Sunday, May 13, 2012

Food Allergy Awareness Week Book Giveaway

What better way to spread a little awareness than to read a copy of the new "BugyBops: Friends for All Time" this week ?!? I've already shared this story with my son's Kindergarten class, as well as a group of families (not all of them familiar with food allergies) at our big book launch on May 12th. I love it when I can see the wheels turning in their heads or when they say to me "I never knew that!"

Now it's your turn to share some know-how. Join in on our Book-A-Day-Giveaway for food allergy awareness by simply answering the following question:

What are you doing to help promote food allergy awareness this week?

Please comment to win a free copy of “The BugyBops: Friends for All Time”. Double or triple your chances by sharing on Facebook or tweeting on Twitter the following statement:

Win a copy of “The BugaBees” #book sequel “The BugyBops: Friends for All Time” by @AmyRecob #FAAW #foodallergies 

Winners selected daily!

Sunday's Winner: Jeanette - Mom to Allergy Kid
Monday's Winner:  Linda Trinklein
Tuesday's Winner: hsw
Wednesday's Winner: Paulette M.L. Ricardo
Thursday's Winner: Alicia
Friday's Winner: Jacque Kunin 
Saturday's Winner: ERIKAANN

If you see your name posted, please contact me at amyrecob@gmail.com to redeem your prize!

Important note to this week’s past participants: We love our social media partners for promoting this contest, but have run into a little snafu with posting links! Instead of linking new entries to the current “Question of the Day” it seems that many people are coming to this first kick-off post only.

To make things easy, we are modifying the contest to simply include this one post. You may continue to make comments daily and earn extra entries for posting on FaceBook and Twitter. Many apologies for the confusion! Please know that even though your Monday and Tuesday posts don’t appear here, they have been duly noted and entered in the drawing at www.random.org!


61 comments:

  1. I am speaking with my son's 4K class to teach them more about what food allergies are and lending the class my copy of "The BugaBees" (again) so that they can remember allergies isn't something you catch and that you can still have fun!

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  2. I wrote a blog post on my Food Allergy blog, I mentioned the upcoming twitter party and highlighted some favorite food allergy bloggers!

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  3. Jeanette - Mom To Food Allergy Kid.May 13, 2012 at 8:34 AM

    I will be reading The Bugabees to my sons 5k class next week and also educating about food allergies.

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  4. Will be posting info on FB (which I do all the time not just during FA awareness week) - and we participated in the No Biggie Bunch Library offer where the publisher sends your local library 2 of their books to promote FA awareness.

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  5. What an awesome tool to help young people learn about food allergies!

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  6. I make it a point to bake allergy friendly and safe treats for my daughters first grade class. Since kindergarten they have learned so much about food allergies and keeping kids with food allergies safe.

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  7. I am posting to FB a link to the book's website! What a great idea.

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  8. I had not heard of this book. How fantastic!!

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  9. I got my son's principal to read a FA fact every day on the announcements this week. I am also going to my other son's preschool to read them a book about FAs. In addition, I am posting and debunking common FA myths on my fb pages.

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  10. I did a presentation on food allergies at my college last week. I also demonstrated how to use the epi-pen. My 2 year old has severe food allergies.

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  11. This book would be so great to read to our cousins to help them understand.

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    1. This is the perfect book for kids who don't have food allergies themselves, but want to understand and support those who do! Stop back daily to improve your chances of winning your own copy!

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  12. I am posting a series on my blog on Life with Food Allergies and I am also hosting a giveaway. I've seen this book on Amazon.com before, and I know my daughter would love to read it. Thanks for the chance!

    heacollins (at) gmail (dot com)

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  13. What a wonderful whimsical tool for education and to promote inclusion! Can't wait to read it :)

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    1. Thank you so much! Keep coming back every day this week for more chances to win!

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  14. I've been (and will continue to) posting on Facebook all week. Tomorrow we'll be sharing PBS's Arthur food allergy packet along with our local FAAN walk save the date postcards with my son's class.

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  15. I am putting together packets on FA to send to our family members & close friends, as well as putting the FA fact flash cards out by my Gram's pool (a common place for Family to be) and have another set to carry with us wherever we go. I am also sharing links to KFA on facebook as well

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  16. What a great way to introduce and educate about your child's allergy in a classroom setting!

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  17. I honored my son who has peanut and tree nut allergies by showing an Alexander The Elephant video to his preschool class, provided individual packs of Wow Butter to go home with them and wrote a 2 page letter to their parents thanking them for keeping my son safe. It's not enough - but, it's a show of support for my son who is very shy about his allergies and does not want attention brought on himself. Thanks for sharing your talents in the form of a book!!

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  18. I'm making my daughter a new fanny pack for her Epi-pen, with a new patch on the front indicating it's her "Epi-pen". She gets to choose the fabric + I get to be crafty. I'm also speaking to her Kindergarten class about food allergies.

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  19. I am teaching my son how to read labels so he knows if he can have something. He gets excited to know there are others out there who know what he deals with...to read a book with food allergy issues would be exviting for him

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  20. I have been talking to all of my classes about different allergies and the difficulties children and their families have to live allergies. I have been teaching them how to read labels and how different allergens may be hidden in the food label. By the way the book look wonderful would love to read it to my classes.

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  21. I and my son will educate his pre-K class and K-3 classes at his school about the different kinds of food allergies and the importance of not excluding but being aware of a child with food allergies. Also I am sharing information about food allergies on my facebook page.

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  22. I would love to win this book to donate to my son's school. I have a personal copy for us at our home and love how this help teach kids about food allergies. It would be a great addition for the school library and for the teachers to read to their classes.

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  23. I have been talking to all of my classes about the different types of allergies and how difficult it is for children and their families to protect those with allergies. I have been teaching them how to read labels and how allergens are hidden in labels and how dangerous it can be for those with allergies and how to avoid cross contamination.

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  24. I will be sharing about food allergies at my daughters b-day party this weekend. the cake will be free of her brothers allergens since she has none and letting everyone know that you can still enjoy great food with food allergies.

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  25. I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE Bugabees. My son has life-threatening food allergies to: dairy, soy, tree nuts, peanuts, sesame, pea protein and a less severe allergy to gluten. We read this book almost every night. I would love to win a copy of the newest addition to the series.

    I have shared on twitter as @FromScratchClub and on my personal facebook page. /ChrisDavisOfFSC

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  26. When I prepare food for my daughter and her preschool class, I make sure they know it's allergy free. Some kids have asked what that means and I take that oppurtunity to teach them about food allergies.

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  27. I'm TRYING to get his school to share some information about FA, but getting nowhere. I've been talking about it all week on my blog and my FB page. I also did FAAW nails on my nail blog: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=443268065701851&set=a.233794373315889.71394.219350074760319&type=1&theater

    Tweet: https://twitter.com/#!/TGTNails/status/202423684814749698
    FB post: http://www.facebook.com/jannalmiller/posts/264051923692475

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  28. My family is learning more about our allergies and I'm also having a group discussion with a few fellow allergen-free moms.

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  29. I asked my mom to translate an allergy book into french so we can share it with my daughter's french immersion kindergarten class!

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  30. My daughter has peanut/treenut allergy starts kindergarten this fall and I would to be able to share this book with her class.

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  31. Reminding parents...what if it was your child!!!

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  32. This is GREAT! I have been searching for something like this for my son who has gluten intolerance or celiac disease we can't get an exact diagnosis! But nonetheless! I would love to share this book with him and our family and friends!

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  33. My daughter starts a new school next year. What a handy "tool" this would be :)

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  34. To support food allergy awareness week, My 11 year old daughter (Fifth grade) just read "Bugabees with Food Allergies" 20 times last week to a total of approximately 145 K though 2nd graders ( 20 classes!) for our Health Fair presentation on food allergies. The kids and teachers loved the book. The book was a great educational tool! I also printed out each bug and a copy of their food allergen and had the kids match what food each bug was allergic too.. I originally bought the book for my son who is 7 and allergic to 6 out of the seven top common food allergens. Love it!
    Linda M

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    1. WOW! That is impressive and beats my record for BugaBees readings in a single session! Warms my heart to know your daughter is using the book to spread awareness. Good stuff!

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  35. I just began teaching Sunday School to a group of 4 and 5 year olds. There is one boy in my class with severe food allergies (no foods). I am trying to learn as much as I can about FA from his mom. This book would be a wonderful tool, not just for me, but to share with the other children in the class.

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  36. We just got back from an allergy testing (every year event) My son is allergic to eggs and peanuts (sever) and was allergic to dairy but thankfully we got him over that. I have had difficulty explaining to friends and family tbe seriousness of his allergies so i designed a little poster for their pantry and fridge ro remind them of how careful they should be when he is visiting. Seems to have worked for the most part. I hope i never have to use the epi pen but with his first year of school approaching i am fearful. This book would give me a great teaching tool to share with his classmates, family and friends.

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  37. Sharing information with our community by talking with parents and kids we meet around the city about how we monitor food allergies and don't let it 'handicap' our lives.

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  38. Jacque Kunin ( Jacque.kunin@gmail.com)May 15, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    I'm new to the whole peanut allergy world. My 1 year old has anaphylactic reaction to peanuts. I try to talk to people About it everywhere I go. There is a 5 k walk in Baltimore for food allergies via the FAAN. I plan to go and show my support!

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  39. Lisa Barnes. My husband and I have a 6 year old with multiple life threatening food allergies. This week we met with a newly hired school guidance counselor and 504 coordinator and explained to her what it is like to raise a child like ours and how IMPORTANT it is to not only keep him safe but to not make him feel like he is "not normal" in school. The more people that understand, the better his life will be!

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  40. My son suffered from anaphylactic shock on May 5th and I had to use the emergency Epi Pen. We have been on a strict diet for over 4 years and I found a small peanut in our living room that I believe he put in his mouth. (May have fallen into my purse while on a business flight - we never have peanuts in our home.) FYI for all those parents out there that have kids with Peanut Allergies - Google "Undisclosed Peanut Oil in Vaccines"... my kid was NEVER fed peanuts - so how does he have all allergy?? Vaccines!

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  41. What are you doing to help promote food allergy awareness this week?
    I will be presenting information to the class of my grandson and let other children know it's not contagious but anyone can have allergies and not even know they do...

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  42. Went to my sons school and talked to his teachers and lunch room staff . also got my son a bright yellow braclet that says food allergies on it so people are aware .Still working on educating our housemates its difficult getting people to really understand cross contamination .

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  43. I bought the first Bugabee book from this author at a food fair. I took that book home and read it to my granddaughter and WOW. For the first time I saw both excitement and acceptance in her little face that someone else had issues like her and it didn't REALLY matter things would be O.K. When I finished reading the book Emily turned to me and said "Grandma I think I might be a Bugabee too!" We laughed about it and I agreed. My daughter sent the book to school and I know they read it in school and they asked for all the information so they could carry it in their library. I want as many books from this author about allergies as I can get. It's great when having allergies doesn't have to be a horrible thing ALWAYS. Thanks Amy Recob!

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    1. Thank you for this wonderful feedback, Mag! So glad to hear the BugaBees has made such a positive impact on your granddaughter.

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  44. I got the FAAW proclamation for the state of Mississippi. I also am leading several Safe @ School trainings.

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  45. I'm not sure if my comment went through or not due to me logging into my Google account....what I said was...
    I am helping raise awareness by talking! I talk about my sons food allergies to everyone I meet! I also have changed my picture on facebook to a food allergy awareness picture and have been blowing up my friends' newsfeed with informative links and post!

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  46. My daughter has multiple food allergies and this week is her third birthday. I thought it would be a great idea when she goes to daycare on Friday with her allergy-free cupcakes to bring along our copy of The BugaBees and share it with her friends. Our provider is very accommodating of her food allergies and the other kids are well aware of the foods she cannot eat, but it would be fun on her birthday to share one of her favorite books and help promote food allergy awareness this week.

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  47. My daughter has multiple food allergies and her third birthday is this week. One of her favorite books is The BugaBees and I thought it would be a great idea for her to take it to daycare on Friday with her allergy-free cupcakes to share with her friends during story time. Her provider is fabulous and does a wonderful job of always accommodating her food allergies. Her friends are also aware of her allergies and I think it is great to promote food allergy awareness week at daycare by sharing her favorite book.

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  48. Allergies are so common in our group of friends it is no longer difficult to participate at parties and gatherings. I know these kids would love a book that speaks to their lifestyle!

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  49. Food sensitivities have become so common in our group of friends that is no longer a challenge to participate at parties and gatherings. It would be great to have a book that spoke to the kids about their food needs!

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  50. I am always talking about food allergies with everyone, since someone very dear to my heart has severe food allergies. I would love to get her a copy of this book for her to read to her class.

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  51. shared on facebook also

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  52. I am going to post a link to your page on my facebook because I know a few people with kids who have food allergies and they could benefit from your book!

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  53. I am going to post a link to your website and facebook on my page. I know people who have kids with food allergies and they could benefit from your book. I am also starting a daycare and need something like this to read to the kids.

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  54. WOULD BE WAY COOL FOR PUBLIC LIBRARIES AND SCHOOLS...THX
    MICHAELA

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  55. Both of my children have allergies and this would be such a great way to spread the news of their situations :) So cute!

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  56. Posting info about food allergies and speaking with families. I hope to help more people understand. I would love to have this book!

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