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18 Kids Picture Books About Germs and Hygiene

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Kids are funny and cute and lots of fun but they sure can be gross. From sneezing at the breakfast table to refusing to take a bath, understanding germs and hygiene isn’t a priority. These picture books about germs and hygiene break down germs along with hand washing, teeth brushing and a few ‘gross’ bodily functions to help kids understand why good hygiene is important.

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Books About Germs for Preschoolers and Kids

Germs Are Not for Sharing by Elizabeth Verdick

This fun popup book introduces kids to germs along with some basic tips to keep them at bay.

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What are Germs? by Katie Daynes

What are germs and how do they spread? Lift the flaps to get a closer look at germs.

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The Bacteria Book: The Big World of Really Tiny Microbes by Steve Mould

Curious readers can learn all about all kinds of viruses, fungi, algae, archaea, and protozoa in this illustrated science book.

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Germs Make Me Sick! by Melvin Berger

Straightforward yet informative this science based book helps young readers learn about germs and how to deal with them.

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Sherm the Germ by Dr. John Hutton

When Sherm the Germ comes to visit, baby's day of play is interrupted. Learn about getting sick and getting better.

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A Germ's Journey by Thom Rooke M.D.

Head out on a journey with a germ. Young children can learn about where he’s coming from and where he’s going.

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Books About Washing

Wash, Wash, Wash! by Pamela Chanko

This hand washing rhyme is perfect for beginning teaching about germs and good hygiene. Little readers will learn about the proper way to clean hands to avoid the spread of germs.

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How Do You Take a Bath? by Kate McMullan

Learn about how all different animals take a bath. Perfect for teaching reluctant bathers that bath time is important.

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I Don't Want to Wash My Hands! by Tony Ross

The princess washes her hand all the time and she's had enough!

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Kids’ Books About Dental Health

Brush Your Teeth, Please: A Pop-up Book

Brushing is a struggle for some kids, but it's fun to practice and learn with silly animals. This book teaches dental hygiene taught by a varying assortment of animals that come to life with pop-ups.

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Doctor De Soto by William Steig

In this classic children's book the mouse dentist refuses to work on 'dangerous' animals. But when the fox is in trouble the mouse decides he must help.

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The Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist by Stand and Jan Berenstain

The dentist isn't scary but this book addresses kids fears. Join the Bear family as they head to the dentist for a checkups and cleanings.

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Brush, Brush, Brush!

Start early to develop positive oral hygiene habits with this fun rhyming book for little kids.

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Books About ‘Gross’ Bodily Functions

Noses Are Not for Picking

All kids have done it but it's not a healthy habit. Help kids understand why we get boogers or a stuffy nose along with the best ways to handle it.

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What is Poop?

Everybody poops but why? And what is poop? This lift-the-flap book explores everything about poop.

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The Gas We Pass: The Story of Farts by Shinta Cho

Kids think that farting and burping is loads of fun, but why do we do it? Take a look at the science behind why we all get gas.

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Sometimes You Barf by Nancy Carlson

Throwing up is the worst but what if it happens at school? This book helps kids navigate an embarrassing situation and understand that it will be okay.

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