"I love what I do [nursing]. I was born to be a nurse.
But on my journey of becoming one, I became a writer. Now, I do what I love [nursing and writing]."-Christine E. Cirillo, R.N.
Christine E. Cirillo is an emergency room nurse, adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner (AG-ACNP) graduate student, and children's author. Cirillo writes children's coloring books geared towards children's health awareness. Cirillo says, "I designed them as coloring books, to be more engaging for the children."
She wrote and illustrated her first published children's book, "No More Peanuts for Ellie the Elephant," which was inspired by a nursing school assignment. She chose peanut allergy awareness as her topic because she has a severe airborne peanut allergy herself. "My first allergic reaction [to peanuts] I was in the school cafeteria and I suddenly developed hives on my arms. But I didn't know what hives were. Neither did my friends. We all thought they were just mosquito bites suddenly all over my arms. I was in high school..." Cirillo says, "I wish I would have known back then, what an actual allergic reaction was and looked like."
Her original book, "No More Peanuts for Ellie the Elephant" published in 2017 is no longer sold in stores or amazon. Cirillo most recently republished a 2nd edition with new illustrations by her illustrator, Mel Schroeder.
Cirillo started her work with Schroeder when writing her second book, "Counting Sweets for Claire the Panda Bear." Schroeder is illustrating Cirillo's upcoming books within the "Health Awareness Adventures" series.
Cirillo revisits the playground of the elementary school she attended in Long Island, NY.