Monday, August 20, 2012

More Books about Our Bodies

Last week I promised more books about your body and here they are. This week's list includes quite a few books about germs and infections. Gross, maybe, but kind of fun, too.

 Open Me Up: Everything You Need to Know about the Human Body by Laura Buller and others
This is a big book (256 pages) and has a whole lot of information that is well presented. It’s broken up into small segments, with lots of pictures. It seems to cover just about everything you’d ever need to know about the human body. It also has a cool cover.

 I Wonder Why I Blink and Other Questions about My Body by Brigid Avison
Ever wondered why you blink? How about some of these questions: What is my skin for? Why do I hiccup? Where does my food go? What is my belly button? This book answers these questions and a bunch more.

 You are Weird: Your Body’s Peculiar Parts and Funny Functions by Diane Swanson, illustrated by Kathy Boake
The title summarizes this book pretty well. Our human bodies have some rather odd features. To give you an idea, here are a few of the chapter titles: Flaky Birthday Suit, Vampire Fangs, Eccentric Eyeballs, Recyclable Muscles and Extra Toes.

 Movers & Shapers: Bones, Muscles, and Joints by Dr. Patricia McNair
This is a well designed book. Every page gives lots of information that is broken into small chunks and supported by illustrations. At the end, there are a glossary, an index, websites and a pull-out poster with some of the book's best illustrations. Also part of this Bodyscope series:
Life Cycle: Birth, Growth, and Development

 Sneeze! by Alexandra Siy and Dennis Kunkel
It’s hard to imagine a book about sneezing could be so beautiful. The magnified pictures (called electron micrographs) are gorgeous. Also a little disturbing – I’m not sure I really want to see a dust mite that big! The authors give the 9 reasons for sneezing and their causes.

Achoo! The Most Interesting Book You'll Ever Read About Germs by Trudee Romanek, illustrated by Rose Cowles  (sorry, no link)
The title is true – this really is an interesting book. It includes lots of information, funny illustrations and experiments to try. I started to just flip through it but stopped at each page to learn more stuff about germs. This is part of the Mysterious You series. Other titles include:
Aha! The most interesting book you'll ever read about intelligence
Aha! The Most Interesting Book You'll Ever Read About Intelligence
Squirt! The Most Interesting Book You'll Ever Read About Blood
Wow! The Most Interesting Book You'll Ever Read About The Five Senses
Zzz..! The Most Interesting Book You'll Ever Read About Sleep

 Clot & Scab: Gross Stuff about Your Scrapes, Bumps and Bruises by Kristi Lew, illustrates by Michael Slack
Interested in learning more about your blood? This is definitely the book for you! It has lots of information and it’s all told in an entertaining way. Not for the squeamish, though. Other books in this Gross Body Science series:
Crust & Spray: Gross Stuff in Your Eyes, Ears, Nose, and Throat
Hawk & Drool: Gross Stuff in Your Mouth
Itch & Ooze: Gross Stuff on Your Skin
Rumble & Spew: Gross Stuff in Your Stomach and Intestines

 Your Body Battles a Skinned Knee by Vikki Cobb, photomicrographs by Dennis Kunkel, illustrations by Andrew N. Harris
This book is similar to Clot & Scab but the text is a bit simpler. It also has some pretty cool photomicrographs (photographs taken through a microscope) of blood cells and other tiny stuff. Other books in this Body Battle series:
Your Body Battles a Broken Bone
Your Body Battles a Cavity
Your Body Battles a Cold
Your Body Battles a Stomachache
Your Body Battles an Earache

 Infections, Infestations, and Diseases by Shirley Duke
Although the text in this book is upper elementary, it is so clearly written with no fancy layout and fonts, it offers a great way to learn about germs and disease. The illustrations are also very clear. Another body book in this Let’s Explore Science series:
You Can’t Wear These Genes

 Grossology and You by Sylvia Branzei, illustrated by Jack Keeley
If you are easily grossed out by body stuff, this book is not for you. But if all things body (blood, athelete's foot, eyeballs, tongues...) get you interested, this book is definitely for you! You will learn new things, I promise.

Ready for some graphic novels? They are coming up next week!

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