Our Diverse BookVerse
After publishing my first two books, I noticed that most books about illness, disorders, etc. are from indie authors and are not well known. So, I am working on creating a BookVerse. This BookVerse will be full of books with characters who have medical disorders or conditions, use adaptive equipment, children who have parents or friends in the book that do (whether directly stated or only depicted), or about service dogs.
I will be creating a free resource full of all the children's books and juvenile fiction/non-fiction books I can find that are categorized by disorders, who has the disorder, etc. to help newly diagnosed and those who have been diagnosed for awhile. This resource will be for anyone who is or knows someone affected by a condition to find a children’s book or juvenile chapter book to help with the diagnosis, emotions, etc.
My goal is to show everyone "YOU ARE NOT ALONE."
If you know of any books that fit this criteria, please contact me!
These books can have, but are not limited to, characters who are dealing with new diagnoses, who have a diagnosis but that is not a main part of the story, who have friends with a medical condition, depict characters who use adaptive equipment, have characters who have adaptive equipment but do not discuss it, have service dogs, etc.
Current topics in BookVerse include, but are not limited to: spina bifida, food allergies, a parent with chronic migraines, invisible disorders, service dogs, wearing hearing aids, hearing loss/deafness, ASL, child affected, parent affected, Autism, medical marijuana, and some others. I have several chapter books, but most are picture books.
Jazmine Crawford doesn’t make decisions. She doesn’t make choices. She doesn’t make friends. Jazmine only wants one thing: to be invisible. It’s a lot easier to take out her hearing aid and drift along pretending that nothing’s wrong than it is to admit that she’s heartbroken.
byCecily Anne Paterson
8-year-old Austin looks at life through a different lens. He has Autism. He is unique and would like to tell you about his life, how he navigates through it and what you can do to help kids like him!
Even on their worst days, every mommy is someone’s hero. In this sweet tribute to moms with chronic health conditions, Jennifer Senne reminds little readers that even when things are tough, Mommies are a WONDER!
Join Mary Jane as she travels to the Pacific Coast and learns about Medicinal Cannabis along the way. She will meet everyday people who happen to use Medical Cannabis. As she travels state to state, she discovers how different state laws can impact the availability of Medicinal Cannabis for patients and some of the other hardships they can face.
"How Petey Got His Puff" follows a puffer fish named Petey who cannot puff on his own. He gets some help from an oceanographer named Kai. Our hope is that this book will help everyone to look past the tubes and truly see the special children who use them.
byAmy Lynn McConahy
Marina has spina bifida and an anxiety disorder. Her family has just moved and she is about to start at a new school. Marina wants to meet the children who play in the park across from her house but is scared. When Nana arrives with a magical gift, Marina discovers that she can bring her origami to life. This gives her the confidence to go to the park. Paper Magic is a story about friendship, finding courage, and discovering that you don't need magic to be worthwhile.
byJeffery E Doherty
Polar Bear and Teddy Bear explain what it means to be a service dog. They even have friends they want to introduce to the world! The only thing they ask, is to be left alone while working. Distractions can stop them from doing their really important jobs.
This is the story about a child who has a younger brother diagnosed with ME/CFS. As a way to help his brother, he puts on an event to teach others about his condition. Inspired by a true story. It talks about ME/CFS as well as empowers siblings of chronically ill kids to do something to help.
Lola is in the middle on the netball court. She is also in the middle in life ... stuck between her parents fighting and her best friends arguing.
When her netball team looks like they might be in the State Finals, Lola steps up as captain.
But she has bigger problems when the doctor says that she might have to stop playing netball.
Can she ever stand up for herself?
Or will she always be stuck in the middle?
byCecily Anne Paterson
Meet Anabel. She has an invisible disorder and is learning how to be herself. She explains how she stays brave and has a loving and caring support system. She hopes that other children with invisible disorders follow her lead and learn they are special too!