No unit on the five senses is complete without exploring books on the topic! Here is a list of amazing stories that help students learn all about how their bodies work. Be sure to scroll to the bottom to get a printable list of these five senses books. Take it with you to the library and ask the children’s librarian to help you find them!
Books about all Five Senses
Cold, Crunchy, Colorful: Using our Senses by Jane Brockett
This beautiful book has simple text and photographs to help students grasp what the five senses are, and how to experience the world around them uses those five senses. It is set up with an introductory page explaining one of the senses, followed by pages where examples are given. With simple, clear text, beginning readers will be able to explore the book on their own, but it’s just as good shared in circle time!
Me and My Senses by Joan Sweeney
Part of a wonderful series of books about “Me,” this charmer by Annette Cable follows the main character as she uses her five senses to enjoy a delicious lunch. The simple text makes this book a good one for emerging readers.
Extending the Learning: In that chaotic transition before lunch or snack in the classroom, ask students if they can name the different things that they notice using their five senses.
I Hear a Pickle (and Smell, See, Touch, and Taste It, Too!) by Rachel Isadora
This is a wonderful book for a group story time. One of the more fascinating parts of this book are the ways it shows what children CAN’T sense in some situations…like hearing a worm, for example, or touching a stove, because it’s not allowed. Rachel Isadora does a fabulous job of including all kinds of children in her examples, even including a child with a peanut allergy that does NOT taste the PB & J.
My Five Senses by Aliki
Popular author-illustrator Aliki’s simple text and colorful artwork demonstrate to young readers how they use their senses in the world around them. Best for the youngest preschoolers, the text is simple and very easy to understand.
The 5 Senses by Nuria Roca
Beginning readers follow two children as they learn how to use their senses to explore the world around them. Adorable illustrations make this book a great addition to a classroom library!
Other great choices for books about all five senses:
- My Five Senses by Margaret Miller
- The Five Senses (It’s Science!) by Sally Hewitt
- Look, Listen, Taste, Touch, and Smell: Learning About Your Five Senses by Pamela Hill Nettleton
- I Wonder Why Lemons Taste Sour and Other Questions about Senses by Deborah Chancellor
- You Can’t Taste a Pickle with Your Ear by Harriet Ziefert
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