Yesterday’s post was about helping children learn their body parts. I mentioned that one of the biggest help for us was books. Today, I’m sharing our favorite books on the subject. Each book on this list meets the Montessori recommendations for choosing books for young children. So they have realistic characters, beautiful illustrations, and rich language.
- 10 Little FINGERS and 10 Little TOES by Mem Fox was the first book I bought for Solu before he was born. From very early on, he would move his fingers and toes as we read the book. We also pointed out our own fingers and toes.
- Where is Baby’s Belly Button?, a lift the flap book by Karen Katz became a favorite for Solu at 8 months old and by 10 months he was able to identify the body parts mentioned in the book in addition to his fingers and toes. He continued to be really interested in body parts so I got a similar book with more parts by the same author.
- Toes, Ears & Nose by Karen Katz is similar to where is baby’s baby belly button and was a favorite from around 14 months when we received it. It introduced knees , elbows and other new vocabulary
- Hello Baby written by Mem Fox and illustrated by Steven Jenkins is a beautiful book that has been very loved in our home. While it is about animals, it talks about body part. “Are you a monkey with clever toes? perhaps you’re a porcupine twitching it’s nose” In the same way we encounter a gecko with rolling eyes, a hippo with yawning jaws, and a hairy warthog amongst other animals.
- Eyes, Nose, Fingers and Toes is another great book but is more appropriate for a toddler since it contains more words. It introduces different actions that the body parts can perform such as winking, blinking, kicking, stomping, smiling, yawning. It has a lot of little details and Solu really enjoys reading this book to us. I tried to make a video of him reading it but he was very aware of me videoing so it’s not great but sharing it anyway.
- The Human Body First discoveries book that we have is best for an older child but the illustrations can be enjoyed by a younger child. It is the First discoveries Human body book. This book is more technical but don’t hesitate to use the appropriate terms with toddlers. Remember they are in the period of the absorbent mind. This book has introduced Solu to his abdomen, navel, shin and wrist
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I posted the above picture on Instagram about 7 months ago. He had been quiet for a while and so I went to check on him and found him like this the closet.
Do you have any of these books? What books do you recommend for this subject?
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