Best Children's Books About Anatomy

11 Children's Books About Anatomy

Updated Jan. 19, 2019
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.

Bonesville book
#2
Bonesville
Written by Jean-Luc Fromental and 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. "

We Dig Worms! book
#3
We Dig Worms!
Written and 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!

Explore a Shark book
#4
Explore a Shark
board book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

A fascinating three-dimensional presentation provides the reader with an in-depth, hands-on exploration of a great white shark. In Explore a Shark, a detailed three-dimensional format gives the reader a hands-on exploration of the most feared predator of the seas--the great white shark. 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 shark's body is connected to the others. By combining a 3-D model with informative text and illustrations, Explore a Shark helps children understand how sharks have come to rule the world's oceans.

Explore a Dog book
#5
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.

Explore a Frog book
#6
Explore a Frog
Written by Aimee Bakken
board book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Explore the secrets of the frog, layer by layer—from their slimy skin to their long sticky tongues—with an amazing 3-D layered model. Frogs swim, they leap, they hop, and some can even fly. There are poisonous frogs, hairy frogs, singing frogs, albino frogs and even glass frogs with translucent skin you can actually see through! Uncover the secrets of this amazing animal—that’s anuran to you frog specialists—layer by layer, in this new title in the popular Explore series. Young frog fans will love dissecting all the weird and wild facts, cool illustrations and diagrams, and unique 3-D layered model of a frog. With every turn of the page, the frog is deconstructed before their eyes, as the model demonstrates the hidden workings of the frog’s body. Perfect for curious kids, ages 8 and up.

Lucha Libre - Anatomy / Anatomia book
#7
Lucha Libre - Anatomy / Anatomia
Written by Ariana Stein, 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.

Explore a T. Rex book
#8
Explore a T. Rex
Written by Dennis Schatz and illustrated by Christian Kitzmuller, 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.

Explore the Human Body book
#9
Explore the Human Body
Written by Luann Colombo and illustrated by Jennifer Fairman, Craig Zuckerman
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.

Itch! book
#10
Itch!
Written by Anita Sanchez and 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.

The Busy Body Book: A Kid's Guide to Fitness book
#11
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!

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