How to Explain Difficult Things About PI to Children

Children’s books have a way of staying with you.

My mom used to read to me all the time growing up. Just about every night before bed, she’d grab a new book off the shelf and soothe me to sleep with stories.

I’m awake. I swear. Source:

I remember it well, including the small nuggets of important lessons that have stayed with me since:

  • to be compassionate
  • to respect other people’s experiences
  • to always be myself

I can only imagine what those memories would mean if the lessons I learned were about a life with chronic illness.

In addition to the expected messages of hope and acceptance, the Immune Deficiency Foundation (IDF) is bringing PI education to the world of children’s books with A Zebra Tale.

Source: The Immune Deficiency Foundation

Following a young colt named Flash, the book shows—in a fun, colorful way—what life is like for a kid with a primary immune (PI) disorder. And it’s clearly a book written with understanding and empathy. The author, Katherine Antilla, has a child with PI, and she wants the story to “inspire those living with PI to lead happy, fulfilling lives.”

If you’ve ever struggled to explain a serious topic to your child, children’s books have always been the way to go. Now, you can do it with their condition as well.

The PDF is free to download and print here.

Kiki Jones

Kiki Jones

Kiki’s family loves to say, “People are like a baking project. At some point, they’re just done and they’re who they’re going to be.” Well, Kiki still has some baking to do, and she learns a lot from her loved ones living with chronic conditions, including mental illness and Behcet’s disease. With a BA in English, she’s using her skills to tell the stories of people like them.

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