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Personal Hygiene: Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best children's books about personal hygiene?

Children’s literature has many notable options when it comes to personal hygiene. To help you find the right books for you and your young reader, we’ve compiled a list of the best kids books about personal hygiene.

Our list includes board books, picture books, and chapter books. Board books are best for babies and toddlers from ages newborn to 2 or 3. Picture books are generally great options for toddlers and for preschool and kindergarten age children. Picture books are especially enjoyable for adults to read aloud with young kids. The chapter books on our list are generally best for elementary through early middle school age tween kids. You can filter to sort by the best book type for your kid.

When it comes to children’s stories about personal hygiene, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like The Girl Who Wouldn’t Brush Her Hair to popular sellers like Care and Keeping of You (Revised): The Body Book for Younger Girls to some of our favorite hidden gems like Something Smells!.

We hope this list of kids books about personal hygiene can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book!

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Something Smells!
Written by Blake Liliane Hellman & illustrated by Steven Henry
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Elliot wakes up one morning to the most terrible smell. But what could it be? Find out in this gentle introduction to hygiene that’s stinkin’ adorable! One morning, Elliot wakes up and smells something awful. Is it the trash? No… The dog? No… Dad? His sister? The baby? Grandma’s famous gerfartzenschanffel? No, no, no, and no! Elliot searches high and low for the something that smells, but he just can’t find it, and it’s driving him and his nostrils crazy. Almost as bad, now his mother wants him to take a bath, which means taking off his super cool skeleton costume that he’s been wearing since Halloween! The funny thing is, after Elliot finishes his bath and Mom puts his costume in the wash, something doesn’t smell anymore…

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The Girl Who Wouldn't Brush Her Hair
Written by Kate Bernheimer & illustrated by Jake Parker
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

What happens when our heroine neglects her long tresses? Well, one day a mouse comes to live in a particularly tangled lock. Soon after, more mice move in, and the girl’s unruly mop is transformed into a marvelous mouse palace complete with secret passageways and a cheese cellar! But as the girl comes to find out, living with more than a hundred mice atop your head isn’t always easy. . . .

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Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
Written by Skye Silver & illustrated by Mariana Ruiz Johnson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Develop healthy habits for growing bodies and minds with a fresh twist on a classic movement singalong. Follow a family through a day from home to school in their diverse community as they engage in healthy habits from good hygiene to reading. Includes educational endnotes about each health topic as well as audio and animation.

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No More Diapers
Written by & illustrated by Marion Cocklico
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

Every day your child is taking BIG STEPS forward–and potty training is one of them. This colorful board book, with vibrant art, cool novelty features like flaps and pull-tabs, and valuable tips for parents, helps them adjust. Potty training is a huge rite of passage. How can you make the process easier for your child? When it’s time to ditch the diapers, this encouraging board book takes toddlers (a boy and a girl) through all the steps, from learning when they have to go, to lasting through the night, to personal hygiene. Parents will really appreciate the helpful advice on every page.

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Oh, the Things You Can Do That Are Good for You: All about Staying Healthy
Written by Tish Rabe
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8
The Cat in the Hat joins forces with the Partnership for a Healthier America!
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  • Care and Keeping of You (Revised): The Body Book for Younger Girls - Our best-selling body book for girls just got even better! With all-new illustrations and updated content for girls ages 8 and up, it features tips, how-tos, and facts from the experts. (Medical consultant: Cara Natterson, MD.) You’ll find answers to questions about your changing body, from hair care to healthy eating, bad breath to bras, periods to pimples, and everything in between. Once you feel comfortable with what’s happening, you’ll be ready to move on to the The Care & Keeping of You 2!

  • Big Book of the Berenstain Bears - THE BERENSTAIN BEARS' First Time Books(R) are all about new experiences children encounter in their early years. With good-natured wisdom, love, and gentle humor, these books ease the way for kids - and their parents - through these first times. Collected in this treasury are: The Berenstain Bears Go to the Doctor, The Berenstain Bears and the Messy Room, The Berestain Bears in the Dark, The Berenstain Bears and the Sitter, and The Berenstain Bears' New Baby.

  • My Hair is a Garden - After a day of being taunted by classmates about her unruly hair, Mackenzie can’t take any more and she seeks guidance from her wise and comforting neighbor, Miss Tillie. Using the beautiful garden in the backyard as a metaphor, Miss Tillie shows Mackenzie that maintaining healthy hair is not a chore nor is it something to fear. Most importantly, Mackenzie learns that natural black hair is beautiful.

  • Breaking the Vicious Cycle: Intestinal Health Through Diet -

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Smelly Socks
Written by Robert Munsch & illustrated by Michael Martchenko
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-8

Tina’s new socks are so wonderful she vows to wear them every day! But they begin to smell really, really bad because Tina will not take them off – even to be washed. The kids finally drag Tina down to the river and make her wash those stinky socks, driving away all the fish with the nasty odour! Tina’s mom gets her a new shirt as a reward for finally getting her socks clean. A shirt Tina loves so much, she vows never, ever to take it off!

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A Toothbrush for Rex
Written & illustrated by Marisa Vestita
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-5

Follow along with Rex the T-Rex and his dinosaur friends in this delightful picture book!

In this charming new series of board books, parents and their children can enjoy the adventures of four baby dinosaur friends. With full-color illustrations and easy-to-understand language, boys and girls can learn valuable lessons about facing new experiences, confronting their fears, and what they need to do to grow up big and brave—just like the dinosaurs!

Bronto the Brontosaurs, Trixie the Triceratops, and Terri the Pterodactyl are nervous—there are some scary roars echoing throughout the forest and they’re coming from their friend Rex. Unfortunately, the poor baby dino has a stick stuck in his teeth! Terri comes to the rescue and pulls it out with her beak, and Rex’s friends remind him of an important fact: if Rex wants strong teeth like his dad, he has to brush his teeth!

This colorful board book is perfect to give as a gift or to read to your young children at bedtime. The adorable art and inspirational story will help encourage kids to brush their teeth so they grow big and strong, just like a T-Rex’s!

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Room 555
Written & illustrated by Cristy Watson
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

Fourteen-year-old Roonie loves hip-hop almost as much as she loves her grandmother. She cannot wait to compete in her school’s dance competition. But as her grandmother’s health deteriorates, Roonie becomes more and more reluctant to visit her in the care home. These feelings of guilt and frustration cause Roonie to mess things up with her hip-hop dance partner and best friend, Kira. But while doing some volunteer hours in the hospital geriatric ward, Roonie meets an active senior recovering from a bad fall. Their shared love of dance and the woman’s zest for life help Roonie face her fears, make amends with Kira and reconnect with Gram before it’s too late.

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Hogwash!
Written by Karma Wilson & illustrated by Jim McMullan
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

He washed the horses, ducks and cows The goats, the cats and dogs. Everything went dandy… Until the farmer reached his hogs.

“No hogwash for us today. Pigs love dirt - so go away!”

Farmer’s stubborn pigs refuse to be hogwashed, and no matter what he tries, poor Farmer cannot trick them into getting clean! But when several failed attempts leave him stuck in the mud, our determined farmer realizes his hogs may have been on to something all along… sometimes a mud bath is even better!

New York Times best-selling author Karma Wilson’s clever rhyming verse will engage parents and kids alike as Jim McMullan’s illustrations bring to life these delightfully mischievous pigs with a penchant for all things muddy!

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Once Upon a Potty (Boy)
Written & illustrated by Alona Frankel
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

Joshua learns how to use a real potty with the help of his mother.

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  • Down at the Dino Wash Deluxe - A rollicking romp around an old fashioned car wash—where DINOSAURS are the customers! How can a dinosaur stay dirt-free in the city? Welcome to the Dino Wash Deluxe, where dinos go to get soaped, scrubbed, and spotlessly clean. The Dino Wash handles it all: scales, spikes, wings, even frills and horns. BUT WAIT! There’s a new customer in town: a T. rex with sharp teeth, long claws, and a mighty mean personality. What will happen when T. rex shows up? Filled with dinosaur facts and fun, this hilarious picture book reminds children that tough guys might not be as scary as they seem.

  • How Do You Take a Bath? - Perfect for fans of Five Little Monkeys Jump in the Bath, this fun and educational picture book brings together adorable baby animals and bathtime. How do YOU take a bath? Does your mama comb your fur? Do you shake off all your dirt? Do you splash and flap and quack? Do the birdies peck your back? No! Follow elephants, pigs, monkeys, hippos, and more in this charming rhyming picture book from veteran author Kate McMullan. How does a pig take a bath? It sinks in the mud! What about a chicken? It thrashes about in dust! And a cat? Why, it licks itself clean, of course! Sydney Hanson’s adorable illustrations toggle neatly between animals in nature grooming themselves and humorous depictions of children attempting the animals’ bathing tactics. By the end of the book, the child finally makes his way to the bathtub, no mud baths or lick baths about it!

  • Hair-Pocalypse - Second-grader Aiden Allen has seriously wild hair; in fact it keeps forming itself into weird shapes, and interfering with his school day, and nothing he says will make it behave–until finally Aiden and his hair come to a compromise that involves washing.

  • A Perfect Mess - Readers who love Olivia and Little Elliot, Big City will fall head over heels for this sweet little rhino who always makes a big mess Henry McHenry is one messy rhino, but he tries his best to stay clean for a very important day. He jumps over a mud puddle (and splashes his friend), passes on a gooey jelly donut (just in time for a glob to land on his neighbor), and even manages to shake the ink from his leaky pen (all over his classmates). And while Henry is still neat and tidy at the end of the day, his classmates are anything but . . . This irresistible school story from Pulitzer Prize–winning cartoonist Steve Breen is all about finding happiness in imperfections and being yourself . . . especially on class picture day!

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