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Digestive System: Books

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Do You Know Where My Food Goes?

ISBN: 8650750758
Ages 4-7

Written by a gastroenterologist, this rhyming book introduces digestion to younger children in a fun and simple way. The journey of food from beginning to end is explained through clear and easily understood text and colorful illustrations.


What Happens to a Hamburger? (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2)

ISBN: 0064451833
Ages 4-8

An introduction to digestion for primary grades, this easy-to-read book explores how the digestive system turns food into energy the body can use.


Digestion: What is It? (Literacy & science)

ISBN: 1903634067
Ages 5-9

Read about not only human digestion, but learn about how digestion happens in other animals including a cow, a robin and a crocodile. A fascinating way to compare digestive systems of several living creatures. In what way are they the same and in what way are the different? Why don't they all eat the same foods? Read and find out.

People Eating in a Kitchen

Guts: Our Digestive System

ISBN: 0060546519
Ages 6-10

Seymour Simon is one of the most well-known and award winning science book authors. He has written books on many science subjects and they always seem to interest kids of all ages. This one is no exception. Photographs and illustrations help to diagram the process of the human digestive system.

Digestive System Illustration

The Digestive System (Time for Kids)

ISBN: 1433336775
Ages 7-10

Learn what happens to your food after you chew it, as you follow its journey from mouth to the end. Excellent photographs and illustrations combine with clear text and defined vocabulary to make this a terrific introduction to digestion.


Your Digestive System (Searchlight Books: How Does Your Body Work?)

ISBN: 1580139604
Ages 7-10

This science-based book describes the functions of digestive system organs, from the salivary glands and esophagus to the stomach, liver and intestines. The text emphasizes that each organ supports the entire system as food is broken down and absorbed into the body or, if unabsorbed, eliminated. Fascinating magnified photographs, taken with a microscope, show the actual mucous coating of the stomach, the villi of the small intestine and the muscles of the large intestine. Useful text features include abundant captioned pictures, colorful diagrams, a glossary and index.

Digestive Side View

The Digestive System (A True Book)

ISBN: 0531207315
Ages 8-10

This is an ideal book for the budding scientist who wants to learn more about how the human body functions – and maybe even become a gastroenterologist! Great explanation of how the human body deals with food, complete with additional fun facts, true statistics and information on digestive disorders.


The Digestive System: A Tour Through Your Guts

ISBN: 1250204046
Ages 9-13

In this graphic text, readers take a journey through the mouth, stomach, intestines, liver and other organs that make up the gastrointestinal tract. The tour guide is a friendly microbe who introduces the traveler to not only digestive organs but also glands, hormones, bacteria and chemical processes. The dense informational load, presented in a fun and engaging comic format, will appeal to middle-grade scientists.

Gut bacteria

It Takes Guts: How Your Body Turns Food Into Fuel

ISBN: 1771645016
Ages 9-13

Scientist Jennifer Gardy reveals the wonders of the digestive system to young readers in this fun, informative book. Included are discussions of how digestion contributes to a healthy immune system, the role of gut bacteria in human health, and “juicy details” about the tools our body uses to break down food. Readers will gain a new appreciation for the organs, enzymes and microbes that interact to make digestion work.


Burp! The Most Interesting Book You'll Ever Read about Eating

ISBN: 1550746014
Ages 9-14

This informative and entertaining book offers a unique look at digestion complete with sidebars about digestive wonders, such as a man who can eat bicycles and the record holder for speed-eating. Inquisitive readers will discover many interesting and unusual facts about the food we eat and how the body digests food, as well as a collection of try-it-yourself activities.

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