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burmingham_tastes like musicBirmingham, Maria  Tastes like Music: 17 Quirks of the Brain and Body
Gr. 4–6     40 pp.     Owlkids

Illustrated by Monika Melnychuk. The eccentric neurological conditions outlined here are usually classified as “diseases” or “disorders,” but Birmingham treats them matter-of-factly and even — with the aid of the cartoon illustrations — lightly. The science of phenomena such as photic sneeze reflex is explained lucidly, along with the effect these disorders have on people; some chapters include an interview with an affected person. Ind.
Subjects: Medicine, Human Body, and Diseases; Human body—Brain

gleisner_my body needs exerciseGleisner, Jenna Lee  My Body Needs Exercise
Gr. K–3     24 pp.    Amicus High Interest

Gleisner, Jenna Lee  My Body Needs Food
Gr. K–3     24 pp.     Amicus High Interest

Gleisner, Jenna Lee  My Body Needs Rest
Gr. K–3     24 pp.    Amicus High Interest

Gleisner, Jenna Lee  My Body Needs to Be Clean
Gr. K–3     24 pp.    Amicus High Interest

Healthy Me! series. Pages containing three or four easy-to-read sentences face colorful full-page photos to explain the importance sleep, exercise, nutrition, and hygiene have on human health and well-being. Gleisner offers basic physiology facts as well as encouragement of good choices. “Healthy Hints” sidebars add to the main text; appended “Get Started” lists offer practical tips for optimizing personal responsibility. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind.
Subjects: Medicine, Human Body, and Diseases; Physical fitness; Exercise; Food; Nutrition; Sleep; Hygiene; Behavior—Cleanliness; Baths

rosen_girls vs guysRosen, Michael J.  Girls vs. Guys: Surprising Differences Between the Sexes
Middle school, high school     72 pp.    Twenty-First Century

Approachable format, attractive design, and breezy writing make this look at the science of sex differences both appealing and informative. Rosen highlights current research around varied intriguing topics such as what makes each gender laugh, which is more likely to be struck by lightning, and which sex is more attractive to mosquitoes. Back matter points to more in-depth material. Reading list, websites. Bib., ind.
Subjects: Medicine, Human Body, and Diseases; Gender roles; Psychology

stewart_how does the ear hearStewart, Melissa  How Does the Ear Hear?: And Other Questions About the Five Senses
Gr. K–3
     32 pp.    Sterling

Stewart, Melissa  How Is My Brain like a Supercomputer?: And Other Questions About the Human Body
Gr. K–3     32 pp.   Sterling

Good Question! series. Following the series’ question-and-answer format, Hear presents facts about the senses (e.g., “How do your eyes work?”; “Can some animals hear sounds that people can’t?”), and Brain is a surprisingly complete exploration of human anatomy (DNA, digestion, circulation, and more). Double-page spreads feature illustrations and labeled diagrams (Hear) or colorful photomicrographs and anatomical drawings (Brain) in accessible designs. Reading list, websites. Ind.
Subjects: Medicine, Human Body, and Diseases; Senses and sensation; Animals; Questions and answers

wilsdon_ultimate bodypediaWilsdon, Christina, Daniels, Patricia and Agresta, Jen  Ultimate Bodypedia
Gr. 4–6     272 pp.     National Geographic

Illustrated by Cynthia Turner. Very comprehensive and supplemented with striking photographs, medical illustrations, micrographs, and archival material, ten chapters explore human body systems; life cycle; immunology; and ongoing research in genetics, transplantation, and robotics. “Bet you didn’t know” and “Add it up” boxes expand on the information. A final “Body Atlas” section contains anatomical diagrams and summarizes main points. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind.
Subjects: Medicine, Human Body, and Diseases

From the May 2015 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book.

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