Type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) is a chronic condition that impacts approximately a quarter of a million children in the United States alone. T1DM is a complicated diagnosis that requires specialized treatment and education. Research has shown that families of children with T1DM experience a burden related to a lack of education in the healthcare system. Educational resources such as children’s books can act as a bridge between the healthcare system and families as they allow parents and children to increase their knowledge about T1DM and open the doors for communication. Education is shown to decrease further complications related to T1DM such as diabetic ketoacidosis, which in return reduces healthcare costs to the client and the healthcare system as well as increasing the overall quality of life. In response to the need for an educational resource on T1DM, Danny the Diabetic Dinosaur was written and illustrated to target children ages 7-11, with potentially younger audiences if assisted by an adult. Danny the Diabetic Dinosaur demonstrates to children that having diabetes does not mean they cannot have a productive and happy life. The evidence-based research on T1DM along with the creative, age-appropriate writing and illustrations of the book create an invaluable resource for families impacted by T1DM.

Semester/Year of Award

Spring 5-10-2024


David, Coffey

Mentor Department Affiliation

Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing

Access Options

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Honors Scholars

Degree Level



Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing