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Keeping fit and healthy book list

It's really important to stay fit and healthy, both physically and mentally. We've got some great books on keeping healthy and staying inspired, from cookbooks and looking after your mental health, to looking inside a hospital and understanding the weird and wonderful ways of the human body!

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Early years book list

Let's Go Outside

By Amy Pixton

Enjoy the wonders of nature in a book that's indestructible! Look up at the BIG BLUE sky. SPLISH in the water just like a fish. Take a walk and STRETCH like tall, tall trees.

Recommended age: 0-2 years

Which Food Will You Choose?

By Claire Potter

Mummy's in a bad mood. She's fed up of food like chicken nuggets, pasta, chips, cereal and crisps. Then she has an idea! She's going to take her children to the supermarket to play a game. Which three foods would YOU choose? And how would YOU eat them?

Recommended age: 0-4 years

Even Superhero's Have to Sleep

By Sara Crow

It’s bedtime for superheroes . . . and KIDS! Young ones will enjoy this sweet, short rhyming story that lulls them into bedtime with the promise that all their heroes are getting tucked into bed too.

All About Feelings

By Felicity Brooks

How are you feeling today? This fun, friendly and reassuring introduction to feelings is designed to help young children recognise, understand and name how they’re feeling and learn to talk about and manage their emotions in helpful ways.

Recommended age: 3-4 years

My First Body Book

By Matthew Oldham

Find out what’s inside your body and how it all works in this fascinating book, full of bright pictures and facts that grown-ups and children can talk about together. A delightful introduction to muscles and how we move, our brain and senses, eating, growing up and more.

Recommended age: 3-4 years

My Busy Body Book

By Lizzy Rockwell

Lizzy Rockwell explains how your bones and muscles, heart and lungs, nerves and brain all work together to keep you on the go. Kids walk and skate and tumble through these pages with such exuberance that even sprouting couch potatoes will want to get up and bounce around--and that's the ultimate goal.

Recommended age: 3-7 years

Books for 5 to 8-year-olds

Lift-the-Flap First Questions and Answers What are Feelings?

By Katie Daynes

This thoughtful book explores happiness, sadness, anger, fear and worry in a friendly and approachable way for little children. Adorable animal characters experience different emotions, while flaps reveal the answers to important questions such as 'Why don't I feel happy all the time?' and 'How can I cheer up my friend?'

Look Inside a Hospital

By Katie Daynes and Zoe Fritz

Lift the flaps to find out what happens inside a hospital – and meet some of the amazing people who work there. Young children can explore the emergency and maternity units, learn how x-rays and scans work and see inside an operating theatre.

Little People, BIG DREAMS: Jesse Owens

By Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara

The youngest of ten children, Jesse grew up working in the cotton fields of Alabama. Discovered by his high school track and field coach, Jesse quickly rose to fame as an athlete. He went on the challenge racism on the world stage at the 1936 Berlin Olympics and made new world records.

The Worries: Sohal Finds a Friend

By Jion Sheibani

Sohal worries about a lot of things: the dark, mutant sheep, being alone - you name it, he worries about it! So one night he tries drawing his worries to make himself feel better - and somehow they look a lot less worrying once they're scribbled down. But then imagine Sohal's surprise when he wakes up the next morning to find a set of funny, furry friends at the end of his bed!

Horace and Harriet: The Sports Spectacular

By Clare Elsom

Harriet is seven. And three quarters. Horace is seventeenth century. And a STATUE! It's the day of the Sports Spectacular and once Harriet manages to convince Horace that his park isn't being invaded, he soon gets into the spirit of the games. But will his winning streak land him in trouble when crafty Coach Whipston wants a share of his success?

Your Mood Journal

By Fearne Cotton

Get a pen, pencil and colouring pens at the ready, and prepare to become great friends with your emotions. After all, they are great! In fact, they're AWESOME. They make life one big adventure as you try new things, learn, grow and discover who you are.

The Big Book of Football


Dive into the world of soccer with this mega book of everything to do with the beautiful game. Learn all the lingo; meet the greatest players, managers, and teams from both the men’s and women’s games; take masterclasses with the pros; wander through the haircut hall of fame; learn the most iconic goal celebrations; and more.

Also suitable for 9 to 12-year-olds

Books for 9 to 12-year-olds

Unhurry Book

Lara Bryan and Eddie Reynolds

Now breathe…and relax. This write-in activity book is all about taking a little time to breathe, focus and be calm, with the help of some friendly sloths. Try a spot of yoga, colour in soothing squiggles or go on a sense safari – take a quiet moment, just for you.

Looking After Your Health

By Caroline Young

With lots of practical advice, this lively, accessible guide explains how we can stay healthy. Covering everything from diet, exercise and hormones to mental health, hygiene and sleep, this is an essential book for young people and includes links to websites to find out more.

I Like Sports… what jobs are there?

By Steve Martin

In this entertaining and informative book, children who love sport can find out all about the future careers they can choose from. From being a swimming instructor, a referee, a sport nutritionist, a race car mechanic, to a sport photographer and many more, this book will take you through a day in the life of 25 sporty workers, showing you how each job unfolds on a typical working day.

40 Inspiring Icons: Amazing Athletes

By Jean-Michel Billioud

Records smashed…incredible athletic feats…Medals won…the top 40 Olympic athletes of all time are here!In this fun, fact-packed book from the 40 Inspiring Icons series, learn how these athletic stars became the best in the world.

Kay’s Anatomy

By Adam Kay

Do you ever think about your body and how it all works? Like really properly think about it? The human body is extraordinary and fascinating and, well . . . pretty weird. Yours is weird, mine is weird, your maths teacher's is even weirder. This book is going to tell you what's actually going on in there, and answer the really important questions.

100 Things to Know About the Human Body

By Alex Frith, Minna Lacey, Matthew Oldham and Jonathan Melmoth

Did you know you cry two types of tears? And up to 30 trillion red blood cells pass through your heart in a minute? With colourful, infographic-style illustrations this informative book is packed with surprising facts and useful information on exactly 100 topics about the human body.

Unworry Book

Alice James

This inspiring write-in book is an unworry toolkit, full of things to calm you down and places to put your worries - and we all worry! Activities include creating a worry box, making a mood grid and mindfulness activities such as colouring, doodling and mazes.

Looking After Your Mental Health

Louie Stowell and Alice James

We talk about our physical health - but not so much about how we’re feeling. With lots of practical advice, this lively, accessible guide explains why we have emotions, and what can influence them.

Omari McQueen's Best Bites Cookbook

By Omari McQueen (8 years old!)

From the star of TV’s What’s Cooking, Omari? comes a cookbook full of delicious vegan recipes, for young and old. Get cooking with the UK’s youngest, award-winning vegan chef, Omari McQueen!

The Awesome Power of Sleep

By Nicola Morgan

Late nights, addictive technology and minds racing with exam stress and friendship worries: it's no wonder the teenage stereotype is tired eyes and sleeping through the weekend. Just like adults, teenagers are sleeping less now than ever before, yet sleep is crucial to our health and well-being.