Check It Out: Books about The 5 Senses at the Brown County Library

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A visually stunning and timeless fable, Ed Young's adaption of "Seven Blind Mice," despite the blindness of the central characters, is an eye-opening work. Hyper-pigmented hues combine with cut-paper collage to create a visual feast of texture, color, and contrast. Seven mice come across a mysterious object or creature, and six of them take a trek across a part of what they call "the Something." Each of the six rodents is sure that they know the identity of the curious thing, and each guess is wildly different, from a rope to a fan to a snake. The viewer only sees a part of the object at a time, giving them the opportunity to make educated guesses alongside the mice. Only the seventh mouse, the most intrepid of the group, has the inquisitiveness to explore the entire Something. The wisdom of knowing the whole story provides the seventh mouse with the true answer, which is confirmed in the final illustration to be an elephant. This tale of curiosity and patience will be enjoyed by ages 3 and up.

Babies and Toddlers

"Yummy, Yucky" (board book) by Leslie Patricelli

This impish yet useful little guide reminds young listeners what is yummy (blueberries, burgers, soup) and what is yucky (blue crayons, boogers, soap). Toddlers will view this book as a helpful guide, while preschoolers will laugh themselves silly over the "yucky" choices. Preschool-aged children will be able to describe the flavors of the foods in the book using descriptors like sour, salty, sweet, and spicy.

"Baby Bear Sees Blue" by Ashley Wolff (ages 2-5)

"The Baby Goes Beep" by Rebecca O'Connell

"Bear's Busy Family" by Stella Blackstone (ages 2-5)

"Bow-Wow Hears Things" (board book) by Mark Newgarden

"Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?" by Bill Martin, Jr. (ages 2-5)

"David Smells!" (board book) by David Shannon

"I Like Fruit: A Touch and Feel Board Book" by Lorena Siminovich

"I Love to Eat" (touch and feel board book) by Amelie Graux

"Kevin's Big Book of the Five Senses" by Liesbet Slegers

"Look at You!: A Baby Body Book" by Kathy Henderson

"Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?" by Bill Martin, Jr. (ages 2-5)

"Quiet Bunny" (board book) by Lisa McCue

"Rain" by Manya Stoijic (ages 2-6)

"Sophie's Busy Day" (touch and feel board book) by Dawn Sirett

"The Very Quiet Cricket" by Eric Carle (ages 2-6)

"Who's that - Roaring? And Other Animal Sounds" (board book)

Preschool -Early Elementary

"The Black Book of Colors" by Menena Cottin

This intriguing concept book emphasizes the integral role of touch among the blind and visually impaired. Raised, textural illustrations combined with descriptive language bring the concept of colors to life on all-black pages. The narrator, Thomas, describes how he experiences color as a blind person, through a combination of scent, texture, and sound. For example, Thomas' yellow "tastes like mustard, but is as soft as a baby chick's feathers." Whispy, elevated feathers drift across the page. Braille is included alongside print text, making this a dual-sensory experience integrating touch and sight. Ask your child to describe their favorite color using touch, taste, sound, and smell.

"Sally's Great Balloon Adventure" by Stephen Huneck

Sally the black Lab smells fried chicken in a picnic basket and goes after it, not paying attention to the fact that the basket is in the gondola of a hot air balloon. Sally grabs at the rope of the basket, only to untether herself and soar into the clouds, much to the alarm of everyone below. Thankfully, the clueless yet good-natured pup manages to touch down safely thanks to a clever little girl's creative idea. All five senses are explored in this breezy adventure, from the sight of the brightly colored and patterned balloons at the balloon festival, to the sounds of a rescue helicopter and the chorus of frantic onlookers calling Sally's name, and of course, the smell of the illicit fried chicken. For ages 3-6.

"Amazing Body" (series) by Dana Meachen Rau

"Animal Detectives" (non-fiction series) by Rosie Albright

"The Bear Went Over the Mountain" by Iza Trapani

"The Ear Book" (beginning reader) by Al Perkins

"Farley Follows his Nose" by Lynn Franks Johnson

"Five for a Little One" by Chris Raschka

"Look, Listen, Taste, Touch and Smell: Learning about Your Five Senses" by Pamela Nettleton

"The Magic School Bus Explores the Senses" by Joanna Cole

"Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?" by Dr. Seuss

"My Five Senses"/"Mis Cinco Sentidos" by Aliki

"My Five Senses" by Margaret Miller

"My Senses/Mis Sentidos" (bilingual big book) by Gladys Rosa-Mendoza

"No One but You" by Douglas Wood

"Nosy Rosie" by Holly Keller

"Our 5 Senses" (beginning reader non-fiction series) by JoAnn Cleland

"Out and About with Your Senses" (series) by Kimberly Hutmacher

"The Piņata Party" (beginning reader based on Curious George tv show) by Marcy Goldberg Sacks

"Skunkdog" by Emily Jenkins

"The Sounds around Town" by Marla Carluccio

"Spiky, Slimy, Smooth: What Is Texture?" by Jane Brocket

"Squeak! Rumble! Whomp! Whomp! Whomp!" by Wynton Marsalis

"Too Much Noise" by Ann McGovern

"Touch the Poem" by Arnold Adoff

"Your Amazing Senses" (series) by Jennifer Boothroyd


"Learning Games: Exploring the Senses through Play" by Jackie Silberg

"Me, My Family, and Friends: 26 Songs and over 300 activities for Young Children" by Pamela Schiller

P.A.K. Senses (contains 7 Books, DVD, Puppet, and Activity Sheet)

"Science is Simple: Over 250 Activities for Preschoolers" by Peggy Ashbrook

"365 Toddler Activities that Inspire Creativity" by Joni Levine

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