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Looking for a list of the best kids books about teeth?

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

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, and you can also use our table of contents to jump to particular topics you think your kid will enjoy.

When it comes to children’s stories about teeth, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like The Night Before the Tooth Fairy to popular sellers like Smile.

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

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Top 10 Books About Teeth

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The Night Before the Tooth Fairy
Written by Natasha Wing & illustrated by Barbara Johansen Newman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

It wiggles, and waggles, and wiggles some more, but this little boy’s stubborn tooth just won’t come out! He hopes it will fall out soon, because he can’t wait to meet the Tooth Fairy! This humorous tale based on Clement C. Moore’s classic poem is a perfect addition to the best-selling series.

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Alan's Big, Scary Teeth
Written & illustrated by Jarvis
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Recommend Ages: 2-5

A goofy and lonely denizen of the jungle has just one talent — scaring other creatures with his big, scary teeth! What would he do without them? Deep in the jungle lurks Alan the alligator, descended from a long line of very scary alligators. He prepares carefully — polishing his scales, brushing each of his big, scary teeth, and practicing his frightening faces — then sneaks into the jungle to terrorize the jungle critters. (“I’m big, scary Alan! Fear my razor-sharp teeth!”) But after a long day of scaring, Alan likes nothing better than to enjoy the crossword, run a warm mud bath, and take out his teeth, which nobody else knows are false. Until one morning, when Alan wakes up and finds that his teeth are gone! Without those teeth, he’s just not very scary, and scaring is the only thing he knows how to do. Or is it? Witty, charming, and playful storytelling will have preschoolers cheering for Alan as he discovers a new way to fit in.

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The Underhills: A Tooth Fairy Story
Written & illustrated by Bob Graham
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

In a captivating follow-up to April and Esme, Tooth Fairies, a master of whimsy sends his tiny heroines on another adventure.

With their parents off on an urgent molar pickup, April and Esme are ready for a cozy overnight at Grandma and Grandpa’s teapot house by the airport fence. There will be fairy cakes to mix, pancakes and syrup for breakfast, a chocolate on each of their pillows. But then a call comes in about a small girl in a red coat, arriving from Ghana with a baby tooth somewhere in her pocket. Could this be a job for April and Esme, tooth fairy sisters? As always with Bob Graham, the beauty is in the details: Grandpa working out with a giant teabag-turned-punching-bag; fellow winged creatures hovering above the airport terminal (cupids to help people meet and angels to comfort the sad arrivals). Merging humor, poignancy, and a bit of heart-fluttering suspense, Bob Graham turns a familiar moment of childhood independence into a thing of magic.

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Toot & Puddle: Charming Opal
Written & illustrated by Holly Hobbie
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

It’s summertime, and Toot and Puddle’s little cousin, Opal, is visiting Woodcock Pocket when she discovers that she has a loose tooth. Opal carefully places it under her pillow and hopes the tooth fairy will bring her a shiny quarter. Worried that the tooth fairy might get lost on the way, Puddle puts on a special costume so that Opal won’t be disappointed. But will the real tooth fairy show up after all?

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People Don't Bite People
Written by Lisa Wheeler & illustrated by Molly Idle
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

It’s good to bite a carrot. It’s good to bite a steak. It’s bad to bite your sister! She’s not a piece of cake.

Cause… People don’t bite people! That’s what this book’s about. So if you find you’re tooth-inclined— you’d better check it out!

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Heidi Heckelbeck Says Cheese!
Written by Wanda Coven & illustrated by Priscilla Burris
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-9

Heidi Heckelbeck is a little witch with a big problem: she’s missing her front tooth! Can she fill the gap with some magic in time for class picture day? <p/>Heidi Heckelbeck has a loose front tooth, and class picture day is just around the corner. Despite being as careful as can be, Heidi loses the tooth–and ends up with a big hole in her smile! Can she use her Book of Spells to create a new tooth? Or will she have to learn to love her new look? <p/>With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the<i> </i>Heidi Heckelbeck chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.

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Way Down Below Deep
Written by Nancy Raines Day & illustrated by David Sheldon
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Swim with the ocean’s most secret creatures! What mysteries lurk at the bottom of the ocean? Discover some of the world’s most fascinating animals, such as anglerfish, luring prey to a toothy doom with a siren’s light; vampire squid, peering forth with red eyes; and sea cucumbers, filtering food from the water passing through their bodies. Follow the lanternfish as he lights the way down to the mysterious deep, where whale worms sprout from bones and all varieties of jellies float free. Children will learn about these bizarre bottom-dwellers through clever rhymes and captivating drawings that bring this sunless land to light. Fun, sometimes silly, facts and images accompany each rhyming marine description.

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Tooth Fairy in Training
Written by Michelle Robinson & illustrated by Briony May Smith
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

When it’s time for Tate to start her tooth-fairy training, she learns that there’s much more to the job than just leaving coins for sleeping children.

Tate’s tooth-fairy training starts today, and her big sister, May, is taking her out on her very first tooth-collecting mission. After practicing at home, Tate is ready to test her skills, and May leads her to their first stop: a herd of hippos in a lake! After all, human children aren’t the only young creatures that lose their teeth. In fact, being a tooth fairy is a dangerous job, and Tate must visit all kinds of toothy predators before the night is up. Will she be able to collect the teeth from narwhals, anacondas, and more — all without waking a single creature? Author Michelle Robinson and illustrator Briony May Smith introduce two brave fairy sisters with a whimsical, rhyming read-aloud.

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Dory Fantasmagory: Head in the Clouds
Written by Abby Hanlon
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-8

A loose tooth leads to hilarious hijinks with the tooth fairy in book four of the wonderfully imaginative Dory Fantasmagory series Dory has her first loose tooth, and, with her usual over-the-top excitement, she cannot stop talking about the tooth fairy. Naturally, this drives her brother and sister crazy. But it also sparks a serious jealous streak in her nemesis, Mrs. Gobble Gracker, who wants all of Dory’s attention to herself. But Mrs. Gobble Gracker has decided to steal the tooth fairy’s job, and flying around in a tutu from Rosabelle, she heads for Dory’s house. It’s time for Dory to come up with a serious plan to get the tooth fairy her job back. The fourth installment in the wildly popular Dory Fantasmagory series delivers laughs on every page as Dory teams up with her pals, real and imaginary, to save the tooth fairy for all the world’s children–and get her dollar!

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The Missing Tooth Fairy
Written by Poppy Green & illustrated by Jennifer A. Bell
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-9
Sophie gets a visit from the tooth fairy--or does she?--in this fifteenth charming book of The Adventures of Sophie Mouse series!
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Books About Teeth and Social Themes

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Alan's Big, Scary Teeth
Written & illustrated by Jarvis
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

A goofy and lonely denizen of the jungle has just one talent — scaring other creatures with his big, scary teeth! What would he do without them? Deep in the jungle lurks Alan the alligator, descended from a long line of very scary alligators. He prepares carefully — polishing his scales, brushing each of his big, scary teeth, and practicing his frightening faces — then sneaks into the jungle to terrorize the jungle critters. (“I’m big, scary Alan! Fear my razor-sharp teeth!”) But after a long day of scaring, Alan likes nothing better than to enjoy the crossword, run a warm mud bath, and take out his teeth, which nobody else knows are false. Until one morning, when Alan wakes up and finds that his teeth are gone! Without those teeth, he’s just not very scary, and scaring is the only thing he knows how to do. Or is it? Witty, charming, and playful storytelling will have preschoolers cheering for Alan as he discovers a new way to fit in.

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People Don't Bite People
Written by Lisa Wheeler & illustrated by Molly Idle
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

It’s good to bite a carrot. It’s good to bite a steak. It’s bad to bite your sister! She’s not a piece of cake.

Cause… People don’t bite people! That’s what this book’s about. So if you find you’re tooth-inclined— you’d better check it out!

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Teeth Are Not for Biting
Written by Elizabeth Verdick & illustrated by Marieka Heinlen
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

“Crunch crunch crunch. Teeth are strong and sharp. Crunch crunch crunch. Teeth can help you chew. But teeth are not for biting. Ouch! Biting hurts.” Sooner or later, almost all young children will bite someone—a friend, a parent, a sibling. This upbeat, colorful, virtually indestructible book helps prevent biting and teaches positive alternatives.

The companion to our best-selling Hands Are Not for Hitting Board Book, Teeth Are Not for Biting gives reasons why children might want to bite. Little mouths feel sore when new teeth come in; sometimes kids bite when they’re hungry, tired, cranky, frustrated, angry, bored, distressed, or seeking attention. Author Elizabeth Verdick suggests positive things children can do instead of biting: chew a chewy toy, drink a cold drink, get a hug, tell a grown-up. This book also includes helpful tips for parents and caregivers.

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  1. I Love My Fangs! - Is a vampire still a vampire if his fang is all wobbly? Find out in this funny and endearing spin on the classic first lost tooth story. Young Dracula loves his fangs. They are pointy. They are sharp! They are a cherished family trait. So one day, when a fang wiggles…and jiggles…and falls loose, Dracula doesn’t know what to do. He tries pushing it back in. Then taping it. Then sticking it. Because a vampire can’t have only one fang!…Right?

  2. Almost Time - A tender father-and-son story about the passage of time, the change of seasons, and the excitement of reaching a goal.

  3. I Feel Five! - Fritz’s 5th birthday starts off well when he eats all five of his birthday pancakes and gets brand-new sneakers that fit perfectly, but when he peeks in the mirror, he looks just the same as he did when he was 4 years old—and not even a single tooth is wiggling!

Books About Teeth and Fairies

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The Night Before the Tooth Fairy
Written by Natasha Wing & illustrated by Barbara Johansen Newman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

It wiggles, and waggles, and wiggles some more, but this little boy’s stubborn tooth just won’t come out! He hopes it will fall out soon, because he can’t wait to meet the Tooth Fairy! This humorous tale based on Clement C. Moore’s classic poem is a perfect addition to the best-selling series.

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Dory Fantasmagory: Head in the Clouds
Written by Abby Hanlon
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-8

A loose tooth leads to hilarious hijinks with the tooth fairy in book four of the wonderfully imaginative Dory Fantasmagory series Dory has her first loose tooth, and, with her usual over-the-top excitement, she cannot stop talking about the tooth fairy. Naturally, this drives her brother and sister crazy. But it also sparks a serious jealous streak in her nemesis, Mrs. Gobble Gracker, who wants all of Dory’s attention to herself. But Mrs. Gobble Gracker has decided to steal the tooth fairy’s job, and flying around in a tutu from Rosabelle, she heads for Dory’s house. It’s time for Dory to come up with a serious plan to get the tooth fairy her job back. The fourth installment in the wildly popular Dory Fantasmagory series delivers laughs on every page as Dory teams up with her pals, real and imaginary, to save the tooth fairy for all the world’s children–and get her dollar!

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Toothiana, Queen of the Tooth Fairy Armies
Written & illustrated by William Joyce
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-11

When orphaned Katherine learns that the teeth collected by the scorned Tooth Fairy contain memories of childhood, she enlists the help of the Guardians to get her tooth back and remember her parents.

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  1. Tooth Fairy - When Matthew loses a tooth, his sister Jessica tries to take advantage of the Tooth Fairy’s visit.

  2. The Tooth Fairy Wars - It’s the Tooth Fairy against Nathan, a boy who’d rather keep his tooth than get the cash, thank you very much! Nathan’s lost his first tooth! And he’s thinking he’ll hold on to it, so thanks-but-no-thanks, Tooth Fairy. This is one tooth that is staying with its owner. Except the Tooth Fairy has other ideas. And we’re not talking about some run-of-the-mill garden fairy here. No, this is the Tooth Fairy. She’s on a tooth procurement mission—and she’s not about to let some little boy get the best of her. But she may have met her match in Nathan. . .

  3. How to Catch the Tooth Fairy - How to catch the Tooth Fairy?It’s not an easy task!You can try to catch her,But she is just too fast!Can you catch the Tooth Fairy in action? Or will she get away? Parents and children will love sharing the surprises delivered in this fun and lively book!

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Books About Teeth and The Tooth Fairy

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The Underhills: A Tooth Fairy Story
Written & illustrated by Bob Graham
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

In a captivating follow-up to April and Esme, Tooth Fairies, a master of whimsy sends his tiny heroines on another adventure.

With their parents off on an urgent molar pickup, April and Esme are ready for a cozy overnight at Grandma and Grandpa’s teapot house by the airport fence. There will be fairy cakes to mix, pancakes and syrup for breakfast, a chocolate on each of their pillows. But then a call comes in about a small girl in a red coat, arriving from Ghana with a baby tooth somewhere in her pocket. Could this be a job for April and Esme, tooth fairy sisters? As always with Bob Graham, the beauty is in the details: Grandpa working out with a giant teabag-turned-punching-bag; fellow winged creatures hovering above the airport terminal (cupids to help people meet and angels to comfort the sad arrivals). Merging humor, poignancy, and a bit of heart-fluttering suspense, Bob Graham turns a familiar moment of childhood independence into a thing of magic.

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Toot & Puddle: Charming Opal
Written & illustrated by Holly Hobbie
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Recommend Ages: 3-6

It’s summertime, and Toot and Puddle’s little cousin, Opal, is visiting Woodcock Pocket when she discovers that she has a loose tooth. Opal carefully places it under her pillow and hopes the tooth fairy will bring her a shiny quarter. Worried that the tooth fairy might get lost on the way, Puddle puts on a special costume so that Opal won’t be disappointed. But will the real tooth fairy show up after all?

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Junie B., First Grader: Toothless Wonder
Written by Barbara Park & illustrated by Denise Brunkus
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

Meet the World’s Funniest First Grader—Junie B. Jones! One of Junie B.’s top front teeth is loose! Only Junie B. is not that thrilled about this development. Because what if she looks like toothless Uncle Lou? And even worse . . . what’s all this tooth fairy business? Like, who is this woman, really? And what does she do with all those used teeth? So many questions, so little time.

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  1. Tooth Fairy (Peppa Pig) - Peppa Pig has lost her first tooth! If she tucks it under her pillow, will the Tooth Fairy come for a special visit?

  2. Judy Moody and Friends: Judy Moody, Tooth Fairy - By popular demand, Judy Moody herself steps into the spotlight in a story that is sure to have kids grinning — and believing. Judy and her friends are on the playground when Jessica Finch overhears a fifth-grader talking. What!? There’s no such thing as the Tooth Fairy? Can that big kid be right? Luckily, Judy Moody is on the case! All she needs is one loose tooth, a semi-reluctant little brother, a bathtub, a string, a toy motorboat, and . . . open wide, Stink! But what if the real Tooth Fairy is a no-show? Judy Moody fans will happily sink their teeth into this cavity-free caper full of surprises — and a little bit of magic.

Books About Teeth and Animals

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Way Down Below Deep
Written by Nancy Raines Day & illustrated by David Sheldon
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Swim with the ocean’s most secret creatures! What mysteries lurk at the bottom of the ocean? Discover some of the world’s most fascinating animals, such as anglerfish, luring prey to a toothy doom with a siren’s light; vampire squid, peering forth with red eyes; and sea cucumbers, filtering food from the water passing through their bodies. Follow the lanternfish as he lights the way down to the mysterious deep, where whale worms sprout from bones and all varieties of jellies float free. Children will learn about these bizarre bottom-dwellers through clever rhymes and captivating drawings that bring this sunless land to light. Fun, sometimes silly, facts and images accompany each rhyming marine description.

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Tooth Fairy in Training
Written by Michelle Robinson & illustrated by Briony May Smith
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

When it’s time for Tate to start her tooth-fairy training, she learns that there’s much more to the job than just leaving coins for sleeping children.

Tate’s tooth-fairy training starts today, and her big sister, May, is taking her out on her very first tooth-collecting mission. After practicing at home, Tate is ready to test her skills, and May leads her to their first stop: a herd of hippos in a lake! After all, human children aren’t the only young creatures that lose their teeth. In fact, being a tooth fairy is a dangerous job, and Tate must visit all kinds of toothy predators before the night is up. Will she be able to collect the teeth from narwhals, anacondas, and more — all without waking a single creature? Author Michelle Robinson and illustrator Briony May Smith introduce two brave fairy sisters with a whimsical, rhyming read-aloud.

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Franklin and the Tooth Fairy
Written by Paulette Bourgeois & illustrated by Brenda Clark
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Recommend Ages: 4-8
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  2. A Mighty Bitey Creature - All is quiet in the jungle. But not for long! “Who bit my lovely green bottom?” shouts Frog. He rushes to tell King Lion, who will surely know just what to do. But soon Monkey (eek-eek-eek! ) and Zebra (ya-a-a hooo! ) encounter something mighty and bitey, too. Can the King of the Jungle save them all? What kind of creature would test its super-sharp teeth on everything it meets? Vivid illustrations, rhythmic language, and a surprise perpetrator combine for a rollicking read.

  3. Arthur's Loose Tooth - In 1957, Harper published its first I Can Read title, Little Bear, written by Else Holmelund Minarik and illustrated by Maurice Sendak. Large type, simple vocabulary, chapter-like divisions, and decorative pictures made Little Bear perfect for emerging readers

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Heidi Heckelbeck Says Cheese!
Written by Wanda Coven & illustrated by Priscilla Burris
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-9

Heidi Heckelbeck is a little witch with a big problem: she’s missing her front tooth! Can she fill the gap with some magic in time for class picture day? <p/>Heidi Heckelbeck has a loose front tooth, and class picture day is just around the corner. Despite being as careful as can be, Heidi loses the tooth–and ends up with a big hole in her smile! Can she use her Book of Spells to create a new tooth? Or will she have to learn to love her new look? <p/>With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the<i> </i>Heidi Heckelbeck chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.

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Anna, Banana, and the Big-Mouth Bet
Written by Anica Mrose Rissi & illustrated by Meg Park
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-10

Anna has a loose tooth! It’s as wiggly as her dog Banana’s tail. But while Anna is poking at her loose tooth, class clown Justin keeps poking fun at Anna and her friends.

Anna tries to make Justin leave them alone and gets pulled into a high-stakes bet. If Anna wins, Justin has to play nice; but if Anna loses, she has to do something so jaw-droppingly embarrassing, even Banana can’t believe it.

There’s no wiggling her way out of this one. Anna has to win this bet.

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Demon Dentist
Written by David Walliams & illustrated by Tony Ross
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

“Wacky and reminiscent of Roald Dahl with a twist, middle grade readers who enjoy stories with both laughs and chills will get a kick out of this one.” - Seira Wilson, Amazon Editor

This New York Times bestseller from David Walliams, the UK’s #1 bestselling children’s author and “the heir to Roald Dahl” (The Spectator), launched his books stateside in a big way!

Walliams makes going to the dentist a wacky adventure with his signature humor—this is one dentist appointment you don’t want to miss.

Something strange is happening in Alfie’s town. Instead of shiny coins from the Tooth Fairy, kids are waking up to dead slugs, live spiders, and other dreadfully icky things under their pillows.

Who would do something so horrific? Alfie is sure that Miss Root, the creepy new dentist in town, is behind it all. There’s nothing Alfie hates more than going to the dentist, but to solve this mystery, he may have to book a dreaded appointment….

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  1. Big Mouth Elizabeth - Second-grader Elizabeth longs to be a member of the Big Mouth club, which is made up of kids who have lost at least one baby tooth. Elizabeth is WAY behind on losing her baby teeth, and so is Cali, a quiet girl who is also left out of the Big Mouth Club. Elizabeth thinks Cali is so much more babyish than she is—in fact, Elizabeth SHOULD be in the Big Mouth Club because she’s NOT babyish. But when she understands how bad it feels to be left out, Elizabeth’s attitude shifts. Here is a story about fitting in in unexpected ways. With copious line art by Paige Keiser, this second book in Rachel Vail’s Elizabeth series is sure to delight fans of Judy Moody, Junie B. Jones, and Clementine.

  2. My Tooth Is Lost!: A Monkey & Cake Book - From the bestselling author of The Day the Crayons Quit comes another hilarious friendship story from Monkey & Cake. This time Monkey lost a tooth... will Cake be able to help Monkey find it?

  3. Josie's Lost Tooth - Josie is the monkey-bars champion, the first one to read a whole book by herself, and the second-fastest runner in her class. But she’s the worst at losing teeth—the only kid in her class who still has all her baby teeth! One night, Josie finally feels a tooth wiggle, just a little, and she can’t wait to show her best friend, Richard. But nothing makes the tooth fall out—not hanging upside down, chomping on an apple, or even pulling on the tooth with a string—until Josie trips and goes splat and the tooth is lost for good. Now what can she leave under her pillow for the tooth fairy?

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Books About Teeth and Health And Daily Living

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The Missing Tooth Fairy
Written by Poppy Green & illustrated by Jennifer A. Bell
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Recommend Ages: 5-9
Sophie gets a visit from the tooth fairy--or does she?--in this fifteenth charming book of The Adventures of Sophie Mouse series!
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The Crocodile and the Dentist
Written & illustrated by Taro Gomi
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Recommend Ages: 3-5

Oh, it’s time to go to the dentist! Crocodile has a toothache, but he’s afraid of the dentist. The dentist wants to help, but he’s afraid of Crocodile. Never fear! Bestselling author-illustrator Taro Gomi cleverly and humorously presents both sides of the story, as the crocodile and the dentist learn to be brave and face their fears—of what might happen in that dentist’s chair and of each other!

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Smile
Written & illustrated by Raina Telgemeier
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Recommend Ages: 9-12

Raina just wants to be a normal sixth grader. But one night after Girl Scouts she trips and falls, severely injuring her two front teeth. What follows is a long and frustrating journey with on-again, off-again braces, surgery, embarrassing headgear, and even a retainer with fake teeth attached. And on top of all that, there’s still more to deal with: a major earthquake, boy confusion, and friends who turn out to be not so friendly.

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  1. Just Going to the Dentist -

  2. Tooth Monsters - The young girl at the centre of this charming and quirkily-illustrated story hates brushing her teeth and is terrified of the dentist; as far as she’s concerned, there’s no scarier monster. But when she meets a real monster in her bathroom, she learns how dentists are really heroes and brushing your teeth is very important - so important that even monsters do it!This inventive picture book is brimming with humour and imagination. Parent and child will love to read along together over and over again.

  3. A Toothbrush for Rex - 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!

  4. Tooth Fairy's Night - In this Step 1 early reader, a twinkly, sneaker-wearing Tooth Fairy zips around a dreamy neighborhood in a typical night at work. Readers will delight in exploring the details of her tiny world, and in the exciting brushes with danger. Any child who wonders what it would be like to be very small and have the power of flight will happily dig into this fanciful journey.

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