Best Children's Books About The body

The Best 27 Books to Read With Your Kids About the Body

Updated Apr. 16, 2019

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.

The Magic School Bus Inside the Human Body book
The Magic School Bus Inside the Human Body
Written by Joanna Cole and illustrated by Bruce Degen
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
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.

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.

Frankenstein book
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.

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes book
Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes
Written by Mem Fox and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
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.

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.

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

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

Whose Toes are Those? book
Whose Toes are Those?
Written by Jabari Asim and illustrated by LeUyen Pham
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Children are invited to explore their toes by playing "This Little Piggy.

All of Baby, Nose to Toes book
All of Baby, Nose to Toes
Written by Victoria Adler and illustrated by Hiroe Nakata, Victoria Adler
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

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.

Ten Little Toes, Two Small Feet book
Ten Little Toes, Two Small Feet
Written by Kristy Dempsey and illustrated by Jane Massey
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

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!

Children It's Time to Meet Your Teeth book
Children It's Time to Meet Your Teeth
Written and 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!!!

Bonaparte Falls Apart book
Bonaparte Falls Apart
Written by Margery Cuyler and 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.

Look Inside Your Body book
Look Inside Your Body
Written and illustrated by Kate Leake, Louie Stowell
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Billedbog med mere end 100 flapper. Introducing children to the functions of their own bodies in a fun and informative way

The Fantastic Body book
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.

Where Is Baby's Belly Button? book
Where Is Baby's Belly Button?
Written and 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.

My First Book about the Brain book
My First Book about the Brain
Written and illustrated by Donald M. Silver, Patricia J Wynne
picture book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

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.

My Amazing Bones and Skeleton: A Book about Body Parts & Growing Strong for Kids: Halloween Books for Learning book
My Amazing Bones and Skeleton: A Book about Body Parts & Growing Strong for Kids: Halloween Books for Learning
Written by A.D. Largie and 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!

My Amazing Skin Can Heal: A Book about Boo-Boos, Bandages and Band AIDS book
My Amazing Skin Can Heal: A Book about Boo-Boos, Bandages and Band AIDS
Written by A.D. Largie and illustrated by Sabrina Pichardo
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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 Body Belongs to Me from My Head to My Toes book
My Body Belongs to Me from My Head to My Toes
Written by pro Familia and 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.

Your Body Is Awesome book
Your Body Is Awesome
Written by Sigrun Danielsdottir and 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.

My First Human Body Book book
My First Human Body Book
Written and illustrated by Patricia J Wynne, Donald M. Silver
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?

Parts book
Written and 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!

Bones book
Written by Stephen Krensky and illustrated by Davy Jones
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

Describes how bones perform different functions as part of the human body.

Hair book
Written and illustrated by Leslie Patricelli
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

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.

Hello, World! My Body book
Hello, World! My Body
Written and 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.

Inside Your Outside! book
Inside Your Outside!
Written by Tish Rabe and 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.

Baby 101: Anatomy for Babies book
Baby 101: Anatomy for Babies
Written by Jonathan Litton and 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!

Surgery Day book
Surgery Day
Written by Laura Wolfe, Julie Kaderabek and 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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