Health and human body

Fishman, Seth  Power Up
Gr. K–3    40 pp.    Greenwillow

Illustrated by Isabel Greenberg. This broad-strokes introduction to human physiology explains how energy powers all the body's processes. The text presents information with clarity, humor, and wonder. Greenberg's digital illustrations match the celebratory tone, with a brown-skinned girl with two puffball pigtails at the forefront. The color-saturated spreads play with pace and scale, and motifs of light and energy waves radiate from the pages. An author's note offers further explanation about how energy works.
Subjects: Technology; Medicine, Human Body, and Diseases; Energy

Ritchie, Scot  See How We Move!: A First Book of Health and Well-Being
Gr. K–3    32 pp.    Kids Can

Exploring Our Community series. The five friends from Ritchie's informational series prepare for an upcoming swim meet. Coach Penny makes sure they stretch, get good sleep, support one another, eat nutritiously, and have fun. The informal narrative is accompanied by bold-faced health-science facts or suggestions on every spread. Sunny digital illustrations include bird's-eye, close-up, and panoramic views of the diverse group of healthy kids. Includes ideas for active play. Glos.
Subjects: Technology; Medicine, Human Body, and Diseases; Exercise; Physical fitness; Sports—Swimming

Settel, Joanne  Your Amazing Skin from Outside In
Gr. 4–6    88 pp.    Atheneum

Illustrated by Bonnie Timmons. As verse in an informal typeface poses kid-like questions related to human skin (Why do I sweat?; What causes warts?), a reply in regular type provides rhymed, scientific answers. Occasional "Cool Facts About..." prose sections break from the poetic Q-and-A format and provide more substantial information. Witty digital spot art appears on each thick, glossy page. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind.
Subjects: Technology; Medicine, Human Body, and Diseases; Human body—Skin; Poetry; Questions and answers

Thornburgh, Blair  Skulls!
Gr. K–3    40 pp.    Atheneum

Illustrated by Scott Campbell. A girl with pigtails contentedly chomps on an apple amid a quirky crowd. The next spread repeats the tableau — but with all the faces (except the girl's) shown as skulls. With snappy writing Thornburgh describes a skull's importance (it's "a car seat for your brain") and its functions, while Campbell packs plenty of humor into his muted watercolors. "Cool Skull Facts" are appended.
Subjects: Technology; Medicine, Human Body, and Diseases; Human body—Skeletal system; Human body—Brain; Anatomy; Bones

Zimmer, Marc  Lighting Up the Brain: The Science of Optogenetics
Middle school, high school    80 pp.    Twenty-First Century

After presenting basic facts about the brain and nervous system, Zimmer then discusses the growing knowledge of neuroscience throughout the twentieth century. Subsequent chapters explain the importance of fluorescence and genetic modification in furthering understanding of the brain and developing new treatments for Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and other disorders. The fascinating survey includes clear color photos, micrographs, and diagrams. Reading list, websites. Bib., glos., ind.
Subjects: Technology; Medicine, Human Body, and Diseases; Human body—Brain; Human body—Nervous system; Genetics

From the September 2019 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book.

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