Health &

Human Bodies (KS2)


R J Palacio

A hugely popular and thought-provoking novel, suitable for upper KS2. It tells the story of Auggie, a ten-year-old boy who was born with a highly unusual deformity of his face and his search for acceptance in a world that judges on appearances. 

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Professor Astro Cat's Human Body Odyssey

Dominic Walliman & Ben Newman

The newest addition to the popular Professor Astro Cat series, this time taking a journey through the amazing human body. FIlled with bold, contemporary illustrations and scientific ideas are introduced in a very child-friendly way. This series is always a huge hit in the classroom.​


Ms. Kate Davies & Carnovsky

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.

Pig Heart Boy

Malorie Blackman

This powerful novel from the 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.

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What's Eating You?

Nicola Davies & Neal Layton

All about the tiny creatures that live on or in human and animal bodies. Find out about the parasites that live in skin, hair, fur, feathers, blood, guts, livers, hearts and lungs. Filled with diagrams, cartoons and easy-to-read chunks of text, this information book is accessible and engaging. 


Kate Scott

This is a thoroughly enjoyable read suitable for lower KS2. It tells the story of Anzo (whose name ironically means ‘giant’), a boy who becomes increasingly concerned about how short he is compared to his family and friends. Through his desperate attempts to change his height, Anzo realizes that growing taller might not be the key to solving all of his problems. This is a compassionate story told with the right balance of humour and poignancy and one that is likely to strike a chord with readers who have experienced the tension between fitting in and feeling free to be themselves.

The Bubble Boy

Stewart Foster

This is a gripping and moving story that 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. 

A Journey Through the Digestive System

Emily Sohn

This is a funky graphic novel following the journey of food through the digestive system. It also comes with a glossary and links to websites with further information.

George's Marvellous Medicine

Roald Dahl

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. 

The Astounding Broccoli Boy

Frank Cottrell Boyce

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. 

Life on Earth: Human Body

Heather Alexander & Andres Lozano

This is a bright and colourful non-fiction text about the human body. The simple question-and-answer format makes it easy to gather lots of information and the interactive flaps keep young readers interested. This is the kind of non-fiction text that children like to choose to read and read again. 

Body: The Ultimate Guide

Dr Kristina Routh

This book contains a detailed breakdown of what goes on inside the human body. Suitable for upper KS2, the text holds a wealth of information organised into accessible bullet points, clear photographs, pull-out wall posters and very detailed diagrams. The structure into key sections makes it easy to find information quickly and we particularly liked the acetate sheet overlays that display different layers over the top of each other. A useful support for learning about human biology in KS2. 

Demon Dentist

David Walliams

A hilarious award-winning story on the theme of teeth and an excellent text to read aloud. It tells the story of young Alfie, who has rotten teeth, and his quest to get to the bottom of the strange things that are happening in his town. Is the villainous Demon Dentist to blame?

The Fastest Boy in the World

Elizabeth Laird

This is the story of a young Ethiopian boy called Solomon, who has a passion for running. He dreams of becoming a medal-winning athlete. Little does he know that soon he will need to run with all his might in a race to save his grandfather's life. This inspiring story was shortlisted for the prestigious Carnegie Medal. 

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Your Breathtaking Lungs and Rocking Respiratory System

Paul Mason

Part of the Your Brilliant Body series, this visually appealing information text looks at the fascinating science behind the process of breathing in and out. You may also like the other books in this recommended series too, such as Your Growling Guts and Dynamic Digestive System (available here) and Your Growing Body and Clever Reproductive System (available here) 

See Inside Your Body

Katie Daynes & Colin King

This exciting non-fiction text allows pupils to discover the inner workings of the human body through bold illustrations, diagrams, flaps and accessible text. Recommended for KS2.

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