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Anatomy: Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best children's books about anatomy?

Children’s literature has many notable options when it comes to anatomy. To help you find the right books for you and your young reader, we’ve compiled a list of the best kids books about anatomy.

Our list includes board books, picture books, and chapter books. Board books are best for babies and toddlers from ages newborn to 2 or 3. Picture books are generally great options for toddlers and for preschool and kindergarten age children. Picture books are especially enjoyable for adults to read aloud with young kids. The chapter books on our list are generally best for elementary through early middle school age tween kids. You can filter to sort by the best book type for your kid.

When it comes to children’s stories about anatomy, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like The Magic School Bus Inside the Human Body to popular sellers like Parts to some of our favorite hidden gems like Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes.

We hope this list of kids books about anatomy can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book! As you explore the list, please comment below to let us know what books you would add.

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Frankenstein
Written by Jennifer Adams & illustrated by Alison Oliver
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4
BabyLit® is a fashionable way to introduce your toddler to the world of classic literature. With clever, simple text by Jennifer Adams, paired with stylish design and illustrations by Sugar’s Alison Oliver, these books are a must for every savvy parent’s nursery library.
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My Body Belongs to Me from My Head to My Toes
Written by pro Familia & illustrated by Dagmar Geisler
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6
An informational picture book that provides children with confidence about accepting and rejecting physical contact from others is an invaluable resource that can help give children a voice in uncomfortable situations.
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Parts
Written & illustrated by Tedd Arnold
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
First, his hair started falling out. Then skin started peeling from his toes. Some stuffing came out of his belly button, and a piece of something gray and wet-his brain?-fell out of his nose. Is this normal? Or is this boy coming unglued? With a perfect combination of humor and grossness, this look at one boy's farfetched fears will have readers laughing their heads off!
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Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes
Written by Mem Fox & illustrated by Helen Oxenbury
Thoughts from Grammy
Mem Fox and Helen Oxenbury make a terrific team! In this endearing board book, we are introduced to adorable babies from all over the world. Each is precious; each is loved.
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
A global celebration of adorable baby fingers and baby toes, as well as the babies they belong to, is now available in a lap board book edition.
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The Magic School Bus Inside the Human Body
Written by Joanna Cole & illustrated by Bruce Degen
Thoughts from The Fun Uncle
I might just be a Magic School Bus die hard, but I love this book. Educational, fun, and classic. It's an extremely fun way to learn about a topic that might otherwise be boring, especially for young readers. The illustrations are always excellent, the characters are fun, and the literacy doesn't disappoint.
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
A special field trip on the magic school bus allows Ms. Frizzle's class to get a first-hand look at major parts of the body and how they work.
Explore a Dog book
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Toes, Ears, & Nose! book
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Where Is Baby's Belly Button? book
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My Amazing Bones and Skeleton: A Book about Body Parts & Growing Strong for Kids: Halloween Books for Learning book
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  • Explore a Dog - Dig into the tail-wagging world of man’s best friend! Uncover the secrets of man’s best friend layer by layer in this new title in the popular Explore series. Young dog fans will love discovering all the weird and wild facts, viewing the cool illustrations and diagrams, and examining the unique 3-D layered model of a dog. With every turn of the page, the pup is deconstructed before their eyes, as the model demonstrates the hidden workings of the dog’s body. Perfect for curious kids, ages 8 and up.

  • Toes, Ears, & Nose! - Mom of Boys -

    This was a really fun book to read with my little one. It has fun flaps to lift and teaches the body parts in a easy to understand way.

  • Where Is Baby's Belly Button? - Where are Baby’s hands? Under the bubbles! Where are baby’s eyes? Under her hat! Karen Katz’s adorable babies play peekaboo in this delightful interactive book. The sturdy format and easy-to-lift flaps are perfect for parents and children to share.

  • My Amazing Bones and Skeleton: A Book about Body Parts & Growing Strong for Kids: Halloween Books for Learning - Kids learn all about their amazing bones and skeleton. Skeletons aren’t scary and they are not just for Halloween. They are inside your body under your strong muscles. Bones are strong and love to grow tall. Your bones are amazing let me show you how!

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Inside Your Outside!
Written by Tish Rabe & illustrated by Aristides Ruiz
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8
The Cat in the Hat takes Sally and Dick on a trip in his Inside Your Outside Machine.
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The Fantastic Body
Written by Howard Bennett
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12
The Fantastic Body is the ultimate kids' reference guide to the human body! Jam-packed with fun facts, cool diagrams, and gross stories, and written by a successful, practicing pediatrician, this go-to guide will captivate curious readers for hours on end. Kids will take their learning beyond reading the book with DIY projects that demonstrate different bodily functions and tips for making their regular checkups less scary. Through humor, science, and engaging illustrations, this fun and comprehensive reference book is perfect for kids who want to know more about the mysterious stuff going on inside their bodies.
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Children It's Time to Meet Your Teeth
Written & illustrated by Amanda Jones
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Want your children to brush their teeth? Here is how... CHILDREN, ITS TIME TO MEET YOUR TEETH is made up of 7 bite-size educational chapters:- 1.Meet Your Teeth 2.What We Do 3.Different Shape, Different Job 4.Different Parts of Your Tooth 5.What Can Happen To Us 6.Habits for a Brighter Smile 7.Crossword Puzzle/Word Search This book is strategically designed to give your children a better understanding of their teeth, why and how to take care of their teeth. Just like nursery rhymes, children get the bonus of learning in a rhyming format. Studies have demonstrated that the better children are at detecting rhymes the quicker and more successful they will be at learning to read (Bradley, 1988c, Bradley & Bryant, 1983, Ellis & Large, 1987). The rhymes in 'Children It's Time To Meet Your Teeth' help to educate and encourage children to explore and establish a proper oral hygiene routine early in life. This helps to ensure the development of strong and healthy teeth, a key feature shown in their beautiful smile. Want your children to know all about their teeth? Then get this book NOW!!!
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Whose Toes are Those?
Written by Jabari Asim & illustrated by LeUyen Pham
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
Children are invited to explore their toes by playing "This Little Piggy.
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Your Body Is Awesome
Written by Sigrun Danielsdottir & illustrated by Bjork Bjarkadottir
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7
Shows how our bodies come in different sizes, shapes, and colors and suggests all the things bodies can do and how to take good care of them.
Little Explorers: My Amazing Body book
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Surgery Day book
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My First Book about the Brain book
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Human Body: A Book With Guts! book
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  • Little Explorers: My Amazing Body - Introducing Little Explorers—a new, interactive nonfiction series for curious youngsters. With more than 60 flaps to lift, MY AMAZING BODY provides little ones with hands-on fun. MY AMAZING BODY is a lively introduction to the human body, where children can lift the flaps to find out what goes on under their skin. Young readers will be amazed as they find out how the brain works, what happens to a mouthful of food, how fast our fingernails grow, how we breathe, and much, much more. This book features over 60 sturdy flaps to lift, along with charming, kid-friendly artwork that introduces new concepts and vocabulary in a simple and accessible way.

  • Surgery Day - It’s a big day for Tollie McStretch he’s going to the hospital to have surgery for the first time EVER! Tollie’s afraid and unsure about what’s in store for him. Luckily, a whole team of doctors and nurses are there to make sure that his surgery day is a success! Follow along with Tollie and learn how you too can be a surgery expert!

  • My First Book about the Brain - How does the brain control the rest of the body? How does it enable the senses, regulate speech, affect balance, and influence sleep and dreams? These 30 full-page illustrations to color help explain every aspect of the brain’s big job, from communicating with the central nervous system to retaining memories.

  • Human Body: A Book With Guts! - From the best-selling team that brought you The Periodic Table, Physics, Biology, and Astronomy comes a topic that’s close to our hearts-literally! Meet the characters and processes that that keep the human body chugging along. From the basic building blocks like Cell, DNA, and Protein, to Bones, Muscles, and all of the fun-loving Organs, readers will cozy up with the guys on the inside. Trust us-Liver has never looked better! Book Details:Format: PaperbackPublication Date: 3/15/2011Pages: 128Reading Level: Age 10 and Up

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My First Human Body Book
Written & illustrated by Donald M. Silver and Patricia J Wynne
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-11
Here's the most entertaining way for children to get a good look at the human body and learn how bodies work: 28 fun and instructive, ready-to-color illustrations. Coordinating text explores the muscular, skeletal, nervous, digestive, respiratory, and immune systems, and answers such questions as What is a hiccup? and Where is my DNA?
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Hello, World! My Body
Written & illustrated by Jill McDonald
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
Young children are fascinated by their eyes, ears, nose, fingers, and toes. Now here’s a Hello, World! board book that teaches toddlers all about the human body, with shapes, sizes, colors, and super-simple facts. Hello, World! is a series designed to introduce first nonfiction concepts to babies and toddlers. Told in clear and easy terms and featuring bright, cheerful illustrations, Hello, World! makes learning fun for young children. And each sturdy page offers helpful prompts for engaging with your child. (“How many fingers can you count on each hand?") It’s a perfect way to bring science and nature into the busy world of a toddler, where learning never stops.
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Have a Nice DNA
Written by Fran Balkwill and Mic Rolph
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-9
Enjoy Your Cells is a new series of children's books from the acclaimed creative partnership of scientist/author Fran Balkwill and illustrator Mic Rolph. Once again, they use their unique brand of simple but scientifically accurate commentary and exuberantly colorful graphics to take young readers on an entertaining exploration of the amazing, hidden world of cells, proteins, and DNA. It's over ten years since Fran and Mic invented a new way of getting science across to children. Think what extraordinary advances have been made in biology in that timeand how often those discoveries made headlines. Stem cells, cloning, embryo transfer, emerging infections, vaccine developmentELhere in these books are the basic facts behind the public debates. With these books, children will learn to enjoy their cells and current affairs at the same time. And they're getting information that has been written and reviewed by working scientists, so it's completely correct and up-to-date. Readers aged 7 and up will appreciate the stories' lively language and with help, even younger children will enjoy and learn from the jokes and illustrationsno expert required! This series is a must for all elementary school students and those who care about educating them to be well-informed in a world of increasingly complex health-related and environmental issues.
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Bones
Written by Stephen Krensky & illustrated by Davy Jones
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6
Describes how bones perform different functions as part of the human body.
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Enjoy Your Cells
Written by Fran Balkwill & illustrated by Mic Rolph and Fran Balkwill
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-9
Enjoy Your Cells is a new series of children's books from the acclaimed creative partnership of scientist/author Fran Balkwill and illustrator Mic Rolph. Once again, they use their unique brand of simple but scientifically accurate commentary and exuberantly colorful graphics to take young readers on an entertaining exploration of the amazing, hidden world of cells, proteins, and DNA. It's over ten years since Fran and Mic invented a new way of getting science across to children. Think what extraordinary advances have been made in biology in that timeand how often those discoveries made headlines. Stem cells, cloning, embryo transfer, emerging infections, vaccine developmentELhere in these books are the basic facts behind the public debates. With these books, children will learn to enjoy their cells and current affairs at the same time. And they're getting information that has been written and reviewed by working scientists, so it's completely correct and up-to-date. Readers aged 7 and up will appreciate the stories' lively language and with help, even younger children will enjoy and learn from the jokes and illustrationsno expert required! This series is a must for all elementary school students and those who care about educating them to be well-informed in a world of increasingly complex health-related and environmental issues.
Lucha Libre - Anatomy / Anatomia book
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The Busy Body Book: A Kid's Guide to Fitness book
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Feathers and Hair, What Animals Wear book
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Explore a T. Rex book
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  • Lucha Libre - Anatomy / Anatomia - Inspired by the colorful world of freestyle wrestling, this book will introduce your little one to the human body and their first English and Spanish words.

  • The Busy Body Book: A Kid's Guide to Fitness - A celebration of the amazing human machine and a life on the move! Your amazing body can jump, sprint, twist, and twirl. Your body is built to move. Lizzy Rockwell explains how your bones and muscles, heart and lungs, nerves and brain all work together to keep you on the go. Kids walk and skate and tumble through these pages with such exuberance that even sprouting couch potatoes will want to get up and bounce around—and that’s the ultimate goal. Studies show that American kids are becoming more sedentary and more overweight and that they carry these tendencies with them into adolescence and adulthood. Experts agree that we need to help kids make physical activity a life-long habit. Through education, information, and encouragement, this book aims to inspire a new generation of busy bodies!

  • Feathers and Hair, What Animals Wear - At first glance, a wild animal’s appearance may seem simple. But there is fascinating science behind every part of an animal’s physique—from its nose to its toes! Celebrated author Jennifer Ward explores different kinds of fur, feathers, skin, and scales in this nonfiction picture book that’s truly like no other. From porcupines and polar bears to octopuses and owls, you’ll never see animal outerwear the same way again!

  • Explore a T. Rex - A fascinating three-dimensional presentation provides the reader with an in-depth, hands-on exploration of an awe-inspiring T. rex. In Explore a T. Rex, a fascinating three-dimensional presentation allows in-depth, hands-on exploration of the most fearsome dinosaur that ever prowled the earth. This unique “model” can be deconstructed and rebuilt layer by layer, system by system, just by turning the page, so the reader can see how each part of the T. rex’s body is connected to the others. By combining a 3-D model with informative text and pictures, Explore a T. Rex helps children understand how dinosaurs of all shapes and sizes ruled the prehistoric world for millions of years.

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Explore the Human Body
Written by Luann Colombo & illustrated by Craig Zuckerman and Jennifer Fairman
board book
Recommend Ages: 5-8
A fascinating three-dimensional presentation provides the reader with an in-depth, hands-on exploration of the human body. In Explore the Human Body, a fascinating three-dimensional presentation allows in-depth, hands-on exploration of the most amazing machine in the world—you. This unique “model” can be deconstructed and rebuilt layer by layer, system by system, just by turning the page, so the reader can see how each part of the body is connected to the others. The complexities of the human body can be daunting, particularly for children, so by combining a 3-D model with informative text and pictures, Explore the Human Body helps children understand how all the major systems of the body work together to enable us to breathe, move, and interact with the world around us.
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Baby 101: Anatomy for Babies
Written by Jonathan Litton & illustrated by Thomas Elliott
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
It's never too early to get an A+ in anatomy! Here's a fun new board book series that introduces a wide array of nonfiction subjects to babies and toddlers. Welcome to Baby 101, where big subjects are tailored for little babies. Featuring simple words and bright and engaging illustrations, this introduction to anatomy includes information about parts of the body, like the head and shoulders, knees and toes! So don't be late, because this is one class that babies won't want to miss. Look for the surprise lift-the-flap ending!
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We Dig Worms!
Written & illustrated by Kevin McCloskey
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
What do worms do all day? How do they see? And why are they so cold and squishy? Find out by going on an underground tour through the hidden world of earthworms. Kevin McCloskey’s book even shows readers what’s happening inside a worm’s body— brain, crop, gizzard, and more. The book takes young readers from “ew!” to “wow!” as they learn about the different ways worms work hard to help the earth. Kids may pick up many of the life science lessons contained here on their first read, but they’ll return to We Dig Worms! again and again to rediscover its story. Deceptively simple, humble yet charming, this little book reaches surprising depths...just like, well, a worm!
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Bonesville
Written by Jean-Luc Fromental & illustrated by Joelle Jolivet
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7
This stunning picture book from the bestselling team of Jean-Luc Fromental and Joelle Jolivet cleverly introduces many of the bones that make up the human body. A mysterious beast is terrorizing the resident skeletons of Bonesville. Under cover of darkness, it steals a different bone from each townsperson, from cranium to phalanges. It takes the washerwoman s humerus, the butcher s fibula, and Dr. Strongbones s coccyx. Thanks to his patience and cleverness, Detective Sherlock Bones traps the monster, revealing that the beast is only the harmless Spot of the Baskervilles, on a mission to rebuild the lost skeleton of his master, Dr. Watsbones. Jolivet s bold illustrations and Fromental s witty storytelling make for a winning combination in this striking picture book, perfect for young Sherlock Holmes fans. "
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Itch!
Written by Anita Sanchez & illustrated by Gilbert Ford
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10
Everybody gets itchy, and every kid will love this title that scratches the itch to know more and about the history, anatomy, botany, biology behind it. Perfect for fans of Grossology books looking for something more substantive and dynamic. You can feel it coming on--that terrible, tortuous ITCH. As irritating as an itch is, it is also your body's way of sending you a message you can't miss, like you've brushed up against poison ivy or lice have taken up residence in your hair. None of which you'd know without that telltale itch! And there are so many things that make us itch--from fungus to fleas, mosquitoes to nettles, poison ivy to tarantulas! Combining history, anatomy, laugh-out-loud illustrations, and even tips to avoid--and soothe--the itch, Anita Sanchez and Gilbert Ford take readers on an intriguing (and sometimes disgusting) look into what makes you scratch.
Whose Bum? book
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Where Is My Butt? book
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  • Whose Bum? - Would you recognize your own bum if you didn’t know it was yours? How about your dog’s bum? Or your baby’s bum? This vibrant hint-and-reveal board book from celebrated artist Chris Tougas features everyone’s favorite feature! Explore these cushy tushies with your little one and play a fun guessing game as you appreciate the posteriors of a variety of brightly hued animals.

  • Where Is My Butt? - Do you know where your butt is? Morty the penguin has no idea! He’s pretty sure he has one, but where IS it? So he does what any reasonable penguin would do: ask. But no one around him can help, so he goes on a wild trip—all the way to outer space— to find the answer. Morty’s crazy adventures will make kids laugh their butts off!

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