Sharing stories are one way that children can learn about themselves and the world around them. I’m a major advocate for representation in children’s literature, whether it’s their race or nationality, gender, interests or unique characteristics being represented. I think it’s important to have a range of literature that illustrate a diverse body of people. When it comes to my sweet one I want her to read great books with strong protagonists, women of color and great stories about people living with diabetes. I intently search for these books, sometimes having better luck than others.
Where I seem to be having the least luck these days, is in finding great books with lead characters who have diabetes. However, I’m persistent in my efforts and recently found a new book to introduce to my sweet one. This new find is called Maggie’s Mystery by Kimberly Munson. Our protagonist here is little Maggie who is six years old and in first grade. I bet you can guess what the mystery is… but I won’t spoil it in case you haven’t cracked the case.
Maggie’s Mystery is a short chapter book which is most appropriate for the newly diagnosed. Given the reading level and the target audience I would suggest a read aloud or partner reading for this text. The primary focus seemed to be aimed at introducing what T1D is and informing the reader about life with it. Like similar texts it includes a glossary of common T1D terms. One of the best features of the book is the page of discussion questions at the end for the reader and a grown up.
In my sweet one’s own words “I like the book because Maggie was brave.”