Monday, August 13, 2012

Books about Our Bodies

We spend our whole lives inside our bodies. Shouldn't we know more about them? Yeah, I think so too. Today's book post has lots of books to read. You are bound to learn new stuff - I know I did!

 Inside Human Body by Dr. Aron Bruhn, illustrated by Joel Ito and Kathleen Kemly
This book covers all the major body systems and does it clearly and with easy-to-understand text and pictures. Many of the pages open up to double pages so the illustrations can be really big.

 The Way We Work: Getting to Know the Amazing Human Body by David Macaulay
This book has a ton of information. It’s not for beginners but it would be perfect if you are really into knowing how the body works.

 From Head to Toe: The Amazing Human Body and How It Works by Barbara Seuling, illustrated by Edward Miller
This is quite a nice book. It has interesting bits of information about all the body systems. The illustrations are clear and entertaining. And there are neat experiments for each of the systems, such as making a hinge joint and making a muscle.

 Totally Human: Why We Look and Act the Way We Do by Cynthia Pratt Nicholson, illustrated by Dianne Eastman
Some of the 22 questions answered in this book: Why do you crave junk food? Why do you shake when you’re scared? Why do you remember? Why do you burp and fart? Admit it - haven't you wondered?

 A Drop of Blood by Paul Showers, illustrated by Edward Miller
This is a picture book with lots of good basic information. It tells all about blood without getting too technical. The illustrations are funny and there are 2 clever poems. The last pages have more information and resources.

 My Brain by Dana Meachan Rau
This book does a nice job of simply explaining how the brain is in charge of everything our bodies do. The illustrations are mostly photos of kids performing as their brain directs. This is part of the What’s Inside Me? series. Other books include:
My Stomach
My Bones and Muscles
My Heart and Blood
My Lungs
My Skin

Breathing by Anna Sandeman (sorry, no link)
This book is also part of a series, Body Books. It goes into more depth than the previous series but is still clearly written. I particularly like the illustrations. Many of them are photos of kids with the bones and organs drawn on top to give a clear idea of where everything is. Other books in the series include:
Skin, Teeth & Hair

 You Can’t See a Bone with Binoculars: a Guide to Your 206 Bones by Harriet Zeifert, illustrated by Amanda Haley
The text and illustrations take you on a tour through the human skeleton. Readers are encouraged to find and feel each bone as it is described. It’s based, quite loosely, on the song that starts, The head bone is connected to the neck bones. I like this book a lot. Other books by this author about the human body include:
You Can't Take Your Body to a Repair Shop: A Book about What Makes You Sick
You Can't Taste a Pickle with Your Ear

 Why I Sneeze, Shiver, Hiccup, and Yawn by Melvin Berger, illustrated by Paul Meisel
I guess we’ve all wondered about why we do these things. This book does an outstanding job of clearly explaining. The illustrations help support the text very well.

Eyes and Ears by Seymour Simon (sorry, no link)
If you are looking for solid information about your eyes and ears, this is the perfect book. Written at an upper elementary level, it clearly explains how eyes and ears work. The illustrations are amazing. Other books by this author about the human body include:
Bones: Our Skeletal System
The Brain: Our Nervous System
Guts: Our Digestive System
The Heart: Our Circulatory System
The Human Body
Lungs: Your Respiratory System
Muscles: Our Muscular System

Well, these books will get you started learning about your body. Next week I'll have more for you!

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