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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.

Top 10 The Body Books

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.

My Body Belongs to Me from My Head to My Toes book
#2
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.

Parts book
#3
Parts
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!

The Magic School Bus Inside the Human Body book
#4
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.

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes book
#5
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
#6
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.

Where Is Baby's Belly Button? book
#7
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 Amazing Bones and Skeleton: A Book about Body Parts & Growing Strong for Kids: Halloween Books for Learning book
#8
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!

Whose Toes are Those? book
#9
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.

The Fantastic Body book
#10
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.

Books About Babies & The Body

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes book
#1
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.

All of Baby, Nose to Toes book
#2
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
#3
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!

Honorable Mentions
  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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Bonus Recommendations

  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. Your Body Is Awesome - 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.

  3. Little Explorers: My Amazing Body - Introducing Little Explorers—a new, interactive nonfiction series for curious youngsters. With more than 60 flaps to lift, MY AMAZING BODY provides little ones with hands-on fun. MY AMAZING BODY is a lively introduction to the human body, where children can lift the flaps to find out what goes on under their skin. Young readers will be amazed as they find out how the brain works, what happens to a mouthful of food, how fast our fingernails grow, how we breathe, and much, much more. This book features over 60 sturdy flaps to lift, along with charming, kid-friendly artwork that introduces new concepts and vocabulary in a simple and accessible way.

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

  1. Inside Your Outside! - The Cat in the Hat takes Sally and Dick on a trip in his Inside Your Outside Machine.

  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. My First Human Body Book - 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?

  4. Hello, World! My Body - 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.

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

  2. 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

  3. Baby 101: Anatomy for Babies - 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!

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

  1. Anatomy: A Cutaway Look Inside the Human Body -

  2. Belly Button Book! - Featuring a beachful of bare-bellied hippos—including one tiny baby who can only say “Bee Bo”—the Belly Button Book is a quirky addition to the phenomenally successful Boynton on Board series. Every page captivates with Sandra Boynton’s inimitable illustrations and joyful rhyming text: Soon after dark, upon the beach, we sing a hippo song, and if you’re feeling in the mood, we hope you’ll sing along: “Belly Belly Button, you’re oh so fine. Ooo, Belly Button, I’m so happy you’re mine.” Shiny and sturdy, and featuring a great (navel-shaped, naturally) die-cut cover, the Belly Button Book provides enduring, giggly, read-aloud fun.

  3. 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.

  4. Your Amazing Skin from Outside In - 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!

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Lucha Libre - Anatomy / Anatomia - Inspired by the colorful world of freestyle wrestling, this book will introduce your little one to the human body and their first English and Spanish words.

  1. Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes ... - An illustrated version of the song which identifies parts of the body. On board pages.

  2. 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

  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. Explore the Human Body - A fascinating three-dimensional presentation provides the reader with an in-depth, hands-on exploration of the human body. In Explore the Human Body, a fascinating three-dimensional presentation allows in-depth, hands-on exploration of the most amazing machine in the world—you. This unique “model” can be deconstructed and rebuilt layer by layer, system by system, just by turning the page, so the reader can see how each part of the body is connected to the others. The complexities of the human body can be daunting, particularly for children, so by combining a 3-D model with informative text and pictures, Explore the Human Body helps children understand how all the major systems of the body work together to enable us to breathe, move, and interact with the world around us.

  1. Ten Little Fingers - An illustrated board book with words and music to a song celebrating all the things a child can make ten fingers do, including shutting them up tight and opening them wide.

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

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

  1. Ears, Nose, Eyes... Surprise! - "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.

  2. Hand Book - Hands reach. Hands teach. Hands tell stories of life and love.

  3. 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.

  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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

Did you enjoy our the body book recommendations? Did we miss one of your favorites? Let us know in the comments below!

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