List of Books for Parents and their Children
The following list of books includes just a few of many
excellent publications for parents and their children. No one
knows your child as well as you do. When you select a book,
always read through it to make certain the material presented
will benefit your child.
Aliki. Feelings. Mulberry. Picture book with illustrations
showing different emotions. Ages 3-6.
Berger, Melvin. Germs Make Me Sick! illustrated by Marylin
Hafner. Thomas Y. Crowell. An easy-to-read book introduces the
young reader to diseases…what they look like, how you catch
them and how the body’s resources fight them. Ages 6-8.
Brown, Fern G. Hereditary Diseases. Franklin Watts. Explains
how disease traits are transmitted through the chromosomes
cystic fibrosis, sickle-cell anemia, Tay-Sachs disease, and
diabetes. Ages 10-12 years.
Bums, Sheila L. Allergies and You. Julian Messner. Direct,
clearly presented text and illustrations on the symptoms,
causes, and preventative measures for persons afflicted with
various allergies. Glossary and bibliography included. Ages
Colan, Edward. Drugs in Sports. Franklin Watts. The hazardous
effects of steroids, amphetamines, blood boosting, cocaine,
marijuana, and crack as used by athletes for a competitive
edge. Age 11 and older.
Condon, Judith. The Pressure to Take Drugs. Franklin Watts.
Explanation of why people are pressured by peers to take drugs.
Advice on how to resist this pressure is presented. Ages 11-12
DeSantis, Kenny. A Doctor’s Tools. Dodd, Mead. For the youngest
reader, an introduction to the vast variety of instruments
physicians use in their practice of medicine. Ages 5-8 years.
Eagles, Douglas A. Nutritional Disease. Franklin Watts. The
important role of enzymes and hormones and the havoc caused by
chemical imbalances. Ages 10-12 years.
Elgin, Kathleen. The Fall Down, Break a Bone, Skin Your Knee
Book. Walker Pub. A clear, simplified introduction to the
physical reactions that take place when the body confronts
injury and infection. A section on first aid is included. Ages
Englebardt, Stanley. Kids and Alcohol: The Deadliest Drug.
Lothrop, Lee & Shepard. Alcohol what it is, how it affects the
body, why some people become alcoholics…how to recognize,
treat, and prevent alcoholism. Age 11 and older.
Epstein, Sherrie S. The Story of Penicillin: Penny, the
Medicine Maker. Lerner Pub. In story format, a simple
introduction to the history of the discovery of penicillin by
Dr. Alexander Fleming. Ages 7-10 years.
Gelman, Rita Golden & Susan Kovacs Buxbaum. Ouch! All About
Cuts and Other Hurts. Harcout Brace Jovanovich. Alphabetically
arranged, the most common minor injuries that can befall a
child are presented with humor and understanding. Ages 7-9
Get Ready Coloring Book A coloring activity book to help
educate children on disaster readiness. Federal Emergency
Management Agency. FEMA-197
Gretz, Suzanna. Teddy Bears Cure a Cold. William, the teddy
bear, catches a cold, and his friends take care of him. Ages
Hammond, Winifred. The Riddle of Teeth. Coward, McCann &
Geoghegan. An introduction to the study of teeth…what they
are made of, how they grow, and how to keep teeth strong and
healthy. Ages 8-10 years.
Hautzig, Deborah. A Visit to the Sesame Street Hospital. A
guidebook that prepares Sesame Street characters for Grover’s
tonsillectomy. Ages 36.
Howe, James. The Hospital Book. Crown. Straightforward,
detailed account of hospital procedures illustrated with black
and white photographs. Ages 12 and older.
Krensky, Stephen and Marc Brown. Dinosaurs, Beware! Illustrated
by Marc Brown. Joy Street/Little Brown. A guide to household
safety with pictures of examples of things to avoid. Ages 7-9.
Linn, Margot. A Trip to the Doctor. HarperCollins. Book is
organized in two-page spreads, with questions about the
doctors’s office and three possible answers. Ages 4-6.
Madison, Arnold. Drugs and You. Julian Messner. For the young
child, this factual, nonthreatening book presents a
well-balanced and in-depth approach to information on drugs and
drug abuse…how people use drugs; the affect different drugs
have on mind and body; withdrawal and treatment. Ages 9-11
MacLachlan, Patricia. Through Grampa’s Eyes. HarperCollins. A
young boy learns to understand his grandfather’s blindness.
Nourse, Alan E. Viruses. Franklin Watts. Clearly written and
well illustrated. Introduction to the discovery of viruses and
the development of vaccines. Ages 8-12 years.
Rabe, Bernice. The Balancing Girl. Dutton. Illustrated by
Lillian Hoban. Story of a girl who is confined to a wheelchair
and can balance things remarkably. Ages 7-9.
Raskin, Ellen. Spectacles. Aladdin. Story about a girl who
needs glasses. Ages 4-6.
Rockwell, Harlow. The Emergency Room. Macmillian. A picture
book about the emergency room for very young children. Other
books by the author include My Doctor and My Dentist.
Patent, Dorothy Hinshaw. Germs. Holiday House. Brief account of
the story of germs that cause measles, flu, tuberculosis, and
other diseases. Ages 7-12 years.
The Sesame Street Fire Safety Book. The Sesame Street
characters help teach preschoolers and young children about
fire safety and prevention. Federal Emergency Management
Zim, Herbert S. Your Stomach and Digestive Tract. William
Morrow. Detailed illustrations and clear, concise text describe
the functions of the four organs of digestion. Ages 8-10 years.
Consumer Information Catalog. A free catalog that lists many
U.S. government publications in print and how to obtain copies.
Consumer Information Center, P.O. Box 100, Pueblo, Colorado
General Health: Pantell, Robert H., James F. Fries, and Donald
M. Vickery. Taking Care of Your Child. Addison-Wesley. A
parent’s guide to medical care.
Nutrition: Nutrition and Your Health: Dietary Guidelines for
Americans. Tips on how to eat right. U.S. Department of
Agriculture, Human Nutrition Information Service, 6505 Belcrest
Road, Hyattsville, MD 20782.
The Food Guide Pyramid. A guide that shows how to eat right and
lead a healthy lifestyle. U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Safety: Fire Strikes Back. A packet of resources including
family plans that educate children on the dangers of playing
with fire. U.S. Fire Administration, Office of Fire Prevention
and Arson Control.
Your Family Disaster Supplies Kit. Instructions on how to
prepare and use a disaster relief kit. Federal Emergency
Management Agency. P.O. Box 70274, Washington, DC 20024.
Drug Prevention: Growing Up Drug Free: A Parent’s Guide to
Prevention. A booklet that provides tips for parents on how to
teach children about drugs and what parents can do in the fight
against drugs. U.S. Department of Education. For free copy call
toll-free 1-800-624-0100 (in DC area 202-732-3627).