DINOSAUR DOUGLAS BOOKS
Dinosaur Douglas Books offer an exciting, fun way to explore health-related subjects, including oral health, vitamin D and obesity, for Early Years children. Written in rhyme and illustrated by international artist and street painter, Alex Godwin, they are ideal for bedtime reading and literacy. You can buy Dinosaur Douglas Books here.
Dinosaur Douglas and the Beastly Bugs
Alarmed at the state of children’s teeth in the UK – where dental decay and infection is the most common cause of hospital admission in under-fives each year - Heather decided a new approach was needed.
Joining forces with Kate Barnard, Consultant in Paediatric Dentistry at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, she created a fun, rhyming story about a naughty dinosaur, which encourages children to take regular care of their teeth. Hammersmith and Fulham Council sponsored the project and launched the title, giving 5000 copies to young children across the borough, with very promising results.
Dinosaur Douglas and the Rumble Grumble Tum
When Heather discovered that the average five-year-old was consuming the equivalent of their body weight in sugar each year, she decided something dynamic needed to be done.
Joining forces with Paediatric Consultants at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, she created a fun, rhyming story about Dinosaur Douglas, highlighting the importance of healthy eating and exercise.
Over-eating sugary food and drinks can lead to dental decay, weight gain and obesity, affecting children’s wellbeing, causing low self-esteem, bullying and missed school days.
Yet this can be avoided by education of both parents and children, while the children are very young. Dinosaur Douglas and the Rumble Grumble Tum uses the familiar, inimitable character of Dinosaur Douglas to encourage children to think about the food they eat, and to exercise.
Dinosaur Douglas Has Fun in the Sun
With the rise of illnesses associated with vitamin D deficiencies, including rickets, dental disease and convulsions in the very young, Heather joined forces with Paediatric Consultants at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital to tackle the problem.
The major source of vitamin D is sunshine but children are not getting enough of it. Television, iPads, computers and computer games keep them indoors.
Dinosaur Douglas Has Fun in the Sun, is the first fun picture book to encourage children to spend time in the sun, while taking care not to burn. It also teaches them which foods are rich in vitamin D.
What people say about Dinosaur Douglas Books:
Story books that convey a vital health message have to be convincing and well illustrated, and Heather's use of rhymes combined with Alex's terrific illustrations . . .ensure that they grab the children's attention right from the word go. (BOOKS MONTHLY)
Our boys and girls loved Dinosaur Douglas, and it inspired us to be creative with the curriculum: we played with dinosaur small toys, brushed toy dinosaur teeth, painted pictures of dinosaurs and, in role play, we created a dental surgery.Emma Monks, Clayton Brook Nursery, Lancashire