Two Wisconsin hygienists, Rachel Grider and Jessica O’Leary, have written children’s books focusing on the importance of oral health at an early age.
If The Dentist Were An Animal was a passion project for Rachel Grider. The book’s rhyming cadence benefits literacy development and the storyline is fun and imaginative. Diverse characters make the story relatable to children and the activities at the end reinforce its teaching points beyond the last page. If The Dentist Were An Animal is being recognized by the dental community as a great teaching tool for children 7 years and younger. The book is available for purchase on Amazon. Bulk orders qualify for a professional discount and can be fulfilled through Grider’s website, redbowbooks.com.
Jessica O’Leary’s book, Flying Fiona and Jacob at the Dentist is a nursery rhyme about a young boy getting his teeth cleaned for the first time. Jacob doesn’t know what to expect when he arrives at the dentist but he meets a tiny fairy named Flying Fiona, who is hiding on each page of the book. She explains each step of the appointment before it happens so Jacob is confident and knowledgeable. The characters show how fun and easy a teeth cleaning can be. The bright illustrations show kids what a dentist office looks like today versus years past. This book’s target audience is from birth to 6 years old. Flying Fiona and Jacob at the Dentist is available on Amazon, barnesandnoble.com and authorjessicaoleary.com.