In the fall, books about all things scary and spooky, including skeletons, are fun to read. Of course, any time of year is a great time to talk about bones and what they do. Below are a few books that are great to use as you help your little one learn about skeletons.
More Resources for Little Book Lovers
The best way to encourage a love of reading is to provide kids with many opportunities to engage with a wide variety of books that are of interest to them. That’s why we share so many books lists on Fantastic Fun and Learning. We want to make it easy for you to find great books your kids will love. Over the years we’ve also discovered some helpful tools for connecting kids and books.
Digital libraries are one very handy way to do this. Epic! is one of our favorite online libraries. It’s full of over 25,000 books, learning videos, quizzes and more for kids 12 and under…and it’s free for educators. Click here to learn more and sign up.
Book Boxes are another fun way to get kids excited about reading. What kid doesn’t love to get a special delivery in the mail?! The crew over at Bookroo finds the best little known books that you won’t already have in your library, and they send them to you each month. Take a peak inside a Bookroo Box here.
Book-Based Activities are also a lot of fun for kids. Jodie over at Growing Book by Book has saved us all a ton of time and created a full year of Book-Based Activity Calendars so that you can extend the fun with a special book each week.
FIND EVEN MORE SKELETON THEME ACTIVITIES IN OUR PRINTABLE LESSON PLANS
FOR HOME PRESCHOOL AND PRESCHOOL CLASSROOMS.
Books About Skeletons and Bones
Skeleton Hiccups by Margery Cuyler
Skeleton Hiccups is a funny story of the day Skeleton woke up with the hiccups. No matter what he does, the hiccups will not go away. The story is silly and non-scary and great for the Halloween season.
Silly Skeletons by Janet Lawler
Silly Skeletons is a fun interactive pop-up book. On Halloween night two Trick or Treaters head out with their dog. The book includes lots of movable parts and is full of silly fun.
Dry Bones by Kate Edmunds
Dry Bones is the traditional African-American song that tells the connections of each part of the body. This is a great song to sing as you talk about the human skeleton.
Bonz Inside-Out!: A Rhythm, Rhyme And Reason Bone-anza! by Byron Glaser
Bonz Inside-Out includes rhymes, riddles, games and silly fun that is full of bones. The illustrations are colorful and playful and a diagram of a human skeleton can be found at the end of the book.
You Can’t See Your Bones with Binoculars by Harriet Ziefert
You Can’t See Your Bones with Binoculars shows all the ways we use our bones and explains what they do. I like the x-ray pictures that are placed on top of the illustrations to give a different view of the bones. At the top of each page is the song, “The neck bones are connected to the shoulder bones.” The song continues through the book as you learn about each set of bones.
The Skeleton Inside of You by Philip Balestrino
The Skeleton Inside You is a a Let’s-Read-And-Find-Out book that tells about the skeleton and all the things it does for you.
Bend and Stretch by Pamela Hill Nettleton
Bend and Stretch is a great book for little ones that are just learning about their bones. The illustrations and text are simple and show how we use our bones every day.
Bones by Steve Jenkins
In Bones you will learn about different types of bones that humans and animals have; arms, backs, bones that protect, etc. The book includes facts about each set of bones and fold out pages that include additional illustrations.
Bone by Bone by Sara Levine
Bone by Bone compares the human skeleton to different animal skeletons. The pictures are very silly; imagine a girl with a long neck and a boy with a tail. As you read you will learn how bones are used by animals and why we are unique from them.
ZigZag: The Bones You Own by Becky Baines
Zig Zag: The Bones You Own is a bright and colorful book that shows how we use our bones. Topics like, breaks, size and shape, what they do and hard and soft bones are all covered.
What books does your little one like to read that teach about skeletons?
PRINTABLE SKELETON THEME LESSON PLANS
Save time and get right to the playful learning with our printable lesson plan sets. Each set includes over 30 playful learning activities related to the theme, and we’ve provided different versions for home preschool families and classroom teachers so all activities are geared directly toward your needs.
The full Skeleton Theme Lesson Plan Pack also includes:
1) Uppercase Skeleton Letter Building Mats and Cards
2) Lowercase Skeleton Letter Cards
3) Doctor’s Checklist for Pretend Play
4) Skeleton Bone Counting and Building Mats
5) Skeleton Word Building Mats
6) Skeleton Number Cards 0-35
7) Bone Tallies and Number Recognition Mats
8) 3 Skeleton Puzzles
9) Bone Opposites Emergent Reader
10) Skeleton Letter Matching Puzzles
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Also available on Teachers Pay Teachers.
More Fun with Skeletons
Practice making skeletons in play dough.