The New York Times called Seymour Simon "the dean of the [children's science book] field" and with 250 books for young readers, his books are staples in classrooms across the nation. Below are some of our favorite books by Simon about the human body. There are others not listed here. A few we've decided not to list; others we still need to review.
Eyes and Ears by Seymour Simon
Eyes and Ears explains how our brain collects and synthesizes information on light and sound from our eyes and ears. Also covered are interesting explanations on the reason for nearsightedness, how the ears' semicircular canals affect balance, and more.
In their review, Booklist said Simon "has a rare ability to explain the facts and the wonder of them without being condescending or cute." And SLJ ended its review with "as always, quite impressive. An excellent overview." A National Science Teacher's Association Outstanding Book (2004)!
Interest Level: Grade 4-8 DRA Level: 38 Lexile Level: 890L
The Human Body by Seymour Simon
Fans of Simon's exceptional series of books on human anatomy for kids will want this title, which incorporates elements from each of his books to talk about the human body as a whole. "Lavishly illustrated" (SLJ), this book could work as an introduction to human body units or a concluding book that pulls it all together.
Booklist called this book "a visually striking guide to the human body" and School Library Journal called it "handsome and informative." We agree.
Interest Level: Grade 4-7 Lexile Level: 1010L
Guts: Our Digestive System by Seymour Simon
Simon continues his tour of the human body in this astonishing--and somewhat gross--look at the human digestive system, starting with the teeth, the esophagus, and the stomach, then moving on to the intestines, the pancreas and the liver. Simon answers all the pressing questions of youth (Why does gas smell? How do I have 20 feet of small intestines in me?...)
"Students will find the book fascinating as well as a bit gross. Writers of health-related reports, as well as casual browsers, will surely put this title to use." (SLJ) A National Science Teacher's Association Outstanding Book (2006)!
Interest Level: Grade 4-6 Lexile Level: 980L
The Brain: Our Nervous System by Seymour Simon
Simon's ability to use everyday terms to explain such an incredibly complex subject like the human brain and nervous system makes this book a true standout. Paired with spectacular color photographs, 3D models, and computer simulations, this book is ideal for school use.
"Two to three paragraphs of large type per page, plus one full-bleed illustration per spread, help make The Brain just the right amount of information for one grape- fruit-sized brain to take in." (Amazon Review) A National Science Teacher's Association Outstanding Book (1998)!
Interest Level: Gr. 3-6 Lexile Level: 900
Bones: Our Skeletal System by Seymour Simon
Another stunning book from Seymour Simon, this one showing how the 216 bones in our bodies are like "the framework of a building", protecting our organs as we grow and manufacturing platelets and blood cells.
Also includes explanations of joints, fractures, and arthritis as well as brilliant full page photo- graphs, X rays, scans and full color illustrations. In their review of the book, School Library Jrnl called it another "outstanding addition to Simon's resume." A National Science Teacher's Association Outstanding Book (1999)!
Interest Level: Grade 3-5 Lexile Level: 1020L
The Heart: Our Circulatory System by Seymour Simon
As usual, Simon approaches the human heart and circulatory system as "an adventure to be explored" (SLJ), sharing fascinating facts about blood vessels, the heart's anatomy, and what can go wrong. Full of spectacular full color photographs, this "an eye-catching and useful book." (Scientific American)
School Library Jrnl said: "In a conversational yet instructive style, the author presents young readers with fascinating information that will almost certainly spur them on to read more." A National Science Teacher's Association Outstanding Book (1997)!
Interest Level: Grade 3-5 Lexile Level: 1030L
Muscles: Our Muscular System by Seymour Simon
A great introductory text, covering the three types of muscles, the effect of exercise on muscles, and diagnosing injuries. "In his instantly recognizable style" (School Library Journal), Simon pairs text and stunning illustrations (photographs, drawings...) Simon to show how without the nearly 700 muscles in our bodies, we wouldn't even be able to breathe or blink!
A National Science Teacher's Association Outstanding Book (1999)!
Interest Level: Grade 3-5 DRA Level: 38 Lexile Level: 1030L