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Best Children’s Books about Healthy Human Bodies

Learning to look after our bodies is an important part of growing up. As we can’t easily see inside our own bodies, high-quality children’s books about human bodies can play a key part in developing biological understanding in children.

In KS2 science, children learn about the human body, covered through topics about basic anatomy, teeth and bones, digestion, human organs and systems, healthy lifestyles and human growth.

From comprehensive guides to the human body like Kay’s Anatomy and Marvellous Body, to entertaining stories that dive into the topic of human health like Alice Dent and the Incredible Germs or stories about medical ethics like Pig Heart Boy, this list of children’s human body books equips teachers and families to help children aged 7-11 learn all about the science of human biology.

The subject of human bodies often fascinates children. Therefore, we’ve put together a selection of the best children’s books about human bodies, health and growth that will help you to really get to the bones of the topic.

NB: This human body topic booklist is designed to cover Key Stage 2 (ages 7-11). Additionally, for human body books for younger children, try our Human Bodies KS1 Topic Booklist.

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Children's books about the human body and anatomy

Bill Bryson
 & Emma Young
Non-fiction

This is a book jam-packed full of scientific fact and fascinating, often amusing detail. It is presented in an appealing way with ‘bubbles’ of information spread across each page so that the reader does not feel overwhelmed with the amount of content squeezed onto every page.

Bill Bryson’s chatty, informal tone enables new concepts to be accessible as he takes the reader on an enthralling journey around the human body. Starting small with information about cells and DNA, we then journey through the body starting at the head, stopping off for a look at the senses and then travelling inside to explore the internal organs. Kids will love the page about poo and wind!

All topics are covered, including puberty and death- in an honest but approachable style. As well as scientific facts, there are nuggets of historical anecdotes which add interest, amusement and amazement. Who knew that Chevalier Jackson collected things that had been swallowed – a collection that included a toy trumpet, a meat skewer and miniature binoculars?

This is a book that covers every aspect of the human body; it uses comparative facts to allow readers to fully appreciate the scale – a pair of lungs would cover a tennis court if they were smoothed out. The illustrations are eye-catching and add interest whilst not being overly technical. It is great to see a diverse representation of scientists .This is the sort of book that kids will dip in and out of; it will inform curious minds, help with homework, provide amusement and add a sense of awe around the fascination topic of the human body. A must for the school library!

Kate Davies
 & Carnovsky
Non-fiction

We love interactive non-fiction books and this is one that children can spend hours poring over. Use the different coloured lenses provided to see the different layers of the human body and reveal how the body’s systems work together. Really fun but also hugely informative and well pitched for upper KS2, there is plenty to discover in this information text with a difference.

Jennifer Z Paxton
 & Katy Wiedemann
Non-fiction
Welcome to Anatomicum.This museum is open all hours. It will take you on an incredible journey right around the human body, from the intricate workings of the brain to the tiny muscles used to show emotion. Have you ever wondered how each life starts with just one cell, or how many blood cells there are in your body? Then this is the book for you.Anatomicum Junior is a reduced age range follow-on from the original Anatomicum. The text is carefully simplified to make it appealing to younger readers, while retaining the dynamic style and fascinating information of the original.
Adam Kay
 & Henry Paker
Non-fiction

An absolute hit with children in KS2! This funny non-fiction compendium of knowledge explores the intricacies of the human body through engaging cartoon-style illustrations that cover everything from major organs to microscopic DNA, including the less glamorous details.

Authored by doctor-turned-author Adam Kay, this comprehensive guide digs deep into bodily functions, genes, and germs but also dispels common myths and addresses frequently asked questions.

This recommended book reminds me of a biology version of Horrible Histories. In addition to the basics of anatomy, Adam Kay navigates wider biological topics, including common diseases and medical history as well as provides a thoughtful yet light-hearted section on puberty. Kay’s combination of humour and information hit the perfect spot for children in KS2 with a thirst for knowledge.

 

Jane Wilsher
 & Andres Lozano
Non-fiction
In this eye-catching book, readers can explore the hidden inner workings of the human body, look inside different organs and body systems and learn about how to look after their own physical and mental health at the same time. Readers use the see-through magic lens to reveal how our bodies function and the different body parts hard at work inside us. Find out how your senses work with your brain to show us the world around us, how doctors and nurses spot diseases and how we turn food into energy... and poo.So pick up the magic lens and take a tour of the marvellous human body!

Paul Mason
 & Dave Smith
Non-fiction

Hair-Raising Human Body Facts is a fascinating tour of the human body. As they read, children will learn a huge amount of intriguing facts about the body that they have inhabited since they were born. They will be desperate to share information – such as how your body sheds 50kg of skin by the time you are seventy and that the average human passes wind about twelve times a day!

Each colourful double-page spread focuses on one aspect of the body. The information is a mix of explanations, fact boxes, historical information and common myths about the body feature being discussed (Did you know that kissing a donkey was thought to be a cure for toothache in medieval Germany?).

Learners will enjoy the mixture of photographs, illustrations, speech bubbles and cartoons. The photographs also include images from a microscope, which are captivating.

Steffi Cavell-Clarke
Non-fiction
With this series, you will able to impress your friends with extreme facts on all things science. Discover mind-blowing statistics and hair-raising truths that will leave your friends and family gob-smacked!

Children's books about teeth and digestion

Katie Brosnan
Non-fiction

This beautiful, quirky, illustrated book begins by explaining what microbes are; giving examples to which most children will be able to relate, such as bacteria and viruses. It then builds on this with new vocabulary and concepts. Throughout the book, the author does not shy away from using scientific vocabulary but explains it in a way that is accessible and interesting to children. A lot of the text is presented as speech bubbles or information ‘blobs’ integrated into the illustrations which keep the reader’s attention and interest.

As the book progresses, the reader is taken on a journey through the human digestive system introducing the roles microbes play in our bodily processes and explaining how they can both keep us healthy and cause us to fall ill. There is a good dose of poo-related information that will capture the attention of even the most reluctant Upper Key Stage Two reader!

There are opportunities in the book for the reader to learn about how the food we choose to eat affects the microbes in our bodies. In addition, we are also prompted to think about issues such as the overuse of antibiotics and how microbe research might well help to solve common health problems in years to come.

This book would be great for building on LKS2 science knowledge or simply enjoyed because it’s a very interesting and fun read!

Emily Bone
 & Stefano Tognetti
Non-fiction
From the very first bite, your food goes on an incredible journey inside you. Lift the flaps to find out what happens when you eat fat, sugar, carbohydrates and protein, and what vitamins and minerals do for you. With over 80 flaps to lift, advice on healthy eating and links to websites for more information.
Martha E. Rustad
Non-fiction
Say cheese! Good dental hygiene is an important way to stay healthy. With engaging text and colorful photos, readers learn good habits for heathy teeth. Care for Your Teeth includes a glossary, read more section, kid-friendly internet sites, and an index.

Children's books about DNA and microbiology

DK
Non-fiction
This book introduces children ages 7-9 to the amazing science of DNA, genetics, and what makes you you. It's inside every living plant and animal, from the tiniest seed to the person standing next to you, but how much do you know about DNA? This book gives children an in-depth look at DNA and its role in all living things--from why we have different-colored eyes to why we age. Discover what DNA is, what it does, and how it shapes our lives, including inheritance and why we look like our parents; forensic science and how DNA evidence helps catch criminals; and genetic engineering and if we could bring dinosaurs back to life. With fun illustrated DNA characters, clear diagrams, and astonishing photographs, children will love learning about themselves and this all-important molecule. The DNA Book is packed with colorful illustrations and mind-boggling facts, perfect for curious young minds. It's a great addition to any STEAM library and decodes how DNA underpins life on Earth.
Dr Emily Grossman
 & Maggie Li
Non-fiction Picturebook

Meet the Microbes is a captivating insight into the tiny creatures that live under our noses and have a massive impact on our lives despite only being visible through a powerful microscope. Through the colourful and lively pages, children will meet a succession of cartoon microbes and learn all about them. They will learn about where they can be found and how they multiply; how they survive in the most extreme of conditions; the jobs that they do and how they might be beneficial to our future.

By the end of the book, they will have reached an understanding that microbes can be both good and bad for our bodies and how we can avoid spreading the less desirable ones. They will be fascinated to find out that mould is formed from microbes and that some of their favourite foods such as yoghurt, fluffy bread and cheese would not exist without them. The language is accessible to younger readers and concepts are explained clearly.

This book would be an excellent accompaniment to science topics or just a great addition to the non-fiction, reading for pleasure offer in the school library.

Nicola Davies
 & Emily Sutton
Non-fiction
From the award-winning team behind Tiny and Lots comes a new book exploring another fascinating area of biology: growth.A beautifully illustrated introduction to the concept of DNA for younger readers. All living things grow – every plant and every animal, including human beings. Some things grow fast and others grow slowly; some things grow by tiny degrees, while others grow to be enormous. Yet there's something about the way we grow that links us all together. Ever since you were the size of a dot, your body has been following a set of instructions: a code, which connects you with every creature on the planet... With words from Nicola Davies and exquisite artwork by Emily Sutton, this groundbreaking book is certain to enchant and inspire children.

Children's books about the body's systems and organs

Dr Liam Drew
Non-fiction
A fun, fact-packed introduction to the brain and nervous system for young science enthusiasts.The brain - a wrinkly, spongy mass the size of a cauliflower that sits in our heads and controls everything we do! Discover what its made of, how it works and why we even need one in this fun, fact-packed introduction to the brain.Inside the pages of this STEM book for children aged 7-9, budding young scientists will discover:- An age-appropriate introduction to the brain, what it is, what it does, how it works, and how it evolved - All about how scientists study the brain and nervous system - Introduces concepts like how we think, what consciousness is, and how the brains of other animals are different - Encourages young readers to develop an interest in STEM fields - including biology, medicine, and science - Each page is filled with engaging photographs and artworks with easy to understand textFilled with colourful illustrations and bite-sized chunks of information, this book covers all your questions on everything from the anatomy of the brain and nervous system, to how information is collected and sent around the body. Also, explore questions about the brain that we don't know the answers to yet!
Dr. Ranj Singh
 & David O'Connell
Non-fiction
Discover how to train your brain and become the best you can be in this empowering and inclusive guide by the nation's favourite doctor, Dr Ranj.If you want to learn how to make the most of YOUR brain, this is the book for you. It doesn't just explain how the brain works. It'll teach you how to train your brain to get better at stuff you find difficult. It'll show you how different people think in different ways and why that makes each person so special. It'll help you keep your mind happy and healthy. Because when that brilliant brain of yours is in tip-top condition, you can be the BEST version of you.
Sonya Newland
Non-fiction
The Reproductive System takes a vibrant look at where we all come from. With spread-filling diagrams, a colour-blocking approach, and simple text and captions, The Bright and Bold Human Body presents the incredible scale and complexity of the human body in small, digestible chunks. As well as this, surprising statistics and close-up photos allow children age 9+ to gain an insight into the wonders of our bright and bold bodies.
Kirsty Holmes
Non-fiction
Meet the Body Builders! Ian Struction and his team of Body Builders are here to show you how to build the most amazing machine ever, the human body! Roll out the blueprints and grab an Allen key, this step-by-step guide will show you what you need, how it all fits together, and how to keep your body running smoothly. Includes: Diagrams, Assembly Instructions, Diet & Exercise Tips, Activities

Children's books about medicine, illness and hospitals

Malorie Blackman
Chapter book

This powerful novel from award-winning children’s author Malorie Blackman tells the story of a young boy called Cameron who suffers from heart disease. The novel deals with the contemporary issue of animal organ transplants and is a gripping read from the first page. Suitable for upper KS2.

Stewart Foster
Chapter book

This gripping and moving story about coping with long term illness is popular with upper KS2. Joe is an eleven-year-old boy who lives his life stuck in a hospital room. Joe has a medical condition that means he is not allowed leave the hospital or encounter germs from the outside world. Can the characters Joe meets bring hope and warmth into his hospital bubble? An award-winning story that is great for developing empathy with different viewpoints and experiences.

Roald Dahl
 & Quentin Blake
Chapter book

A classroom favourite from the popular children’s author Roald Dahl.

This is the laugh-out-loud tale of George Kranky, who plots revenge on his mean and miserable Grandma by concocting a magic medicine for her. Little does he realise that the medicine will have weird and wonderful effects on the old lady’s body.

This is one of the shorter Roald Dahl chapter books, and suits readers who like anarchic humour or stories with a little bit of unexplained magic. Children love the fun of George’s concoction, the transformations of size when Grandma grows so tall that her head bursts through the ceiling and the supersized farmyard animals.

 

Frank Cottrell Boyce
Chapter book
Entertaining and quirky, The Astounding Broccoli Boy tells the story of a boy called Rory who unexpectedly turns green. Stuck in a hospital isolation ward with the less-than-ideal companion of the school bully, who has also turned green, Rory must figure out what is happening to him and find a way to be a superhero no matter what he looks like on the outside. A very funny story that makes a good choice to read aloud in KS2.
Gwen Lowe
Chapter book
A brilliantly original, fast-paced and funny debut novel - perfect for fans of Roald Dahl! When Alice Dent gets a cold, she has no idea how much trouble it's about to cause. Because this is no ordinary cold: it comes with some seriously weird side-effects. For a start, Alice can't stop giggling and every animal she meets sticks to her like glue! But when the mysterious Best Minister for Everything Nicely Perfect and his scary masked henchmen come to take her away, Alice realizes her troubles are only just beginning ...

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