The Fascinating Human Body in Books

The Fascinating Human Body in Books


It’s good to know about our bodies, don’t you think? Here are books covering all sorts of human body information. But none just about the brain—I’ll have lots of them next week. I’ve grouped them loosely by difficulty.


 Me and My Amazing Body by Joan Sweeney, illustrated by Annette Cable

With simple text and clear pictures, this book covers all the body systems. This would be an excellent book for preschool to second grade.


 Why I Sneeze, Shiver, Hiccup, and Yawn by Melvin Berger, illustrated by Paul Meisel

I know I’ve wondered about these things, and although I knew about some of the reasons, I learned a few things too. It’s part of the Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out-About series and is a stage 2 reader.


 What Happens to a Hamburger? by Paul Showers, illustrated by Edward Miller

I wish I had read this book, or had it read to me, when I was little. Why? I had some odd ideas about what went on in my stomach and beyond. (I won’t tell you the embarrassing details.) Anyway, this book clearly tells about and shows what goes on when we eat. There are 2 other books in this series: Hear Your Heart and Germs Make Me Sick!


 Parts by Tedd Arnold

The poor kid in this book also has some odd ideas about how his body works. This leads to all kinds of worry. Fortunately, his parents finally figure out what’s bugging their son and set him straight. Mostly.


 My Bodyworks: Songs about Your Bones, Muscles, Heart and More! by Jane Schoenberg with music by Steven Schoenberg, illustrations by Cynthia Fischer

There are 12 songs with a CD to learn them by. The songs are lively, the lyrics informative, and the instrumentals are wonderfully jazzy. I think this would be a great book/CD for the car!


 Dem Bones by Bob Barner

Do you know the song, Dem Bones? This book gives several verses and provides some wild illustrations. In addition, there is information about the bones that are sung about. The illustrations are both fun and a little creepy, making this a good book for Halloween, or anytime.


 The Magic School Bus Explores the Senses by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen

You have probably read one or more of the Magic School Bus books. This one involves the school bus being driven by the assistant principal. He’s not familiar with the magic part of the bus and so he and the children are off on a wild ride. As with all books in the series, this one is filled with information and humor.


 Bones by Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is one of my favorite author/illustrators. He can take any subject and make it so interesting you want to learn more about it. In this book he gives lots of information about bones, both human and animal. His illustrations are extremely clear and often open up into 3 or 4 page spreads.


 Human Body by Caroline Stamps

This book covers the whole body and its systems. There are lots of facts and illustrations (drawings, paintings, and photos). You can read it cover to cover or jump around, just reading the parts that interest you. This is a DK Eyewitness book.


 Human Body: Ripley’s Believe It or Not! by Camilla de La Bedoyere

Like the book above, this book gives information about the whole body. It also has far-out stuff, such as information about: a man who lifted 14 bricks with his teeth, a woman who ate 52 hard-boiled eggs in 5 minutes, and a boy who plays baseball while bouncing on a pogo stick. Warning: some of this information might give you the shivers!


Be sure to check back next Monday for books about the brain!


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