Tooth tales

Recommended books about the Tooth Fairy

Losing a tooth becomes a right of passage for a child, accompanied by a lot of questions. What replaces the tooth? What happens to the old teeth? Is the Tooth Fairy real?

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Here are some great books for helping your child learn about this age-old tradition:

The Tooth Book

By: Theo LeSieg

Illustrated by: Joe Mathieu

Age level: 0-3

Who has teeth? Everyone from people to the zebra! The man behind Dr. Seuss tackles questions and answers about teeth in lively rhythm and rhyme.


Dear Tooth Fairy

By Alan Durant

Illustrated by: Vanessa Cabban

Age level: 3-6

Because Holly is reluctant to give up her newly fallen out tooth, she starts to correspond with the Tooth Fairy, asking questions that trouble many children (such as what happens to the teeth). The Tooth Fairy responds to all questions in this elegantly illustrated book.


Throw Your Tooth on the Roof: Tooth Traditions from Around the World

By: Selby Beeler

Illustrated by: G. Brian Karas

Age level: 3-6

Lighthearted illustrations provide just the right tone for brief looks at what happens when children lose their teeth in various places around the world. The title indicates what is done in Korea while an American child awaits the tooth fairy's exchange.


You Think It's Easy Being the Tooth Fairy?

By: Sheri Bell-Rehwoldt

Illustrated by: David Slonim

Age Level: 3-6

Reading Level: Beginning Reader

This is not the Tooth Fairy of old; this tooth fairy defies old conceptions of the work, and how this spunky character gets around (actually by way of turbo-charged surfboard). Fast and funny, the Tooth Fairy here will knock down any spritely misconceptions as she tickles the funny bone.


How Many Teeth?

By: Paul Showers

Illustrated by: True Kelley

Age Level: 6-9

Babies don't have teeth as they don't need them yet. But as children grow, teeth grow in and then fall out to be replaced by adult teeth. This informative, appealing, and easy science book is just right to answer early questions about teeth and dental hygiene — and may encourage even more questions.


Open Wide: Tooth School Inside

By Laurie Keller

Age level: 6-9

Dr. Flossman welcomes his class of incisors, canines, etc. (appropriately for each of the typical mouth's 32 teeth), providing actual information in a wacky, slightly abstract combination of art and story.