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Here are some great materials on the Internet and books you can find at your local library. 

Books For Kids

Dirt and Grime Like You've Never Seen! By Vicki Cobb

Why is Soap so Slippery? And Other Bathtime Questions by Catherine Ripley, illustrated by Scot Ritchie

The Magic School Bus Inside Ralphie: A Book About Germs by Joanna Cole, illustrated by Bruce Degen

Germs! Germs! Germs! By Bobbi Katz, illustrated by Steve Bjorkman

Germs Make Me Sick! By Melvin Berger, illustrated by Marilyn Hafner

Little Bear Brushes His Teeth by Jutta Langreuter, illustrated by Vera Sobat

Books For Grown Ups

How to Prevent Food Poisoning: A Practical Guide to Safe Cooking, Eating and Food Handling by Elizabeth Scott and Paul Sockett

Safe Food\ for You and Your Family-The American Dietetic Association Nutrition Now Series, Mildred McInnes Cody

Internet Resources

National Fight BAC!® Campaign

This site includes materials for the public, media, and teachers and parents. It has a wealth of fun activities and graphics along with ways to keep food borne illness from contaminating your food and your family. 


This site includes lesson plans for teachers, activities that can be done at home as well as definitions of germs and bacteria related vocabulary. 

Home Food Safety: It's in Your Hands

Included in this interactive site are links to other helpful web sites and the ability to ask an expert your food related questions. They also provide an interactive kitchen activity to help teach the do's and don'ts of food preparation.


The Cooperative Extension Service is a great resource for asking questions about foodborne illness. Most counties have an Extension agent you can speak with by phone or email. Your state Extension office can also direct you to additional resources.

Find your Extension Service in the phone book. They are usually listed in the government pages (in the front) under Extension. 

Try using a search engine and searching for the name of your state and 'Extension Service'. You will probably find a directory of Extension personnel you can contact directly.

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