Five Senses Book List

  • Five Senses Book List

Explore the senses of sound, sight, taste, touch, and smell in these fiction & non-fiction picture books for young readers! This list was created by Lizzie Cormier.  To suggest additions to this list, contact her.

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My Five Senses


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!

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Arthur’s Eyes

Marc Brown

In Arthur's Eyes, Arthur is having trouble seeing and learns he needs glasses. But when he wears them to school, everybody teases him. Arthur tries to go without his glasses but is met with some embarrassing situations - including walking into the girls' bathroom! Ultimately, with the help and support of his friends, Arthur realizes his glasses aren't so bad after all.

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The Magic School Bus Explores the Senses

Joanna Cole

To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Scholastic is re-releasing the ten original Magic School Bus titles in paperback. With updated scientific information, the bestselling science series ever is back! On a most sense-sational trip that takes them through an eye, an ear, a tongue, and even a dog's nose, Ms. Frizzle's class learns about the senses. Using their trademark sense of humor, Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen provide facts about the senses in both the human and animal worlds.

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Nope. Never. Not for Me!

Samantha Cotterill

Age range 2 to 5 Children are often picky eaters, but for kids on the autism spectrum or with sensory issues, trying new foods can be especially challenging. Nope! Never! Not for Me! is a deceptively simple story that guides sensitive kids through trying a new food, with support and encouragement aplenty. In Nope! Never! Not for Me! a young child refuses to try a bite of broccoli - that is, until her mum guides her through a careful exploration of the new food. First, she looks, then she sniffs, then touches, and finally takes one tiny bite. What do you know? Broccoli isn't so overwhelming after all!

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Sue Hurwitz

Explains the sense of touch, including a discussion of the skin and nerve endings.

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I Hear a Pickle

Rachel Isadora

Open your eyes and ears and explore your five fabulous senses! With our ears we hear the birds sing. With our nose we smell the stinky sneakers. With our eyes we see the words in our our book (and sometimes glasses help us see even better!). With our skin we feel the rain. And with our tongue we taste our favorite foods. Caldecott Honor winner Rachel Isadora's introduction to the five senses is perfect for the youngest children, who will recognize themselves in charming vignettes portraying a wide range of activities. Her lively art reveals the power and delight of each sense. Praise for Rachel Isadora 'A sunny, beautifully illustrated game of hide-and-seek . . . . An exuberant treat for the very young.' Booklistfor Peekaboo Morning *'Readers will fall for the sociable Carmelita as she proudly learns a range of salutations . . . simply enchanting!' Kirkus Reviews, starred review of Say Hello! *'A pitch-perfect introduction to ballet.' The Horn Book, starred review of Bea at Ballet

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Have a Look, Says Book.

Richard Jackson

Soft kittens, wooly socks, soggy mittens, fleecy flocks—this pictorial celebration of things tactile explores how what we touch touches us. There’s a reason why toddlers put everything (or so it seems) into their mouths—it’s how they understand it…with grabby hands, open mouths, and…here…open book. In Take a Look, Says Book fleas seem to hop off one page, peas squish bean-bag flat on the next. The images seemingly come to life, just as so much comes to life within our imaginations through reading, and handling things with just the right touch. From legendary editor Richard Jackson and phenomenally talented illustrator Kevin Hawkes, Have a Look, Says Book is a sweet celebration of the ways we discover new things, through touch, through books.

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What Do You Do With a Tail Like This?

Steve Jenkins, Robin Page

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 interactive guessing book, beautifully illustrated in cut-paper collage, which was awarded a Caldecott Honor. This title has been selected as a Common Core Text Exemplar (Grades K-1, Read Aloud Informational Text).

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My Body

Andrea Pinnington, Penny Lamprell

Provides an introduction to the parts of the human body and the five senses.

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Uncle’s Bakery

Dana Meachen Rau

A young girl visits her uncle's bakery with her mother and together they use all their senses to enjoy their visits.

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Busy Bunnies’ Five Senses

Teddy Slater

Rhyming text and bunny characters introduce the five senses and how they enrich our lives. Original.

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They All Saw a Cat

Brendan Wenzel

In simple, rhythmic prose and stylized pictures, a cat walks through the world, and all the other creatures see and acknowledge the cat.

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