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Wash Your Hands! 10 Books to Help Kids Understand Germs

by Eliza Smith

Photo Credit: Ariel Skelley/Getty Images

Cold and flu season is a great time to talk about germs, hygiene, and staying healthy. That conversation may feel even more urgent now as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. If your kids have questions about how viruses work, or if you’d like to instill in them the importance of proper hand-washing, turn to these educational and engaging reads to fill in the gaps — and introduce them to fascinating facts about the human body!

With easy to follow diagrams, fun STEAM-related crafts, and a generous dosage of humor, these 10 germ-smashing books will provide children with the knowledge to stay safe and healthy.