Nothing But the Tooth!:
Books that Celebrate Landmark Losses

If the tooth fairy gave me a nickel every time I was giving a primary storytime and a child excitedly held up a bloody bicuspid, well, I could afford braces! Share in the excitement of growing up by sinking your teeth into books that four out of five dentists...and teachers...recommend.

Throw Your Tooth on the Roof: Tooth Traditions from Around the World by Selby B. Beeler, illustrated by G. Brian Karas
This book is a perfect alternative/addition to putting money under a child's pillow when a tooth is lost. Also perfect for primary teachers, who contantly are fetching Ziploc baggies for all the teeth children lose in class! It is really fascinating to read all the things people do with lost teeth, and how all cultures of the world value rites of passage, big and small. To turn into a storytime that will have everybody smiling, combine with Rotten Teethby Laura Simms, illustrated by David Catrow, in which the daughter of a dentist brings a disgusting trat to school for show-and-tell (based on a true story!) and Grandpa's Teeth by Rod Clement, a story of false accusations...and false chompers!

Other Great Tooth Books:

Arthur's Tooth by Marc Brown
Madlenka by Peter Sis
Science Fair Bunnies by Kathryn Lasky, illustrated by Marilyn Hafner
The Lost Tooth Club by Arden Johnson
The Tooth Witch by Nurit Karlin
Bertie's Picture Day by Pat Brisson
Andrew's Loose Tooth by Robert Munsch
The Story of the Tooth Fairy by Tom Paxton
The Real Tooth Fairy by Marilyn Kaye
The Lost Tooth Club by Arden Johnson
Open Wide: Tooth School Inside! by Laurie Keller
I Know Why I Brush My Teeth by Kate Rowan, illustrated by Katharine McEwan
Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary (last couple of chapters about a lost tooth!)


When you can't keep the doctor away, try a book a day! These books will help spirits rise as high as your child's temperature. Get well soon!

Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
Who's Sick Today? By Lynne Cherry
Operation Ghost by Jacques Duquennoy
Ed and Fred Flea by Pamela Duncan Edwards
When Vera Was Sick by Vera Rosenberry
Curious George Goes to the Hospital
by Margret and H.A. Rey
A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon
Dear Daisy, Get Well Soon by Maggie Smith
Many Moons by James Thurber
Miss Bindergarten Stays Home from Kindergarten by Joseph Slate
Mama Provi and the Pot of Rice by Sylvia Rosa-Casanova
Felix Feels Better by Rosemary Wells

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