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Health & Physical Development Book Recommendations

The following is a list of children's books divided by the goals of Health and Physical Domain. Some of these books will overlap with other goals of the SDELG. The list was compromised of recommendations from NAEYC, Scholastic, US Department of Education, CDC, Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations, and more. These are just suggestions and there are many skill-building books that may not be included on this list.

Some titles include a link to a read-aloud and/or activities.

Goal HPD-1, HPD-2, and HPD-3: physical health and growth
  1. Now You Know What You Eat by Valorie Fisher
  2. I Like and I Don't Like by Joshy's Storytime Productions YouTube read-aloud
  3. Good Enough to Eat: A Kid’s Guide to Food and Nutrition by Lizzy Rockwell
  4. Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert
  5. Zombies Don’t Eat Veggies! by Megan Lecara Storyline Online read-aloud
  6. The Boy Who Loved Broccoli by Sarah A. Creighton
  7. N is for Nutrition by Todd Skene
  8. Me and My Amazing Body by Joan Sweeney
  9. My Amazing Body: A First Look at Health and Fitness by Pat Thomas
  10. The Busy Body Book: A Kid’s Guide to Fitness by Lizzy Rockwell
  11. The Things I Love About Bedtime by Trace Moroney
  12. Sleep Is For Everyone by Paul Showers Reading is Fundamental Activities
  13. Good Night Yoga: A Pose-by-Pose Bedtime Story by Mariam Gates Yoga Poses to relax
  14. The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton
  15. A Book of Sleep by Il Sung Na YouTube read-aloud
Goal HPD-4 and HPD-5: motor development
  1. From Head to Toe by Eric Carle YouTube read-aloud Reading is Fundamental Activities
  2. Clap Your Hands by Lorinda Bryan Cauley
  3. Move! By Steve Jenkins and Robin Page
  4. Wiggle by Doreen Cronin
Goal HPD-6 and HPD-7: self-care, safety, and well-being
  1. Gorgonzola: A Very Stinkysaurus by Margie Palatini
  2. The Pigeon Needs a Bath! By Mo Willems
  3. A Duck Goes Potty by Michael Dahl YouTube read-aloud
  4. Big Smelly Bear by Britta Teckentrup
  5. Brush Your Teeth Please by Leslie Mcguire Reading is Fundamental Activities
  6. Open Wide by Laurie Keller
  7. I Don’t Want to Wash My Hands by Tony Ross
  8. The Ten Potato Scrub by Marjorie T. Cooke Scrub Club
  9. Germs Are Not for Sharing by Elizabeth Verdick
  10. Noses Are Not for Picking by Elizabeth Verdick
  11. Fight the Germs by Divya Mohan
  12. Whoever You Are by Mem Fox
  13. Fearless by Colin Thompson
  14. One by Kathryn Otoshi Book Activity