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The human body is pretty miraculous. We witness this daily as our body is rejuvenated from a night of sleep, wounds are healed, and the tiniest baby grows into an adult. Somehow these amazing events become trivial or unnoticed and it is easy to take our bodies for granted. Reading books about the body always brings back the awe factor. Continue to be amazed as you read through this list of books about the body.

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Top 10 Books About The Body

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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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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.

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Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes
Written by Mem Fox & illustrated by Helen Oxenbury
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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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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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Toes, Ears, & Nose!
Written by Marion Dane Bauer & illustrated by Karen Katz
Thoughts from 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.
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-5

Engages readers to lift the flaps to see which body parts are hiding underneath clothing.

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Where Is Baby's Belly Button?
Written & illustrated by Karen Katz
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-2

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.

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My Amazing Bones and Skeleton: A Book about Body Parts & Growing Strong for Kids: Halloween Books for Learning
Written by A.D. Largie & illustrated by Sabrina Pichardo
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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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Books About The Body and First Concepts

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My Amazing Bones and Skeleton: A Book about Body Parts & Growing Strong for Kids: Halloween Books for Learning
Written by A.D. Largie & illustrated by Sabrina Pichardo
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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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Little Explorers: My Amazing Body
Written by Ruth Martin & illustrated by Allan Sanders
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

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.

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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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My Busy Body book
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Skulls! book
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Human Organs, What & Why? : Third Grade Science Textbook Series book
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This Little Piggy book
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  1. My Busy Body - Lift the flaps to learn how the human body works! Which muscle is the biggest? What happens when you sneeze? Which bone is the smallest? Find out the answers to these questions and more in First Facts and Flaps: My Busy Body. This book is full of flaps to lift, a wheel to turn, and a giant foldout that cover the digestive system, organs, senses, and more. With colorful illustrations and simple text, this book is the perfect introduction to the human body.

  2. Skulls! - Debut picture book author Blair Thornburgh and award-winning illustrator Scott Campbell put their heads together to celebrate one of the most important bones in your body: the skull! You probably don’t think much about skulls. So what’s the big deal about them? Well, every head of every person you’ve ever seen has a skull inside. And that includes YOU! This smart, skull-positive story cheerfully dispels any fears kids might have about their skeletons, flipping our view of skulls from a spooky symbol to a fascinating, cool, and crucial part of our bodies.

  3. Human Organs, What & Why? : Third Grade Science Textbook Series - This is a workbook of human organs, presented in a way that’s easy for any third grader to understand. There are clear pictures and as little verbal explanations as possible to encourage learning at home. You can treat this book as a complement to school textbooks or as a tool for advanced learning. Either way, it’s best you grab a copy today!

  4. This Little Piggy - Presents an illustrated version of this traditional nursery rhyme. On board pages.

Books About The Body and Science And Nature

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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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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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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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Human Body book
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Human Body: A Book With Guts! book
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Frozen Man book
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  1. Human Body - The human body is wild—and these fascinating facts explore everything from the bones that hold us up to the bacteria that live inside us. Find out why ice cream gives us brain freeze, the speed of a sneeze, and delightfully icky information about how much snot we produce in a day. There are even world records revealing the shortest, tallest, and fastest humans that ever lived!

  2. 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

  3. Frozen Man - Recounts the discovery of a man’s remains found frozen in the Alps, and describes how scientists determined that he had died five thousand years earlier

Books About The Body and Babies

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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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Where Is Baby's Belly Button?
Written & illustrated by Karen Katz
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-2

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.

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Toot
Written & illustrated by Leslie Patricelli
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

A subject dear to children’s hearts is in the spotlight as Leslie Patricelli’s beloved baby character returns. Everybody does it: Kitty, Doggie, Daddy — even Mommy! And when Leslie Patricelli’s beloved bald baby does it while running, it sounds like a train. This frank and very funny look at a certain noisy body function is perfectly suited to the youngest of listeners, while their giggling older siblings will be happy to read it aloud.

Honorable Mentions
Little Baby's Playtime: A Finger Wiggle Book book
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Little Baby's Busy Day: A Finger Wiggle Book book
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Ten Little Fingers, Two Small Hands book
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I Love You, Nose! I Love You, Toes! book
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  1. Little Baby's Playtime: A Finger Wiggle Book - Poke your fingers through the holes on each spread to make wiggly legs for energetic babies as they go about their busy day. Whether riding in a sling or being pushed in a swing, going for a ride or digging at the beach, the babies in this interactive board book never stop moving. Bright, high-contrast illustrations with cut-out holes invite readers to entertain their own little ones by simulating the nonstop motion of a baby’s fun-filled day.

  2. Little Baby's Busy Day: A Finger Wiggle Book - Poke your fingers through the holes on each spread to make wiggly legs for energetic babies as they go about their busy day. Whether waking up or eating breakfast, playing in the bath or getting ready for a nighttime cuddle, the babies in this interactive board book never stop moving. Bright, high-contrast illustrations with cut-out holes invite readers to entertain their own little ones by simulating the nonstop motion of a baby’s fun-filled day.

  3. Ten Little Fingers, Two Small Hands - Count each little finger one by one in this sweet book now available as a board book! Ten little fingers, one hand . . . two. Two small hands belong to you! Join a group of multicultural toddlers as they enjoy delicious treats and count one by one as one little finger points to cake, two little fingers tap a plate, three little fingers pinch a bite, and four little fingers squish it tight! Now available as a board book for the youngest of readers!

  4. I Love You, Nose! I Love You, Toes! - Our wonderful bodies—aren’t they amazing? Come celebrate all the things that make us who we are—from the tops of our heads to the tips of our toes, to our tummies, our freckles, our dimples, our skin, and everything in between! With silly, rhyming text and bold, simple illustrations, this fun and frank approach to exploring body parts provides factual information that is just right for the young reader.

Books About The Body and Social Themes

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Surgery Day
Written by Julie Kaderabek and Laura Wolfe & illustrated by Alycia Pace
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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!

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Bonaparte Falls Apart
Written by Margery Cuyler & illustrated by Will Terry
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Bonaparte the skeleton is literally falling to pieces and needs help from his friends to pull himself together before the first day of school.

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Go, Pea, Go!
Written & illustrated by Joe Moshier and Chris Sonnenburg
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Pea Junior has to go, go, go, go! The end feels so far away, but with his family and friends cheering him on, Pea knows he can make it and go number one! A potty chart, a sheet of stickers, and the lyrics and music notation for the “Go, Pea, Go!” song are included to make an easy, all-in-one, go-to book for parents to help ease the pressure of the race to the Pea Bowl.

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Bye-Bye Binky book
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Your Nose! book
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Bad Brows book
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I Use The Potty book
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  1. Bye-Bye Binky - Babies use a binky. Do big kids? No! Big kids say, “Bye-bye, binky!” Every child’s life is filled with milestones. Some happen easily; others need a little extra support. Artist and mom Maria van Lieshout has been there. Drawing upon her own experiences, she has created an engaging series of books that are just right for children on the brink of major changes and the caregivers who encourage them.

  2. Your Nose! - You can tell everybody I told you so.
    It’s the greatest little nose I know.
    Starring a little fox child and a big fox parent, here’s a loving ode to terrific noses of all kinds. Your Nose! is a year-round valentine in the tradition of beloved Boynton board books like Snuggle Puppy. It’s a celebration of the love between a parent and child—and of the beautiful, boop-able noses we love.

  3. Bad Brows - Hilarity ensues when a boy’s eyebrows go rogue in this riotous picture book from the bestselling author of How to Train a Train One morning, Bernard wakes up to find that his eyebrows have gone rogue. They’re sabotaging Picture Day, taunting his teacher, and growing, growing, growing out of control! All attempts to wrangle these bad brows just seem to make them angrier and more furrow-cious. Why are Bernard’s eyebrows behaving so badly? And what do they want? From Mike Petrik and bestselling author Jason Carter Eaton comes a hilarious romp about everything your face can—and does!—express.

  4. I Use The Potty - Babies wear diapers. Do big kids? No! Big kids use the potty! Every child’s life is filled with milestones. Some happen easily; others need a little extra support. Artist and mom Maria van Lieshout has been there. Drawing upon her own experiences, she has created an engaging series of books that are just right for children on the brink of major changes and the caregivers who encourage them.

Books About The Body and Eyes

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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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Eyes
Written by Michael E. Smith
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

A children’s book about animal eyes. Have you ever noticed the uniqueness of animal eyes. The range and beauty is astounding. This book features 10 close ups of animal faces, honing in on their eyes. Use it as a tool to teach animal sounds and expose your little ones to the beauty in the world around us.

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I Really Absolutely Must Have Glasses
Written & illustrated by Lauren Child
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Before her first trip to the optician, Lola looks forward to getting a pretty pair of glasses, but her brother Charlie warns her that she’ll only get glasses if she really needs them.

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Don't Blink! book
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Patricia's Vision: The Doctor Who Saved Sight book
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Baby Loves the Five Senses: Sight! book
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Way Down Below Deep book
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  1. Don't Blink! - Think you can win a staring contest against an elephant? What about a gorilla, a cheetah, a fox, or an alligator? What about all them—AND a bunch of their other animal friends—at the same time? You’re about to find out! Whatever you do DON’T BLINK! Readers will enjoy testing their own staring skills against a vibrant assortment of characters in this interactive picture book from talented new author Tom Booth.

  2. Patricia's Vision: The Doctor Who Saved Sight - The inspiring story of Dr. Patricia Bath, a groundbreaking ophthalmologist who pioneered laser surgery—and gave her patients the gift of sight. Born in the 1940s, Patricia Bath dreamed of being an ophthalmologist at a time when becoming a doctor wasn’t a career option for most women—especially African-American women. This empowering biography follows Dr. Bath in her quest to save and restore sight to the blind, and her decision to “choose miracles” when everyone else had given up hope. Along the way, she cofounded the American Institute for the Prevention of Blindness, invented a specialized laser for removing cataracts, and became the first African-American woman doctor to receive a medical patent.

  3. Baby Loves the Five Senses: Sight! - Big, brainy science for the littlest listeners. Baby loves the five senses! Accurate enough for experts, yet simple enough for baby, this clever board book explores the science of vision, light, and color. Beautiful, visually stimulating illustrations complement age-appropriate language to encourage baby’s sense of wonder. Parents and caregivers may learn a thing or two as well.

  4. Way Down Below Deep - Swim with the ocean’s most secret creatures! What mysteries lurk at the bottom of the ocean? Discover some of the world’s most fascinating animals, such as anglerfish, luring prey to a toothy doom with a siren’s light; vampire squid, peering forth with red eyes; and sea cucumbers, filtering food from the water passing through their bodies. Follow the lanternfish as he lights the way down to the mysterious deep, where whale worms sprout from bones and all varieties of jellies float free. Children will learn about these bizarre bottom-dwellers through clever rhymes and captivating drawings that bring this sunless land to light. Fun, sometimes silly, facts and images accompany each rhyming marine description.

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Books About The Body and Family

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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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Little Sleepyhead
Written by Elizabeth McPike & illustrated by Patrice Barton
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

A board book for the most cuddly bedtime ever!

Tired little eyes, ready now for bed,

Tired little everything, precious sleepyhead.

By the end of a busy day, little knees are tired from crawling, little arms are tired from stretching—even little lips are tired from blowing kisses. But with the help of gentle verse, and art as sweet as a bedtime lullaby, tired little eyes will quickly give way to sleep.

Shhh . . .

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Look!: Babies Head to Toe
Written by Robie H. Harris & illustrated by Anoosha Syed
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

An adorable book introducing the youngest readers to the names of their body parts, from head to toe! Look! Babies Head to Toe is an exuberant introduction to the parts of the body and the senses. Filled with fun, repetitive sounds and a melodic voice, this book will captivate babies and toddlers. It’s the perfect follow-up to Harris’s first board book, Who?: A Celebration of Babies.

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All of Baby, Nose to Toes book
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This Is Baby book
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Ten Little Toes, Two Small Feet book
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Hands Up! book
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  1. All of Baby, Nose to Toes - From eyes to ears, tummy to nose, legs to toes, there’s a lot for baby to discover – and even more for a family to love. Bright, buoyant art and a roly-poly little baby are sure to inspire plenty of giggling and grabbing and feet-in-the-air-ing. For every baby – and every parent who loves that baby to bits – here’s the perfect first book.

  2. This Is Baby - Jimmy Fallon, host of NBC’s The Tonight Show and #1 New York Times bestselling author of Your Baby’s First Word Will Be DADA and Everything Is Mama, returns with a book that teaches new babies the words for the various parts of their body—This is Baby. Let’s meet… Baby! From Baby’s HEAD to Baby’s TOES, there are so many parts of Baby you should know. But what’s the most important part of Baby? Jimmy Fallon, one of the most popular entertainers in the world gives you the facts.

  3. Ten Little Toes, Two Small Feet - Count each little toe one by one in this sweet board book! Ten little toes on two small feet. These ten toes are ten times sweet! Join a group of multicultural toddlers for an exciting day as their ten little toes wriggle and wiggle, splatter and pitter-patter, and wibble-wobble! Now available as a board book for the youngest of readers!

  4. Hands Up! - This triumphant picture book recasts a charged phrase as part of a black girl’s everyday life–hands up for a hug, hands up in class, hands up for a high five–before culminating in a moment of resistance at a protest march. A young black girl lifts her baby hands up to greet the sun, reaches her hands up for a book on a high shelf, and raises her hands up in praise at a church service. She stretches her hands up high like a plane’s wings and whizzes down a hill so fast on her bike with her hands way up. As she grows, she lives through everyday moments of joy, love, and sadness. And when she gets a little older, she joins together with her family and her community in a protest march, where they lift their hands up together in resistance and strength

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Books About The Body and Health And Daily Living

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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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Hair
Written & illustrated by Leslie Patricelli
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Describes hair from a toddler’s perspective.

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My Doctor's Visit
Written by Jon Florance and Cara Florance
chapter book
Recommend Ages: -3

The bestselling scientific series is expanding! New topics covered using whimsical artwork and humorous text, from leading medical expert Cara Florance!

It's time for your checkup... Let's visit the doctor's office!

Every year, you go to the doctor's office to make sure your body is working like it should. A nurse and doctor will check almost every part of you. They want to make sure you stay happy and healthy.

Ever wonder what a stethoscope does, or what a doctor is searching for when they look in your ear? The doctor will check your heart and lungs and see how much you've grown. But how? And why? Let's find out!

Written by leading medical experts, Cara and Jon Florance, My Doctor's Visit will take the fear out of visiting the doctor by breaking down what and why a doctor does what he or she does.

Empower children with knowledge so they can visit the doctor with courage and curiosity!

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Even Superheroes Use the Potty book
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50 Wacky Things Humans Do book
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Peaceful Piggy Yoga book
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How Do You Take a Bath? book
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  1. Even Superheroes Use the Potty - It’s potty time for superheroes, firefighters, ninjas, soldiers, and KIDS! Young ones will enjoy this funny, rhyming story that teaches great bathroom habits with the promise that all their heroes use the potty too. And the book comes with stickers and a bathroom reward chart, so good potty habits can be celebrated each time kids put the lid down, flush, and wash their hands! It’s a book-and-sticker package that will help parents achieve toilet-training harmony. And don’t miss the companion book—Even Superheroes Have to Sleep!—to help restless kids settle in at night.

  2. 50 Wacky Things Humans Do - Did you know that a sneeze moves at about 100 mph? Or that an average person sheds up to 500 million skin cells a day? Did you know that a large portion of the cells in your body are not human? 50 Wacky Things Humans Do describes 50 unbelievably weird things about the human body that seem too crazy to be true, but are! Whether amazing, silly, or just plain gross, these peculiar and fascinating things about the human body will surprise and delight fun-fact lovers of all ages.

  3. Peaceful Piggy Yoga - Who loves yoga? Everyone from ballerinas to football players to moms and dads! It’s a great way to keep your body and your mind happy and healthy! Includes instructions for eleven classic yoga poses.

  4. How Do You Take a Bath? - Perfect for fans of Five Little Monkeys Jump in the Bath, this fun and educational picture book brings together adorable baby animals and bathtime. How do YOU take a bath? Does your mama comb your fur? Do you shake off all your dirt? Do you splash and flap and quack? Do the birdies peck your back? No! Follow elephants, pigs, monkeys, hippos, and more in this charming rhyming picture book from veteran author Kate McMullan. How does a pig take a bath? It sinks in the mud! What about a chicken? It thrashes about in dust! And a cat? Why, it licks itself clean, of course! Sydney Hanson’s adorable illustrations toggle neatly between animals in nature grooming themselves and humorous depictions of children attempting the animals’ bathing tactics. By the end of the book, the child finally makes his way to the bathtub, no mud baths or lick baths about it!

Books About The Body and Hair

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Wally Does Not Want a Haircut
Written & illustrated by Amanda Driscoll
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Wally the sheep does not want to get the haircut he really needs, even after all the other farm animals get new hairdos, but when his shaggy wool gets him in trouble, he has no choice but to ask for a trim.

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Stephanie's Ponytail
Written by Robert Munsch & illustrated by Michael Martchenko
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Another laugh-out-loud book from the author of The Paper Bag Princess!

Everyone is copying Stephanie’s ponytail! No matter which way she wears it, the list of copycats keeps growing. But when Stephanie declares her next hair style, she tries to shake all of her followers loose.

A newly designed Classic Munsch picture book introduces this tale of trend-setting hairdos to a young generation of readers.

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Wilfred
Written & illustrated by Ryan Higgins
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

When Wilfred, a big, hairy, and lonesome giant, enters a town full of tiny bald people, he finds only one friend but that proves to be enough when the other townspeople trick him out of his warm hair.

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Baghead book
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The Hair Book book
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The Hair of Zoe Fleefenbacher Goes to School book
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My Hair book
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  1. Baghead - From the author of Good Night, Monkey Boy, the hilarious tale of a haircut gone awry! One day Josh had a big, brown bag idea: to wear a paper bag over his head. He thought it was a good idea. His mother did not. Neither did his bus driver, his teacher, or his soccer coach. What could Josh possibly be hiding? A surprise ending will keep kids giggling–and from taking haircuts into their own hands!

  2. The Hair Book - An easy reader about hair—and all the things you can do with it—that’s perfect for fans of classic Dr. Seuss concept books like The Foot Book and The Eye Book! Full Color Illustrations.

  3. The Hair of Zoe Fleefenbacher Goes to School - Acclaimed author Laurie Halse Anderson and vibrant illustrator Ard Hoyt style a hair-raising story that is sure to be a ‘do! Zoe Fleefenbacher has one blue eye and one green eye and bright red hair that goes on…forever. Her hair has always been unruly, but now she is in first grade and according to her teacher, Ms. Trisk, “first grade has rules.” It takes countless barrettes and scrunchies to finally hold Zoe’s hair. But when it can help with an uncooperative science lesson, will Ms. Trisk let Zoe’s hair free?

  4. My Hair - A fresh and fun celebration of natural hair for babies and toddlers! My Hair is the perfect introduction to an array of beautiful hairstyles for tiny naturalistas-in-training! Known for her popular Black Queens and Black Kings coloring books for adults, Danielle Murrell Cox creates a colorful and bouncy board book to pair with favorites such as Happy to Be Nappy by bell hooks; Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry; and I Love My Hair by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley. A great gift for baby showers, birthdays, and other special occasions!

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Books About The Body and Self-esteem And Self-reliance

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Your Body Is Awesome
Written by Sigrun Danielsdottir & illustrated by Bjork Bjarkadottir
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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.

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The Skin You Live in
Written by Michael Tyler and David Lee Csicsko & illustrated by David Lee Csicsko
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

With the ease and simplicity of a nursery rhyme, this lively story delivers an important message of social acceptance to young readers. Themes associated with child development and social harmony, such as friendship, acceptance, self-esteem, and diversity are promoted in simple and straightforward prose. Vivid illustrations of children’s activities for all cultures, such as swimming in the ocean, hugging, catching butterflies, and eating birthday cake are also provided. This delightful picturebook offers a wonderful venue through which parents and teachers can discuss important social concepts with their children.

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Love Your Body
Written by Jessica Sanders
picture book
Recommend Ages: 7-9

My body is strong. My body can do amazing things. My body is my own. Freedom is loving your body with all its ‘imperfections’ and being the perfectly imperfect you. Learning To Love Your Body encourages young girls to admire and celebrate their bodies for all the amazing things they can do, and to help girls see that they are so much more than their bodies.

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  1. Under Our Clothes - This illustrated nonfiction picture book by child psychologist Dr. Jillian Roberts introduces children to the topics of bodies, body safety and body image through a conversation-based story that begins with an observation at the community pool. Modesty, privacy and boundaries are discussed, along with how self-image is formed and how some people are more sensitive than others—sometimes at different stages in their lives. Relevant themes around body shaming, body positivity and self-esteem building are explored, with a final call to action empowering children to build their own confidence and speak up when something doesn’t feel right. The World Around Us series introduces children to complex cultural, social and environmental issues that they may encounter outside the comfort of their homes, in a way that is straightforward and accessible. Sidebars offer further reading for older children who have bigger questions or care providers looking for more information. For younger children, the simple question-and-answer format of the main text will provide a foundation of knowledge on the subject matter. This is the newest title in The World Around Us series, following books that address poverty, tragedy, prejudice and online awarenessand environemental stewardship.

  2. Freckle Juice - What’s a guy gotta do to get some freckles? This perennial bestselling favorite from Judy Blume has a fresh new look! More than anything in the world, Andrew Marcus wants freckles. His classmate Nicky has freckles—they cover his face, his ears, and the whole back of his neck. But when Andrew asks Nicky where he got them, Nicky just says he was born with them. Some help he is! That’s when Sharon offers Andrew her secret freckle juice recipe—for fifty cents, she promises, Andrew can look just like Nicky. His freckleless days are over! He rushes home to whip up the concoction. Grape juice, vinegar, mustard… But what starts out as a simple freckle juice recipe quickly turns into something disastrous. Andrew is still determined to get his freckles, and to show that pesky Sharon that she doesn’t know everything—and he has the perfect solution! Or does he?

Books About The Body and The Five Senses

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Toes, Ears, & Nose!
Written by Marion Dane Bauer & illustrated by Karen Katz
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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.
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Recommend Ages: 1-5

Engages readers to lift the flaps to see which body parts are hiding underneath clothing.

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Tickle
Written & illustrated by Leslie Patricelli
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

A subject dear to children’s hearts is in the spotlight as Leslie Patricelli’s beloved baby character returns.

Watch out! Here comes Tickle Monster! Good thing this baby is NOT ticklish. Well, maybe just the feet . . . hee hee! And the tummy . . . pbbbb! And, oh no — not the armpits . . . har, har! Eee-hee! A spirited tickle fest winds up as a sweet family cuddle in a story sure to tickle kids’ funny bones.

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Ears, Nose, Eyes... Surprise!
Written & illustrated by Sarah Jones
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

“There’s a surprise. What could it be? Use all five senses to find clues with me!” The final installment of Sarah Jones’s ROYGBaby series, Ears, Nose, Eyes… Surprise! will have young readers eager to learn what their own senses can help them discover.

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Toesy Toes book
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  1. Toesy Toes - A board book that explores the different sensations babies can experience with their toes. Toes have long had their place in songs, where they head off to market and enjoy roast beef, but they have been overlooked and underrepresented in children’s books. That’s all about to change with this rhyming board book featuring piggledy-wiggledy digits in all their sweet glory. Toesy Toes head to the beach, jump around, take a bath and delight in being one of a baby’s most adorable parts. Sarah Tsiang’s clever couplets will have little ones reaching for this book come story time, perhaps even with their toes.

  2. Listen - A lyrical, inspiring picture book that promotes empathy from the creators of the New York Times bestseller Come With Me. Listen with your heart. It is your ears your eyes your nose your mouth your hands— Author Holly M. McGhee and illustrator Pascal Lemaître ask you, me, and all of us to inspire empathy by exploring what it means to be connected to everything, including the natural world. Simple and tender, Listen teaches us to engage our senses, to taste, see, and feel in order to engage with the world around us.

Books About The Body and Faces

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Little Face Big Face
Written & illustrated by Bill Cotter
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

A new book from the author/illustrator of Don’t Push the Button! Little face, big face Chewing on a twig face! Short face, long face Super-duper STRONG face! Faces can communicate a lot of things! Introduce little listeners to what different animal traits and emotions can look like, how widely they range, and what else can be learned from an expression in this fun, interactive board book.

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Happy Face / Sad Face: All Kinds of Child Faces!
Written by Bill Cotter
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

Introduce your little ones to human faces and emotions of all kinds in this fun, interactive board book from the author of the bestselling Don't Push the Button!

Happy face, sad face
Getting really mad face!
Cold face, hot face
Hidden in a pot face!

Faces can communicate a lot of things! Introduce little listeners to what different human emotions can look like, how widely they range, and what else can be learned from an expression in this fun, interactive board book.

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I Love You, Elephant!
Written & illustrated by Carles Ballesteros
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

With the turn of each page, young readers share the love Monkey feels for his friends! “I love you!” is the refrain on each spread of this joyful story. Readers will delight in seeing new faces appear and then change when the page is turned, thanks to the magical Venetian blind element built into the book. This sweet novelty board book is great fun to read aloud, and the perfect addition to our Changing Faces series.

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Faces for Baby book
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  1. Faces for Baby - Presents simple works of art featuring the human face from prominent contemporary artists, intended to visually stimulate babies and very young children.

  2. My First I See You - Who’s in that mirror? It’s you! From a silly monkey to a shining sun, little ones will love seeing themselves in these clever mirrors! With Eric Carle’s classic and colorful artwork and sweet text that rhymes, this book is a perfect addition to every Eric Carle collection!

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Books About The Body and Personal Hygiene

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Something Smells!
Written by Blake Liliane Hellman & illustrated by Steven Henry
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Elliot wakes up one morning to the most terrible smell. But what could it be? Find out in this gentle introduction to hygiene that’s stinkin’ adorable! One morning, Elliot wakes up and smells something awful. Is it the trash? No… The dog? No… Dad? His sister? The baby? Grandma’s famous gerfartzenschanffel? No, no, no, and no! Elliot searches high and low for the something that smells, but he just can’t find it, and it’s driving him and his nostrils crazy. Almost as bad, now his mother wants him to take a bath, which means taking off his super cool skeleton costume that he’s been wearing since Halloween! The funny thing is, after Elliot finishes his bath and Mom puts his costume in the wash, something doesn’t smell anymore…

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Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
Written by Skye Silver & illustrated by Mariana Ruiz Johnson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Develop healthy habits for growing bodies and minds with a fresh twist on a classic movement singalong. Follow a family through a day from home to school in their diverse community as they engage in healthy habits from good hygiene to reading. Includes educational endnotes about each health topic as well as audio and animation.

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No More Diapers
Written by & illustrated by Marion Cocklico
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

Every day your child is taking BIG STEPS forward—and potty training is one of them. This colorful board book, with vibrant art, cool novelty features like flaps and pull-tabs, and valuable tips for parents, helps them adjust. Potty training is a huge rite of passage. How can you make the process easier for your child? When it’s time to ditch the diapers, this encouraging board book takes toddlers (a boy and a girl) through all the steps, from learning when they have to go, to lasting through the night, to personal hygiene. Parents will really appreciate the helpful advice on every page.

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A Toothbrush for Rex book
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Hogwash! book
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Once Upon a Potty (Boy) book
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  1. A Toothbrush for Rex - Follow along with Rex the T-Rex and his dinosaur friends in this delightful picture book! In this charming new series of board books, parents and their children can enjoy the adventures of four baby dinosaur friends. With full-color illustrations and easy-to-understand language, boys and girls can learn valuable lessons about facing new experiences, confronting their fears, and what they need to do to grow up big and brave—just like the dinosaurs! Bronto the Brontosaurs, Trixie the Triceratops, and Terri the Pterodactyl are nervous—there are some scary roars echoing throughout the forest and they’re coming from their friend Rex. Unfortunately, the poor baby dino has a stick stuck in his teeth! Terri comes to the rescue and pulls it out with her beak, and Rex’s friends remind him of an important fact: if Rex wants strong teeth like his dad, he has to brush his teeth! This colorful board book is perfect to give as a gift or to read to your young children at bedtime. The adorable art and inspirational story will help encourage kids to brush their teeth so they grow big and strong, just like a T-Rex’s!

  2. Hogwash! - He washed the horses, ducks and cows The goats, the cats and dogs. Everything went dandy… Until the farmer reached his hogs. “No hogwash for us today. Pigs love dirt - so go away!” Farmer’s stubborn pigs refuse to be hogwashed, and no matter what he tries, poor Farmer cannot trick them into getting clean! But when several failed attempts leave him stuck in the mud, our determined farmer realizes his hogs may have been on to something all along… sometimes a mud bath is even better! New York Times best-selling author Karma Wilson’s clever rhyming verse will engage parents and kids alike as Jim McMullan’s illustrations bring to life these delightfully mischievous pigs with a penchant for all things muddy!

  3. Room 555 - Fourteen-year-old Roonie loves hip-hop almost as much as she loves her grandmother. She cannot wait to compete in her school’s dance competition. But as her grandmother’s health deteriorates, Roonie becomes more and more reluctant to visit her in the care home. These feelings of guilt and frustration cause Roonie to mess things up with her hip-hop dance partner and best friend, Kira. But while doing some volunteer hours in the hospital geriatric ward, Roonie meets an active senior recovering from a bad fall. Their shared love of dance and the woman’s zest for life help Roonie face her fears, make amends with Kira and reconnect with Gram before it’s too late.

  4. Once Upon a Potty (Boy) - Joshua learns how to use a real potty with the help of his mother.

Books About The Body and Biology

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Baby Medical School: Bacteria and Antibiotics
Written by Cara Florance and Jon Florance
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

The popular Baby University series has now expanded into Baby Medical School!

Bacteria are very small living things.
Some bacteria are good and some bacteria are bad.
Luckily, we have a family of medicine called Antibiotics that can get rid of bad bacteria.

Let’s find out how it all works!

Turn getting sick from something scary into an engaging learning experience! In this installment of the new Baby Medical School series, Cara and Jon Florance break down how and why we get sick with the help of merry microbes and big-eyed bacteria. Kids will love following the adventures of bacteria and antibiotics in their bodies!

Written by experts, the whimsical artwork and humorous text is perfect for enlightening the next generation of geniuses and creating a love for science they will carry for a lifetime!

Empower your kid with knowledge so they can understand their bodies with courage and curiosity!

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Baby Biochemist: Enzymes
Written by Cara Florance
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

The bestselling Baby University series is bringing little geniuses a whole new division of scientific topics, covered by leading medical expert Cara Florance.

Cause a chain reaction of learning in any child by introducing them to the world of enzymatics! Kids will learn through adorably drawn characters just how much work enzymes do to keep us running. Packed with great information and fun, these super helpers are sure to keep any budding scientist turning page after page.

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Baby Biochemist: DNA book
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Gut Garden: A journey into the wonderful world of your microbiome book
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Do Not Lick This Book book
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  1. Baby Biochemist: DNA - Leading medical expert Cara Florance gives kids the tools they need to learn about the ultimate instructor in the body: DNA

  2. Baby Medical School: Vaccines - The popular Baby University series has now expanded into Baby Medical School! Inside your body, you have a lot of little helpers that work together to keep you healthy. And vaccines are super helpers that make your immune system even stronger! But how? And with what? Let’s find out! Written by experts, the whimsical artwork and humorous text is perfect for enlightening the next generation of geniuses and creating a love for science they will carry for a lifetime! Empower children with knowledge so they can visit the doctor with courage and curiosity!

  3. Gut Garden: A journey into the wonderful world of your microbiome - Within our bodies hides an entire world of organisms called microbes. They boost our immune systems, digest our food, regulate our metabolism and even impact on our mental health. Through Katie Brosnan’s personable illustrations, we follow the digestive process from the moment the food enters our mouths to the moment waste leaves our bodies. Along the way we learn about this fascinating scientific frontier and gain an insight into the vast ecosystem that exists inside us.

  4. Do Not Lick This Book - From highly respected microbiologist, Idan Ben-Barak, and the creator of the YouTube sensation Dumb Ways to Die, Julian Frost, comes Do Not Lick This Book, an ingenious, interactive book about the germs that occupy real estate on all of our bodies.

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Books About The Body and Animals

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Looking Good!
Written & illustrated by Ailie Busby
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-2

Babies love lifting the flaps in these board books to find out all about themselves. Encouraging interaction and discussion, they are designed to support the Personal, Social and Emotional Development aspects of the Early Years Foundation Stage. A modern remake of one of our bestselling series with vivid illustrations by Ailie Busby.

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Animals Brag about Their Bottoms
Written & illustrated by Maki Saito
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Fans of Taro Gomi's Everyone Poops and Matthew Van Fleet's Tails will be over the moon for this adorable book about beautiful animal bottoms.

All bottoms are wonderful! Don't you agree? Each animal in this adorable book has a different reason for loving their behind--from cute and round to fashionable and striped. Maki Saito makes readers laugh out loud with playful illustrations of the backsides of hippos, zebras, pandas, mandrills, and more. Her traditional Japanese art techniques add a sophisticated, beautiful feel. Charming and whimsical, this book encourages self-love and body positivity, as well as a whole lot of laughter and fun.

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What's the Difference?
Written by Emma Strack & illustrated by Guillaume Plantevin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 10-14

What distinguishes a mandarin orange from a clementine, an iris from a pupil, a tornado from a cyclone, and a bee from a wasp? The difference is in the details! This content-rich illustrated extravaganza distills the distinctions between an impressive collection of pairs—from animals to food to geography and more—offering enlightening trivia, amusing tidbits, and unforgettable facts in a highly browsable format. Young readers can dip in quickly to feed their curiosity, or delve into the details and stay awhile. With a bold, graphic art style and an accessible, smart text, this miscellany collection will enrich probing minds (or is it “brains”?!).

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Feathers and Hair, What Animals Wear book
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  1. 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!

  2. Look at Me! - A first book of faces to share with your little one! Look, point, touch, and say hello to all the animal faces! This sturdy, shaped board book is perfect for little ones looking to learn different facial features. Little ones can point to the rabbit’s ears, then have fun pointing to their own ears. Plus, the peekaboo mirror at the end is sure to delight and surprise!

  3. Sleepyhead - A first book for bedtime to share with your little one! Children can look, point, touch, count, and say goodnight to all their animal friends! This sturdy board book is perfect for teaching little ones about different facial features. Children can point to the lion’s sleepy eyes, and then identify their own eyes. Plus, the peekaboo mirror at the end will delight and surprise!

  4. Bum, Bum - Japanese illustrator Taro Miura brings his bold, whimsical graphic style to a board book for the very young. A duck’s fluffy . . . bum bum. Perfectly positioned over the center of each spread, the posteriors in this simple and simply hilarious book showcase an array of creatures. And each one has a distinguishing characteristic: the pig’s is round, the elephant’s is big, the monkey’s is red — and the toddler’s diapered behind is the cutest of all.

Books About The Body and Physical Strength

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Girls with Guts!
Written by Debbie Gonzales & illustrated by Rebecca Gibbon
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

No chasing! No stretching or straining! And never, ever sweat. These were the rules girls were forced to play by until Title IX passed in 1972. And it was a game-changer. A celebration of the strength, endurance, and athleticism of women and girls throughout the ages, Play Like a Girl keeps score with examples of women athletes from the late 1800s up through the 1970s, sharing how women refused to take no for an answer, and how finally, they pushed for a law to protect their right to play, compete, and be athletes.

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Katfish
Written & illustrated by Obert Skye
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

A schoolwide event inspired by the Hunger Games and a girl with the strength of Katniss Everdeen (plus a scaly mermaid tail)—is Rob Burnside in store for even more trouble than usual? Find out in Book 4 in Obert Skye’s middle grade Creature from My Closet series. Rob Burnside’s life is in ruins. After his escapades with Pinocula and his resulting outrageous lies, everyone is fed up with him. Rob needs help. And his science laboratory closet is there to give him a hand. Meet Katfish, a mashup of Katniss from the Hunger Games and the Little Mermaid. This girl is strong as nails and sports a tail. Everyone at Rob’s school is excited about an upcoming riff on the Hunger Games created by Principal Smelt: the Fun-ger Games. Rob is less excited because the principal and his mom have roped him into participating. But Katfish is sticking around to help Rob out with girl advice, Fun-ger Games tips, and how to get people to stop hating him. What could go wrong? Praise for Katfish: “Drawing from The Wimpy Kid school of adolescent humor, scenes like a drenching water balloon mishap, a food fight at the family dinner table, and a clever parody of ‘The Fun-ger Games,’ should appeal to reluctant and enthusiastic readers alike. The line drawings are reminiscent of doodles middle school boys draw when they should be taking notes. Engaging cartoons, quick dialogue in speech squares, and generous white space break up text segments, make this book an inviting, independent read.” —Children’s Literature Read the Creature in My Closet series: Wonkenstein Potterwookie Pinocula Katfish The Lord of the Hat Batneezer

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The Last Viking
Written by Norman Jorgensen & illustrated by James Foley
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

A victorious story about a boy with a wild imagination, this humorous and pertinent narrative not only addresses the serious issue of bullying, but also highlights a moving relationship between grandfather and grandson. Josh is a nervous kid, and he is especially nervous about the kids who bother him at school and in the skate park. With his helmet and sword, and joined by his trusty Scottish terrier Wolverine, Josh finds new strength when the ancient Viking gods unite with him to thwart the neighborhood bullies.

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Super Team book
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  1. Super Team - Catboy, Owlette, and Gekko must learn to work together in this 8x8 storybook that comes with three masks to punch out and wear, based on an episode of PJ Masks, the hit preschool series airing on Disney Junior! When Night Ninja steals all the sports equipment from Sports Day to make his Ninjalinos super strong, it’s up to the PJ Masks to get it back! There’s only one problem: Gekko is determined to prove that he’s the strongest, so he won’t let Catboy and Owlette help. Gekko learns that teamwork can make a strong hero even stronger! After the story, kids will love the three punch-out masks of Catboy, Owlette, and Gekko that they can use to have their own heroic adventures! PJ Masks © Frog Box / Entertainment One UK Limited / Walt Disney EMEA Productions Limited 2014

  2. Mini Myths: Play Nice, Hercules! - Hercules is not as interested in “playing nice” as he is in playing strong! But when one feat of strength destroys his little sister’s 12-piece tower, he must use his powers for good to restore the tower and seek her forgiveness. She forgives him indeed, and then shows her own strength by gleefully knocking down the stacked blocks herself! Joan Holub’s expertly focused text pairs perfectly with Leslie Patricelli’s famously humorous illustrations. Includes a summary of the original Hercules’s Twelve Labors myth at the end.

Books About The Body and Science

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Your Amazing Skin from Outside In
Written by Joanne Settel & illustrated by Bonnie Timmons
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

It’s itchy, it’s sweaty, it’s embarrassing…but most of all, it’s fascinating! Dr. Joanne Settel has all the answers to our most burning questions in this wacky and informative book of poems about our skin. Have you ever wondered… Why you blush when you’re embarrassed? Why you’ve got freckles everywhere? Why your fingers wrinkle in the pool? Why your friends come in all different colors? Why mosquitoes think you’re delicious? Why you’ve got that giant pimple on your nose? Look no further! With supercool facts, clever rhymes, and hilarious illustrations by Bonnie Timmons, acclaimed author Joanne Settel answers all these questions (and more!) in this fascinating, fun exploration of the science of our skin from head to toe. When she’s through, you won’t believe what your skin can do!

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The Busy Body Book: A Kid's Guide to Fitness
Written & 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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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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Science Comics: The Brain book
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  1. Science Comics: The Brain - With Science Comics, you can explore the depths of the ocean, the farthest reaches of space, and everything in between! These gorgeously illustrated graphic novels offer wildly entertaining views of their subjects. In this volume, Fahama has been kidnapped by a mad scientist and his zombie assistant, and they are intent on stealing her brain! She’ll need to learn about the brain as fast as possible in order to plan her escape! How did the brain evolve? How do our senses work in relation to the brain? How do we remember things? What makes you, YOU? Get an inside look at the human brain, the most advanced operating system in the world . . . if you have the nerve!

  2. 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.

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Books About The Body and Wounds And Injuries

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Pedro's Big Break
Written by Fran Manushkin & illustrated by Tammy Lyon
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

When Pedro breaks his arm racing his bike he has to cope with the frustration of wearing a cast for a whole month—but with the help of his friends he discovers that there are still fun things to do.

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On the Way Home
Written & illustrated by Jill Murphy
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

Claire hurt her knee and tells everyone she meets on the way home a different story about her injury, including being attacked by the Big Bad Wolf, being abducted by aliens, and being chased by a ghost.

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Urgency Emergency! Itsy Bitsy Spider
Written by Dosh Archer
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A spider arrives at City Hospital with some strange head injuries. How did this happen? And does it have anything to do with all the water rushing down the water spout? Early readers have never been such fun! With bright color illustrations on every page, minimal easy-to-read text and a brilliantly fast-paced plot, this animal hospital adventure story will have young readers devouring the pages.

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Urgency Emergency! Humpty's Fall book
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  1. Urgency Emergency! Humpty's Fall - Humpty Dumpty arrives at City Hospital with a cracked shell. All the kings’ men tried to help him, but all they did was make him leak yolk. Can he be fixed? With thickly illustrated pages, this story brings a unique twist to a well-known nursery rhyme making it perfect for beginning readers who wait to see if Doctor Glenda and Nurse Percy can save the day and put this egg back together again.

  2. A Mighty Bitey Creature - All is quiet in the jungle. But not for long! “Who bit my lovely green bottom?” shouts Frog. He rushes to tell King Lion, who will surely know just what to do. But soon Monkey (eek-eek-eek! ) and Zebra (ya-a-a hooo! ) encounter something mighty and bitey, too. Can the King of the Jungle save them all? What kind of creature would test its super-sharp teeth on everything it meets? Vivid illustrations, rhythmic language, and a surprise perpetrator combine for a rollicking read.

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9 books that are just too good to leave off of our the body list.
Children It's Time to Meet Your Teeth book
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My First Book about the Brain book
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Look Inside Your Body book
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Shoes Board Book book
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  1. Children It's Time to Meet Your Teeth - 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!!!

  2. 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.

  3. Look Inside Your Body - Billedbog med mere end 100 flapper. Introducing children to the functions of their own bodies in a fun and informative way

  4. Shoes Board Book - Here are ‘shoes to skate in, shoes to skip in, shoes to turn a double flip in ’ . . . all worn by four tousle-headed active young children. ‘Illustrations keep all the action with the skippers, divers, and doers. Story hour groups will be checking out each other’s footwear after hearing this rollicking rhyming paean to shoes.’ —SLJ. A Reading Rainbow Selection Children’s Books of 1986 (Library of Congress)

Anatomy: A Cutaway Look Inside the Human Body book
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Les & Ronnie Step Out book
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Hair book
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My Amazing Skin Can Heal: A Book about Boo-Boos, Bandages and Band AIDS book
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  1. Anatomy: A Cutaway Look Inside the Human Body -

  2. Les & Ronnie Step Out - Meet a left and right foot who are a pair of complete opposites! Full of clever, giggle-inducing details, this lively odd-couple tale celebrates what makes us all unique, as well as the power of friendship to bring us together despite our differences. Feet come in twos, so they need to step out together. But Les and Ronnie often find it hard to cooperate. Les likes having a clean sock and being responsible. Ronnie is fine with a dirty sock and loves letting loose. Les is straight-laced while Ronnie doesn’t even care about laces. What’s a duo to do?

  3. Hair - Is Baby really ready for that first haircut? With the usual panache, Leslie Patricelli’s one-haired wonder leads the way into another new experience. It’s important to take care of your hair, even if you only have one! As Baby can tell you, that hair gets washed when it’s dirty and brushed when it looks messy. But when it grows and grows, there’s only one thing to do. This funny and reassuring look at a toddler rite of passage is ideal for little readers—especially those with a tiny bit of trepidation about that first haircut.

  4. My Amazing Skin Can Heal: A Book about Boo-Boos, Bandages and Band AIDS - Kids learn all about their amazing skin and everything that it does for their human body. Skin is waterproof and dirt proof. Skin protects us from the hot and from the cold. When skin gets cut it heals itself like magic. Skin is amazing in so many ways.

My Strong Muscles book
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  1. My Strong Muscles - In this beautifully illustrated children’s book kids learn all about their strong and amazing muscles. Featuring comical and adorable characters that explore the human body and discover how muscles work, what is the purpose of muscles are and how to make them grow big and strong.

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