Free Spirit Publishing 1.800.735.7323

Germs Are Not for Sharing

Best Behavior® Series


Kids and germs go hand in hand, sometimes quite literally. Sneezes, coughs, runny noses, spills, and messes are facts of everyday life with children. And that’s why it’s never too soon to teach little ones about germs and ways to stay clean and healthy. This book is a short course for kids on what germs are, what they do, and why it’s so important to cover them up, block them from spreading, and wash them down the drain. Simple words complement warm, inviting, full-color illustrations that show real-life situations kids can relate to. A special section for adults includes ideas for discussion and activities.


Paperback $11.95 21971 Paperback 21971 $11.95

View where you can purchase the eBook.

ISBN: 978-1-57542-197-1
Reading Level: Grade 1
Interest Level: Ages 4–7
Guided Reading Level: H
Lexile Measure: 490L
Illustrated: color illust.
Trim Size: 9" x 9"
Page Count: 40
Praise for Germs Are Not for Sharing
“These books, which are available in both board book and picture book editions, serve as wonderful tools to help children embark on their road to socialization—a very important component of the preschool experience.”—

“Recommended resource.”—ParentLife

Germs Are Not For Sharing by Elizabeth Verdick is a great book for preschoolers through early elementary children. The book’s language is easy enough to understand, yet doesn’t talk down to the kids or sound babyish.”—Andrea Coventry, Montessori educator, Andi’s Kids Books blog

“Hits the bull’s-eye with an important message to all children. Wonderfully illustrated. Bravo! Well done!”—Philip M. Tierno Jr., Ph.D., director of Clinical Microbiology and Immunology, New York University Medical Center, and author of The Secret Life of Germs

“Addresses an increasingly important subject in children’s health. This book should be in every pediatrician’s and family physician’s waiting room and at every childcare center, preschool, and early elementary school.”—Joseph J. Sockalosky, M.D., director of Medical Education, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota

Awards for Germs Are Not for Sharing:

  • Midwest Book Awards: First Place
  • Dr. Toy Smart Play/Smart Toy Product of Excellence Award

Awards for the Best Behavior series:

  • Creative Child Seal of Excellence and Preferred Choice Award
  • Dr. Toy’s 10 Best Socially Responsible Products and Best Children’s Product
  • National Parenting Center Seal of Approval
  • Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Special Needs Award
  • Read America! Selection
  • iParenting Media Hot Award Winner

Download a free coloring page.

  • Common Core State Standards


Related Resources

Mental Health Preschool and PreK Collection
10 More Essential Books for Toddlers

User Reviews

Sort By:
June 14, 2021 / Sheila Dandeneau
A Great Series

We have been using Germs Are Not for Sharing (along with the other “Not for…” books) in our classrooms for years. Great book series to help children keep themselves and others healthy and safe.


Free Spirit’s monthly e-newsletter, Upbeat News, is full of practical tips, free downloads, and special offers. Sign up today!