Noses are Not for Picking by Elizabeth Verdick. This book does directly with nose picking and how it is "yucky". Indirectly, it tells toddlers that "germs can make you sick" and that you should "Wash and dry. Tell those germs good-bye." I have adopted this quote for my daughter when she washes her hands and now she joins in and says it as well.
Wash Your Hands! by Tony Ross. There was a little princess who loved getting dirty. The Queen told her to wash her hands before eating, which she did. As the story unfolded, there were four instances where the princess was told to wash her hands, and she wanted to know, "Why?" The maid is the one who tells her it's "because of germs and nasties", and they can make you sick. This was my least favorite book of the ones we borrowed. I hear "Why?" all day long, and I do NOT want to read it in a children's book. Note: I'm not opposed to hearing why, but I'd prefer more of an explanation in a children's book on the importance of washing hands.
Sick Simon by Dan Krall. Simon woke up on Monday with a cold, but he did not care. It was going to be a great week; he went to his favorite place-school. He threw up, sneeze without a Kleenex, shared snacks with his friends, and shared his germs with all his classmates. On Friday, no one was there for the big game. On the way home, the germs thank Simon for all the nice work he did for them that week. They told him, "Thanks for the ride." Because he never washed his hands and never and never covered his mouth, he spread a lot of germs. He was declared a "germ hero." After the conversation the germs had with Simon, he started covering his mouth when sneezing, throwing his tissues in the trash can, and washing his hands with warm soapy water. By Monday he was all better.
Tiny Creatures: The World of Microbes by Nicola Davies. Of all the books borrowed, Tiny Creatures had the most science (and happened to be my favorite). It explained that not all microbes make people sick, some even help milk become yogurt! I loved how it explained science in an understandable way. If I need to, in the future, I plan on coming back to this book for home school.
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