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Did you know that every year more than 60,000 children under the age of 5 die of diarrhoea? (WaterAid 2018). Did you also know that many of these deaths are preventable with proper hand washing practices?

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According to UNICEF, hand washing with soap has been cited as one of the most cost-effective interventions to prevent diarrheal-related deaths and other diseases. One of such diseases, is the current viral COVID-19 which has affected over 164 countries causing human civilization to enter the era of social distancing and self-isolation. Schools, major cities of the world and businesses are on lockdown as hospitals everywhere are in a state of emergency round the clock
The World Health Organization has advised everyone to wash their hands regularly and thoroughly. Medical experts all over the world have cited hand washing as the most effective preventive measure against the highly communicable COVID-19.
As though she saw into the future, Olubunmi Aboderin Talabi released Why Do You Wash Your Hands? in October 2019. Why Do You Wash Your Hands? is a children's picture book written for children under the age of 9 by children's book author, Olubunmi Aboderin Talabi. Illustrations are used throughout to help children with comprehension. The book, like all Clever Clogs Books, are purpose-built for bedtime stories and also to encourage early readers and family time. Easy-to-read and informative, Why Do You Wash Your Hands? shows young readers, parents, teachers and guardians the importance of hand washing and the different times before and after which to wash one's hands.

The spread of the virus can be controlled and the simple hygienic habit of hand washing, is one of the best ways to do it.
Why Do You Wash Your Hands? is a highly relevant and much needed book right now.

Fun Facts About Why Do You Wash Your Hands?


Why Do You Wash Your Hands? has made history as the first Nigerian children's book to be published simultaneously in 4 languages – English, Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba respectively. The book was released in 2019, the Year of Indigenous Languages and during global hand washing month.


It is easily accessible both locally and internationally. Available in print copies at bookstores nationwide, Health Plus branches across the country and also, online from OkadaBooks, Smashwords, Amazon Books US, UK including DE, FR, ES, IT, CA, AU, BR, JP, IN, NL and MX.


The book aims at driving both health and linguistic awareness by communicating the importance of hand washing while also promoting the beauty of Nigerian native languages.


Why Do You Wash Your Hands? is a Nigerian-themed children's picture book, written specifically for the African child. The characters, setting and storylines are culturally-appropriate and relatable, enhancing the self-esteem and confidence of young readers.

Handwashing reduce the incidence of diarrhea by an average of 30%


The Author

Olubunmi Aboderin Talabi is an author; the publisher of Clever Clogs Books; and the convener of the Akada Children's Book Festival. She is passionate about creating visually-engaging, culturally-relevant content for children, and has a desire to see steadily increasing literacy rates within her community and others. Olubunmi is also the immediate past Executive Council Chairperson of Women in Management, Business and Public Service (WIMBIZ); the Chairperson, Board of Trustees, of the OA Foundation; and was a Member of the Media and Publicity Sub-Committee for the 2019 Nigerian Economic Summit. Olubunmi also sits on the board of Punch Nigeria Limited; Punch Commercial Printing and is a Trustee of the Punch Media Foundation.

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