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Arthur's Tooth. Marc Brown, $9.99

Finally! Arthur has his first loose tooth!


Barnaby the Bedbug Detective. Catherine Stier & Karen Sapp, $19.99

Can a small dog’s big dream of being a hero come true?


Be the Boss of Your Body® In a Jar®: Health Tips for Your Body, Mind, and Spirit. Free Spirit Publishing, $10.99 (ages 8 and up)

Smart ideas and easy-to-use skills help tweens and teens manage their nutrition, fitness, sleep, and pain so they feel and look great. 

  • Skill cards: These cards provide actions tweens and teens can take (such as belly breathing or acupressure techniques) to reduce stress on-the-spot.
  • Tip cards: Smart, practical ideas for taking care of your mind, body, and spirit.
  • Fact cards: Interesting facts and statistics on exercise, nutrition, and the human body.

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Be Fit, Be Strong, Be You. Rebecca Kajander & Timothy Culbert, $11.99

Learn how to be fit and healthy — inside and out — with these easy skills, tips and ideas.

 


Blow Your Nose, Big Bad Wolf: a Story about Spreading Germs. Steve Smallman, illustrated by Bruno Merz, $18.95

Big Bad Wolf has a terrible cold. All he wants is a tissue, but the three litle pigs won't help! How will Big Bad stop spreading his snotty sneezes?


The Boy Who Hated Toothbrushes. Zehra Hicks, $9.99 (ages 4-8)

Billy hates toothbrushes — ALL toothbrushes. Until the tooth fairy leaves him a very special message.


The Boy Who Longed to Look at the Sun. Juliette Ttofa, illustrated by Julia Gallego, $20.90

The Boy who Longed to Look at the Sun is a therapeutic story about self-care. It tells the story of a boy who loves playing outside and becomes fixated with looking at the sun, even though he has been warned it can hurt his eyes. Eventually the boy realises that his priorities have become skewed and he needs to look after his own well-being. The story teaches children the importance of looking after yourself and understanding what is or is not healthy.

This beautifully illustrated storybook will appeal to all children, and can be used by practitioners, educators and parents as a tool to discuss the importance of well-being and self-care with children.

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Brush Brush Brush! $8.99

Here’s a tooth-brushing rhyme toddlers will love.


Bugs In My Hair? Catherine Stier, illustrated by Tammie Lyon, $8.950 (grades K-3)

Nits? Lice? This picture book helps young children learn about nits and how to keep from getting them — and what happens when you do!


The Children’s Book of Healthy Habits. Sophie Giles, $14.99

See how bad habits can make people sad or unwell, while healthy habits lead to happier families and friends. 

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Choose Good Food! My Eating Tips. Gina Bellisario, $8.95

Lucas is a picky eater. But he's excited to go to the supermarket. Today, he gets to choose food for lunch. Lucas's dad helps him learn about the five food groups. Lucas finds out what foods are healthful. And he prepares a tasty snack!


Do I Have to Go to the Hospital? Pat Thomas, $6.99

A first look at going to the hospital.


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First Time: Dentist. Jess Stockham, $6.99

Simple text and lively pictures help you and your child rehearse what a visit to the dentist will be like.

First Time: Doctor. Jess Stockham, $6.99

This simple text encourages conversation and an opportunity to answer your child's questions about going to the doctor.

First Time: Hospital. Jess Stockham, $6.99

Young children's lives are full of new experiences. This book is carefully designed to help children understand what a visit to the hospital will mean for them.


Germs Are Not for Sharing. Elizabeth Verdick, $15.95 (ages 4-7)

Simple words and colourful illustrations help children understand when, why and how to wash their hands.

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Going to the Hospital. Vic Parker, $7.95 (ages 4-7)

What happens when you go to the hospital? Who will you meet there?


Goldie Locks Has Chicken Pox. Erin Dealey, $10.50

"Goldie Locks has chicken pox, from head to toe were polka dots …"


Good Sports: Rhymes about Running, Jumping, Throwing and More. Jack Prelutsky & Chris Raschka, $21.95

Celebrate the joy of playing sports and having fun! Whether it’s baseball or soccer, boys or girls, winning or losing, excelling or being a happy klutz these short and happy rhymes sing the praises of all-year-round games.

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Harry Goes to the Hospital. Howard Bennett, $11.50

A story for children about what It's like to be in the hospital.


The Healthy Body Book: Caring for the Coolest Machine You'll Ever Own. Ellen Sobin, $24.95 (ages 6 and up)

A unique and empowering book that engages children in learning about their bodies as it helps them discover their power to care for themselves by making healthy choices. The 64-page book combines colorful illustrations, educational narrative, conversation starters, and fun learning activities to help children deepen their understanding and respect for the human body. Through the book, each child will explore and record their appreciation for the gifts that they get from their body and discover ways that they can "be a friend" back to their body by taking care of it and keeping it healthy.

The Healthy Body Book invites children to be the author of their own story through activities that help them better appreciate the complexity and uniqueness of their bodies and, in turn, nurture habits that will have a positive impact on their health and well-being throughout their lives.


Healthy Kids. Maya Ajmera, Victoria Dunning & Cynthia Pon, $9.95

Kids around the world stay healthy when they eat good food, have access to clean water, live in safe homes, and share a loving community. The vibrant photographs in this book show the many ways kids can practice healthy habits, wherever they live.

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Hygiene…You Stink! Julia Cook, Illustrated by Anita DuFalla, $16.50 (ages 5-12)

This amusing story centers around a fork named Jean who hates taking baths in the sink, detests showering in the dishwasher, and has plenty of excuses for not keeping clean. When she notices that other the silverware no longer wants to hang out with her, the can opener explains the importance of bathing and tooth brushing. Then her social relationships improve for the better. Hygiene... You Stink is part of the Building Relationships series by Julia Cook and is one more resource for helping kids get the social skills they need to get along with adults and peers. Tips for Clean Kids help parents, teachers or counselors further address this personal issue with sensitivity.


I Broke My Arm. Lisa Herrington, $7.50

Most children stick their arms straight out when they fall — which is why broken arms are so common. In this book kids learn how to a doctor will treat their broken bones — as well as how to avoid injury in the future.


I Don't Want to Go to Hospital! A Little Princess Story. Tony Ross, $11.95

The Little Princess doesn't want to go to the hospital and tries everything she can think of to avoid it. But when she finally is forced to go, she finds out the she really rather likes it. Why? Because they treat her like a princess in there.

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I Need Stitches. Lisa Herrington, $7.50

Every active child gets lots of cuts and scrapes. Luckily most heal easily on their own. Every once in a while, though, there’s a deep cut that requires stitches. This book helps readers understand when a wound needs to be stitched, how a doctor puts in stitches, and how to take care of the wound afterward.


Iris Has a Virus. Arlene Alda, illustrated by Lisa Desimini, $20.99

Iris is sick and she feels pretty bad. Her imagination runs wild when Dr. Sally tells her she has a bug!


Jessica's X-Ray. Pat Zonta, $9.95

Doctors use x-rays to see inside people's bodies. But what does an ex-ray look like? Follow Jessica on a tour of the hospital and have a look at the different kinds of x-rays and how they help doctors to fix problems.

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Keep Calm: My Stress-Busting Tips. Gina Bellisario, $8.95

Anna is one busy girl! She plays soccer and takes piano lessons. She has homework and chores. Sometimes she feels stressed. How can she get everything done? Anna's parents show her several ways to deal with stress. When she tries them, she shrinks her stress and feels better!


Let’s Get a Checkup! Alan Katz & Pascal Lemaitre, $9.99

It’s time for a visit to the doctor and the waiting room is full of young patients, each there for a checkup, each one a little nervous.


Lions Aren’t Scared of Shots: a Story for Children About Visiting the Doctor. Howard Bennett, $10.50 (ages 4-6)

Molly is worried. It's time for her doctor visit and she doesn't want to go. She likes Dr. Ryan. She just doesn't like shots! But with the help of her imagination, Molly finds her courageous inner lion right when she needs it the most.

For parents, a note by psychologist and author Jane Annunziata offers advice and tips for encouraging their own little lion to feel comfortable and brave with routine checkups, sick visits, shots, and other medical procedures.

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Luna and the Big Blur: a Story for Children Who Wear Glasses. Shirley Day, illustrated Don Morris, $13.95 (ages 4-8)


Moe & Malaya Visit the Nurse. Odile Nelson, Louise Flaherty & Peggy Collins, $14.95 (ages 5-8)

Follow Moe and Malaya as they discover what the nurse in their village does to help keep families healthy.


The Moose with Loose Poops. Charlotte Cowan, Illustrated by Penelope Neal, $19.95 (ages 2-7)

This clear and child-friendly explanation of gastroenteritis shares the misery of tummy aches, vomiting and diarrhea. The book includes a guide for parents on how to help their young child when they are sick with a “tummy bug”.

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Move Your Body: My Exercise Tips. Gina Bellisario, $8.95

Ms. Starr teaches her class about staying fit with exercises and stretches. Now they're full of energy — will it help them win the Beach Ball Relay?


MY BODY: a Fun Way to Find Out All the Facts about Your Body! Angela Royston & Sally Hewitt, $19.95 (ages 5-9)

What does your liver do? How do your lungs work? Which foods are good for your brain? What causes teeth to decay????

Find out all the facts in this amazing, picture-packed guide to the human body!!


My Daddy is a Pretzel: Yoga for Parents and Kids. Baron Baptiste, Illustrated by Sophie Fatus, $10.99

Limber up with this unique, child-friendly yoga book! Created for parents and children to share together, but also suitable for adults and older children to use alone, MY DADDY IS A PRETZEL not only introduces a range of postures, it also connects the practices to everyday life, showing how families can integrate their yoga with their activities in the world. A light-hearted look at yoga, yet one with a lasting message, MY DADDY IS A PRETZEL is a wonderful introduction to yoga for readers of all shapes and sizes.

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My Friend the Doctor. Joanna Cole, $9.99 (ages 1-4)

A visit to the doctor for a check-up is less scary when you know what it's all about!


My Healthy Body. Liza Fromer & Francine Gerstein, $14.99

MY HEALTHY BODY describes how children can take an active role in their own well-being through good nutrition, exercise, sleep, hygiene and much more.


Our Special World: My Body. Liz Lennon, $10.99 (ages 2-5)

This is a book all about our amazing bodies, in all their diversity. It's a fantastic first science and citizenship book for early years learning, exploring topics such as body parts, hurting ourselves and keeping well.


Personal Hygiene? What's the Got to Do with Me? Pat Crissey, $25.95

Personal Hygiene? What's that Got to Do with Me? is a curriculum developed for students ages 8 to 14 with autism, Asperger's Syndrome, learning and developmental disabilities. It is designed to help them understand how others perceive their appearance and the social implications of neglecting personal hygiene. Simple factual information is accompanied by humorous cartoons that emphasize how others view someone with poor hygiene.

Step-by-step cartoons explain exactly what the student needs to do and quizzes and activity pages provide numerous opportunities for repetition and reinforcement of the key points. There are also hands-on activities to demonstrate why and how to perform various hygiene tasks. Several social stories are also provided, along with a set of worksheets that help students set up a daily schedule to allow time for completing necessary hygiene tasks.

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See How We Move! A First Book of Health and Well-Being. Scot Ritchie, $16.99

Pedro, Yulee, Nick, Sally and Martin are excited! Tomorrow their swim team, the Flying Sharks, will be competing in the school meet. They've been working hard to train their bodies and minds in order to swim their best. Readers follow along as the team has one last practice with their coach at the neighborhood pool. Then it's off to the races on the big day! Along the way, the friends discover the benefits of physical fitness and learn about many important aspects of active, healthy living, such as:

  • setting goals and recognizing improvement
  • teamwork and respect for others
  • safety and equipment use
  • coping skills and developing confidence
  • nutrition as fuel
  • mind and body connections

This introduction to physical and health education encourages children to form positive lifelong habits by emphasizing how physical fitness can be fun, social and rewarding. It's a great resource for the classroom, incorporating physical activities into everyday lessons. The book contains a table of contents, an index, a glossary of terms and a spread with ideas for active play.


See What We Eat! Scot Ritchie, $16.99

Yulee and her friends are taking a trip to her aunt's farm to pick apples and make an apple crisp for a potluck harvest dinner. Yum! But first, Aunt Sara gives the friends a tour of the whole farm, where they learn what it means to eat balanced meals, why eating local food matters and all that goes into getting food from farm to table. Who knew there was so much to learn about what we eat? It makes everything taste better!

This is a terrific book for a science or health lesson to broaden young children's understanding of healthy eating and why local food matters.


Sometimes You Barf. Nancy Carlson, $26.50

Everybody barfs. Dogs, cats, chickens, alligators, and even you. It happens to everyone, and sometimes it even happens... at school. With her characteristic humor and compassion, Nancy Carlson helps young readers through what is often a scary and embarrassing rite of passage. Sometimes you barf. But it's OK. You get better!

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Take a Bath! My Tips for Keeping Clean. Gina Bellisario, $8.95

Caleb is playing Mud Monsters. He's a muddy mess. Time for Bubble Trouble! He takes a soapy bath to chase dirt and germs away. Caleb also makes a No Germ Zone at the dinner table. And he brushes and flosses his teeth before bed. Goodbye, germs!


They Call Me Fat Zoe: Helping Children and Families Overcome Obesity. Don Martin, Magy Martin, Paige Krabill & Kathy Young, $11.50

Told from the point of view of an overweight puppy, THEY CALL ME FAT ZOE chronicles the journey of a dog and her young master toward a healthier lifestyle. The authors have worked with thousands of obese adults and children through over thirty years of practice and here they use a dose of doggy humor to tackle this timely issue. The book covers dietary and behavioral changes necessary to create a healthy growing environment for the whole family.


The Tooth Book: a Guide to Healthy Teeth and Gums. Edward Miller, $18.95

Learn all about how to care for your pearly whites in this lively guide to good dental care.


Vicky Goes to the Doctor. Ifeoma Onyefulu, $22.50

Vicky doesn't want to eat or play with her friends. She's not feeling well, so Mama takes her to see the doctor.

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A Visit to Dr. Duck. Rosemary Wells, $9.00

Felix doesn't feel too well, so off to Dr. Duck he must go. He's a little nervous, but Dr. Duck takes good care of him — and soon Felix is feeling all better!



What to Do When Bad Habits Take Hold: a Kid’s Guide to Overcoming Nail Biting and More. Dawn Huebner, $21.50 (ages 6-12)

Provides 5 "keys" to help children break free from nail biting, thumb sucking, hair twirling, scab picking, shirt chewing, and other bad habits.

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What’s for Lunch? How Schoolchildren Eat Around the World. Andrea Curtis & Yvonne Duivenvoorden, $12.95

Whether their school is under a banyan tree, in a dusty tent, or in a sturdy brick structure in the heart of a bustling city, children everywhere need a healthy lunch to be able to learn and grow. Good food nourishes both bodies and brains. WHAT’S FOR LUNCH highlights the ways kids all over the world are taking charge of their school lunches and speaking out about their right to healthy food.


What's So Yummy? All about Eating Well and Feeling Good. Robie H. Harris, illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott, $18.00

Gus, Nellie, and baby Jake can’t wait to go on a picnic! In the morning the family heads to their community garden, then to the farmer’s market and the grocery store to gather vegetables, fruit, meat, and other fresh and delicious foods. Readers follow them through the day as they go home to prepare, cook, and pack up the goodies, then cap their day by eating a yummy meal in the park and flying a kite together. Funny, accessible, family-filled illustrations; conversations between Gus and Nellie; and matter-of-fact text combine to show young children how food fuels our bodies — and help them see how healthy eating and drinking, and being active, can make them feel their best for a day full of fun.

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Why Should I Eat Well? Claire Llewllyn & Mike Gordon, $8.99

Part of a child's development is asking questions. The books in the "Why Should I?" series help parents, educators and caregivers teach young children the skills and they need to grow on, while answering some of their more persistent questions.


You Are Healthy. Todd Snow, $9.95 (ages 4-8)

Active play, eating right, washing hands, drinking water, getting enough sleep and spending time with loved ones — these are the keys to children's health. Written in simple text with vivid illustrations, of everyday life, YOU ARE HEALTHY helps young children stay healthy and happy.


Your Body is Brilliant: Body Respect for Children. Sigrun Danielsdottir, Illustrated by Björk Bjarkadóttir, $21.95 (ages 4-10)

Bodies do all sorts of amazing things, like move around, grow bigger and heal themselves. Bodies also come in all sorts of shapes and sizes and we need to take care of them so that they stay healthy and strong. If we listen to our bodies they tell us exactly what they need. The colourful illustrations in this unique picture book will encourage children to love their bodies from an early age. By learning about all the wonderful things bodies can do, and how each body is different and unique, children will be inspired to take good care of their bodies throughout their lives. Promoting respect for body diversity among children will also encourage kindness and help prevent bullying.

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Complete Booklist

Arthur's Tooth. Marc Brown, $9.99

Barnaby the Bedbug Detective. Catherine Stier & Karen Sapp, $19.99

Be the Boss of Your Body® In a Jar®: Health Tips for Your Body, Mind, and Spirit. Free Spirit Publishing, $10.99 (ages 8 and up)Be Fit, Be Strong, Be You. Rebecca Kajander & Timothy Culbert, $11.99

Be Fit, Be Strong, Be You. Rebecca Kajander & Timothy Culbert, $11.99

Blow Your Nose, Big Bad Wolf: a Story about Spreading Germs. Steve Smallman, illustrated by Bruno Merz, $18.95

The Boy Who Hated Toothbrushes. Zehra Hicks, $9.99

The Boy Who Longed to Look at the Sun. Juliette Ttofa, illustrated by Julia Gallego, $20.90

Brush Brush Brush! $8.99

Bugs In My Hair? Catherine Stier, illustrated by Tammie Lyon, $7.99

The Children’s Book of Healthy Habits. Sophie Giles, $14.99

Choose Good Food! My Eating Tips. Gina Bellisario, $8.95

Do I Have to Go to the Hospital? Pat Thomas, $8.50

First Time: Dentist. Jess Stockham, $6.99

First Time: Doctor. Jess Stockham, $6.99

First Time: Hospital. Jess Stockham, $6.99

Germs Are Not for Sharing. Elizabeth Verdick, $15.95

Going to the Hospital. Vic Parker, $7.95

Goldie Locks Has Chicken Pox. Erin Dealey, $10.50

Good Sports: Rhymes about Running, Jumping, Throwing and More. Jack Prelutsky & Chris Raschka, $21.95

Harry Goes to the Hospital: a Story for Children about What It's Like to Be in the Hospital. Howard Bennett, $10.95

The Healthy Body Book: Caring for the Coolest Machine You'll Ever Own. Ellen Sobin, $24.95

Healthy Kids. Maya Ajmera, Victoria Dunning & Cynthia Pon, $9.95

Hygiene…You Stink! Julia Cook, Illustrated by Anita DuFalla, $16.50

I Broke My Arm. Lisa Herrington, $7.50

I Don't Want to Go to Hospital, a Little Princess Story. Tony Ross, $11.95

I Need Stitches. Lisa Herrington, $7.50

Iris Has a Virus. Arlene Alda, illustrated by Lisa Desimini, $20.99

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Jessica's X-Ray. Pat Zonta, $9.95

Keep Calm: My Stress-Busting Tips. Gina Bellisario, $8.95

Let's Get a Checkup! Alan Katz & Pascal Lemaitre, $9.99

Lions Aren't Scared of Shots: a Story for Children About Visiting the Doctor. Howard Bennett, $10.50

Luna and the Big Blur: a Story for Children Who Wear Glasses. Shirley Day, illustrated Don Morris, $13.95

Moe & Malaya Visit the Nurse. Odile Nelson, Louise Flaherty & Peggy Collins, $14.95

The Moose with Loose Poops. Charlotte Cowan, Illustrated by Penelope Neal, $19.95

Move Your Body: My Exercise Tips. Gina Bellisario, $8.95

MY BODY: a Fun Way to Find Out All the Facts about Your Body! Angela Royston & Sally Hewitt, $19.95

My Daddy is a Pretzel: Yoga for Parents and Kids. Baron Baptiste, Illustrated by Sophie Fatus, $10.99

My Friend the Doctor. Joanna Cole, $9.99

My Healthy Body. Liza Fromer & Francine Gerstein, $14.99

Our Special World: My Body. Liz Lennon, $10.99 (ages 2-5)

Personal Hygiene? What's the Got to Do with Me? Pat Crissey, $25.95

See How We Move! A First Book of Health and Well-Being. Scot Ritchie, $16.99

See What We Eat! Scot Ritchie, $16.99

Sometimes You Barf. Nancy Carlson, $26.50

Take a Bath! My Tips for Keeping Clean. Gina Bellisario, $8.95

They Call Me Fat Zoe: Helping Children and Families Overcome Obesity. Don Martin, Magy Martin, Paige Krabill & Kathy Young, $11.50

The Tooth Book: a Guide to Healthy Teeth and Gums. Edward Miller, $21.50

Vicky Goes to the Doctor. Ifeoma Onyefulu, $22.50

A Visit to Dr. Duck. Rosemary Wells, $9.00

What to Do When Bad Habits Take Hold: a Kid's Guide to Overcoming Nail Biting and More. Dawn Huebner, $21.50

What’s for Lunch? How Schoolchildren Eat Around the World. Andrea Curtis & Yvonne Duivenvoorden, $12.95

What's So Yummy? All about Eating Well and Feeling Good. Robie H. Harris, illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott, $18.00

Why Should I Eat Well? Claire Llewllyn & Mike Gordon, $8.99

You Are Healthy. Todd Snow, $9.95

Your Body is Brilliant: Body Respect for Children. Sigrun Danielsdottir, Illustrated by Björk Bjarkadóttir, $21.95

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