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Teeth Are Not for Biting Board Book

Best Behavior® Series


“Crunch crunch crunch. Teeth are strong and sharp. Crunch crunch crunch. Teeth can help you chew. But teeth are not for biting. Ouch! Biting hurts.” Sooner or later, many young children will bite someone—a friend, a parent, a sibling. This upbeat, colorful, virtually indestructible book helps prevent toddler biting and teaches positive alternatives.

It gives reasons why children might want to bite. Little mouths feel sore when new teeth come in; sometimes kids bite when they’re hungry, tired, cranky, frustrated, angry, bored, distressed, or seeking attention. It suggests positive things children can do instead of biting: chew a chewy toy, drink a cold drink, get a hug, tell a grown-up. This book also includes helpful tips for parents and caregivers.

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ISBN: 978-1-57542-128-5
Interest Level: Ages 1–4
Illustrated: color illust.
Trim Size: 7" x 7"
Page Count: 24

Praise for Teeth Are Not for Biting
Teeth Are Not for Biting by Elizabeth Verdick gives reasons why kids might want to bite—they’re mad, sad, cranky—and offers a bunch of coping methods, such as getting a hug or asking for help.”—Parents Magazine

Awards for Teeth Are Not for Biting:

  • Dr. Toy’s 10 Best Socially Responsible Products
  • Dr. Toy’s 100 Best Selection
  • Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Book Award
  • Creative Child Magazine Seal of Excellence Winner

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

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June 14, 2021 / Carol Ledesma
A Great Book

A great book to help teach the proper use of teeth (that don’t hurt our friends).

June 24, 2019 / Deana Hirte
Wish we had the entire set

Just read “Teeth are Not for Biting” with two kiddos who are learning to express themselves and possibly dealing with some sensory issues. The 3-year-old listened intently and said “bad” or “timeout” when the child got bit in the story. The 2-year-old said “no.” The books are written so children can understand and learn from examples. Wish we had the entire set here at the center.

June 24, 2019 / Megan Kalinin
I love Teeth Are Not for Biting

Not only is it simple and colorful, I love the teacher and parent tips in the back. I love that Free Spirit has a section for infant and toddlers, which is a category that sadly gets overlooked at times.

June 24, 2019 / Ijeoma - PA
We LOVE Teeth Are Not for Biting!

I work for Healthy Teeth, Healthy Children, a program with the American Academy of Pediatrics, PA Chapter, and we LOVE Teeth Are Not for Biting! As an oral health non-profit advocating for pediatric dental care, we love the simple messages for kids on what to do when they feel like biting. In fact, my program director, Kristin Haegele Hill, contacted the author to inquire about the idea of adding healthy teeth tips to the book. And she agreed! The newest editions now include teeth tips for kids and parents in the back of the book, and we would love to be able to supply this book to all of our dental collaborators.


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