Guest Hollow’s Little Kids’ Human Anatomy and Health Curriculum Book and Resource List

A gentle literature-based anatomy that’s engaging and fun!

Welcome to the Guest Hollow’s Little Kids’ Human Anatomy and Health Curriculum Book and Resource List! This list is to give you an idea of what will be needed if you are using Guest Hollow’s Little Kids’ Human Anatomy and Health Curriculum along with some helpful tips and other information. For details about the curriculum itself please click here.
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Little Kids' Anatomy Curriculum books

In order to use Guest Hollow’s Little Kids’ Human Anatomy and Health Curriculum, you will need to obtain the scheduled books and other items separately. You may be able to borrow many for FREE from your local library! Check out the F.A.Q. below for tips on how to save money when using a literature-based curriculum.

Every purchase comes with a printable book list!

Every purchase of Guest Hollow’s Little Kids’ Human Anatomy and Health Curriculum comes with a FREE printable book list to help you with your planning and shopping.

The printable version of the book list features:

  • The ISBN number and author’s name
    You can make sure your copy of the book matches the one in the schedule.
  • Notification of when each book or item is used
    You can plan ahead when to check out books from the library. Books used throughout the year are marked “multiple weeks,” so you can decide whether you want to purchase them vs. borrow them.
  • Checklists for planning
    A handy checklist helps you plan if you are going to buy or borrow a book. It can also help you choose the format of your books (physical copy, e-book, or audio book).
  • Consumables are marked
    You’ll get advance notice of which items are consumable, so you’ll know what you may need to purchase and how many copies you may want to get if you are using the curriculum with multiple students.

Here’s an example of the printable book list:

Keep scrolling to see the full online book list (below the F.A.Q. on this page).

Homeschool anatomy curriculum book list sample

We’ve scheduled lots of colorful, fact-filled, interesting and engaging books for this year’s anatomy study! Before taking a look at the books and resources, we’ve addressed some common questions:

Book and Resource F.A.Q.

No. Depending on your student, the time you have available, your budget, and other factors, you can cull some of the books without hurting the program.  

You can also use substitutes from your own home or local library. For example: There is a scheduled book about skeletons and bones. If you can’t obtain that book, you can substitute another book about the same topic. Keep in mind that the scheduled books were all hand-picked for their content, presentation, and reading pace.

We were once homeschoolers, and we know what it’s like living on a budget. I wrote a blog post to help you SAVE MONEY when using a literature-based curriculum. In the post you’ll find handy tips on where to get books, what subscriptions can help out, what some libraries offer for free, where our customers go for used books, and how to find books our customers are selling when they are done. Take a look:

How to Save Money When Using a Literature-Based Curriculum

Our customers frequently resell their used Guest Hollow homeschool curriculum books on our Facebook Groups. Here’s a list of groups you can join and post in! We encourage you to try and recoup some of your investment in books when you are done by posting them for sale in our groups.

You may NOT resell, share, or distribute any of Guest Hollow’s digital products (or printed out copies of our digital products) which includes but is not limited to schedules, workbooks, printables, and other materials.

Warning! Preview all materials! I strongly recommend you preview all items to see if they are appropriate for your student. Every family is different in what they find offensive! Additional notes about some of the books are in the descriptions below.

Books and Resources
My First Human Body BookMy First Human Body Book (Dover Children’s Science Books)

“It’s easy to learn about your body! This cool coloring book includes 28 drawings that explore muscles, bones, lungs, and more.

You can read how your voice box works, how your tongue tastes food, how your DNA is different from your family and friends, and more.”
LeapFrog Magic Adventures MicroscopeLeapFrog Magic Adventures Microscope

This is optional! The point of the microscope is to teach kids that things are made up of smaller parts (cells, etc.). The microscope has a variety of “smart slides” to explore. You can also look at samples of things from around the house using the reusable slides or the tray for bigger items. This toy will give younger kids a microscope experience and help them understand the concept of bigger things being made of smaller components. You will introduce it while studying cells but can encourage its use throughout the year to explore lots of other items just for fun.
Choose one of the following:If you want to order one of the books listed below, please note the following:
This is what I was told by Scholastic (who makes and sells the books):
“Homeschools will need to register with us to be able to order through the Teachers Store. That website is set up for orders from Teachers at schools in our system. To set up their homeschools in our system they may call 1-800-497-8291 to speak to our customer maintenance dept. that can verify their information. The dept. is open 7-3 Central time. Once that happens, they will be able to order through the Teachers Store. Standard delivery is 7-10 business days.”
Adorable Wearables That Teach About the Human Body
Project book option 1:
Adorable Wearables Human Body
Available in PDF only.
2nd location where you can purchase it (requires you to create a free account to TPT)

“Kids learn about the five senses, muscles, bones, digestion, and more with models they can actually wear. Each wearable comes complete with engaging lessons and cross-curricular activities. Plus, background information and illustrated how-to’s guide the way from start to finish.” 
Easy Make & Learn Projects: Human Body
Project book option 2:
Easy Make & Learn Projects: Human Body (Grades 2-4)
Available in PDF only.

This is for kids in 2nd grade (or older), or for more advanced K-1st graders. I recommend using it only with children with decent motor skills and the ability to read.

“How do we hear? What makes our bodies move? How do nerves work? Kids find the answers to these and other questions with Accordion Ears, Muscle Makers, and Nerve Necklaces! Ready-to-use patterns and easy how-to’s let kids make models that teach about the major body systems. Includes science background information and extension activities!”
First Human Body Encyclopedia (DK First Reference) First Human Body Encyclopedia

This book has beautiful photographs with colorful, interesting pages!

“Showing what’s inside the human body and how things fit and work together, the Human Body Encyclopedia is packed with fascinating facts and spectacular close-up photographs that make the subject accessible and fun. Covering every part of the body, from major body systems to individual cells, in language accessible to young children, this book is an inspiring new edition to the First Reference series and a valuable teaching aid for parents and teachers.”
Why I Sneeze, Shiver, Hiccup, & YawnWhy I Sneeze, Shiver, Hiccup, & Yawn

“Have you ever wondered what makes you sneeze when you’re in a dusty room? Or shiver when you get out of the bathtub? Or yawn when you’re tired? All of these actions are reflexes. Your body makes them happen even though you don’t tell it to.
Budding young scientists will be amazed as Melvin Berger and Paul Meisel reveal the mysteries behind the reflexes that happen in our bodies every day and offer fun-filled experiments to try on family and friends.”
My Book About MeMy Book About Me

“This classic hardcover activity book written by Dr. Seuss and illustrated by Roy McKie encourages children to write and draw their own biographies. With a mix of serious (and seriously silly!) “Yes” and “No” questions; fill-in-the-blanks; images to complete, and simple writing activities, My Book About Me, By ME, Myself is an ideal gift for elementary school children and one that will become a cherished keepsake for parents.” 
Beautiful Oops!Beautiful Oops!

“A life lesson that all parents want their children to learn: It’s OK to make a mistake. In fact, hooray for mistakes! A mistake is an adventure in creativity, a portal of discovery. A spill doesn’t ruin a drawing—not when it becomes the shape of a goofy animal. And an accidental tear in your paper? Don’t be upset about it when you can turn it into the roaring mouth of an alligator.”
Some Body Board GameSomebody Board Game

My kids had this game. It helped my son learn the names of various body parts and where they were located. There are several different ways to play the game, so you can adapt it for age and ability. My kids played with it from ages 4-9.
The Skeleton Inside YouThe Skeleton Inside You (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2)

My kids loved these books. We had them on our shelves for years and the kids looked through them multiple times. They were well worth the investment.

“Your skeleton helps you leap, somersault, and touch your toes—without it, you would be as floppy as a beanbag! There are over 200 bones living and growing inside you that make up your skeleton. There are also ligaments and joints that hold your bones together, and cartilage in your bendable parts like your ears and your nose. Learn all about what a skeleton can do…”
Bone by Bone: Comparing Animal SkeletonsBone by Bone: Comparing Animal Skeletons

“What animal would you be if your finger bones grew so long that they reached your feet? Or what if you had no leg bones but kept your arm bones? This picture book will keep you guessing as you read about how human skeletons are like—and unlike—those of other animals.”
The Muscular SystemThe Muscular System (Your Body Systems: Blastoff! Readers, Level 3)

Note: This book is available for free through Hoopla.

“Muscles are found nearly everywhere in the body! The muscular system works closely with many other systems to keep the heart pumping, the joints moving, and the lungs filling with air. In this title, take a peek beneath the skin to discover the differences between different types of muscles and their jobs, and see what a muscle looks like under the magnifying glass! Diagrams, photo labels, and other features add clarity to the text in this low-level book. The human body is a complex being made up of systems that keep us alive and moving! In this series, readers will dive into the body’s systems though engaging, leveled text and related diagrams that follow the parts and functions of each system. Get a microscopic view inside the body with A Closer Look and put new knowledge into action with a hands-on activity at the end. “
The Busy Body Book: A Kid's Guide to Fitness The Busy Body Book: A Kid’s Guide to Fitness

Encourage your kids to get moving when learning about muscles!
The Nervous SystemThe Nervous System

My son used to love the True Books series. They are easy enough for a young reader, or you can use them as read-alouds for non-readers. Concepts are clearly explained and there are lots of illustrations / photographs
Your Fantastic Elastic Brain: A Growth Mindset Book for Kids to Stretch and Shape Their BrainsYour Fantastic Elastic Brain

“This innovative and timely picture book teaches children that they have the ability to stretch and grow their own brains. It also delivers the crucial message that mistakes are an essential part of learning. The book introduces children to the anatomy and various functions of the brain in a fun and engaging way.” 
You Can't Taste a Pickle With Your Ear: A Book About Your 5 SensesYou Can’t Taste a Pickle With Your Ear

“Why can’t you hear a siren with your eyes? Spot an airplane with your hands? And how come a pickle on your ear isn’t delicious? In You Can’t Take a Pickle with Your Ear kids discover how each of their five senses is hard at work all day long, providing them with information and helping them get the most out of their daily lives. Whenever you think, “I’m oh-so-sweet,” Pull off your socks and smell your feet! Sections such as “Hold Your Nose” and “Stick Out Your Tongue” (not the same time!) encourage hands-on investigations of what’s happening inside kids’ bodies and why a tongue is best for pickle tasting.”
How Does Your Brain Work? How Does Your Brain Work

This book presents information in a way that’s not overwhelming to young students!
My Five Senses (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 1)My Five Senses (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science 1)

Sight, smell, taste, hearing, and touch—our five senses teach us about our world. Beloved author-illustrator Aliki’s simple, engaging text and colorful artwork show young readers how they use their senses to smell a rose or play with a puppy. 

This is a clear and appealing book for early elementary age kids, both at home and in the classroom.

As Children’s Books and Their Creators put it: Aliki “treats complex topics clearly and succinctly while providing lively pictures, with informative details and humorous elements often appearing in ‘balloons.'” Aliki’s books continue to speak to today’s young readers.
This is a Level 1 Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out, which means the book explores introductory concepts perfect for children in the primary grades.
Choose one of the following:
Fanny Crosby: Queen of Gospel Songs
Option 1:
Fanny Crosby: Queen of Gospel Songs

Note: This is a Christian book.
This book is also scheduled in Guest Hollow’s Jr. Anatomy Curriculum.

“The man said he was a doctor . . . but he did something to little baby Fanny’s eyes that made her blind for the rest of her life. How could she find out about the world around her? How could she be happy? How could she learn? How could she love God? How could she forgive? Fanny Crosby was blind for more than ninety years . . . and she wrote over 8,000 hymns and gospel songs about her Savior.”
Louis Braille: The Boy Who Invented Books for the Blind
Option 2:
Louis Braille: The Boy Who Invented Books for the Blind

I love the Scholastic biographies for children. This is a great alternative to the book above, if you don’t want to learn about Fanny Crosby. It’s also a great extra book, for kids who want to learn more about blindness, etc.
Choose one of the following (or read both):
The Eye Book

This book is good for a beginning reader or a preschooler.

Take a look around–what do your eyes see? A bird? A bed? Flies and ants? Maybe even some pink underpants! Dr. Seuss’s rhymes and Joe Mathieu’s illustrations will delight young readers and help them discover the world around them, starting with their own bodies!
What If You Had Animal Eyes?

What if you woke up one morning and your eyes weren’t yours? What If You Had Animal Eyes? — the next imaginative book in the What If You Had series — explores what would happen if you looked in the mirror and saw a pair of animal eyes instead of your own! From the chameleon’s eyes that can point in different directions, to the colossal squid’s eyes that shine in the dark, discover what it would be like if you had these special eyes — and find out why your eyes are just the right ones for you!
Buddy: The First Seeing Eye DogBuddy: The First Seeing Eye Dog

“Read about how seeing eye dogs came to be.”
Sounds All Around
Sounds All Around (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science 1)

“Sounds are all around us. Clap your hands, snap your fingers: You’re making sounds. Read and find out how people and animals use different kinds of sounds to communicate.”
The Magic School Bus Explores the SensesThe Magic School Bus Explores the Senses

For 2nd graders or as a read-aloud.
My son loved the Magic School Bus books. They are fun and informative.
The Listening WalkThe Listening Walk

I love Aliki books! My kids did too. 🙂
Choose one of the following:
The Circulatory Story
Option 1: For 2nd graders or as a read-aloud.
The Circulatory Story

This book is also scheduled in Guest Hollow’s Jr. Anatomy Curriculum.

“Simple, humorous text and comic illustrations explain the basics of the circulatory system–the systemic, pulmonary, and coronary circuits. Readers follow a red blood cell on its journey through the body, and in the process learn how the body combats disease, performs gas exchanges, and fights plaque.”
Hear Your Heart
Option 2: For younger students.
Hear Your Heart (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2)

My kids loved these books. We had them on our shelves for years and the kids looked through them multiple times. They were well worth the investment.

“Night and day, whether you’re asleep or awake, your heart is always beating. Read and find out how your heart works and how to keep it healthy.”
A Drop of Blood
Note: Some Christian parents may be offended by the vampire on the cover. We weren’t, as it’s just make-believe and there is no evil associated with the presentation of the material. Skip this book, if it doesn’t mesh with your family.
A Drop of Blood (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2)

“You’ve seen your own blood, when you have a cut or a scrape. You can see the veins in your wrist, and you’ve seen the scab that forms as a cut heals. But do you know what blood does for you? Without blood, you couldn’t play, or grow, or learn. That’s because just about every part of your body needs blood, from your muscles to your bones to your brain. How does your body use blood? Read and find out!” 
Respiratory SystemRespiratory System, The (Blastoff! Readers: Body Systems)

An easy-to-read book about lungs with simple enough language to be understood by young learners.
Choose one of the following:
The Quest to Digest
Option 1: For 2nd graders or as a read-aloud.
The Quest to Digest

This book is also scheduled in Guest Hollow’s Jr. Anatomy Curriculum.
Otter loved this book so much, he checked it out from the library multiple times.
“Humorous text and illustrations follow an apple’s journey through the human digestive system. Discover why mucus is so important to your body and how food particles are absorbed by the small intestine and turned into energy. Readers also learn why we burp, vomit, and pass gas.”
What Happens to a Hamburger?
Option 2: For younger children
What Happens to a Hamburger? (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2)

Another great book in this set of books my children treasured.
The Science of Poop and Farts: The Smelly Truth about DigestionThe Science of Poop and Farts

“Everyone poops. It may seem pretty gross, but its perfectly healthy and natural. Poop (also called feces or excrement) is the solid waste that’s left after we’ve digested our food. Its the stuff our bodies can’t use for energy or growth, and it passes out of us when we go to the toilet. So poop is really just the final product of our digestive system. In this gut-wrenching guide we will explore how we digest our food, and all the strange side effects of this complex and fascinating process including burps and farts. We will look at what happens when things go wrong, and how this affects the color, smell, and texture of our poop. We will also find out how poop is not just a smelly waste product, but can actually be useful to us.”
The Berenstain Bears & Too Much Junk Food The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food

My children loved the Berenstain Bear books!

“Mama Bear lays down the law when she notices that Papa and the cubs are getting too chubby. With the help of Dr. Grizzly’s slide show on how the body works, the Bear family makes a healthful adjustment in their diet and fitness habits. “A most enjoyable introduction to good nutrition and exercise.”
Hello Reader: Make Your Way For Tooth DecayMake Your Way For Tooth Decay

“Bobbi Katz and Steve Bjorkman created LOTS OF LICE and GERMS! GERMS! GERMS! and team up once again in this hilarious Level 3 Science Hello Reader! that teaches children about tooth decay.”
How Many Teeth?How Many Teeth? (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science 1)

How Many Teeth? is a Level One Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science title, which means the book explores more challenging concepts for children in the primary grades and supports the Common Core Learning Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) standards. Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out is the winner of the American Association for the Advancement of Science/Subaru Science Books & Films Prize for Outstanding Science Series.”
What If You Had Animal Teeth?What If You Had Animal Teeth?

WHAT IF YOU HAD ANIMAL TEETH? takes children on a fun, informative, and imaginative journey as they explore what it would be like if their own front teeth were replaced by those of a different animal. Featuring a dozen animals (beaver, great white shark, narwhal, elephant, rattlesnake, naked mole rat, hippopotamus, crocodile, and more), this book explores how different teeth are especially adapted for an animal’s survival. At the end of the book, children will discover why their own teeth are just right for them. And they’ll also get a friendly reminder to take good care of their teeth, because they’re the only teeth they’ll ever have.”
Learning Resources Healthy Lunch BasketLearning Resources Healthy Lunch Basket

Click here for other play food options.

My kids LOVED play food. They played with it from the time they were toddlers until they were fairly old – perhaps 10-11.

Most kids will love seeing a “toy” like this come in with their new school books in an Amazon box. It helps make them look forward to the things they will be learning!

Use this set (or another) to role-play healthy food options and to discuss the food groups.
Eat Healthy, Feel GreatEat Healthy, Feel Great

This is an easy-to-understand and colorful book on nutrition.
Gregory, the Terrible Eater Gregory, the Terrible Eater

This book is a great discussion starter for fussy eaters and just a fun story to read. This was a favorite story of mine when I was a kid and something I shared with my own kids!

How Did That Get in My Lunchbox?: The Story of Food How Did That Get in My Lunchbox?: The Story of Food

Most homeschooled kids don’t get lunch in a lunchbox, but this is a great book to learn where food comes from. It might be fun to get an inexpensive lunchbox to go with this book and pack a few lunches either for a trip to the park, or just a backyard picnic.
Milk: From Cow to CartonMilk: From Cow to Carton (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Book)

I love Aliki’s books. This one teaches children where milk comes from.
I Have to Go!I Have To Go! (Classic Munsch)

A silly story where the parents ask the son if he needs to go pee and he says, “No”, but as soon as he’s in his snowsuit, etc. he needs to go right away, lol.
I'm Growing!I’m Growing!

“The food we eat helps our bones and muscles, skin and hair, teeth and toenails grow bigger and longer and stronger. Inside and outside, we grow and grow without even knowing it!”
Growing Up (Berenstain Bears Gifts of the Spirit)
Note: This is a faith-based book.
Growing Up (Berenstain Bears Gifts of the Spirit)

“It’s Brother Bear’s birthday, and he’s having a party! He can’t wait to eat cake and ice cream. But he’s more excited about seeing family members from far away, like Uncle Tex and Aunt May! Children ages three to seven will enjoy this sweet, faith-based story filled with fun, colorful illustrations–it’s the perfect read-aloud for any day!”
Ed Emberley's Complete Funprint Drawing Book
This book is also scheduled in Guest Hollow’s Jr. Anatomy Curriculum.
Ed Emberley’s Complete Funprint Drawing Book

Celebrate your child’s uniqueness by focusing on fingerprints! This is a fun way to incorporate some art into your human body study.
Finger-Printing Art Set
This kit is also scheduled in Guest Hollow’s Jr. Anatomy Curriculum.
Fingerprint art kit

Choose a kit or book set that features ink stamp pads for fingerprint art.
Your Skin and MineYour Skin and Mine: Revised Edition (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2)

“New illustrations and some text revision update this 1965 basic introduction to the skin and its functions. Four children take turns presenting different aspects of the skin, such as pigment and melanin, cuts and healing, fingerprints, and the sense of touch.”
What If You Had Animal Hair?What If You Had Animal Hair?

“If you could have any animal’s hair, whose would you choose?

If you had a polar bear’s double coat, you would never have to wear a hat when playing in the snow. If you had reindeer hair, it could help you stay afloat in water. And if you had a porcupine’s hair, no bully would ever bother you again!

WHAT IF YOU HAD ANIMAL HAIR? is a follow-up to the adorable WHAT IF YOU HAD ANIMAL TEETH? Each spread will feature a photographic image of the animal and its hair on the left and an illustration of a child with that animal’s hair on the right. As in ANIMAL TEETH, the illustrations will be humorous and will accompany informative text.”
Germs Make Me Sick!Germs Make Me Sick! (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2)

This is such a classic picture book. My kids read it multiple times over the years.

“Germs are all around you, but they are too small for you to see. Many germs are harmless, but two kinds, viruses and bacteria, can make you sick. Read and find out about germs, how they can make you sick, and how your body works to fight them off and keep you healthy.”
Louis PasteurLouis Pasteur (Genius Series)

“Meet Louis Pasteur and discover the story of his life and work in this engagingly illustrated biography—narrated by the scientist himself.”
Tiny Creatures: The World of MicrobesTiny Creatures: The World of Microbes

“All around the world — in the sea, in the soil, in the air, and in your body — there are living things so tiny that millions could fit on an ant’s antenna. They’re busy doing all sorts of things, from giving you a cold and making yogurt to eroding mountains and helping to make the air we breathe. If you could see them with your eye, you’d find that they all look different, and that they’re really good at changing things into something else and at making many more microbes like themselves! From Nicola Davies comes a first exploration for young readers of the world’s tiniest living organisms.”
Germs: Fact and Fiction, Friends and FoesGerms: Fact and Fiction, Friends and Foes

“Come meet the good, the bad, and the ugly—yes, germs!

There’s so much to discover about germs. Did you know that germs make your stomach growl as they break down your food? Or that they can travel the world on anything from fleas and ticks to trains and buses?
Sleep Is for EveryoneSleep Is for Everyone (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science 1)

“Why do you get sleepy?

When you feel tired, your body is telling you that it needs a rest. Everyone needs sleep. Babies need lots of sleep. Grown-ups need less. But no one can go without sleep for long. A team of scientists stayed awake for as long as they could to see what could happen. Read and find out some wide-eyed facts about the science of shut-eye.” 
Doctor De SotoDoctor De Soto

A classic story that was loved by my children (and me)!
The Berenstain Bears Go to the DoctorThe Berenstain Bears Go to the Doctor

My kids loved these books.
Playmobil doctor setPlaymobil doctor’s set

Choose a set to purchase for your student.
The Bravest Dog Ever: The True Story of BaltoThe Bravest Dog Ever: The True Story of Balto (Step-Into-Reading)

Learn the true story of Balto, a dog who delivered medicine to children in Nome, Alaska, during an outbreak of diphtheria.
What's Eating You?: Parasites -- The Inside StoryWhat’s Eating You?: Parasites — The Inside Story (Animal Science)

“Mites and lice, fleas, ticks, and tapeworms — most living creatures that have a habitat also are a habitat, including you (are you itchy yet?).

Unwelcome guests — parasites — are everywhere, from the barnacles hitching a ride on a humpback whale’s head to the tiny flies that control a bee’s brain and make it literally dig its own grave. Now an expert team returns for an in-depth look at how these insidious critters do it, whether it’s leaping aboard moving targets or morphing their body shapes, and what their unwitting hosts have learned to do to fight back and reclaim their space.”
FeelingsFeelings (Reading Rainbow Book)

This book was a favorite in my house. My kids pulled it off the shelf to read, over and over.

“Happy, sad, shy, excited–how do you feel? Sometimes it’s hard to explain you feelings. Share this book with a friend and you’ll both feel terrific!”
Everyone Feels Angry Sometimes - An Anger Management Book for Kids that Teaches Essential Steps to Manage Anger & FrustrationEveryone Feels Angry Sometimes – An Anger Management Book for Kids that Teaches Essential Steps to Manage Anger & Frustration

Kids will learn core emotions management skills as they navigate their expressions of anger

Anger can erupt like lava if we let it bubble inside us. But voices are not for yelling and hands are not for hitting just because we feel like a volcano inside! Everyone Feels Angry Sometimes teaches mindfulness for kids and how to prevent a little spot of anger or a little spot of frustration from escalating into a full-blown tantrum.

One of the best self-help books for children that teaches the 4 levels of anger

It’s not healthy for a child’s inner angry ninja to reach the breaking point where they’ll resort to kicking, screaming, and breaking things. That’s why in Everyone Feels Angry Sometimes, the 4 levels of anger teaches emotional self regulation for kids so that they can assess how they’re feeling and take action to avoid reaching their breaking point.

Written by a child psychologist to help provide kids with calming coping mechanisms

Dr. Daniela Owen, Ph.D., assistant professor of clinical psychology at UC Berkeley, can help your child remain calm and positive with a tool kit of science-backed coping mechanisms when they begin to feel their body warm up and start raising their voices..

No Thanks, But I'd Love to Dance: Choosing to Live Smoke FreeNo Thanks, But I’d Love to Dance: Choosing to Live Smoke Free

The book has a simple but engaging storyline with bright, colorful cartoon-like illustrations. It shows a grandmother living with the consequences of choosing to smoke earlier in her life, but nothing is presented in a scary kind of way. The story is sweet and also empowering.

I also like the fact that the book contains some basic science concepts. Your child can learn about what lungs are for and the fact that we breathe oxygen. In the very back of the book is a section titled “challenge words”. There are words like energy, brain, damage, gas, etc. with brief and simple to understand explanations. The info is very basic but appropriate for the intended audience.

It’s really hard to find appropriate books for younger children that cover concepts like this. I think that No Thanks, But I’d Love to Dance is a great opportunity to cover this very important message with your little ones.
I Said No! A Kid-to-kid Guide to Keeping Private Parts PrivateNote: The author reads the book on YouTube. Click here to watch the video.I Said No! A Kid-to-kid Guide to Keeping Private Parts Private

“Helping kids set healthy boundaries for their private parts can be a daunting and awkward task for parents, counselors and educators. Written from a kid’s point of view, I Said No! makes this task a lot easier. To help Zack cope with a real-life experience he had with a friend, he and his mom wrote a book to help prepare other kids to deal with a range of problematic situations. I Said No! uses kid-friendly language and illustrations to help parents and concerned adults give kids guidance they can understand, practice and use. Using a simple, direct, decidedly non-icky approach that doesn’t dumb down the issues involved, as well as an easy-to-use system to help kids rehearse and remember appropriate responses to help keep them safe, I Said No! covers a variety of topics, including: What’s appropriate and with whom. How to deal with inappropriate behavior, bribes and threats. When and where to go for help, and what to do if the people you’re turning to for help don’t listen. Dealing with feelings of guilt and shame. I Said No! is a Mom’s Choice Awards® Gold Recipient”
Some Secrets Should Never Be Kept
This book is also scheduled in Guest Hollow’s Jr. Anatomy Curriculum.
Some Secrets Should Never Be Kept

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Please do not skip this important topic!

‘Some Secrets Should Never Be Kept’ is a beautifully illustrated children’s picture book that sensitively broaches the subject of keeping children safe from inappropriate touch. We teach water and road safety, but how do we teach Body Safety to young children in a way that is neither frightening nor confronting? This book is an invaluable tool for parents, caregivers, teachers and healthcare professionals to broach the subject of safe and unsafe touch in a non-threatening and age-appropriate way. The comprehensive notes to the reader and discussion questions at the back of the book support both the reader and the child when discussing the story. Suitable for children aged 3 to 12 years.”
Before I Was Born: God Knew My Name
Note: This is a Christian book.
Before I Was Born 

“If you are looking for a trusted resource to use in explaining sexuality to children 5 to 8 years old you will find this gently illustrated book an asset. From a biblical viewpoint you can explain sexuality, human reproduction, and the growth of a child inside the mother’s body. Understandable yet straightforward text, and softened, but very realistic illustrations show the physical differences between men and women before and after puberty, as well as the miracle of childbirth. Children will develop an appreciation for God’s marvelous gift of their bodies, including their sexual organs, and begin to understand the concept of families as God’s intended framework for their own nurture and growth.
Choose one of the following:
The Squire and the Scroll
The Squire and the Scroll (for boys)

“This captivating adventure follows a young squire who travels a long, dangerous road beside his brave knight, on a quest for their king. The action builds until the final face-off with the monstrous, evil dragon. Only then does the squire learn of the secret beyond the cave that ends in a joyous celebration for the entire kingdom.Children will gain valuable insight as they learn, along with the young squire, what it means to face the dangers of temptation, and what it takes to guard one’s heart from all that is impure.”
The Princess and the Kiss: A Story of God's Gift of Purity
The Princess and the Kiss: A Story of God’s Gift of Purity (for girls)

“A loving king and queen present their daughter with a gift from God – her first kiss – to keep or to give away. The wise girl waits for the man who is worthy of her precious gift. Where is he and how will she ever find him? The surprising answer in this marvelous parable will touch the heart of parent and child alike.The Princess and the Kiss beautifully portrays the ageless message that “love… comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.””
No Dragons For Tea: Fire Safety for KidsNo Dragons For Tea; Fire Safety for Kids

Do your children know what to do if there is a fire? This book teaches fire safety in a way that isn’t scary. After the story, there is a fire safety poem and a list of fire rules.
 Playmobil firefighter setPlaymobil firefighter set

Choose one.
I Want to Be a Firefighter (I Can Read Level 1)I Want to Be a Firefighter (I Can Read Level 1)

“For the child who says, “I want to be a firefighter when I grow up!” And for any child who wants a gentle behind-the-scenes look at being a firefighter.

My brother and I both want to be firefighters, but we can’t decide what kind to be. When firefighters from Fire District 1 visit our school for Fire Safety Day, we learn that there are firefighters who fight forest fires and work at airports to help with airplane emergencies. Did you know that there are other kinds of firefighters too? There are firefighters who figure out how a fire started and fight fires before they even happen. Maybe I’ll be a firefighter, too?
With this story blending narrative with nonfiction, readers meet the many different kinds of firefighters who do so much to support our communities.”

A Treasure at Sea for Dragon and Me: Water Safety for Kids
A Treasure at Sea for Dragon and Me: Water Safety for Kids (and Dragons)

“Fun and safety go hand in hand as a little girl and a dragon spend a hot summer day at the beach. The two friends build castles in the sand, splash and swim, and race a boatload of pirates to a hidden treasure. As they play, the girl teaches her irrepressible friend to be water smart. The winning combination of adventure and safety information — including The Dragon’s Water Safety Rhyme and the checklist of rules at the end of the book — provide the perfect starting point for safety discussions.”
The Berenstain Bears: Safe and Sound! The Berenstain Bears: Safe and Sound!

“Brother Bear and Sister Bear love to ride their skateboards. When their usual skating park closes, the only place left to ride is a neighborhood spot where helmets are not the fashion! Will Brother and Sister forget Mama’s advice about putting safety first?”
The Berenstain Bears’ Computer Trouble

“When Papa brings home a computer, the whole family is excited. Soon Mama, Brother, Sister, and even Honey start spending all day every day staring at their own computers. It’s up to Papa to get the family off the computer and back into the real world!”
Chicken ClickingChicken Clicking

“One night Chick hops onto the farmer’s house and has a browse on his computer—CLICK—soon she’s shopping online for the whole farm! But when she arranges to meet up with a friend she’s made online, she discovers all is not as it seems. Little Red Riding Hood for the iPad generation, this is the perfect book for teaching children how to stay safe online.”
Eddie Eagle Gun Safety
This program is also scheduled in Guest Hollow’s Jr. Anatomy Curriculum.
Eddie Eagle program

No matter what your stance on firearms is, it’s VERY important to teach your children gun safety. The Eddy Eagle program teaches your kids to do the following if they see a firearm:

★ Stop
★ Don’t touch
★ Leave the area
★ Tell an adult

Program materials are very inexpensive and effective. We used this program with our children.
BrainPOP Jr. BrainPOP Jr. Subscription

You can save on a BrainPOP Jr. subscription via the Homeschool Buyers Co-op (linked above). To visit the official BrainPOP Jr. site, click here:

This subscription is optional. I like their videos. We had a subscription for one of our kids when we were homeschooling and used it frequently. BrainPOP Jr. videos also have lesson plan ideas, interactive quizzes, various activities, etc.

Pinecone hedgehog

The terrific books on this page are for Guest Hollow’s Little Kids’ Human Anatomy and Health Curriculum!
Thank You,
The Guest Family
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