HumFree the Bee Has a Food Allergy: Our Story of Hope, Awareness and Friendship

HumFree the Bee Has a Food AllergyI’ve been anxiously awaiting this moment–when I can introduce you to someone who has been a source of hope, comfort and inspiration for me and my family for quite a while now. In one word, this special little someone is HUMFREE!

As my family and I navigated food allergies, this baby bee’s story kept nudging me. So I found the lovely illustrator Brian Talbott to bring HumFree to life, and my vision was born!

HumFree the bee is like all of our kiddos. He just wants to feel good and have fun doing what he loves. For HumFree, this means buzzing around super fast with his friends! After discovering he has food allergies that are making him sick, HumFree learns how to manage them so he can do just that.

I’m thrilled to announce that HumFree is now available for purchase on Amazon!

HumFree Sends Message: Doing What We Love Can Be Possible!

There are wonderful children’s books about food allergies that my family and I love, but we need more. More books. More dialogue. More understanding. More safe classrooms. More safe places. More education. More awareness.

So I wanted to share a food allergy story that addresses diagnosis, but also one that takes it a step further and addresses living and doing what makes us happy. After all, isn’t staying safe and being happy what it’s all about?

This was the inspiration for HumFree the bee, who discovers he is allergic to the pollen, or protein, in blue and yellow flowers. He can’t touch it or eat it or be around it. But with the help of family and friends, he discovers he can land on other flowers, still be happy and fly super fast!

It’s a simple message with a big meaning. We need to help our children–all children–know that anything can be possible. It may not be easy and there may be obstacles, but it doesn’t mean we can’t reach for it. It doesn’t mean it can’t be ours.

I’m hopeful HumFree the bee will show our kids with food allergies there are ways to have fun and do what they love while being safe—especially with the help of family and friends. I also hope HumFree’s story will be a fun and educational way for parents, teachers and our friends to start a dialogue that teaches kids what food allergies are and shows them the importance of keeping our friends safe.

If you want to be part of our journey and learn more, here are helpful links:

Book page tells more about HumFree.

Media kit makes it super easy to share HumFree news and events!

Are you interested in writing a post or review about HumFree to help share his message? When I write reviews I always want more information quickly, so I’ve created a media page that gives more background, helpful Q&A, food allergy facts and more! Too, if you’ve met HumFree and have time to give him a thumbs-up on Amazon, I’ll be so grateful!


2 Responses to “HumFree the Bee Has a Food Allergy: Our Story of Hope, Awareness and Friendship”
  1. Monica O'Donnell

    I can’t wait to read this book to my kids!

    • Alison Johansen

      Thank you so much, mama! I can’t wait to introduce them to HumFree! 🙂