I found more library books about the human body. Back in May, I shared a number of great body books here, but I found a quite a few more that I thought others might enjoy.
We just love reading books in this family and having lots of choices in our library crate. We don’t specifically match up our CC memory work to a book each week, but instead let the books introduce or review memory work terminology. A lot of these books really cover multiple weeks of memory work so I grouped topics together.
Skin, Bones, and Muscles (Weeks 1, 2, 3):
My Bones is a very simple easy reader. My beginning reader will read it with me or my older kids will read it to the youngest. I had to look up this book (and the others in the series by the author’s last name to find them at the library). The title was a bit too nondescript.
My Muscles is part of the same simple easy reader series as My Bones. I have this one on hold at the library but haven’t gotten it yet.
Skin, Muscles, and Bones is more of an older elementary book with lots of fun facts, diagrams, and photographs. The pictures that show close-up images of cells are favorites of mine. Each set of 2 pages has a “try it yourself” simple activity to help the reader understand how our amazing bodies work. The pages are very busy with pictures, drawings, and text all over them. If you don’t like busy pages, this isn’t the book for you.
Bones: Our Skeletal System is for older elementary students, but is in more traditional paragraph form. The pages have some amazing photographs and drawings but only 1 per page. Some of my children are probably not going to have careers as doctors since they find some of the pictures “gross,” but I’ve enjoyed the pictures. There are even images of x-rays in the book where you can try to spot a broken bone. Our library system has this book listed just under the title Bones so the author’s name really helped searching for it.
Muscles: Our Muscular System is in the same series as Bones: Our Skeletal System. This is again in paragraph form instead of busy pages. There are magnified pictures of skeletal, cardiac, and smooth muscles which fit nicely with CC memory work.
Brain, Senses, and Digestive System (weeks 4, 5, 6):
The Brain: All about Our Nervous System and More!, Eyes and Ears, and Guts: Our Digestive System are all part of the same series as Bones: Our Skeletal System. Even searching by the author, I couldn’t find Guts, but then found it looking for the title. I don’t think I’m ever going to fully understand how our libraries put books into their system. The Brain has wonderful pictures and explanations of all the parts in our nervous system as well as images of the brain working. The other two books I still have on hold but am sure we’ll enjoy the pictures (as much as some of my children can stomach them) as we learn about our bodies.
Heart and Lungs (weeks 7, 8, 10):
My Heart and My Lungs are both from the simple easy reader series as My Bones above. I’m sure we’ll enjoy this entire series, but I haven’t seen these ones yet since they are on hold from the library.
The Heart: All about Our Circulatory System and More! and Lungs: All about Our Respiratory System and More! are part of the same series as Bones: Our Skeletal System. In Lungs, I thought the diagram and magnified photographs of parts of the respiratory system are particularly useful. I have a feeling that even if we don’t read the entire series, we’ll enjoy finding all the images that match memory work terms.
Two more general books about the human body:
The Human Body is by the same author as all the books in the Bones: Our Skeletal System series and even has some identical pictures in it. What I liked about this book is that it gives a great overview of all the systems in our bodies and how they work together. (It does talk about the reproductive system but does not have pictures beyond sperm, a fertilized egg, and an embryo. The text about the reproductive system is very matter-of-fact and does not get into details so you can decide how you would want to explain more about it yourself.)
Magic School Bus Presents: The Human Body is a book I accidentally put on hold at the library. I was meaning to get the Magic School Bus book I mentioned in the other body book post and found a book I didn’t know existed. This is a nonfiction book that gives a lot more information about the human body than the original Magic School Bus book. I absolutely love the little reports about the body “written” by different students from the Magic School Bus. There are other books in this Magic School Bus Presents series that I’m sure we’ll check out soon.
Have you found any great books at the library about the human body? We have really been enjoying books from this list as well as the list I wrote back in May. I hope you appreciate them as well.
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