“Germs: Fact and Fiction, Friends and Foes”

written by Lesa Cline-Ransome and illustrated by James Ransome


As we begin to open up more and more, it’s important to remember to take precautions. Wearing a mask, washing our hands, and more continue to be important in reducing the spread of any virus. Are you still trying to explain germs to your child? Are you still struggling to get them to wash their hands? Sometimes a nonfiction picture book can help.


Told from the perspective of Sam the Salmonella, this informative picture book introduces young readers to helpful and harmful germs, exploring their discovery; the breakout of historic diseases; the invention of pasteurization, vaccination, and penicillin; and other fascinating details about the world of microscopic organisms.


WATCH and LISTEN to Lesa Cline-Ransome read her picture book Germs for PBS Storytime:



The G-E-R-M-S Song

(Tune: Frère Jacques)

Are you coughing?
Are you sneezing?
Cover your mouth,
Cover your mouth.
Germs are always flying,
Germs are always flying.
Wash your hands.
Wash your hands.


WATCH Sid the Science Kid learn why washing his hands is so important (courtesy the Jim Henson Company)

(you can watch the whole episode here)

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