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Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes:
10 Books About the Human Body
for Kids

by Dena McMurdie

Photo credit: Peter Cade, The Image Bank/Getty Images

As my kids have grown, they’ve asked me more and more questions about their bodies. What is a belly button for? What does a brain look like? Why do we have a skeleton?

Usually, this calls for a trip to the library. When my kids have questions, I often turn to books to help them find answers. Here are some of the best books about the human body for kids.

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in 2015 and updated in 2022.