As kids grow, they will ask more and more questions about their bodies. How does a brain look like? Why am I hungry? Why there are five fingers? Why do we breathe?

If you are curious about how your body parts function and what makes you keep alive each and every day, you might need a few scientific books about the Human Body.

“The body is the instrument of our hold on the world”

Simone de Beauvoir

Here are the 7 best Human Body Books (including 2 kids coloring books) that will tell you the story of the human body.

Best Human Body Books to Read
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Best Human Body Books to Read

1. Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art

About the Book

“Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art” written by James Nestor is a “New York Times Bestseller”, A Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Book of 2020, and named as the best book of 2020 by NPR.

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This book depicts the importance of breathing. It says that there is nothing more essential to our health and well-being than breathing.

“If you breath you need this book.”

Wallace J. Nichols, PhD, New York Times Bestselling author of Blue Mind

Book Review

This book is full of amazing information, super fun to read, and life-changing. This book will picture that everything is connected through the breath.

The most amazing part of the book is the chapter about how the human skull is changed because of the changes in how we breathe.

This book will make you breathe differently at times while reading it. It will be hard to put down the book once you start reading it.

This book also makes you understand how important it is to breathe from the nose and not from the mouth.

Key Takeaways from the Book

This book clearly conveys that no matter what you eat, how long you exercise, how skinny or young you are, none of it matters if you are not breathing properly.

Best Quotes from the Book

  • “Prayer heals, especially when it’s practiced at 5.5 breaths a minute.”
  • “Breathe normally through the nose and hum any song or sound. Practice for at least five minutes a day, more if possible.”
  • “The greatest indicator of the lifespan wasn’t genetics, diet, or the amount of daily exercise, as many had suspected. It was lung capacity.”

About the Author

James Nester is an author and journalist who has written for Outside Magazine, The Atlantic, National Public Radio, The New York Times, Scientific Americans, Dwell Magazine, and more.

Nestor’s first narrative nonfiction book, DEEP: Freediving was a BBC Book of the week.

Nestor has presented his research at Stanford Medical School, the United Nations, UBS, Global Classroom.

Book Details

You can get this book in Kindle, AudioBook, and Hardcover versions.

  • Author: James Nester.
  • Pages: 304.
  • Category/Genre: Human Body Books, Anatomy, Breathing System.

2. The Body: A Guide for Occupants

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About the Book

“The Body: A Guide for Occupants” written by Bill Bryson is 2019 The Sunday Times No 1 Bestselling book.

Bryson tells us how the human body functions and its remarkable ability to heal itself. It is a funny try to understand how our physical and neurological systems work.

This book will show many aspects right from the historical perspective to the scientific knowledge.

This book will tell everything that you need to know about your body, its organs, and its functions.

Book Review

If you are interested in biology, this book will be a delight for you!

If you think your knowledge was superior in biology to normal people, this book will definitely prove that you are wrong.

This book will surely make you feel marveled at your own body.

Key Takeaways from the Book

This book will turn your attention inwards to explore your own body, how it functions, and its remarkable ability to heal itself.

Best Quotes from the Book:

  • “Make no mistake. This is a planet of microbes. We are here at their pleasure. They don’t need us at all. We’d be dead in a day without them.”
  • “Every day, it has been estimated, between one and five of your cells turn cancerous, and your immune system captures and kills them.”

About the Author

Bill Bryson has presented many bestselling books namely The Road to Little Dribbling, Notes from a Small Island, A Walk in the Woods, One Summer, and The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid.

He is Chancellor of Durham University and an Honourary Fellow of the Royal Society.

Book Details

You can get this book in Hardcover and Kindle versions.

  • Author: Bill Bryson
  • Pages: 464
  • Category/Genre: Medical History, Biology Books, Society & Culture Books.

3. Human Anatomy (Dover Children’s Science Books)

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About the Book

“Human Anatomy (Dover Children’s Science Books)” written by Margaret Matt and Joe Ziemian is published by Dover Publications Inc.; Clr Csm edition.

This book is for children who are interested in human science.

It is a coloring book that can help mature children and also adults to learn anatomy. The text that goes with each diagram is very detailed.

Book Review

This book is great for revision. It makes a change from just reading a textbook.

It will be quite fun to reflect on different parts of the human body while coloring in especially for children.

This easy learning study aid contains scientifically proven renderings of body organs and major systems.

Key Takeaways from the Book

A total of 32 coloring pages gives numerous views, cross-sections, diagrams, labeled and numbered for easy identification.

By working through each system, the reader will gain initial knowledge of the appearance and location of each organ that paves as groundwork for further studies of Anatomy.

Book Details

You can get this book in the Paperback version.

  • Author: Margaret Matt and Joe Ziemian
  • Pages: 32
  • Category/Genre: Anatomy, Children’s Crafts,

4. Knowledge Encyclopedia Human Body! (Knowledge Encyclopedias)

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About the Book

“Knowledge Encyclopedia Human Body! (Knowledge Encyclopedias)” written and published by DK Children gives a unique view of the human body inside and out.

This book is exactly for children and does not contain hard language. This book contains many things to encourage children in a healthy way.

It is very informative and beautifully illustrated with computer-generated pictures of various organs and systems.

Book Review

If your children/child is asking plenty of questions about their body, this book is definitely for you! It will answer all their questions in a detailed way.

This will be a visual feast for your eyes. You can take this book to your school too for your biology classes.

DK has presented a super guide to fill in the blanks and help you educate young children. It will contain well-drawn 3D illustrations which play a key role to present a vast amount of information.

Key Takeaways from the Book

The computer-generated images show amazing wonders of many parts, organs, tissues, and systems in the human body.

You can discover why sweating could save your life, how the brain makes memory, and why blood color is red with much more and more.

About the Author/Publisher

DK Children is a publishing company owned by Nadia Sawalha and Kaye Adams. They are best friends and television presenters well-known for being panelists on the long-running ITV chat show.

Together the pair host their own YouTube Channel, Naida & Kaye, where they vlog about a range of subjects.

Book Details

You can get this book in Kindle and Hardcover versions.

  • Author: Nadia Sawalha and Kaye Adams
  • Pages: 208
  • Category/Genre: Children’s encyclopedias and subject guides, Human Body Books, Biology Books.

5. Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst

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About the Book

“Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst” written by Robert M Sapolsky is New York Times bestseller book.

This book clearly showcases that every act of human behavior has multiple layers of causation, spiraling back seconds, minutes, hours, days, months, years, and so on.

‘One of the best scientist-writers of our time’

Oliver Sacks

“Behave is like a great historical novel, with excellent prose and encyclopedic detail. It traces the most important story that can ever be told.”

E O Wilson

Book Review

If you ever wondered why someone did good or bad, vicious or generous, then this book is meant for you!

This is the best scientific book written for non-specialists. You can learn more about human nature.

This extraordinary survey of the science of human behavior takes you on an epic journey.

Key Takeaways from the Book

This book gives you a vast knowledge of neurobiology, genetic, and behavioral literature.

Time Literary Supplement quoted that Sapolsky’s book shows in exquisite detail how culture, context, and learning shape everything our genes, brains, hormones, and neurons do.

About the Author

Robert M. Sapolsky got his degree from Harvard and Rockefeller Universities.

He is a professor of Biology and Neurology at Stanford University and a Research Associate with the Institute of Primate Research, National Museums of Kenya.

His works include The Trouble with Testosterone, Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers, and A primate’s Memoir

Book Details

You can get this book in Paperback and Kindle versions.

  • Author: Robert M Sapolsky
  • Pages: 800
  • Category/Genre: Neuroscience, Biology Books, Human Body Books.

6. Atlas of Human Anatomy E-Book: Digital eBook (Netter Basic Science)

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About the Book

“Atlas of Human Anatomy E-Book: Digital eBook (Netter Basic Science)” written by  Frank H. Netter is the only anatomy atlas illustrated by physicians.

This will bring you world-renowned, exquisitely clear views of the human body with a clinical perspective.

Along with Dr. Frank Netter’s famous work, Dr. Carlos A. G. Machado has done 100 paintings, one of today’s foremost medical illustrators.

Together, these two uniquely talented physicians cum artists highlight most clinical views of the human body.

Jointly, more than 50 radiologic images help to connect illustrated anatomy to living anatomy.

Book Review

This book is very good for the Indian Medical student mainly MBBS. It contains very neat and hand-drawn plates.

This book will help you to build a mental roadmap of anatomy with lots of colors. You can also transpose this map in real life.

You will be in love with the digital version of this book so that you can carry it anywhere when you wish to study.

The authors have added X-ray and MRI images which make you understand how the body parts look in real life.

Key Takeaways from the Book

This book has done region-by-region coverage, including Muscle Table appendices at the end of each section.

It will give large, clear illustrations with comprehensive labels not only of major structures but also of those with important relationships.

About the Author

Frank H. Netter received his Doctor of Medicine degree at New York University. His works are among the finest examples of the use of illustration in the teaching of medical concepts.

The 13-book Netter Collection of Medical illustrations remains one of the most famous medical works ever published. Those are appreciated not only for aesthetic qualities but also for intellectual content.

Book Details

You can get this book in the Kindle version.

  • Author: Frank H. Netter.
  • Pages: 640 (Paperback).
  • Category/Genre: Anatomy eTextbooks, Human Body Books, Medical Education & Training eTextbooks.

7. Anatomy & Physiology Workbook For Dummies with Online Practice

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About the Book

“Anatomy & Physiology Workbook For Dummies with Online Practice” written by Erin Odya and Pat DuPree makes you practice your way to a high score in your anatomy and physiology class.

You can master 11 major anatomical systems, 206 bones, and dozens of organs, tissues, and fluids.

Memorization is the key to success in A&P, and this book gives you all the practice to pass with high scores.

Book Review

If you are gearing up for a career in the medical field, and wish to take a tough class to fulfill your academic requirements, this workbook gives you the edge to pass with flying colors.

Gem packed with memorization tips, test-preparation tips, and hundreds of practical exercises, it’s the ideal resource to help you make anatomy and physiology your Doraemon!

Key Takeaways from the Book

This book suggests you:

  • Take an online review quiz for every chapter.
  • Use the workbook as a supplement to classroom learning.
  • Be prepared for whatever comes to you on test day.
  • Gain confidence with practical study tips.

About the Author

Erin Odya teaches Anatomy & Physiology at Carmel High School in Carmel, Indiana. Her other popular work is ‘Anatomy & Physiology For Dummies’.

Pat DuPree taught anatomy/physiology, biology, medical terminology, and environmental science.

Book Details

You can get this book in Paperback and Kindle versions.

  • Author: Erin Odya and Pat DuPree
  • Pages: 384
  • Category/Genre: Anatomy, Physiology, Biology Books, Human Body Books.

Final Verdict

Each of the 7 books reflects clear cut medical information, illustrated with colorful and comprehensive diagrams, which are surely recommended to take you right into the cells and fibers that are responsible for human body function.


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