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 Busy Body Book: A Kid’s Guide to Fitness to popular sellers like We Dig Worms! to some of our favorite hidden gems like Frankenstein.

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.

Frankenstein book
#1
Frankenstein
Written by Jennifer Adams and 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.

Explore a Dog book
#2
Explore a Dog
Written and illustrated by Paul Beck
board book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

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.

Lucha Libre - Anatomy / Anatomia book
#3
Lucha Libre - Anatomy / Anatomia
Written by Ariana Stein and Patty Rodriguez and illustrated by Citlali Reyes
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

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 book
#4
The Busy Body Book: A Kid's Guide to Fitness
Written and illustrated by Lizzy Rockwell
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

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!

Explore a T. Rex book
#5
Explore a T. Rex
Written by Dennis Schatz and illustrated by Christian Kitzmuller and Davide Bonadonna
board book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

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.

  1. Explore the Human Body - 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.

  2. We Dig Worms! - 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!

  3. Bonesville - 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. “

  4. Itch! - 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.

Where Is My Butt? book
#10
Where Is My Butt?
Written by Donald Budge and illustrated by Daron Parton
board book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

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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