Reading in the Rain: Books for Kids -- From Head to Toe

As kids grow they love to learn the names of not only the objects in their world, but of their own body parts, from head to toe. This week’s book recommendations explore and celebrate the human body, from bellybuttons to fingers, ears to feet. After you read one of these books, get moving by singing and dancing The Hokey Pokey or Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes. Currently, King County Library System (KCLS) has copies of these books in their catalog.



The Belly Book by Fran Manushkin, Illustrated by Dan Yaccarino

Feiwel & Friends, 978-0312649586


This lively book is an ode to bellies everywhere. The rhyming text celebrates bellies big and small, hairy and smooth. From belly flops to belly dancing, this humorous book will be a hit with kids. Manushkin’s short, but laugh out loud rhyming text is perfectly paired with Yaccarino’s simple, colorful style.




Imogene’s Antlers by David Small

Crown Books for Young Readers, 978-0375810480


When Imogene wakes up on Thursday she finds she has grown a set of antlers. Will Imogene have antlers forever? Imogene’s mother faints at the thought, but Imogene has quite a bit of fun with her new appendages.




We’ve All Got Bellybuttons! by David Martin

Walker Children’s Paperbacks, 978-0744593204


In this large and colorful book various animals celebrate the joys of having hands, ears, feet, and other body parts. Each body part is introduced by a different animal and is followed by an action. Finally, all the animals realize that they’ve got bellybuttons, which are oh-so-fun to tickle, tickle, tickle! Perfect for babies and toddlers, this book has very little text per page and the illustrations are playful and dynamic.