Organs, bones, bodily systems, staying healthy… there is so much to learn about The Human Body!
If you have a little one who is fascinated by The Human Body and everything there is to learn, have I got a list for you! A book list, that is: 10 amazing books covering a wide variety of Human Body topics that your little one is sure to love (and learn from).
Just before we get into all of the books, you’ll also want to grab my FREE Printable Human Body Playdough Mats! There are pages for the Digestive System, Respiratory System, Muscular System, Skeletal System, Circulatory System, AND Nervous System. Phew. That’s a lot of systems! We actually use these playdough mats in my Human Body Family Unit Study, but you can grab yours absolutely free right here:
If you are new here, let me explain. Each month I release a brand new Family Unit Study, which is perfect for the whole family to enjoy together, as the activities work for all children aged 6-12 years old. In fact, most of the activities work perfectly for younger children, too!
Each Unit Study covers 10 topics, and each of those 10 topics includes:
- An interesting fact and discussion question
- Informative readings at your fingertips
- A hands-on activity with materials you already have at home
- ‘What’s Happening’ information to accompany your hands-on activity
- A curated YouTube video
- A math word problem or literacy prompt
- AND a suggested book that fits that topic!
Be sure to check out my full Human Body Unit Study right here!
So today I thought I would share with you the 10 topics that we cover with our Human Body Unit Study, as well as the suggested books that beautifully fit each topic.
I strongly suggest you take these books out from the library if you are able to. I have also included my Amazon affiliate links below, in case you would like to add them to your personal library.
Ready to explore The Human Body? Here we go!
10 Books About The Human Body for Kids
Topic 1: The Human Body
The Human Body: The human body is made up of many different systems that all work cooperatively with one another. These systems include the Muscular System, the Skeletal System, the Digestive System, the Respiratory System, the Circulatory System, and the Nervous System.
Book Selection: The Body Atlas by D.K.
Description: How well do you know your body? What happens under your skin? Where exactly is your stomach? What does your liver do? The Body Atlas answers all these questions and many more.
Topic 2: Organs
Organs: The human body is full of all different systems to keep us healthy, allow us to run and jump, think and breathe, eat and digest, and so much more. Our organs are parts of our body’s structure that perform specific functions, like our eyes, heart, lungs, and liver.
Book Selection: The Fantastic Body by Howard Bennett
Description: A comprehensive guide to the human body meets hilarious kid humor in this gorgeous full-color book filled with more than 1,000 diagrams and fun facts!
Topic 3: The Skeletal System
The Skeletal System: All of the bones in the human body make up the Skeletal System. Without the Skeletal System, you would be like a jellyfish!
Book Selection: The Skeleton Book by Robert Winston
Description: Did you know human bones are eight times stronger than concrete? Or that both humans and giraffes have seven vertebrae in their necks? You will learn about these amazing human body facts and much more in this fascinating book for children.
Topic 4: Heart
Heart: The human heart is a very important organ which works as two pumps. The right side of your heart gets the blood from your body and sends it to your lungs to be refilled with oxygen. The left side of your heart takes this re-oxygenated blood from your lungs and pumps it to the rest of your body.
Book Selection: Professor Astro Cat’s Human Body Odyssey by Dr. Dominic Walliman
Description: Are our ears supposed to be a weird shape? Why do we sneeze? What is the point of having skin? The human body is one of the most complicated things in the Universe.
Topic 5: Lungs
Lungs: Our lungs are the organs that allow us to breathe. When we breathe in—or inhale—our lungs fill with air which contains oxygen. When we breathe out—or exhale—a gas called carbon dioxide flows out of our lungs.
Book Selection: The Magic School Bus Inside the Human Body by Joanna Cole
Description: Arnold has swallowed the Magic School Bus! Now, instead of seeing an exhibit of the human body at a museum, the class is taking a look at Arnold’s stomach, his intestines, his bloodstream, and more from the inside on this heart-stopping field trip.
Topic 6: Brain
Brain: Discover the workings of the body’s most complex organ! How does the brain control the rest of the body? How does it enable the senses to function, regulate speech, affect balance, and influence sleep and dreams?
Book Selection: My First Book About the Brain by Patricia J. Wynne
Description: Discover the workings of the body’s most complex organ! How does the brain control the rest of the body? How does it enable the senses to function, regulate speech, affect balance, and influence sleep and dreams?
Topic 7: Spine
Spine: Our spines are made of 33 bones that let us bend and move and hold us up. The spinal cord, which is a large bundle of nerves that send information from our brains to our body and back again, is nestled safely in the middle of our spinal cord.
Book Selection: Give Me Back My Bones! by Kim Norman
Description: A silly pirate skeleton seeks to put its bones back together in this rhyming romp beneath the waves.
Topic 8: Taste Buds
Taste Buds: Our tongue has taste buds which are specialized for different tastes: Bitter is at the back of the tongue, sweet is at the tip of the tongue, sour is at the sides at the back, and salty is at the sides near the front.
Book Selection: I Hear a Pickle by Rachel Isadora
Description: Caldecott Honor winner Rachel Isadora’s sweet and simple introduction to the five senses is perfect for the youngest children, who will recognize themselves in charming vignettes portraying a wide range of childhood activities.
Topic 9: Medical Equipment
Medical Equipment: When we get very sick, or when something is not right with one of our body systems, we can visit a doctor. Doctors have many different instruments and medical equipment that they can use to check what is going on inside our body from the outside. An ophthalmoscope is used to examine the interior of the eyes, an otoscope is used to look at the outer ear canal, and a stethoscope is used to listen to our lungs and heart.
Book Selection: Visiting the Doctor by Katlin Sarantou
Description: Learn what the doctor does during a visit to make sure you stay healthy.
Topic 10: Staying Healthy
Staying Healthy: There are many different things we need to do to take care of the many systems within our bodies. We need to get plenty of rest, eat healthy food, exercise, and practice good hygiene. It is important that we practice good hygiene to keep germs and bugs out of our bodies.
Book Selection: Children It’s Time to Meet Your Teeth by Amanda Jones
Description: This book is strategically designed to give your children a better understanding of their teeth, and why and how to take care of their teeth.
And there you have it, my friend! The 10 books about The Human Body for kids selected as the book suggestions for my Family Unit Study: The Human Body!
If you love these 10 Human Body books, or if you have a child who loves to learn all about the human body, be sure to grab my Human Body Unit Study right here.
P.S. Don’t forget to download your FREE Printable Human Body Playdough Mats!