In November, harsh winter winds and temperatures are just around the corner and depending on where you live, maybe already here. To raise awareness about the functions of skin, skin diseases, and keeping skin healthy year-round, the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) has designated November as National Healthy Skin Month.
Find ways to talk about healthy skin at your library this November with these resources and with information from Gale Health and Wellness Resource Center. :
- Quick and Easy: printable coloring pages for children and helpful print-ready information for adults.
- Featured Resources: books for children and their caregivers and links to reliable online information
- Book Club: books for children and their caregivers and links to reliable online information
- Tie Ins: books for children and their caregivers and links to reliable online information
- Community Resources: local agencies to contact
- Publicity Resources: free resources to help you publicize National Healthy Skin month at your library through social networking sites or traditional printed materials
- Fun Stuff: links to interactive websites and apps
Quick and Easy
- Boo Boos and Band-Aids coloring pages
- Snowman in the Sunshine coloring page
- Band-Aids to Color coloring page
- Band-Aid Invented coloring page
- Year Round Sun Safety coloring pages, word search, and quiz from Health Canada
- Parts of the Skin
Teens and Adults
- Body Mole Map from the AAD
Relevant Full-Text Books Available in Gale Virtual Reference Library
Trustworthy Online Resources
- American Academy of Dermatology: Stats and Facts
- American Academy of Dermatology: Skin Conditions
- American Academy of Dermatology: Kids Skin Health
- American Academy of Ophthalmology
- American Cancer Society
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Skin Cancer
- Melanoma Education Foundation
- National Cancer Institute: Cancer Information Service
- National Cancer Institute: Melanoma
- Skin Cancer Foundation
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) SunWise Program for Kids and Caregivers
- Let’s Face It, by Jodi R. Moore. Create Space, 2012. (Ages 12 and up).
From the Publisher:
“What if you could cure acne? We’ve all seen the commercials – a pretty pop star promises your skin will be clear if you just . . .For fifteen-year-old Kaylin Bidwell, it doesn’t matter what they say. She knows the truth. Those products won’t clear up her acne. She even proved it for a science fair project, hoping to win a spot at science camp with the guy she’s had a crush on for 20% of her life. But the only kind of spot she may end up with this summer are the ones on her face.Kaylin is determined to find a solution, even if it means interning for a company that makes acne products that never work. Could Kaylin help make something better? What she really wants is something better than better – a cure.”
- Request a free copy from the publisher.
- FDR’s Deadly Secret, by Steven Lomazow and Eric Fettman. New York, NY : PublicAffairs, ©2009. Did Franklin Delano Roosevelt die from skin cancer? A biography with photographs and medical records that examines the possibility. Find a copy at a library near you.
- The Eclipse Blues: Elements of Global Warming and Color-ism (a novel), by W James Richardson. Bloomington, IN : AuthorHouse, 2009. What happens when, due to global warming, skin cancer becomes a pandemic among those with fair complexions? Sure to be a conversation starter.
Childrens or Teen Craft and Science Fun
- Color Changing UV Beads
- Microbe Magic Skin Wound Experiment
- Social Media to connect to
- How to organize a skin cancer screening event from the AAD:
- “Plan a Spot Event” toolkit.
- Spot Skin Cancer educational resources: flyers, stickers, and e-cards
- Spot Skin Cancer educational resources in Spanish
Add these interesting and helpful interactive links to your library’s website, Facebook page, or Twitter feed:
- Skintastic Games from AAD’s Kids Skin Health
- Year Round Sun Safety quiz from Health Canada
- Sunwise word search from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
- Skin Cancer Risk Tool from the National Cancer Institute
- Smart Sun Safety: Fun in the Sun 101 – interactive quizzes and more from the Skin Cancer Foundation
- UV Level App: Get daily UV levels on your cell phone with this nifty mobile app.
- iGoogle Gadget: stay up to date with the current UV Index
- What’s Your Sun Safety IQ? from the American Cancer Society