Books on the Subject of Thumb-Sucking
We believe books are a wonderful way to talk about thumb-sucking with your child. Children love stories and a story can help draw the child’s attention to their thumb-sucking. If the protagonist of the book uses a specific coping strategy, the child will often ask for it themselves and reenact.
It’s very important to us that thumb-sucking isn’t viewed negatively or even labelled as embarassing in a book. You don’t want to tell your child that their calming strategy is embarassing or bad.
Below you will find a detailed review of the best children’s books dealing with thumb-sucking and breaking the habit.
Anna and Dedo
Anna is a happy girl and very proud of what she can do at the age of four. She’s been sucking her thumb since she was a baby. She would like to finally quit the habit after a visit to the dentist, but it’s so difficult for her. She soon discovers that it’s actually her thumb (his name is Dedo) hiding in her mouth in certain situations. With the help of her parents she finds extraordinary solutions how to help Dedo. They find other places for him to hide, paint him a crazy hairstyle, and make a superhero costume, with great success.
We, the authors of thumb-heroes.com, wrote the story Anna and Dedo. It is beautifully illustrated by Arnav Chakraborty, an experienced children’s book illustrator. This book grew from many of the ideas and stories we told our daughter while she was trying to quit and combines all the knowledge we gained in her weaning period. The story finds an approach to thumb-sucking that is not presented in a negative or embarassing way. It also offers several ideas that can help during the weaning period and shows that this period can take a while.
- Title: Anna und Dedo
- Subtitle: A Thumb Ventures Out
- Author: Martina Gisler (Autor), René Gisler (Autor), Arnav Chakraborty (Illustrator), Jennifer Webb (Editor)
- Paperback: 34 pages
- ISBN-13: 979-8748075022 (Paperback)
- ISBN-13: 978-3000713651 (Hardcover)
- Publisher: Independently published
- Reading age: 2 – 6 years
- Language: English
- Buy: www.annaunddedo.com, Amazon.com, Amazon.de
Thumbs Up, Brown Bear
It’s a hardcover book written with simple sentences. The rhythm and repetition are perfect for toddlers and early readers alike. It is a short story but it drills the main point and many children soon react to the sentence “Thumbs up, brown bear” and take their thumb out of their mouth without complain. It’s a cute story and the big and bright pictures are easy to look at.
Thumbs Up For Ted’s Thumbsie
Ted loves his thumb so much. Sucking his thumb makes him feel a lot better when he’s sad about something and comforts him since he’s a tiny baby. In a few weeks Ted starts school and he is desperate to stop sucking his thumb to be able to do all the exciting things in school like painting and playing football. But it’s very hard for him. Just a few weeks before school starts his mother brings him a special glove, called Thumbsie, with lots of dinosaurs on it. Ted gets used to it very fast and soon realises that he doesn’t want to suck his thumb anymore. On his first day of school he walks proudly into his classroom and there a big surprise awaits him.
This lovely and positive book is meant to accompany the Thumbsie products. But we think it can also be read while wearing another or no product as the positive message and the suspension if Ted is going to stop thumbsucking before school starts is very motivating. The book is suitable for children from 2 to 6 years. We love the illustrations, every page is different and there’s so much discover even after reading it several times.
Dana's Finger Is Set Free
It’s the story of Dana, a kindergarten girl, that could not take her finger from her mouth. Her mother turns the responsibility for the finger to Dana with a great plan: Everyday Dana doesn’t suck her thumb, she can put a sticker on a special calendar chart, and if she can make it an entire week, she gets a price. Dana succeeds in her mission and her finger is set free.
This book is a fine story and a plan. It is actually written for older children as a child needs a certain age to react to a calendar chart and the prospect of a reward. But parents of younger children (+/- 3 years old) can get good ideas. It is an interactive story with well done illustrations. Furthermore, Dana’s chart is waiting for you, as well as other learning materials in PDF form, to add fun to the reading and understanding of the book.
Isadora!: Take That Thumb Out of Your Mouth
Isadora Diore loves ballet, reading, math and art. There’s just one problem. Isadora has the habit of putting her thumb in her mouth. Her mother and the dentist are reminding and telling her why she should stop. And her friends are teasing her. Isadora would love to break the habit, but it’s very hard for her. Until one day when her mother brings home a special gift that is fun and sparkly and a great reminder to take that thumb out of the mouth.
We love the fact, that this story was written by a 6 year old girl. It’s a cute story with well done illustrations and especially children who are keen on mermaids will love it. It’s also possible to combine the story with the introduction of mermaid gloves for thumb-suckers. Furthermore, we like the part in the story where Isadora learns to be kind to herself when the first attempts to break the habit were not successful….after all, tomorrow will be another opportunity to try again. One thing we didn’t like: Her friends were teasing Isadora for thumb-sucking and the habit is called a really bad habit.