and health professional.


The Peanut-Free Café. Gloria Koster, Maryann Cocca-Leffler, $9.99

Allergic to peanuts? That’s okay — the best place to be is the Peanut-Free Café!


Special Diets for Special Kids. Lisa Lewis, $37.50

Over 200 gluten-free, casein-free recipes are included in this new edition of SPECIAL DIETS FOR SPECIAL KIDS. Combining volumes 1 and 2 into a new and updated edition, this jam-packed resource includes information on the latest research into the effects of diet for children with autism, ADHD, allergies, celiac disease and more. The recipes are easy to make and delicious. Best of all — this new edition comes with a CD-ROM of printable recipes.

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SuperNourishment for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: a Practical Nutritional Approach to Optimizing Diet for Whole Brain and Body Health. Angelette Müller, $24.95

Full of simple yet innovative recipes, this book provides a comprehensive guide to keeping your child on the autism spectrum healthy through a nutritionally dense diet while addressing their needs and individual eating challenges. It also includes practical tips on everything from how to transform a limited diet to how to shop for what you need.


Taking Asthma to School. Kim Gosselin, $16.95 (school age)


Taking Food Allergies to School. Ellen Weiner, $16.95 (school age)


There Are No B-List Allergies! Michelle Nel, illustrated by Jenny Terry, $14.95

This books takes a celebrity vantage point to emphasize that although (in the US and Canada) there are priority allergens, less common allergies are equal in severity and therefore should be treated with the same considerations.

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The Thriving Child: Parenting Successfully through Allergies, Asthma and Other Common Challenges. Erica Reid, $21.99

It took months of medical visits and several illnesses for Erica Reid to uncover that her young son had multiple allergies and serious asthma. Her daughter, who had suffered from skin irritation since birth, was diagnosed with food allergies as well. Thus began a cautious, thoughtful journey to more doctors and led the author to totally re-vamp her family's diet, "de-tox" her home, and, as her children grew older, coordinate healthy routines for school and travel.

Along the way, Reid developed complementary child-rearing strategies promoting respect, responsibility, creativity, spiritual balance, and love. From health and nutrition to discipline and spirituality, Reid schooled herself in every area that is part of creating a totally healthy environment in which a family can flourish. In THE THRIVING CHILD she shares her experiences and the advice that has helped her family to thrive.


To Be A Nut Or Not! Michelle Nel, illustrated by Jenny Terry, $14.95

To Be A Nut Or Not is a fun story providing a safe manner in which to teach children and adults what tree nuts look like, as well as answering the question just what *IS* a peanut!


What's Eating Your Child? Kelly Dorfman, $16.95

The hidden connections between food and childhood ailments like anxiety, recurrent ear infections, stomach aches, picky eating, rashes, ADHD and more — and what every parent can do about it.


Woolfred Cannot Eat Dandelions: a Tale of Being True to Your Tummy. Claudine Crangle, $11.95 (ages 4-8)

Most sheep will eat almost anything they come across, whether it's good for them or not. Woolfred however, has a delicate system. he cannot eat dandelions. It isn't fair — the other sheep can eat whatever they want — and all he can think about is dandelions, dandelions, DANDELIONS!

A Note to Parents and Caregivers offers information and strategies for helping children develop healthy attitudes about living with food intolerances.

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Complete Booklist

The Allergen-Free Baker's Handbook: How to Bake without Gluten, Wheat, Dairy, Eggs, Soy, Peanuts, Tree Nuts and Sesame. Cybele Pascal, $29.95

Allergies & Asthma: What Every Parent Needs to Know, 2nd Edition. Michael Welch, Editor, $16.95

The Best Audience: a Lesson about Food Allergies for Young Children. Diana Brock, $12.95

Can I Tell You About Asthma? A Guide for Friends, Family, and Professionals. Lesley Mills, Illustrated by Rosy Salaman, $15.95

Can I Tell You About Peanut Allergy? A Guide for Friends, Family and Professionals. Sharon Dempsey, illustrated by Alice Blackstock, $15.95

The Complete Kid's Allergy and Asthma Guide: the Parent's Handbook for Children of All Ages. Hospital for Sick Children, Milton Gold, editor, $24.95

Cooking for Your Gluten-Free Teen: Everyday Foods the Whole Family Will Love. Carlyn Berghoff, Sarah Berghoff McClure, Suzanne Nelson & Nancy Ross Ryan, $22.99

Dealing with Food Allergies in Babies and Children. Janice Vickerstaff Joneja, $26.50

Food Allergy Survival Guide: Surviving and Thriving With Food Allergies and Sensitivities Vesanto Melina, Dina Aronson & Jo Stepaniak, $23.95

Freedom from Allergy Cookbook. Ronald Greenburg & Angela Nori, $19.95

Getting Your Kid on a Gluten-Free, Casein-Free Diet.  Susan Lord, $24.95

Gluten-Free Cooking: More Than 150 Gluten-Free Recipes. Ruby Brown, $18.95

Gluten-Free Kids: Raising Happy, Healthy Children with Celiac Disease, Autism and Other Conditions. Danna Korn, $25.95

Incredible Edible Gluten-Free Food for Kids: 150 Family Tested Recipes. Sheri Sanderson, $27.50

Is This Your Child? Discovering and Treating Unrecognized Allergies in Children and Adults. Doris Rapp, $22.95

Kids’ Meals Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Cooking Instruction DVD. Jean Duane, $27.95 (Recipe booklet included)

My Kid's Allergic to Everything Dessert Cookbook, 2nd Edition. Mary Harris & Wilma Selzer Nachsin, $18.95

Oh My Goodness! The Best Recipes Free of Gluten, Casein, Soy, Rice, Egg and Sugar. Lucie Stephens, $20.00

100 Questions & Answers about Your Child's Asthma. Claudia Plottel & Robert Feldman, $27.50

The Peanut Allergy Answer Book, 3rd Edition. Michael Young, $16.95

The Peanut Allergy Epidemic: What's Causing It and How to Stop It, 2nd Edition. Heather Fraser, $35.99

Special Diets for Special Kids. Lisa Lewis, $37.50

SuperNourishment for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: a Practical Nutritional Approach to Optimizing Diet for Whole Brain and Body Health. Angelette Müller, $24.95

The Thriving Child: Parenting Successfully through Allergies, Asthma and Other Common Challenges. Erica Reid, $21.99

What's Eating Your Child? Kelly Dorfman, $16.95

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Books for Kids and Teens

Aaron's Awful Allergies. Troon Harrison & Eugenie Fernandes, $5.95 (preschool)

Abby's Asthma and the Big Race. Theresa Martin Golding, $21.95 (Gr. 1-3)

Allergies. Sharon Gordon, $7.95 (preschool)

Asthma. Sharon Gordon, $7.95 (preschool)

Breathe Easy: Young People's Guide to Asthma. Jonathan Weiss, $14.95 (ages 8-13)

Eat Like a Dinosaur: Recipe & Guidebook for Gluten-free Kids. Paleo Parents, $34.50

A Gluten-Free Birthday for Me! Sue Fliess, illustrated by Jennifer Morris, $20.99

Horace and Morris Say Cheese (which makes Dolores Sneeze!) James Howe, illustrated by Amy Walrod, $8.99

I Have Asthma. Jennifer Moore-Mallinos, illustrated by Rose M. Curto, $8.50 (Ages 4–7)

I Think I Am Going to Sneeze: a First Look at Allergies. Pat Thomas, $6.99

The Kitchen Classroom: 32 Visual GFCF Recipes to Boost Developmental Skills. Gabrielle Kaplan-Meyer, $34.99

The Lion Who Had Asthma. Jonathan London, $10.95 (preschool)

My Immune System Needs Glasses! Michelle Nel, illustrated by Jenny Terry, $14.95

The Peanut-Free Café. Gloria Koster, Maryann Cocca-Leffler, $9.99

Taking Asthma to School. Kim Gosselin, $16.95 (school age)

Taking Food Allergies to School. Ellen Weiner, $16.95 (school age)

There Are No B-List Allergies! Michelle Nel, illustrated by Jenny Terry, $14.95

To Be A Nut Or Not! Michelle Nel, illustrated by Jenny Terry, $14.95

Woolfred Cannot Eat Dandelions: a Tale of Being True to Your Tummy. Claudine Crangle, $11.95 (ages 4-8)

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