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Your Skeletal System Your Skeletal System

Your Skeletal System is an updated and reillustrated version of The Skeletal System (2005). It is in the series How Does Your Body Work? in the Lerner Searchlight Books Collection. It is also available as a Lerner Interactive Book.

The skeletal system is made up of about two hundred and six bones. But what exactly is a bone? And how do bones help your body function?j

Bones make up the body's skeletal system. You cannot see them, but you can feel them under your skin. In this book for beginning readers, the various types of bones in the human body are described with explanations of how they function.

Available from the Junior Library Guild.

The 2005 version of this book, The Skeletal System, is also available in SPANISH!

  • El Sistema Oseo (Libros Sobre El Cuerpo Humano Para Mandrugadores)
  • Publisher, Ediciones Lerner, 2007
  • ISBN 082256257X
  • Prizes and Awards
  • California Readers California Collection 2007 (For The Skeletal System)
  • California Readers California Collection 2014 (For Your Skeletal System)
  • Study Guide and Projects

    For an excellent study guide to the systems of the body, go to this link at ACLS online.

    For links to an overview of the skeleton system and more, go to this site from

    For links to an article on health and the human body with related activities, go to this site from Voro.

    Junior Library Guild

    In a straightforward fashion, this volume lays out the most important features of the skeletal system, from the anatomy of bones and the different parts of a skeleton, to joints, ligaments, and tendons. Photos are interspersed with easy-to-understand diagrams, while text boxes serve as captions. The book is divided into four well-organized chapters; a glossary, suggested reading, and an index provide further guidance, and a publisher's link leads to more resources. Sure to be a helpful research aid.


    Asking questions and discovering the how and why things work are often the starting points of any scientific inquiry. For children, many initial questions are often centered on the human body. Why do we eat? What organs help me breath? Why don't I have to tell my heart to beat, yet I tell my feet to move? This Lerner series presents information for intermediate readers to answer these questions and many others about systems of the body. In Your Skeletal System, bones are shown supporting and protecting the body. Bones enable you to run, sit, and stand up straight. They give the body structure and protect internal organs. They are connected by ligaments and attached to muscles by tendons that extend or contract to allow movement. What organs are part of the skeletal system? The skull (cranium), spine (composed of vertebrae), ribs, arms and fingertips (phalanges), as well as leg bones, are just a few of the many bones in the human body. The various bone shapes are explored and matched to their function. The parts of the bone, from cartilage and the periosteum, to the spongy bone, red and yellow marrow are diagrammed. Moving joints are differentiated, allowing for a full range of activities. X-rays of the hands and feet provide the reader with a point of reference as the phalanges inside the human body are conceptualized. Each book in the series focuses on one system as well as its interaction with other systems to keep the entire organism functioning. Photographs and diagrams appear as pages are turned to complement and pull the reader into the text. Questions are posed creating an interactive text that will delight!

    School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

    "This series will be useful in any collection needing updated texts about the human body. The titles clearly explain what functions each of the six systems performs. The design is eye-catching and attractive, with lots of clean white space and an easy-on-the-eyes font. Captioned photographs or colorful diagrams appear on every page. Many of the photographs were taken with a microscope and are sure to fascinate children. In every volume, the detailed photo captions and sidebars provide additional interesting factoids that complement the main texts. For example, readers learn in Respiratory that 'You can sing high and low by tightening your vocal cords.' These titles will appeal to browsers, and the strong back matter makes them useful for reports as well." --School Library Journal, Series Made Simple