What’s Bugging Nurse Penny?

A Story about Lice

Nurse Penny is a fun and funky school nurse who wears honeybee earrings and a butterfly smock and carries a ladybug purse. But there’s one kind of bug she’d rather not have around…head lice! So she calls a special school assembly to talk about those pesky critters—what they look like, how to avoid them, and how to get rid of them. After all, lice can happen to anyone—even the school nurse!

  • 32 Pages
  • 8" x 10"
  • 9780807588031
  • September 2013

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  • This entertaining read will inform children about a common but dreaded occurrence…Nurse Penny will dazzle readers with her radiant personality, ladybug handbag, and butterfly-adorned nurse’s outfit.

    - School Library Journal

  • In this clever and colorful picture book the author and illustrator successfully combine words and pictures to create an informative story about a sensitive subject for young students.

    - Library Media Connection

  • Stier’s informational picture book is entertaining without being glib or foolish; it is an interesting-enough story as well as good instruction for prevention or bibliotherapy for those infected.

    - Kirkus Reviews


Common Core

RL.K-4.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,10 RF.K.2a


  • Accelerated Reader Points: 0.50
  • ATOS Level: 3.90