Cystic fibrosis is a disease passed down through families that causes thick, sticky mucus to build up in the lungs, digestive tract, and other areas of the body. It is one of the most common chronic lung diseases in children and young adults. It is a life-threatening disorder.
Personally, I didn’t really know what cystic fibrosis was so I decided to ‘Google’ it to get that description. After being introduced to an awesome children’s book called Sticky Icky Booger Bugs by Sherry Frith and Carol Newell Walter, I just had to learn more. Sticky Icky Booger Bugs is a picture book that helps explain to kids ages 0-7 how it is to live with cystic fibrosis. The whole book is about a day in the life of a kid with cystic fibrosis. That kid is Kory, the author’s son.
After Sherry Frith’s two sons, Kory and Kevin, were diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, she decided to write them a book that better explained what they were facing in terms they, and other kids, would understand. The book portrays how important it is to keep the ‘Sticky Icky Booger Bugs’ away each day and the process Kory goes through to do so. This daily routine of puffing, coughing and sneezing helps keep Kory’s disease under control and out of the hospital.
Not only did Sherry do a great job of explaining the important daily routine of a child with cystic fibrosis, but the illustrator did an excellent job, as well. The illustrations are so colorful and really do make this book fun for kids.
I love that this book is all in kid terms. Kory talks about how he has to put on his ‘shaker’ to shake the booger bugs out and how he has to use his different colored inhalers and take his different medications but he still remains a normal kid. He plays video games, plays soccer with his friends and goes to school. That’s my favorite part. His mom treats him just like any normal kid, because that’s exactly what he is.
To get your own copy of Sticky Icky Booger Bugs, visit the Amazon Page to purchase a paperback copy ($15.29) or the Kindle version ($3.99).