Books for Kids who Want to be Doctors


Here are some books that would make great gifts for kids who want to be doctors!

Jump to age group: 3+ years (Preschool), 4-8 Years, 6-7 Years, 8+ Years, 9+ Years, Middle School and Teens

Age 3+ years (Preschool)

Book about going to the doctor for preschoolers

Age 3 years and up
Size: 8 1/4 x 8 1/4, Pages: 16
Series: First Experiences
Author A. Civardi

Going to the Doctor

This delightful book shows very young children what happens on a visit to the doctor.

Jenny and Jack are treated for a sore throat and a bruised arm, and Joey has an inoculation.

The charming illustrations are full of amusing details for adults and children to talk about, and slightly older children can read the simple text alone.

There is also a little yellow duck to find on each double page.

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"First Experiences...are ideally suited to reading to young children, for sharing ideas with slightly older children and being read by early readers."

Mother and Baby

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Look Inside Your Body Board Book

Age: 3 years and up
Size: 7 1/2 x 8 1/2, Pages: 10
Series: Look Inside Board Books
Author: Louie Stowell

Look Inside Your Body

Peek under all the flaps in this colorful and engaging book--perfect for little fingers and curious minds.

Reader Reviews

Look Inside Your Body
Bought this book for my 5 and the other 3. They both were immediately enthralled with the book! Wanted to read it over and over again whenever they could.

The book make easy for they to knowing what is inside the body. Very powerful learning tool developing a sophisticated vocabulary in a short time frame. Highly recommend that all preschools/lower.
Date: 6/18/2013 12:03 PM

This book is so great. It is so informative. My son loves to look and see what happens when you eat food (let's be real - he loves to see the poop)! It has over 100 flaps (including flaps in flaps)!

It shows how your muscles work and how your brain processes what you see. I highly recommend this book.
Date: 9/20/2014 11:16 PM

Both my 3 and 5 year old daughters love this book! They enjoy having it read to them and are also engaged when looking at it independently.
Date: 10/28/2014 2:05 AM

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Age 4-8 years old

All About Scabs - Kids book about scabs

Age 4 - 8
Size: 9.5 x 8.5, Pages: 28
Series: My Body Science
Author & Illustrator: Genichiro Yagyu
Price (2014) from $9.99

All About Scabs

For all those curious children (and their parents) in the Crash! Scrape! Bam! stage of exploration – All About Scabs is exactly what the title says, and this non-fiction classic may even help with the healing process!

Reader Reviews

Cute & informative
Young kids can benefit from this even though it uses (and explains) a few vocabulary terms not used until later--such as "fibrin" and "capillaries." It's cute, though.
Date: 4/14/2014 11:06 PM

Scientific and charming
This book is actually very scientific and I find the graphics charming. Not an easy task considering the subject matter.
Date: 8/8/2014 5:57 PM

Critics' Reviews

The Tampa Tribune-Times
Some suggest that the perfect gift for 5-year-olds is a box of bandages, because they are preoccupied with bodies and their protection. This, then, is the best book to accompany that gift.

As with other books in this series of Japanese imports, the topic has plenty of kid appeal, and the very grossness of the presentation just adds to the allure.


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Flip Flap Body Book

Age: 4 years and up
Size: 8 1/4 x 8 1/4, Pages: 48
Series: Flap Books
Author: Alastair Smith & Judy Tatchell

Flip Flap Body Book

Now you can discover the inside view of the amazing human body...with the help of fantastic fold-out flaps.

Find out what happens to the food that you swallow.

See how a baby grows in its mother.

Take a look at how you see, hear, smell, taste and touch.

This volume contains three Flip-Flap titles: What happens to your food?, How do your senses work?, and How are babies made?

Reader Reviews

Wonderful value
I love this book and my kids have gotten so much from it. It's a very straight-forward, accessible, yet detailed introduction to the digestive system (even showing where poop goes), how babies grow in their mom's tummies (enough info to be helpful to preschoolers, but not overwhelming like the "It's Not the Stork" book), and the senses. The flap part of it isn't as enticing as lift-the-flaps, but it's a durable book. I wouldn't have considered buying this if a friend's kids hadn't shared it with my son first.
Date: 11/12/2012 10:19 AM

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Age 6-7 years

Your Body

Age: 6 years and up
Size: 5 7/8 x 9, Pages: 32
Series Beginners
Author Stephanie Turnbull

Your Body

Have you ever wondered what's inside you?

Take a tour around your amazing body and find out what your heart and lungs do, how you see and hear, where food goes and lots more.

Your Body is part of an exciting series of books for children who are beginning to read on their own.

The easy-to-read text has been specially written with the help of a reading expert.

Reader Reviews

Your Body
My daughter LOVED this book and read it over and over again. She enjoyed telling me how digestion worked when she first learned it from this book. She found the pictures of "what's inside our bodies" fascinating. There is so much information in this book that's packed into just a small hardback.
Date: 2/17/2014 4:48 PM

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See Inside Your Body book

Age: 7 years and up
Size: 8 3/4 x 11 1/8, Pages: 16
Series: See Inside Board Books
Author: Katie Daynes

See Inside Your Body

  • Follow your food as it travels through your body.
  • Take a deep breath and explore your lungs.
  • Let your mind boggle at what your brain can do.

This exciting book, packed with lively illustrations and fascinating flaps, is bursting to reveal your body's amazing secrets.

Reader Reviews

Love this Book!

I bought this book several years ago in Philadelphia when "Body Works" was touring the USA. As a nurse, I can assure you that it is factual. As a mom, and grandmother, it captures the attention of children. My children LOVE this book!!! Highly recommend it!!
Date: 6/8/2012 5:30 AM

Clear overview of systems!
Nice overview of systems with explanations kids can follow and are interested in. Great way to prepare for Science Olympiad events: Pump it Up and Work It Out
Date: 12/7/2012 8:52 AM

One of our favorites
This is a great book. I confess, I have even used it to console/distract my kiddo when he skinned his knee: "Look, your body has platelets that are going to form a scab!" Just a super reference to have around.
Date: 3/13/2013 9:08 PM

Best Intro to the Human Body
I gave this book to my son for his 4th birthday. He loves this book.

And he's so proud of the fact he knows (at least is begining to understand) how his body works. At dinner he'll proudly state his food travels down his food pipe, into his stomach, then into his small intestine, then into his large intestine, then will come out as poop.

Yes, that makes him very proud to know what's going on. And he's such a curious little boy he enjoys learning about his brain, blood, heart, bones, muscles, etc that are explained in the book.

It's become his recent favorite bedtime story. He loves lifting all the flaps and discovering little facts underneath them. Great book, yet again!
Date: 11/6/2014 11:09 AM


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Age 8+ years

The Human Body Sticker Book

Age 8 years and up
Size: 9 3/8 x 12, Pages: 32 + 10 sticker
Series: Sticker Books
Author Firth, Alex

The Human Body Sticker Book

  • What is blood for?
  • What do muscles look like?
  • How many bones are there in the skeleton?

This book is packed with over 130 stickers to help build up a complete picture of the human body and how it works.

Contains clear anatomical diagrams and color photographs, as well as stickers of organs, bones, X-rays and scans.

Topics include ‘What are bodies made of?’, ‘Sensing the world’ and ‘Brain power’, as well as a timeline of the history of medicine and a full glossary.

Includes links to recommended websites to find out more about the human body and its workings.

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Complete Book of the Human Body

Age: 8 years and up
Size: 8 1/2 x 10 7/8, Pages: 96
Series: Complete Books
Author: A. Claybourne

Complete Book of the Human Body

A fact-packed, beautifully illustrated, all-round introduction to the human body and how it works.

Full of extraordinary photographs, detailed diagrams and stunning scans, X-rays and microscope images of the human body.

Engaging, friendly text and clear, simple explanations.

Experiments and activities show you how to take your own pulse, test your reaction time and fool your brain with optical illusions.

Amazing facts and world records, including the world’s tallest man, the oldest person ever and the longest fingernails on record.

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Reader's Reviews

For in-depth learning.
If your student is ready for a deeper look at body concepts, this is the one! Suggested for NCSO biology events: Pump It Up, Work It Out
Date: 12/7/2012 11:55 AM

Holds their attention!
Both my 3 year old and my almost 5 year old cannot get enough of this book. As usual, Usborne mixes very-detailed information with basic-overview information to engage almost any age. I myself have learned so much from this book. It is a must for any home reference library.
Date: 5/16/2014 10:04 AM

Great, but know your audience
This is a great book; however it does discuss the mechanics of sexual intercourse.
Date: 10/5/2014 7:37 PM


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Age 9+ years

Book about Genes and DNA for ages 9 year old and up

Age: 9 years and up
Size: 8 3/4 x 11 1/8, Pages: 64
Series: Genes and DNA
Author: Anna Claybourne

Genes and DNA

This fascinating introduction explores every aspect of a vital subject.

It takes you deep inside a cell to see where genes are found and goes behind the headlines to explain cloning, gene therapy, the human genome, DNA testing, GM foods, genetic engineering and much more.

Stunning 3D artwork shows exactly how gene science works and clear, friendly text and simple, step-by-step diagrams provide concise, enlightening information, supplemented by recommended websites.

Reader Reviews

Clear answers
Great way to add interest and understanding to Bio lessons. A must have for NCSO All in the Family event. Internet linked.
Date: 12/7/2012 8:44 AM

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Book about Microscopes for age 8 years and up

Age: 8 years and up
Size: 8 1/2 x 10 7/8, Pages: 96
Series: Complete Books
Author K. Rogers

The Complete Book of the Microscope

Winner of the Learning Magazine Teacher's Choice Award, The Usborne Internet-linked Complete Book of the Microscope is a breathtaking introduction to an extra ordinary new world.

Fantastic photographs, a thousand or even a million times larger than life, reveal the secrets of the micro world, from algae to atoms, dust to DNA and flies' eyes to flu viruses.

The information-packed book also includes:

  • Descriptions of Web sites where you can explore the micro world in more depth.
  • Step-by-step project ideas to help you get the most from your microscope.
  • Practical information on buying and taking care of microscopes.

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Middle School and Teens

Science dictionary for middle school age kids

Age 12 years and up
Size: 6 7/8 x 9 3/4, Pages: 382
Series: Illustrated Science Dictionaries
Author: C. Oxlade

Illustrated Dictionary of Science

This great study aid has topics arranged thematically so that words are explained in context, with a fully integrated system of cross-referencing plus a comprehensive index.

Reader Reviews

Great Resource
I LOVE this book. We are a homeschooling family and use this book as a reference right now, but I am sure as my kids get older we will be using it more and more. Great pictures and easy to understand text!
Date: 3/10/2013 9:11 PM

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Biology Dictionary for middle school and up

Age: 12 years and up
Size: 6 3/4 x 9 3/4, Pages: 128
Series: Illustrated Science Dictionaries
Author Corinne Stockley

Illustrated Dictionary of Biology

This is the ideal reference companion for students of biology and an essential study guide for examination candidates.

Clear definitions of all the key terms and concepts.

Brightly illustrated with useful diagrams.

Comprehensive cross-referencing to link related areas.

Detailed index to guarantee easy reference.

Internet links to recommended websites.

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Chemistry Dictionary for middle school and up

Age: 12 - 16 years
Size: 6 x 8 1/4, Pages: 128
Series: Illustrated Science Dictionaries
Author: C. Oxlade, C. Stockley & J. Wertheim

Illustrated Dictionary of Chemistry

This is the ideal reference companion for students of chemistry.

Its clarity of style and attractive layout promote a full understanding of each area of the subject.

Clear definitions, in straightforward language, of all the key terms and concepts.

Comprehensive cross-referencing provides links between related areas of study.

Brightly illustrated, with clear diagrams to help interpret, clarify and explain.

A detailed index guarantees easy access to every subject in the book.

Essential study guide for examination candidates.

Reader Reviews

Very thorough and detailed!
I purchased this book for my son as a homework helper for chemistry. It is very detailed, thorough, and well-illustrated. I know he can look information up online, but it is so helpful to have a concise reference right at his fingertips.
Date: 10/23/2014 10:12 PM

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Physics Dictionary for middle school and up

Age: 12 years and up
Size: 6 3/4 x 9 3/4, Pages: 128
Series: Illustrated Science Dictionaries
Author Corinne Stockley et al

Illustrated Dictionary of Physics

This is the ideal reference companion for students of physics and an essential study guide for examination candidates.

  • Clear definitions of all the key terms and concepts.
  • Brightly illustrated with useful diagrams.
  • Comprehensive cross-referencing to link related areas.
  • Detailed index to guarantee easy reference.
  • Internet links to recommended websites.

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Math Dictionary for middle school age kids

Age: 12 years and up
Size: 6 5/8 x 9 1/2, Pages: 128
Series: Illustrated Math Dictionaries
Author: Kirsteen Rogers

Illustrated Dictionary of Math

Everyone studying math needs this book, and it is an essential study guide when preparing for exams.

  • Over 500 definitions of all the key terms and concepts
  • More than 300 useful illustrations and diagrams
  • Over 100 worked examples
  • Comprehensive cross-referencing and detailed index
  • Internet links to recommended websites

Reader Reviews

Must have for the home!
As a former 5th/6th grade teacher, I can honestly say this is a must have book for the home! Great as a homework helper and reference book! Internet linked to further reinforce or extend the learning.
Date: 6/9/2012 11:19 AM

Great for adults too!
Even though the book is listed as 12+ it covers high school math. Adults needing a refresher for exams will find this a must have easy to use guide to brushup their skills also.
Date: 3/12/2014 11:39 AM

Illustrated Dictionary of Math

This is such a great book for you or your child to pull out when you can't remember how to do a problem! It's so nice to have on hand and nearby for something quick to reference. I would recommend to anyone dealing with math. It covers equations through highschool
Date: 9/14/2014 2:50 PM

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24 Responses to Books for Kids who Want to be Doctors

  1. Doctor or not, my kids will love these books.

    • I hope so – I love them! My 9 year old is using the Genes and DNA book for a school project at the moment. But the microscope book is my favourite – the pictures are so interesting!

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  6. Love this! Perfect for me to keep in mind for my little future dr! Pinning it for later!

  7. These are all great! I’m pinning this so I can add a few more to my daughter’s reading list!:)

  8. I had no idea there were so many books like that! Thanks for the list.

  9. So fun! One of my nephews has talked about growing up to be a doctor so these would be perfect for him. Definitely going to grab some of these for him now!

    • My middle son has always wanted to be a doctor too, so we’ve been given quite a few of these as gifts! Thanks for visiting 🙂

  10. I am always on the look out for new educational books for the kids, this is great – thank you!

  11. Great selection of books.. love that you have them listed in one spot… need to tell my sis about this list.. thanks for sharing ‘o)

  12. What an amazing list of resources for petites. I am so thrilled to see this, my daughter has a medical condition the requires her to spend a lot of time at the hospital and I know how important a tool books can be to ease little ones minds when it comes to going to the doctor and learning more about bodies. Thanks so much for putting together such a wonderful list of resources.

  13. Awesome list! My 3 year old is obsessed with playing doctor and giving “check ups”. She would love some of these:)

  14. I love educational books like this for kids. Great list!

  15. I spent the entire day at different doctors appointments for my kids yesterday. It was a nightmare. Mostly because of the waiting rooms. These books are great!

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