Thank you for visiting the JDRF Bookstore. Below you will find books for all ages. Books for those with T1D and books for those who care for them. You may also use the links below for direct purchase of the books. A percentage of proceeds from many of the books are donated back to JDRF.

*Prices may vary

For Children

Lilly Diabetes & Disney Digital Books

Author: Various Authors
Price: FREE

Description: Lilly Diabetes and Disney have joined together to create special materials for type 1 families, including popular books that cover real-life issues. Now, you can experience them on your desktop or tablet!

In Coco and Goofy’s Goofy Day, join Coco and her friends at a fun birthday party. Coco shows how she never lets her type 1 diabetes get in the way of a good time.

Meet eighth-grader Allie Campbell, a great soccer player recently diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. In Up for the Challenge, she struggles with balancing the responsibilities of her team and learning how to deal with her diabetes. Will she be up to the challenge?

Justin Cooper has been chosen captain of his basketball team, when suddenly everything changes: He’s been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. In Power Forward, he must find a balance between his diabetes and the rest of his life, but how?

Click the link above to learn more.

Ballerina Dreams: A Book for Children with Diabetes

Author: Zippora Karz
Price: $13.50

Description: This is the story of Zippy, a young girl who falls in love with ballet. With hard work she dances all the way to her pointes and the leading role in the performance. But soon Zippy and her family learn that she has type 1 diabetes. Will she still be able to dance in the performance? Zippy proves that she can take care of herself and still live her passion.

Danny the Diabetes Dynamo

Author: Michelle A. Dart
Price: $12.99

Description: This is a children’s book that teaches basic skills of diabetes management and empowers children to take part in their diabetes care. This is the first book in a series that educate about various issues related to living with Type 1 Diabetes. Being diagnosed with diabetes is life changing and there are many challenges that come with this diagnosis. Danny has been created to help give new perspective to those challenges so children can meet them with strength and perseverance. 15% of the proceeds from this book are donated to the JDRF.

Eddie’s Tale: A Young Child’s Introduction to Type 1 Diabetes

Author: Susan Kowalski
Price: $12.00

Description: Eddie the kitten isn’t feeling well. His mother takes him to see Dr. Whiskers, who diagnoses type 1 diabetes. Doc Whiskers explains to Eddie what is happening inside his body. He tells Eddie and his parents how to manage his diabetes. Eddie leaves Dr. Whiskers’ office triumphantly, determined to do everything he can to stay healthy and happy.

Game Day

Author: Catherine D’Agostino
Price: $9.99

Description: This simple, engaging story will delight young readers as they read about Simona and her soccer game. The positive tone and bright colors will grab the reader’s attention immediately. The story highlights the ability to be an athlete and enjoy sports while managing Type 1 diabetes. 30% of the proceeds from this book are donated to the JDRF.

I Have Diabetes

Author: Sharon Saraf
Price: $12.00

Description: The book, I Have Diabetes, is an easy to read book for young children about a boy being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes (T1D)…from his symptoms, to his adapting to life with T1D. Written by someone whose sister and son both have T1D. The author wrote this “non-technical” book for children to find hope and comfort in…while raising the awareness of the disease. 25% of the proceeds from this book are donated to the JDRF.

My Simply Outrageous Grandmother

Author: Barbara Ewing
Price: $14.95

Description: A simply outrageous book for grandmothers and children of all ages. Page after beautiful page filled with the adventures of a special grandmother and her young granddaughter.

A book born of a grandmother’s love for her 4 year old granddaughter diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Barbara Ewing decided to perform an “outrageous act” and as a first time author, wrote and dedicated this book to her granddaughter. Barbara is donating all profits from this book to JDRF.


Author: Vivian Kirkfield
Price: $24.95

Description: This wonderful book pinpoints 100 picture books every young child should hear to help develop pre-literacy skills. It provides both a child-friendly healthful recipe AND an age-appropriate, eco-friendly craft project for each story suggestion. It also offers true-life scenarios and crucial tips to help every parent build self-esteem and strengthen the parent-child connection. Through the activities in this book parents learn how to applyPositive Parental Participation whether they are reading, crafting, cooking or doing ANYTHING with their child.

The author is donating 20% of the proceeds from each copy of Show Me How purchased through the JDRF website to JDRF.

Super Will: Fighting for a Cure

Author: Jay W. Foreman
Price: $12.00

Description: Super Will Fighting for a Cure is about a 5 year old boy and his sidekick brother Jake. They have special powers to help kids that have recently been diagnosed with Type1 diabetes. Super Will also has type 1 and knows all the signs and symptoms of high and low blood sugars. He and Jake help a boy and girl with their symptoms. The goal of the book is to help families that have just been diagnosed. 100% of the proceeds from this book are donated to the JDRF.

For Teens

Help With the Hard Stuff: Workbooks for Teens with Type 1 Diabetes and their Parents

Author: Lauren Tolle, PhD and William O’ Donohue, PhD
Price: $17.96

Description: This is a workbook designed for teens diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes and their parents. Living with Type 1 diabetes is difficult enough for adults, but for teenagers it adds to the already increased stress of social pressures, self-awareness, and responsibility. This workbook can help the whole family better understand basic diabetes information and important facts associated with good diabetes care. It also provides evidence based cognitive-behavioral strategies that can be helpful in facilitating health behavior changes, such as when problems arise with treatment adherence.

Type 1 Teens: A Guide to Managing Your Diabetes

Author: Korey K. Hood, Ph.D.
Price: $14.95

Description: Type 1 diabetes might be part of some teens lives, but it doesn t have to run their lives. Type 1 Teen gives teens a slew of strategies and tips to manage their day-to-day lives with Type 1 diabetes. This book gives teens honest and straightforward facts and advice on issues including dealing with family and friends; navigating school and future plans; relationships and sex; and alcohol and drugs. This primer on the basics of life with Type 1 empowers teens to be their own best advocates and helps them acquire the psychological and social tools to prevent diabetes burnout and prepare for a long, healthy life.

For Adults

50 Diabetes Myths Than Can Ruin your Life and the 50 Diabetes Truths That Can Save it

Author: Riva Greenburg
Price: $14.22 (also available for Kindle)

Description: 50 Diabetes Myths That Can Ruin Your Life puts the “power of truth” directly into patients’ hands, dispelling the 50 most common myths that tend to rule their lives, such as: “You have to be fat to get diabetes,” “Eating too many sweets causes diabetes,” “Insulin shots are painful,” and “Type 2 diabetes is not as serious as Type 1.” With recommendations from top experts and engaging patient stories, 50 Diabetes Myths That Can Ruin Your Life explains the crucial information everyone managing this chronic illness needs to know to live a long, healthy life with diabetes.

Balancing Diabetes

Author: Kerri Sparling
Price: $12.00

Description: When a person receives a diagnosis of diabetes, he or she starts a process of adjusting and making sense of the new normal living with a chronic disease. A large part of that adjustment is figuring out how to balance diabetes with all the intricacies of a life outside of diabetes care. In Balancing Diabetes, diabetes online community blogger Kerri Sparling compiles strategies used by people with diabetes and their caregivers to bring that elusive balance into their lives. Whether adult or child, type 1 or type 2, spouse or caregiver, male or female, people in the diabetes world will find themselves in this book and be inspired by the commonality of that continuing search for balance.

Balancing Pregnancy with Pre-Existing Diabetes: Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby

Author: Cheryl Alkon
Price: $13.69

Description: Balancing Pregnancy with Pre-Existing Diabetes: Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby, is a down-to-earth guide for diabetic mothers-to-be. Author Cheryl Alkon has lived with type 1 diabetes for 31 years and brings a wealth of understanding to the subject. Unlike existing books written in dry scientific language, this one focuses on firsthand accounts by diabetic women sharing their pregnancy-related experiences. Topics include what is diabetes, finding the right doctor, strategies to successfully conceive, the first, second, and third trimesters, labor and delivery, balancing the woman’s health needs with those of her child, infertility and pregnancy loss, resources, and more.

Breakthrough: Elizabeth Hughes, the Discovery of Insulin, and the Making of a Medical Miracle

Author: Thea Cooper and Arthure Ainsberg
Price: $16.32

Description: It is 1919 and Elizabeth Hughes, the eleven-year-old daughter of America’s most-distinguished jurist and politician, Charles Evans Hughes, has been diagnosed with juvenile diabetes. It is essentially a death sentence. The only accepted form of treatment – starvation – whittles her down to forty-five pounds skin and bones. Miles away, Canadian researchers Frederick Banting and Charles Best manage to identify and purify insulin from animal pancreases – a miracle soon marred by scientific jealousy, intense business competition and fistfights. In a race against time and a ravaging disease, Elizabeth becomes one of the first diabetics to receive insulin injections – all while its discoverers and a little known pharmaceutical company struggle to make it available to the rest of the world. Relive the heartwarming true story of the discovery of insulin as it’s never been told before. An annual donation is made to JDRF from book sales.

Breakthrough: The Complete Diabetes Organizer: Your Guide to a Less Stressful & More Manageable Diabetes Life

Author: Susan Weiner and Leslie Josel
Price: $15.00

Description: Within the pages of this book, diabetes educator Susan Weiner and organizing guru Leslie Josel provide you with dependable strategies and ideas designed to help streamline your diabetes care and simplify your life. From her distinguished career and experience in the fields of diabetes and dietetics, Susan Weiner brings helpful tips and tricks that are guaranteed to ease daily mechanics, promote improved nutrition, and relieve stress caused by disorder and confusion. Certified professional organizer and ADHD Specialist Leslie Josel applies her expertise to the topic of diabetes, with simple, surefire techniques that will allow you to disentangle yourself from the clutches of chronic disorganization.

The Complete Diabetes Organizer is your guidebook to maintaining your diabetes with less effort and more confidence, allowing you to focus on enjoying a healthier, stress-free life.

Diabetes Do’s & How To’s Small yet powerful steps to take charge, eat right, get fit and stay positive

Author: Riva Greenburg
Price: $13.28 (also available for Kindle)

Description: Diabetes Do’s & How-To’s is a “real life” practical guide that shows you how to live healthy with diabetes – and gives you the simple action steps to make that a day-to-day reality. Riva Greenberg was moved to write this book after seeing how many people don’t know how to live well with diabetes. She shares her insights and knowledge from living successfully with diabetes for more than 40 years, top experts provide recommendations, and the book features a unique tool that empowers patients to take new actions and providers to help them do so.

Eating to Lose: Healing from a Life of Diabulimia

Author: Maryjeanne Hunt
Price: $13.08

Description: Diabulimia is an eating disorder in which people with Type 1 diabetes deliberately give themselves less insulin than they need, for the purpose of weight loss. “Eating to Lose” is one woman’s memoir of her journey from illness to recovery, and carves a pathway of hope and empowerment for the millions who continue to suffer with diabulimia. “Eating to Lose” is written for them, and perhaps even more importantly it is written for their parents, and all parents in fact, who may unknowingly and involuntarily contribute to the stereotype of distorted body image so damaging to a woman’s self-esteem. “Eating to Lose” is a book about hope, about possibility, about transformation and renewal. It is the first book to address the toxic marriage of both diabetes and eating disorders. Written with gritty honesty “Eating to Lose” offers a firsthand account of true healing and provides hope both for individuals with diabulimia and their families.

My Sweet Life: Successful Men With Diabetes

Author: Beverly S. Adler PhD CDE
Price: $22.50

Description: One doesn’t achieve success despite living with diabetes; one achieves success in part due to living with diabetes and all the life skills practiced, learned, and acquired as a result. Men: Be empowered to succeed with diabetes!

Combine testosterone with a positive attitude, the drive and determination to triumph over diabetes, and you have a recipe for success. This book is a collection of life stories – each chapter written by a highly respected and successful man with diabetes. The diverse group of men share their heartwarming stories filled with honesty, humor, insights and encouragement.

Beverly S. Adler, PhD, CDE (Editor) has collected 25 amazing men with diabetes who accomplish amazing things every day!

My Sweet Life: Successful Women with Diabetes

Author: Beverly S. Adler PhD CDE
Price: $22.50

Description: How does one living with diabetes manage between career, family and a chronic illness? By living the Sweet Life. Beverly S. Adler, PhD, CDE and Friends (23 contributing authors) make up this compilation book about successful women with diabetes. This book is a collection of life stories each chapter written by a highly respected and successful woman with diabetes. The diverse group of women share their heartwarming stories and insights about finding balance between their personal, professional, and spiritual lives. For women with diabetes who need role models and a little inspiration… this book is written for the newly-diagnosed woman overwhelmed with her diabetes condition. Or, for the woman who has had diabetes for a while, but could also benefit from uplifting, inspirational stories to encourage and motivate self-care (especially if she is already trying to cope with some of the complications resulting from diabetes).

Raising Teens with Diabetes: A Survival Guide for Parents

Author: Moira McCarthy
Price: $15.95

Description: Hormones. Growth spurts. Mood swings. All combined with blood sugars. The teen years with diabetes on board are a challenging time for parents and anyone who cares about a child with diabetes. Raising Teens with Diabetes: A Survival Guide for Parents, by well-known diabetes mom, author, and advocate Moira McCarthy, is a no-nonsense, honest approach at not just surviving but thriving in those years, from a mom who has been there. Raising Teens with Diabetes is a must-have resource for anyone navigating the waters of parenting a child with diabetes.

Shot: Staying Alive with Diabetes

Author: Amy F. Ryan
Price: $17.95

Description: Shot is an intimate portrait of a young woman’s sudden transition to type 1 diabetes and a life of insulin dependence. Treatment for a routine infection one Monday morning yielded, with stunning speed, to a glucose monitor, test strips, and a life-altering diagnosis. In Shot, Amy Ryan shows what it really takes to manage an incurable disease. She charts the essential duties that keep her stable while revealing the daily concerns, the simple rewards and victories, the fears of highs and lows, and the psychological strain of depending on herself, a drug, and a network of health care providers to stay alive with diabetes. People who manage life-threatening diseases will recognize their own struggles in Amy’s compelling story. The millions who care for and support family, friends, or patients with diabetes will have their eyes opened to the human side of living with a chronic condition.

The Smart Woman’s Guide to Diabetes

Author: Maryjeanne Hunt
Price: $11.77

Description: The Smart Woman’s Guide to Diabetes provides advice, tips, and research from a diverse community of women living with diabetes. It provides practical insight and references for the optimal management of diabetes from women living with the disease as well as doctors, nurses, nutritionists, and educators. The personal anecdotes throughout the book reveal the good and the bad of living with diabetes, including the frustration, sense of shame, sense of isolation as well as the capacity for strength and the opportunity for growth. The Smart Woman’s Guide to Diabetes lets you know that you are not alone but rather will make you feel like you are sitting in your favorite coffee shop with your friends who share the same disease.

The Smart Woman’s Guide to Eating Right with Diabetes

Author: Amy Stockwell Mercer
Price: $18.95

Description: When diagnosed with diabetes the first thing a person asks is what food they can eat. This book educates people living with diabetes about different diets available in an informative, thoughtful and user-friendly way. This book really offers advice that will enable readers to find what works best for them.

Each chapter focuses on a different type of diet such as: low carb, vegetarian, high carb/low fat, and more. Each offers solid research and the latest findings on these diets in Amy Stockwell’s approachable voice. In depth profiles of type 1 and type 2 men and women who have had success with these diets are included as well as tips, “my favorite recipes,” and personal advice. Factual information is provided from professional nutritionists, educators and endocrinologists. This book will encourage you to eat right and reads like a conversation with a good friend.

Type 1 Diabetes and Babysitting: A Parent’s Toolkit

Author: Stacey Smith-Bradfield
Price: $15.00

Description: As a parent with a child who has Type 1 diabetes, having a babysitter can cause anxiety. Until now, no book has given a parent the opportunity to customize their child’s diabetic care. Throughout Type 1 Diabetes and Babysitting: A Parent’s Toolkit you are able to fill in specific information about your child, such as; how to give shots, what to do with a high or low blood sugar, troubleshooting pumps, as well as, meal and insulin planning. Along with step-by-step instructions covering all aspects of your child’s care, we’ve included pull-out pages for babysitter and sleepovers.

Typecast: Amazing People Overcoming the Chronic Disease of Type 1 Diabetes

Author: Andrew Deutscher
Price: $15.50

Description: Winning. Triumphing. Overcoming. If you or a loved one has type 1 diabetes, these may not be words you often hear associated with the challenge of managing this chronic disease. Type 1 diabetes can be endlessly frustrating, surprise us at every turn and cause us to worry on a regular basis. Like anything in life, if we let ourselves, we can focus on the fear. This book is about those who faced that fear, then moved forward. Type 1 diabetes prepared them for life’s toughest challenges, and provided the ingredients for them to reach the highest levels of fortitude and success. The stories in this book empower us all to ultimately dominate diabetes.

What Nurses Know… Diabetes

Author: Rita Girouard Mertig
Price: $12.37

Description: Over 23 million American live with diabetes, and many will experience serious complications like blindness, kidney damage, and cardiovascular disease. Knowing how to control blood glucose, blood pressure, and blood lipids is essential. What Nurses Know . . . Diabetes offers timely advice on living with diabetes from a trusted source: nurses. Simply organized and cleanly written, What Nurses Know . . . Diabetes provides individuals and their families, friends, and health care practitioners with the information they want and need. Special features include numerous sidebars and call out boxes with “Nurses Notes,” definitions of common terms, resources, online tools, websites to help those with living with diabetes, and lists of support groups.

The Everything Parent’s Guide to Children with Juvenile Diabetes

Author: Moira McCarthy
Price: $14.95

Description: As a parent of a child diagnosed with diabetes, you are faced with overwhelming, and sometimes frightening, questions like: Will my child be able to eat sweets again? How will I ever be able to let them go out on their own? What is the newest technology and how can it help my child? Is a cure really on the horizon? The Everything Parent’s Guide to Children with Juvenile Diabetes helps you cope with the challenges of helping your children live happy, healthy lives while controlling the disease. This reassuring, easy-to-use guide features advice on:

  • Adjusting to life with diabetes
  • Helping your children take control of their health
  • Monitoring diet and insulin levels
  • Handling emergencies
  • Finding support for you and your children

The Everything Parent’s Guide to Children with Juvenile Diabetes helps parents deal with the challenges you and your child face when living with diabetes–one day at a time.

Growing Up Again: Life, Loves and Oh Yeah, Diabetes

Author: Mary Tyler Moore
Price: $24.95

Description: Mary Tyler Moore, actress and activist, relates the highs and lows of living with type 1 diabetes for the past forty years. With inspired, well-crafted prose, she drills down to the most heartfelt, yet universal truths about lifeincluding the lives of those with diabetes. She unflinchingly chronicles her struggle with diabetes, as well as her successful rehabilitation from alcohol dependence, all while deriving gratification from her roles as an actress, mother, businesswoman, campaigner, and fund-raiser. Her revealing tales of both her successes and failures in coping with diabetes offer others with the disease guidance and inspiration through example.

Not Yet Dead: My Race Against Disease From Diagnosis to Dominance

Author: Phil Southerland and John Hanc
Price: $12.27

Description: Part memoir, part sports adventure, Not Dead Yet tells the inspirational story of Phil Southerland’s battle with Type 1 diabetes and how from diagnosis to sheer determination, Phil Southerland beat all odds and turned his diagnosis and his passion for cycling into a platform. From leading a Race Across America to now managing a world-class cycling program, his journey on and off the bike is changing the way the world views diabetes.

Not Dead Yet is Phil’s powerful story: his account of his relationship with his mother, and how she struggled to keep him alive; growing up quickly in the New-Old South of the 1990s, learning at the tender age of 6 years old how to check his glucose and give himself injections; of how he fulfilled his dream of becoming a professional athlete using his team and the bike as a platform, inspiring thousands of individuals and families around the world who are battling diabetes to not just chase, but catch, their dreams.

The ABCs of Loving Yourself with Diabetes

Author: Riva Greenberg
Price: $17.96
Spanish Edition

Description: The ABCs of Loving Yourself with Diabetes can help anyone with diabetes treat themselves more lovingly, with patience and forgiveness, and reawaken what they love-all of which can create better diabetes management. Within these pages you’ll learn “how-to” overcome fears, frustrations, guilt and loss and “rev up” your joy, courage and even pride. Riva Greenberg brings you the inspiration and practical insights she’s gleaned from thirty-five years of living with diabetes and her work as a motivational speaker and coach. These delightful drawings and powerful messages of strength and hope can guide you to create a happier, healthier life with diabetes. An annual donation is made to JDRF from book sales.