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The Body: Board Books For Kids

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.

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.

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes book
#2
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.

Where Is Baby's Belly Button? book
#3
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.

Toes, Ears, & Nose! book
#4
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
#5
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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. Look!: Babies Head to Toe - 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.

  4. 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.

All of Baby, Nose to Toes book
#10
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
#11
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!

Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes ... book
#12
Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes ...
Written and illustrated by Annie Kubler
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

An illustrated version of the song which identifies parts of the body. On board pages.

Lucha Libre - Anatomy / Anatomia book
#13
Lucha Libre - Anatomy / Anatomia
Written by Ariana Stein, Patty Rodriguez and illustrated by Citlali Reyes
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Inspired by the colorful world of freestyle wrestling, this book will introduce your little one to the human body and their first English and Spanish words.

Explore the Human Body book
#14
Explore the Human Body
Written by Luann Colombo and illustrated by Jennifer Fairman, Craig Zuckerman
board book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

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

  1. 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!

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

Toesy Toes book
#19
Toesy Toes
Written and illustrated by Sarah Yi-Mei Tsiang
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

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.

Hair book
#20
Hair
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.

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