The Invisible Cosmic Zebra Collection (For Tweens, Teens and Young Adults)

If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed or clueless about how to navigate through life after being diagnosed with an invisible illness, the Invisible Cosmic Zebra Collection by Kitanie Books is for you. The creative "how to" workbooks aim to make invisibility no longer a disability for those managing an invisible illness. Written from a non-medical perspective, teens and young adults can use the 100-page workbooks as a resource tool for understanding the myriad of non-medical challenges they might encounter after diagnosis. The workbooks are full of positive ideas, coping methods, creative visualization, coloring pages, and lots of lovable cosmic creatures who give comforting advice—all with the aim of bringing HOPE, HUMOR and INSPIRATION into the lives of those living with an invisible illness.

There are currently 33 workbooks available for: chronic illness, rare disease, autoimmune disease, mental illness, allergies, celiac disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, cancer, Crohn’s disease, concussion, diabetes, dysautonomia, Ehlers Danlos syndrome, endometriosis, fibromyalgia, gastroparesis, Hashimoto’s disease, heart disease, inflammatory bowel disease, lupus, Lyme disease, mast cell activation syndrome, migraines, mitochondrial disease, multiple sclerosis, post concussion syndrome, POTS, PTSD, rheumatoid arthritis, seizure disorder, Sjogren's syndrome, thyroid disease, ulcerative colitis and vestibular disorder. 


  • Invisible Cosmic Zebras are those invisible "friends" in your life (chronic pain, an invisible illness, syndrome, disease or injury) that you have come to acknowledge and accept as lifelong companions. 
  • Invisible Cosmic Zebras are unique and different from each other and nobody knows exactly what they look like because they are invisible.
  • Invisible Cosmic Zebras frequently hang out with cosmic creatures (like the ones in the collection) who can assist in "taming the zebra" (managing an illness).
  • These cosmic creatures also help to bring hope, levity and love to those dealing with invisible (and sometimes lifelong and incurable) medical conditions.

The workbooks are also available for purchase through most online bookstores, including and



"The 'Invisible Cosmic Zebra' books are AMAZING! If you have an invisible illness and haven't checked out Jessie Riley's story/website you're missing out on extremely valuable resources. I am beyond impressed with the 'caretaker workbooks' and admire the heart Jessie has put into all of her work. Thank you Jessie for your dedication, valuable insight and creativeness! You've found a way to make having an ICZ (Invisible Cosmic Zebra) fun!??" (Ashley, Conquering EDS, Age 24)

"Wasn't feeling good today so I curled up on the couch and colored. These books are amazing! Every zebra, spoonie, etc. needs these books! (Anna, The Artsy Zebra, Age 13)

"Brilliant! WOW! I LOVE IT!! It's perfect. It has exactly what is needed when you feel that ill. You really captured it. Written by a true cosmic zebra tamer." (Kim, Licensed LCSW)

"I have a chronic illness myself but also am a child life e-volunteer. Your books are truly going to make a difference in the years to come. I wish I had such a book when I was in my pediatric years." (Katrina, Age 24)