Our senses communicate important information, like if it is cold and we need to wear a jacket, or if a delicious treat is baking in the oven. All of this sensory information can be overwhelming, so exploring how our senses work may help children to process the sound, sight, taste, touch and smell of the busy world around them.  

Some children may be interested in learning about the senses by reading informational texts, and some prefer reading picture books centered on a character’s experiences. There are even books with sensory experiences like different textures to touch. Here are six books that explore our senses, all available through Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.  

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This booklist was created in support of BUZZWORD PGH to encourage imagination, investigation, creation, and reflection. Available to families throughout Allegheny County, BUZZWORD PGH engages young children and their families as they discover the words that are all around them. 

Song in the City

A young girl, filled with the sounds of her beloved city, shares a song with her grandmother that changes the two forever. After helping Grandma realize that the city makes music as beautiful as the sounds they hear in church on Sunday morning, the two sit down and take in all the sounds of the city…together. 

Sounds All Around: The Science of How Sound Works

Sound is a sense we often take for granted. Where does sound come from? Why are some sounds loud and some soft? This lyrical picture book explores all of these questions, giving young children a charming and gentle introduction to how sound works. You can also check out this title as eBook on Hoopla. 

This Beach Is Loud!

A sensitive boy gets overwhelmed by all the sights, sounds, and sensations at the beach, but his dad has a trick to help his son face these unexpected obstacles.