Written by Heather Maisner as part of her Dinosaur Douglas range of books that offer an exciting and fun way to explore health-related subjects for Early Years children, this fun rhyming children’s picture book featuring Dinosaur Douglas highlights the importance of washing your hands.
Heather decided to write this book after discovering that about 1.8 million children under the age of five die each year from diarrhea and pneumonia, the two top killers of young children around the world. Educating young children about hand-washing with soap could stop the spread of disease and is even more poignant now with the outbreak of the Global COVID-19 Pandemic.
Heather joined forces with Paediatric Consultants at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, and with input from London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine to write and create this book.
In addition to the obvious now very real risk of coronavirus, hand-washing with soap could protect about one out of every three children, who suffer from diarrhea, and almost one out of five with respiratory infections like pneumonia. It may even help prevent skin and eye infections.
“Heather’s splendid Dinosaur Douglas series continues to inform and educate young children . . . whilst at the same time telling a brilliant story in rhyme and with Alex Godwin’s superb illustrations helping to reinforce key points. The timeless lure of dinosaurs and the terrific added bonus of getting important health messages across continues!”
“I was really impressed with the way the children were able to connect to the books … The discussions that resulted were really fruitful. The themes, covering healthy lifestyle choices, are unlike any that I have been able to find for children in a fictional text, so I personally found them really useful.”
KB (Y1 Teacher, Greenside Primary School, London W12
About the Author
Heather Maisner is author of over 37 children’s books, including award-winning titles, published by many UK publishers.
Her children’s books range from picture books to books for fluent readers and teenagers and cover subjects as diverse as tractors, planet early, history, the weather, first-time stories and stories that are ideal for reluctant young readers, combining fiction with fact, and games with information. Her books have been translated into many languages and are sold all over the world.
Her first books for children, The Tractors of Thomson Yard, published by Walker Books, were inspired by her son’s fascination with tractors. At a time when there were no books with tractors as heroes, she created four titles, based on a Norfolk farm. Each tractor has its own song, and the stories explore the working life of tractors throughout the farming year.
Heather spends her time between London and Norfolk, and her house is always full of pets: dogs, cats, hamsters, rabbits, budgerigars, a chinchilla – but no dinosaurs. Until now . . .
Heather is also Publisher of Dinosaur Douglas Books – fun, healthy, rhyming books, which cover subjects including oral health, vitamin D, healthy eating and exercise, hand-washing, mental health and stress – Finalists in the Early Years Excellence Awards.
Dinosaur Douglas Books are written, working closely with paediatric consultants at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, H&F Family Support, Alberta Wellness Initiative and the NSPCC.
Heather teaches creative writing to children, has been Author in Residence at two Hammersmith primary schools, taught trainee teachers at the University of Hertfordshire and students at Queen Mary’s College and was on the Board of Directors at ALCS (Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society).