{Giveaway!} Disney Books From Lilly Diabetes

by Leighann on December 30, 2014

Disney Diabetes Books Giveaway

If you didn’t already know, Lilly Diabetes and Disney teamed up to create a series of books for younger kids and tweens about diabetes. Even my son who doesn’t have diabetes likes the Coco books. We have used the Q&A at the end to help him understand his sister’s diabetes a little better.

These books should be available in pediatric endocrinology offices, but I’m finding that not all of them have the books available. If your pediatric endo doesn’t have them, they can get them from their Lilly rep. They are also now available online.

To help get the word out about the books and to share them with a few more kids, Lilly Diabetes asked if I would like to give 12 lucky readers a backpack filled with the books. The backpacks are the same LL Bean backpacks that they give kids at diabetes camp. (The backpacks are great, but I wish they had a water bottle holder…especially since kids with diabetes need access to water at school.)

LL Bean backpack* filled with these Disney books:
Tween novels
Superstar Dreams
ESPN: Covering the Bases
ESPN: Power Forward
ESPN: Up for the Challenge
ESPN: Running Interference
Hannah Montana: Uptight (Oliver’s All Right)
Coco Books
Coco’s First Sleepover
Coco Goes Back to School
Coco & Goofy’s Goofy Day
Disney Cookbook
Disney Holiday Magazine
Disney/Lilly Postcard

*Backpack color may vary

Lilly Disney Diabetes Books


Use this entry form to win one of 12 backpacks filled with books. Open to readers with US shipping addresses only. Read the official giveaway rules. Entry deadline January 5, 2015. Please note: to be entered, you must leave a comment answering the question “In what ways have you helped your child learn more about his/her diabetes?”

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Further Reading

{Diabetes At School} Lilly Diabetes Books Online

{Bookshelf} Coco and Goofy’s Goofy Day

Introducing Coco, MWD*

Posts about Disney with diabetes.

More posts about children’s books.

Disclosure: Lilly Diabetes is supplying the backpacks and books. I’m schlepping them all to the post office and will send them out by the end of January. Monetary compensation was not received for this post and opinions are my own. Please read my disclosure statement.

{ 68 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Amanda Clouse December 30, 2014 at 12:19 pm

Love your blog!


2 Jenna December 30, 2014 at 12:22 pm

We have helped her to independently carb count, whether reading food labels, weighing and portioning or researching the info that she needs to know.


3 Amanda December 30, 2014 at 12:23 pm

I’ve read her stories and watched videos!


4 Tara Leonardt December 30, 2014 at 12:25 pm

I have used books, videos, internet sites and rufus to help my now 10 year old understand his t1d.


5 Melissa S. December 30, 2014 at 12:41 pm

When he is testing, we ask him what he would do, so that he starts to think through the basics. We also read books like Even Superheroes Get Diabetes to reinforce the big picture concepts.


6 Shonna Stroud December 30, 2014 at 12:43 pm

I would love to win a backpack filled with Lilly Diabetes books for my 11 year old T1 & his little sisters.


7 Karly king Melnick December 30, 2014 at 12:43 pm

Love this!!


8 Jen Manley December 30, 2014 at 12:44 pm

love LL Bean and so excited to hear about the books!!


9 Catherine Stein December 30, 2014 at 12:46 pm

Would love to have the teen books for my T1D daughter as she enters her tween years.


10 Christina December 30, 2014 at 1:02 pm

at only 5 (dx at 4) we make him accountable as much as we can for daily testing and understanding carb counts. It’s learning by doing, but we hope in time our daily teachings and experiences he will have a full understanding, and take this on.


11 Joanna December 30, 2014 at 1:15 pm

Way to go Disney! Thanks for bringing awareness about Type 1 Diabetes!


12 Wendy December 30, 2014 at 1:16 pm

My 7yo T1 has always had the advantage of open communication. We share all of our thoughts, concerns and care plans with her and when she shows interest we give her an active role in all-things diabetes. She has quickly caught on to sooooo many things and can almost do the algebra necessary to count carbs… most adults I know can’t do that. She is a budding and blooming reader who would just LOVE this prize!!!


13 Stacey Martin December 30, 2014 at 1:40 pm

I have the book for the younger kids but now that my daughter is 9 she would love the tween books!


14 Amy Wall December 30, 2014 at 1:46 pm

I have 2 children with Type 1 Diabetes. My son is 5 and my daughter is 11. We’ve taught both of them how to answer all the questions they get asked by other children. The more my kids have learned, the more empowered they have become to educate those not familiar with Type 1 Diabetes. They face this disease “head on” and are always willing to “teach” their friends and share facts about T1 with strangers.


15 Haylee December 30, 2014 at 1:50 pm

Haylee is 10.. Diagnosed at 8!! Would love to win!!


16 Brenda December 30, 2014 at 2:20 pm

My son is six, so we’ve read the “Rufus” comes home book many times, and we talk about diabetes with him pretty regularly and try to explain the “numbers” to him as needed so he can start to get a grasp on all of it. He also tests himself and explains it all to other people 🙂


17 Kristin Goodson December 30, 2014 at 2:29 pm

We have found books and videos online. Also, I found a mom’s group online and they have given us great suggestions and conversation.


18 Katie December 30, 2014 at 2:41 pm

my daughter is four, so we work on counting and learning numbers, so when she sees a certain number so can tell me low, high or just right


19 mandy Watson December 30, 2014 at 2:45 pm

I tell her that her pump keeps her healthy. She is only 5 years old so I try to explain and talk to her in a way that is at her level. Hoping to win some booka to help me better describe what it does for her involving her favorite Disney characters.


20 Tina Johnson December 30, 2014 at 3:36 pm

We used drawings of the body (some drawn by him) and talked about the job of the pancreas, kidneys, liver and how insulin works in the body. We used flash cards with “facial expressions” to help him learn what his highs and lows might feel.
He is autistic and expressing his feelings isn’t his strong point.


21 Jennifer December 30, 2014 at 4:20 pm

I have not seen these books at our doctors office. What a nice giveaway


22 Stephanie Ogle December 30, 2014 at 4:31 pm

My daughter was 3 at diagnosis and the biggest thing we’ve helped her understand so far is that it’s not her fault and that we will always take care of her. We have taught her to speak up for herself, when she’s feeling high or low, even if we’re not around and we’ve taught her that she should always listen to her body. Would love these books to read to her kindergarten class next year.


23 Kristin King December 30, 2014 at 5:10 pm

We have allowed our daughter to learn from a schoolmate who is also a type one. Empowering for both children!


24 Bernie W December 30, 2014 at 5:45 pm

I’ve taught my children to be responsible. It will come in handy in the future when they need to start monitoring their blood sugar.


25 Kim Miller December 30, 2014 at 8:49 pm

I have helped my son learn more about his diabetes by reading books about it, looking at websites and keeping him involved with his care.


26 Julie December 30, 2014 at 9:24 pm

My son has Down syndrome in addition to type 1, so concrete learning tools and experiences are the most helpful. We use books, other people and situations that help him to identify things and people “just like him”. It helps him learn – and also helps him to feel like he fits in.


27 Joanne December 30, 2014 at 9:35 pm

We read books & teach our 4-year old how to take an active part in his care!


28 Amy Coughlin December 30, 2014 at 9:51 pm

We include both daughters in their care and making decisions. We read to them and get them together with other kids who have disbetes


29 Sherrie Gonta December 30, 2014 at 10:06 pm

I absolutely love reading your blog! Thank you for the opportunity – these books would be a fabulous teaching tool with my little guy. Never stop reading…


30 sabrina December 30, 2014 at 10:07 pm

I helped my 5 years old to understand that diabetes is something that he has to lived with, and there is nothing to be ashamed ,I show what the insulin pump is for,and the cgm,I orient him to eat healthy because is good for everyone,I really want that he can grow accepting his condition and be able to take a good care of himself.I contact other parents who has child with d1t so he don’t feel he is the only one,and all this things it seem be working,hopefully .


31 Heather Dawn Miller December 31, 2014 at 8:36 am

I help him with carb counting. I help him understand that he can have whatever he wants with proper insulin. I try to keep him very active, sports & he just started karate, he is 6, both the youngest & the only Type 1 Diabetic in the center. He says ” I want to do karate everyday & forever!”


32 Holly Jones December 31, 2014 at 9:19 am

We started from diagnosis teaching her that the more she knew, the less others would be scared of her condition. We taught her to use our apps to carb count first, then even how to give her own shots – she was a champ at that. She then learned to work her pump as well as I can. We were sure to teach her about when to stop herself if the insulin dose was too high and what to do if she was low. She amazes people with her knowledge – me the most!


33 Brenda Spevak December 31, 2014 at 9:30 am

I always look forward to your blog post. (DS dx 04/14/14)


34 Kerry Kennedy December 31, 2014 at 9:44 am

He has learnt by me talking about everything I do as I do it even before he could understand. We talk about food choices for when he is low, high or in range and at 8 he is able to estimate carbs and make choices based on what I have been modeling for him since he was 15 months old …. All under supervision still but learning through his daily normal has worked for us…


35 Wendee December 31, 2014 at 3:01 pm

We have talked to out T1D son (3 years old) about how he feels when he is high or low. We’ve taught him about balanced meals with protein and carbs. We’ve also taught him how important insulin is for his little body.


36 Tonya Homme December 31, 2014 at 4:49 pm

We would love to win the Disney Coco books, as our endo doesn’t have them. We love LLBean, too! Thanks!


37 Nora Mulligan January 1, 2015 at 10:17 am

Sarah has been working on her carb counting and administering insulin using her meter. This year she has been very responsible with checking herself and giving herself insulin in her classroom to cut down on missing class work.


38 Diane Larson January 1, 2015 at 10:28 am

We constantly talk to our 12 year old about his diabetes. We read books, internet blogs and talk about new things with our doctor. He takes his blood sugar readings, helps counting his carbs and gives himself injections. He has adapted well to his new way of life and I am so proud of him! He is my hero!


39 Andrea Corley January 1, 2015 at 12:00 pm

My daughter got a few of these when diagnosed and she loves them!! This is soooo awesome!! Thank you for this amazing giveaway!!

Gabriella was 7 when diagnosed and is now 8 and she does great! She dies her own checks and after spending a week at Camp Kno Koma in WV…she came home doing her own injections. She loves to help count her carbs and put them in her meter!! I am still amazed at her acceptance and adapability!!


40 Heather Bissell January 1, 2015 at 1:00 pm

We read books and let her help with her diabetes supplies and site changes! We teach her to eat well and respect this disease! Would love more books to help her learn and our girl loves books!


41 Jessica Fleming January 1, 2015 at 1:17 pm

My son is 4 so I have taught him not to sneak food. I explained that he can eat what he wants but he needs to tell me so I can give him insulin because he may not feel the effects of a high now but in a year or so he will. And he has done really well with making sure he shows me what he eats.


42 Cindy January 1, 2015 at 2:48 pm

I wish our doctor had these.


43 Jessica January 1, 2015 at 4:23 pm

Love the books. We have a few of the ones for younger kids, would love to see more of the tween books for my 11 yr old.


44 Nicole January 1, 2015 at 4:39 pm

I’ve been wanting to get these for my little boy!


45 Nicole January 1, 2015 at 4:41 pm

Oops forgot to answer the question. I’ve been teaching my son about his diabetes mostly just by talking to him about it, he is still so young I’m sure he doesn’t understand much about it though.


46 Sally January 1, 2015 at 8:43 pm

Read, read, read! The more we read kid-friendly books about diabetes, the more our son understands. He loves to take the quizzes that are often found at the end of these books!


47 Michelle January 3, 2015 at 12:27 am

My 3yr old son was just diagnosed 3 months ago. Since then we have been reading lots of story’s, reaching out to others families in our community and and and trying to answer his questions when he asks “why does he have diabetes?”


48 Nisreen January 2, 2015 at 12:18 am

I have helped my two and a half year old child learn how to test herself alone and teach people how to test her!


49 Melissa January 3, 2015 at 8:14 am

We have helped our son learn by modeling what he should do, being there to remind him, helping monitor and involving him in conversations about his care and really listening to him before making changes.


50 annie January 3, 2015 at 4:19 pm

My son Jack is 8 years old and has learned about his type 1 diabetes care through reading books that we got from jdrf and from the library. He also is very active in his diabetes care – we have competitions to see who has the closest carb count estimate and then add them w the calculator. He’s amazing.


51 Jesse January 3, 2015 at 4:45 pm

Our DD was just dx’d last January at 6.5 years old. The first bit we just kept our head above water, but now we’ve met a mama who has had T1D for nearly 30 years and she’s been so great sharing information with me and talking to our DD about her illness and how to stay healthy in the long term.


52 Hanna Sandoval January 3, 2015 at 5:40 pm

I explained to my newly diagnosed 5-year old that it’s like being allergic to sugar and that he has to ask what he can eat from now on and can’t have everything anytime, similar to his best friend who is allergic to peanuts and has to ask what he can eat so he doesn’t get sick.


53 Sydney A January 3, 2015 at 9:40 pm

I do not have a child with diabetes, but would love these books for my waiting room. We see a lot of kids with diabetes that I think would really enjoy them.


54 Stefanie January 3, 2015 at 9:48 pm

My daughter is 6 and diagnosed 8 months ago. We were overseas in the Middle East where they don’t educate parents at all, so my husband and I spent the 4 days we were in the hospital researching on the Internet and discussing what we found. That was the main piece of my daughters education. She also listens in at every endo appt and asks her own questions. She also loved the Ruffus bear and storybook.


55 Lisa T January 4, 2015 at 7:18 pm

We have read the Coco books online, but would love to have our own copy! My husband is also a T1 so my daughter learns a lot by watching dad and dad has first hand experience so he can describe/elaborate on things in a way I can’t.


56 Michelle Hiett January 5, 2015 at 8:12 am

My son was diagnosed at 2, so first he learned his numbers by reading his meter. He eventually went on to learn what those numbers mean and what we were aiming for. So now we teach him about good carbs and bad carbs and how it impacts his blood sugar. He also has Celiac so he’s learned a lot about healthy eating in general.


57 Sarah January 5, 2015 at 8:37 am

This blog has provided me with so much info/help on our journey, thank you!


58 Sarah January 5, 2015 at 8:41 am

I have helped my child by joining our local support group, teaching him how to count carbs, I taught him exactly how our bodies should work, that he has an autoimmune disorder and how his body works differently from mine. Most important I taught him how to advocate for himself and that D is a part of who he is, but does not define him, his life, or what his life can or will be.


59 Sparrowmin January 5, 2015 at 9:19 am

We read books, we discuss things going on, we look at sites online, and we encourage questions. I know it is working because I have overheard him explaining to new friends about his disease.


60 paula fairchild January 5, 2015 at 10:43 am

I helped my child learn more about diabetes by being very open and honest with all conversations, by taking her to the annual Children with Diabetes Friends for Life conferences, by participating in JDRF events, and by reading books such as those in this backpack to her. Now we mentor newly diagnosed, and we share that knowledge with them. 🙂


61 Olivia Jenkins January 5, 2015 at 10:48 am

I was diagnosed at 8 years old. I’m trying to win the books to give to the hospital I was dignosed at. they did an amazing job with my family and I andI know I would of loved these books when I first was diagnosed!


62 Lisa January 5, 2015 at 10:52 am

My daughter is six. We read books, and we “google” a lot in response to her questions about T1D. She likes to read about the various cures that people are working on.


63 Patti January 5, 2015 at 11:37 am

We have taught her to count carbs, to be responsible for her diabetes and how to help explain to others what diabetes is. We have also tried to help her understand how important it is to remember to take insulin for everything she eats and to test often and that we are not mad when her number is high, just concerned that she needs to take insulin to get under control to avoid complications.


64 Judi January 5, 2015 at 11:38 am

Being a T1 myself, I have always tried to teach my T1 son by example. My DH & I always tried to get him the best possible medical treatments as they became available thru the years. He seems to have learned the lessons well, as he grew up to be a productive adult.


65 Leslie January 5, 2015 at 11:57 am

We have allowed her to take on as much of her care as she can at her age. She enters carbs into her pump, and calibrates her dexcom daily. We make diabetes part of our daily life and encourage her to ask questions, but more importantly to educate others. She has learned how many kind people are misguided by common misconceptions about Type 1, so she really enjoys sharing and educating with those that don’t know a lot about diabetes.


66 Kari January 5, 2015 at 2:50 pm

I have helped my daughter learn to count the carbs and do the math so she can have more freedom to go do things with friends and family.


67 Kimberly M January 5, 2015 at 7:49 pm

We have read books and talked to her about T1D. Sending her to camp also helped her to realize she’s not alone and she can be a regular kid because no matter what we tell her she has a hard time believing us. 🙂 We have encouraged her to do her own BG checks, injections and now pump management.


68 lori perkins January 5, 2015 at 9:42 pm

I have helped my now 11yo daughter to realize she is just as normal as any other little girl that just has a broken pancreas! She is and will grow stronger with confidence everyday and I will keep teaching her she can do anything that anyone else can do or better. She my sweet Jordan Sky is MY hero! ♡♡


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