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Are you looking for literature to support classroom instruction about the Senses? Check out Our Editors’ Choices for titles recommended by the Education World team. Then it's your turn to share books that you enjoy or use in your classroom in the Our Readers’ Voices section below. With your help, we will build the best list on the Web of Best Books for teaching about the Senses.



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by Joanna Cole, Mavis Smith
Cole's lively text, with examples drawn from daily life, presents some quite complicated scientific information about how the five senses work. Smith's line-and-watercolor cartoons add to the fun even as they help explain the physiology. There are simple diagrams of the eye, ear, nose, and tongue, and explanations about how nerves "like wires" carry messages to the brain. Experiments encourage kids to "try this" and discover, for example, how the sense of taste gets a lot of help from the sense of smell. Words like molecules are no longer intimidating when they describe how the smell of pizza enters your nostrils. Even older readers will welcome this clear, practical title. (Booklist) Part of the All Aboard Reading series.

by Herve Tullet
The five senses are the gateways children use when exploring their world. This charming book will help them become aware of these senses and have fun at the same time. The Five Senses is a kaleidoscope of color and quirky design ideas, including a selection of noses, a distorting mirror, a Braille alphabet, and a page of forks specially designed for eating peas. Packed with humor, originality, and full-color illustrations, it is guaranteed to tickle the senses of all ages as it entertains and educates.

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by Aliki
How do you learn what the world is like? Through your five senses! Each sound and taste, each smell, sight, and touch helps you to discover something new. So find out more about your senses -- what they are and what you can learn through them about the exciting world.The world awaits! Part of the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series.

by Joanna Cole
Join the students on this most sense-sational trip, which takes them through a police officer's eye, then a child's ear, a dog's nose, and, finally, Ms. Frizzle's mouth as she eats pizza with her mother. Using their trademark sense of humor, Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen provide facts about the senses in both the human and animal worlds. Part of the Magic School Bus series.

by Robin Page, Steve Jenkins
A nose for digging? Ears for seeing? Eyes that squirt blood? Explore the many amazing things animals can do with their ears, eyes, mouths, noses, feet, and tails in this beautifully illustrated interactive guessing book by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page. A Caldecott Honor Book.

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