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Health and the Human Body

Cool Exercise by Colleen DolphinDolphin, Colleen Cool Exercise: Healthy & Fun Ways to Get Your Body Moving
Gr. K–3
  32 pp. ABDO 2012
Kuskowski, Alex Cool Body Basics: Healthy & Fun Ways to Care for Your Body
Gr. K–3  32 pp. ABDO 2012
Kuskowski, Alex Cool Eating: Healthy & Fun Ways to Eat Right
Gr. K–3  32 pp. ABDO 2012
Kuskowski, Alex Cool Relaxing: Healthy & Fun Ways to Chill Out
Gr. K–3  32 pp. ABDO 2012

Checkerboard How-To Library: Cool Health & Fitness series. Geared toward third graders, these books relate the importance of exercise, proper hygiene, healthy eating, and avoiding stress, while offering activity ideas for doing so (directions for homemade body wash in Body, nutritious recipes in Eating, etc.). Introductory pages explain how to prepare for the activities; a final page urges readers to keep a health journal. Full-color photos show kids in action. Glos., ind.
Subjects: Exercise; Medicine/Human Body/and Diseases; Hygiene; Cookery and Nutrition; Food; Stress (Psychology)

Green, Dan Human Body Factory
Gr. 4–6
   48 pp. Kingfisher/Macmillan 2012

Parts, systems, and functions of the human body are cleverly introduced as nineteen “departments”—the immune system is the “Emergency Response Team,” bones and joints comprise the “Engineering Department,” etc. Detailed Where’s Waldo–like pictures (too busy for younger children) show bustling factory workers with witty dialogue and thought bubbles providing information. Additional body facts are appended; foldout poster included. Glos., ind.
Subjects: Medicine/Human Body/and Diseases

How Do My Muscles Get Strong? by Steve ParkerParker, Steve How Do My Muscles Get Strong?: Muscles and Exercise
Gr. 4–6   32 pp. Raintree 2011
Thomas, Isabel Why Do I Burp?: Digestion and Diet
Gr. 4–6   32 pp. Raintree 2011

Inside My Body series. Double-page spreads begin with questions related to the human muscular or digestive system. The answers, in the form of short paragraphs, bulleted lists, labeled diagrams and schematics, charts, and captioned photos, pack a surprising amount of information into relatively uncluttered pages. A final spread reiterates major points. Sidebars debunk common misconceptions, give practical advice, and add quirky facts. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind.
Subjects: Medicine/Human Body/and Diseases; Human body—Muscular system; Human body—Digestive system

Freaking Out by Dana Meachen KauRau, Dana Meachen Freaking Out!: The Science of the Teenage Brain
High school   64 pp. Capstone/Compass Point 2011

Everyday Science series. Seven chapters cover facts about the human nervous system plus some aspects unique to the teen brain (moodiness, multitasking, sleep patterns, etc.). Chapters include “Try It Out” activities and scattered “Fact” and “True Tales” boxes. Plentiful color photos show teens playing sports and video games, interacting with friends, and doing school work. Reading list. Glos., ind.
Subjects: Medicine/Human Body/and Diseases; Human body—Brain; Adolescence; Human body—Nervous system

Circulatory System by Sarah TieckTieck, Sarah Circulatory System
Gr. K–3
   32 pp. ABDO 2011
Tieck, Sarah Digestive System
Gr. K–3   32 pp. ABDO 2011
Tieck, Sarah Muscular System
Gr. K–3   32 pp. ABDO 2011
Tieck, Sarah Nervous System
Gr. K–3   32 pp. ABDO 2011

Buddy Books: Body Systems series. Double-page spreads describe the workings of the title body systems, usually with simple text on left-hand pages and large, colorful photographs or diagrams on the right. The texts touch on common disorders (e.g., high blood pressure in Circulatory) and healthy practices. “Brain Food” spreads pose three questions and provide answers. Ample white space, engaging images, and “Word of Mouth” sidebars are reader-friendly. Glos., ind.
Subjects: Medicine/Human Body/and Diseases; Human body—Circulatory system; Human body—Digestive system; Human body—Muscular system; Human body—Nervous system

From the January 2013 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book.

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