Author: Gwenyth Swain

24 to 35 Months Concept

Wash Up! features a variety of realistic photographs of the different bathing and washing practices of children from around the world. Reading this book is a great way for you and your child to explore the concept of washing to stay healthy.

Before, During and After Reading

Oral Language

As you introduce the title, author and illustrator on the front cover, encourage your child to make a prediction about the story. You might ask the following questions:

What this person is doing? Show me how you wash your hair!

What do you think we will read about in this story?

What pictures do you think we might see in this book?

 Help your child discover the importance of the healthy habit of washing. To start the conversation, ask the following question:

Why should we wash ourselves every day?

Oral Language

Talk to your child about the similarities and differences in the photographs throughout the story. You might ask the following questions:


How are the children in the photographs like you?

How are they different?

Have you ever bathed in a bathtub? A lake? A bucket?


Beginning Writing

Help your child come up with ways to include healthy washing activities throughout the day. Create a schedule of your child’s daily routine and allow her to draw pictures when hand washing or bathing could occur.

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