By the time kids get the 6-8 year old bracket, full scale curiosity is starting to kick in followed up with the fact that they don’t accept ‘because it is’ as an answer! We recently discovered this first hand with our daughter when my husband hurt his neck at work. The questions were steady: why did dad’s neck hurt? Why did he need a special pillow? Why was that pillow the best pillow for neck pain?
After the first couple of vague questions, I realised help was needed as it was all beyond my basic knowledge of such things. So I promised my daughter a book on human physiology so she could understand all of it herself. Then the question was; which was the best book?
First Human Body Encyclopedia (DK First Reference Series)
DK are always a reliable choice in my opinion for any subject they produce a book on. This caught my eye due to the brand name and because it has a good range of content. It covers all the parts of the body from cells right the way up to major bodily system, and it breaks it down in such a way that younger kids can understand it. There are plenty of photographs to help them visualise what is being explained and can be used as a teaching aid for parents and even teachers.
Inside Your Outside: All About the Human Body (Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library)
This one is probably aimed at the lower end of the age group and perhaps a little younger (it states 4-8 inside). The Cat in the Hat takes a little boy and girl on a ride through the body and introduces them to all the different parts as well as a whole range of other strange trips to help understand physiology.
Uncover the Human Body: An Uncover It Book
This is another book from a series like DK covering the human body in this one. It has a range of areas covered including the basics of the body as well as explaining why things happen such as why bones can bend without breaking and how to protect yourself against germs. This one is probably aimed at the higher end of the scale and states 8+ so is more comprehensive and a little less visual than the previous one.
See Inside Your Body
This book guides the young reader through the body in a completely accurate but humorous way which incorporates colourful illustrations and diagrams. There are over 50 little flaps which can be lifted up to learn even more about the body.
Start Exploring: Gray’s Anatomy: A Fact-Filled Coloring Book
This is a slightly novel way to learn about the body using drawings from the famous Gray’s Anatomy book written in 1858 by anatomist Henry Gray. The children colour in he drawings to learn the parts of the body at they go. This is also one for the upper end of the age scale and states 8+ on the book.