The Girl with the Bird’s-Nest Hair by Sarah Dyer

Funny story: my son used to hate getting haircuts, so one fine day, I told him that if his hair got too long and bushy, birds would think it’s a nest and lay eggs in it. He bought it. Since then, he’d be the first to bug us to bring him for a haircut if he felt his hair was getting “too bushy”, haha! So, imagine my delight when I saw this book!

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Brush Your Teeth Please by Leslie Mcguire and Jean Pidgeon

Brush Your Teeth, Please is a fully interactive pop-up book that makes toothbrushing fun for kids by asking them to help clean some animals’ teeth by moving a “toothbrush” back and forth, up and down, and all around, respectively — just like the actual brushing motions — as they brush the teeth of various animals.

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Parts by Tedd Arnold

This hilariously illustrated book addresses some of the irrational fears that some kids might have — that their hair falling out means that they will go bald, or that when one tooth falls out, it means that other body parts are liable to come apart. Well, at least the boy in Parts did. Of course, when his parents realise what he’s going through, they reassure him that all is well, and tells him a bit about how the body works.

Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb by Al Perkins and Eric Gurney

We love most of the Dr Seuss Beginning Beginners books, and those that focus on specific parts of the body are particularly great for babies and young toddlers who are learning about themselves. Like the Eye, Nose and Ear books, the catchy rhymes and fun illustrations in Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb make it fun to read out loud. And because the book is about hands and fingers, it encourages the little ones to drum their fingers or hands along with the monkey, like so: