Have you noticed inquisitive toddlers trying to examine their belly button to check if there’s a hole inside? Or curious little ones asking their mothers, where the tunnels in their ears lead to?
Small children are often engrossed in what goes on inside their bodies and how the various parts work with such synchronised perfection. They often ask questions to their parents and grandparents about how organs work, what happens to the food we eat, why we get tummy aches and so on. These amazing books written by experts give all the fascinating information about the human body, without making it dull. There are interesting illustrations, anecdotes and situations described beautifully and simply so that children can get an easy understanding of their bodies. Gift them these books and they will surely be captivated. Here is our list of children’s books on this topic --
1. The Fantastic Body: What makes you tick and how you get sick
Author: Dr Howard Bennett
Ages: 8 - 12 years
This is not just another anatomy tome for children. What is different about this book is that it uses humour and what children enjoy – gross tales – to explain bodily functions in a way that kids will find engaging. There are interesting sections such as fun facts which give quirky tidbits like - “Do doctors really have strange names?” or “Is it true that dolphins sleep with one eye open?” The author also gives pointers on tips for the next check-up, getting shots and so on. There are also diagrams, go-to guides, and DIY projects for children to do. It helps that Dr Bennett has more than three decades of experience as a paediatrician.
2. Who Has What?
Author: Robbie H. Harris
Ages: 3 - 7 years
What best way to teach children about the human body than to tell them a story about two little children? While kids enjoy understanding how different organs work and what they do, they may get little petrified about certain functions in the body – for example when they get hurt and a bit of blood comes out or when they are pooping. This charming book has lots of illustrations, and the way in which the information has been woven into a story of two siblings, Nellie and Gus on a day out on the beach, makes it more relatable for small children. They find out about the similarities and differences between boys and girls in a humorous and honest way. The book is beautifully illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott.
3. My Amazing Body: A First Look at Health and Fitness
Author: Pat Thomas
Ages: 4 - 7 years
This charming picture book looks at the human body from the pout of view of health and fitness. It is great for children to learn healthy eating habits early while also exploring how their body works. Written by psychotherapist and counsellor Pat Thomas, it focusses on the importance of a good diet and plenty of exercise in a lucid and kid-friendly manner. This book shows the way for children to learn how to make positive decisions about what they eat and how they keep fit, besides teaching them to take care of themselves.
4. My First Human Body Book
Author: Donald M Silver
Ages: 6-10 years
Here is an innovative way for children to learn about our body. This one is actually a colouring book with 28 precise illustrations that explore the muscular, skeletal, nervous, digestive, respiratory, and immune systems of the body. It is fun and entertaining for children to learn, with a lot of interesting information – why do we get hiccups, how there are thousands of taste buds on our tongue, what DNA is, what is our skin made up of and so on. Kids will love colouring the illustrated pages while learning new things.
5. The Way We Work
Author: David Macaulay
Ages: 11- 14 years
This book, written and illustrated lucidly by award-winning author David Macaulay, is the result of months of research and information collection, including studying cadavers and watching surgeries. Targeted at mostly teens and preteens, it is accurate and describes in detail all the different parts of their and the functions they perform, without being boring. It has seven sections and each section is beautifully illustrated, talking about everything from how the cells build various systems in the body to the different organ systems themselves. With characteristic humour and simple explanations, the author captures the interest of both children and adults alike.