Published on 
October 16, 2015

CHLA introduces Sticky the Germ


To help teach kids about the importance of hand hygiene in their own terms, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles has recently published a children’s book on the subject, featuring a little germ named Sticky.

“Sticky: A Germ’s Story” is being debuted in celebration of Infection Prevention Week, Oct. 18-24. Copies will be given out as part of awareness events that week. 

While Sticky tries to talk kids out of washing their hands, a doctor and nurse give kids the right message—that clean hands keep people from getting sick.

The book was written by Sarah Brown, associate director of content development at CHLA; Carol Kim, MS, CCLS, Child Life specialist at CHLA; and Jadah Chatterjee, BS, RN, CLE, an infection control expert.


“We wanted to appeal to kids, and also reinforce for parents what they already know—that good hand hygiene is really important,” says Brown. “We also wanted to make sure this information was available in both English and Spanish.” The book features English and Spanish text side by side.  

“Teaching children the importance of good hand hygiene at an early age is the best way to make sure they continue this healthy habit when they grow up,” says Kim. “‘Sticky: A Germ’s Story’ engages children at a developmentally appropriate level with simple explanations and bright, colorful illustrations, speaking to them in terms they can understand.”

"Hand hygiene is the single most important act in preventing the spread of infection from person to person,” says Chatterjee. “During cold and flu season, that is especially true. Clean hands literally save lives."

The book includes Seven Rules for Handwashing:

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To purchase "Sticky: A Germ's Story," or for more information, please e-mail StickytheGerm@chla.usc.edu.