Saturday, October 3, 2009

Germs Are Not For Sharing -- Paperback

Germs Are Not For Sharing by Elizabeth Verdick is a great book for preschoolers through early elementary children. It is a more advanced version of its board book counterpart. Children learn about where germs lurk and how to prevent their spread. Scrubbing hands while singing the ABCs and coughing or sneezing into arms instead of hands are two of the most effective ways to do this.

The book's language is easy enough to understand, yet doesn't talk down to the kids or sound babyish. Illustrations include relatable children of similar ages and diversities. The back includes a follow-up read-together section that goes into even more detail about germs, in a more scientific, yet child-friendly, fashion.

Educators can use this book to supplement their health curriculum. One reading could be done in a group circle. Then the supplemental section in the back can provide a springboard for further classroom discussion and research.

I shared this book with my class of 3-6 year-olds, and they loved it! Together we acted out proper covering of the nose and mouth for sneezing and coughing, and how to properly wash our hands. I used it as a springboard for a demonstration on the proper use of a tissue. The afternoon class of older children enjoyed our discussion of germs, based on the back of the book.

Families should also use this book as a reminder for everyone, regardless of age, about proper hygiene procedures. They can work together to make sure the house is properly cleaned, and that there are adequate supplies available. Extra attention is imperative, as we are entering cold and flu season!

Germs Are Not for Sharing is just one of several titles in the award-winning Best Behavior series published by Free Spirit Publishing. Other topics include using kind words, hitting, and gentle pet care.


Cover image used with permission from Free Spirit Publishing

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