Children’s Books About the 5 Senses and Mindfulness

Best books about the 5 senses for kids

Kids often learn about the five senses before other human body parts. That’s because sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch are fun and easy to explore at home and school. Understanding the senses is also important for mindfulness. Thankfully, kids can learn about the five senses and mindfulness from many great children’s books.

Children’s books about the science of the five senses

These board and picture books introduce the five senses and a little brain science!

The Five Senses: Sight, Smell, Taste, Touch, and Hearing

Baby Loves Science - Children's book about the 5 Senses: Sight Smell Taste Touch Hearing

Baby Loves Science is a series of wonderful board books for toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarteners! Each book shows a baby learning about a sense and how it works in everyday life.

Diversity is also celebrated in the pictures and descriptions, which creates social awareness and acceptance. For example, in Sight, children with glasses and blindness are highlighted. In Hearing!, kids with hearing aids and cochlear implants are included. In Touch, some people need space and don’t want hugs, and that’s okay. Each book also includes a simple anatomy diagram.

My Five Senses: Children’s Science Book

Children's picture book about the five senses

In this picture book, a curious child discovers each of the five senses throughout the day. The child also shares a simple mindfulness activity that anyone can try: see how many senses you use simultaneously!

This children’s book has just a few lines per page, perfect for budding readers to practice reading.

Magic School Bus Explores the Senses

Children's Book Magic School Bus Explores the Senses

This popular informational fiction book is all about the five senses. Ms. Frizzle takes her students on an adventure to the eyes, ears, nose, mouth, and hands. This story makes science and anatomy so much fun for kids!

Children’s books about using the senses for mindfulness

Mindfulness activities are so good for the body and mind. These books teach kids how to connect with their senses.

The Listening Walk

Mindfulness book for kids: The Listening Walk by Paul Showers and Aliki

On your next walk, take a moment to stop and notice the noises you hear.

This children’s book gives lots of inspiration for slowing down to hear, reflect, and enjoy the sounds around us. Kids can have fun exploring their five senses thanks to this interactive book.

I Hear a Pickle (and Smell, See, Touch, and Taste It, Too!)

I Hear a Pickle - and Smell, See, Touch, & Taste It, Too! Book about the sense for kids

Hearing, smelling, seeing, touching, tasting – this book gives many relatable examples of how we use our amazing five senses throughout the day.

For example, when you’re outside, you can hear the birdie tweet and the bee buzz, but you can’t hear the worm. When the weather changes, you can hear rain and thunder, but you can’t hear snow.

Listening to My Body: A Mindfulness Book for Kids

Children's Book About Using the Senses for Mindfulness - Listening to My Body

This picture book teaches kids the difference between physical feelings from our senses and feelings from our emotions. It also helps kids understand how different types of feelings affect each other.

Sometimes, feelings can come on strong and suddenly, and other times, feelings can roll in slowly and steadily. The book also gives tips for kids to notice and stay in control of their feelings.

More books for kids to learn about their body

Disclosure: This article may contain affiliate links. If you click an affiliate link and make a purchase, Human Body Learning earns a small commission which supports this website at no additional cost to you.