The BIG book ISBN 9781925386615 (34cm x 43cm) is perfect for circle time at libraries and reading out loud in groups for Kindergarten and Grades 1 & 2. Children can take part in the group reading to develop their literacy skills; dress up in fairy and tooth troll costumes and have fun acting out the book’s characters. The BIG book is used to start group conversations around the magic of fluoride for good oral health.
Oral health literacy is emerging as an important determinant of health, as research shows poor oral health literacy is linked to poor oral health outcomes. While evidence is emerging regarding adult oral health literacy, limited resources are available regarding oral health literacy for children.
Children need to engage in learning about the benefits of fluoride with age appropriate, fun, visual literacy resources which are linked to the children’s cognitive ability level. The resources need to be shared within the child’s family environment to have a greater impact. Picture books provide one approach to support early oral health literacy for young children. ‘Who is the Tooth Fairy’s best friend?’ was written by Cathryn Carboon and illustrated, designed and produced by Brolly Books, Melbourne. The book was launched as part of the Sun Smiles program in October 2017.