By Anna Pence, MNOHP PHN Consultant
Illustrated by Trudy Barsness
It is often a struggle to find interesting ways to help young children learn the importance of taking care of their teeth. The new book, Bye, Bye Germs, is an engaging tool designed to teach children this lesson.
The story features Emma, a little girl who faces off with Jerry the Germ. She is joined by Timmy the Toothbrush and together they win the battle to save her beautiful teeth. This book is a starting point for adults to discuss the importance of oral care in kid-friendly terms and will help children learn the importance of brushing their teeth twice daily for a minimum of 2 minutes.
Copies of Bye, Bye Germs are available for purchase. Contact Cris Gilb at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Individual books can be purchased for $5.00, and there are significant discounts if purchasing in bulk. As of April 1, the Minnesota Oral Health Project plans to sell individual printed copies of Bye, Bye Germs on Amazon.com via their print on demand service.
Now available in the Karen language! The book is printable on 8.5 by 11 printers. For best results, use two-sided printing. Some of the pages in the book are designed to be displayed back to back. Download Bye, Bye Germs in Karen.
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